Is that a fact...?

24th November 2000 at 00:00
The recent announcement by one supply agency that it was importing teachers from India adds one more name to the list of Commonwealth countries whose teachers are working in schools in England. Many pupils, especially in London, are already familiar with teachers from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and more recently Canada, taking them on a regular basis.

While the net for teachers is cast ever wider - Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are still possibilities - the tide of teachers from the more traditional foreign sources may be under threat. Questions are being asked as to why Canadian taxpayers' dollars should be used to train teachers to work in Britain. Last summer, the New Zealand government was advertising open evenings for teachers wanting to work there, since they face shortages. This year Australia may face widesprad teacher recruitment problems, if the predictions from a government report issued two years ago prove to be correct.

Of course, the flow of teachers is in two directions. Many British-trained teachers are serving overseas in schools as distant as Buenos Aires and Tokyo. The growth of the private international school sector has been one of the phenomenons of the past two decades.

The demand created by these schools is nothing when compared with the possible effect of a teacher shortage in the United States. Commentators have predicted a need for up to two and a half million new teachers by 2008. If American state and school boards look overseas to fill even a small proportion of their vacancies, then just a 1 per cent exodus by teachers could create 2,000 more teaching vacancies a year in Britian.

John Howson


Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a TES/ TESS subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
 
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order today