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Nord Anglia to launch degree for international school teachers

King's College London and Nord Anglia Education are to launch a degree specifically designed for teachers at international schools.

It follows complaints from operators about a worsening shortage of teachers facing schools around the world.

The part-time, two-year masters is designed to teach effective leadership skills and will feature online and face-to-face modules.

It will initially only be available to teachers working for Nord Anglia, a schools group with 34,000 students globally. A cohort of up to 50 participants will start the programme in 2016, said the group. 

Nord said it would open the degree to teachers of other schools in 2020. 

International school groups such as GEMS Education and Sabis have long complained of difficulties recruiting and retaining teachers in regions such as the Middle East and North Africa.

Most candidates need to be fluent in English and willing to resettle for long periods of time.  

And with the number of English-medium schools set to increase from 8,000 to 15,000 by 2025, competition for good teachers is intensifying.

Nord Anglia Education owns schools in China, Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia and North America. 

Andrew Fitzmaurice, chief executive of Nord Anglia, said: "Teaching in an international environment brings unique opportunities and challenges. This programme will empower participants with the knowledge and skills to effectively respond to different situations. 

He added: “Our teachers will also share this learning and research with colleagues in schools throughout our family to inform best practice in teaching and learning for the benefit of all our students and teachers." 


Posted on: 16/11/2015

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