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Teacher Supply in British International Schools

Teacher Supply Research (2020)

COBIS has published the second iteration of its research on Teacher Supply in British International Schools, delivered in partnership with ISC Research Ltd. This research, based on more than 1,100 survey responses from senior leaders, incoming teachers, and outgoing teachers, provides concrete data about the profile and motivation of teachers entering and leaving the British international school sector, the quality of their experience, the movement between sectors, and the current teacher recruitment climate in international schools. This research shows the benefits of experience in the international school sector – enriched experience for teachers, improved teacher retention, repatriation of skills developed in an international context, and increased recruitment to ITT.

Teacher Supply Research (2018)

In 2018, COBIS undertook a large-scale research project looking at Teacher Supply in British International Schools. The initial findings and interim report were presented at the COBIS Annual Conference on 14 May 2018. The final report has now been published, along with a series of supporting case studies. 


First page of the PDF file: COBISTeacherSupply_FinalReport_July2018
First page of the PDF file: COBISTeacherSupplyCaseStudies_web_final
First page of the PDF file: COBISTeacherSupply_InterimReport_web_final

Case Studies

Ruth Unsworth - Teacher Supply Case Study

The international sector offers teachers the opportunity to innovate their pedagogy and explore new strategies, according to Ruth Unsworth from The British School in Tokyo.

Rocio Marti - Teacher Supply Case Study

Rocio Marti discusses doing a distance learning PGCE whilst working in an international school, the prospect of moving to teach in the UK and the challenge of teacher supply.

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