The international school education sector has transformed into a major global business. While early international schools were created to meet the needs of wealthy Western expatriates, this has changed extensively in recent years to cater to a more diverse audience. As of 2019, there are more than 9,600 international schools, teaching over five million students throughout the world.
A popular choice for parents
Western companies investing in Asian countries increased development in the international school market, initially due to highly skilled ex-pats requiring English-medium international schools for their children. However, an emerging middle class has developed throughout Asia as a result of an improvement in the economy. In the Middle East, an oil boom has seen an influx in English-medium schools enter the region.
Many parents in developing countries hold a Western education in high esteem and see this as a pathway to a successful lifestyle. Increased amounts of disposable income has seen families investing more in schooling. Due to the limitations of education systems in developing countries, parents look towards other options such as English-medium international schools. Notable brands such as Harrow have noticed the surge in popularity and have set up schools across the world including in Bangkok and Beijing.
Why is it popular for UK teachers?
There is a high demand for the skills and experience of UK teachers in international schools due to the British education system being highly valued by teachers and schools. British international schools are estimated to require 230,000 more teachers over the next ten years.
International school education is a popular choice for teachers due to exciting new challenges, opportunities for exploration and rich cultural experiences. 71% of incoming teachers cite travel as their main motivation for moving. 79% of outgoing teachers asked said they had developed a deeper cultural awareness and a global outlook after their experiences abroad. International education can also provide professional career development and other benefits such as higher salaries. 63% of teachers starting their career abroad mentioned dissatisfaction of home education system as the main motivator.
The popularity of English-medium schools is continuing to grow within the education sector and schools are keen to bring in experienced staff with UK or Western qualifications. If you are thinking about starting a new teaching career and would like to find out more about education opportunities abroad contact our expert team who are here to help.