A student educated in Dubai has said teachers actually have a higher work load, contrasting the argument that it’s the reason for their departure.
Caitlin Benstead, a psychology student in Kent was educated at British schools in Dubai explains why teachers may be attracted to new roles in the Gulf.
“Teachers would like Dubai for the weather and the ‘easy living’, as people call it.”
“They’re definitely drawn to Dubai because they don’t have to pay tax on their earnings, but I feel their work loads may be higher because they do so much for the students and give time during lunch and after school to help us.”
Caitlin also shares other reasons why teachers may be drawn to Dubai: “Culturally, it is brilliant. It’s so diverse, they embrace the local culture, as a result of this, respect and humility is developed.”
According to the chief inspector of schools in England, Sir Michael Wilshaw, the country is facing a “teacher brain drain” at a time where nearly half of the newly trained teachers flee England for employment abroad.
Each year, there are 40,000 newly qualified teachers, with only 22,000 of these remaining in the UK to teach the 8.2 million school children in the UK.
Figures estimate that by 2020, there will be 582,000 more school-age children in the UK, yet with the high number of teachers fleeing the UK to teach abroad, this leaves us requiring 160,000 more teachers in the next three years to cope with the increase.
This means that the shortage is more than likely to be felt at any of the 669 schools in the Kent area as at present, there are 175 job adverts to teach at 122 schools in the Kent area.
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Bella Tanner and her family upped sticks and moved to Dubai.
On the reasons why teachers are drawn to Dubai, Bella said : “tax free salaries lure teachers to Dubai – it’s common for teachers to sign 2 year contracts, get free accommodation and once it’s up leave. It’s kind of a lifestyle choice too, the chance to do it seems fun and there’s nothing to lose at the end of the day, they can still go back to England and teach again.”
Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, told The Drop
“Performance related pay and a workload that for the majority of teachers is utterly punishing and unsustainable leaving little time for family or friends is driving teachers out in droves.
“Add to this the punitive and often pointless accountability system overseen by Sir Michael Wilshaw alongside his regular disparaging comments about the profession it is no surprise teaching in England has become an unattractive option.
“Teachers need to be given respect and be trusted to teach as well as appropriate levels of salary and improved conditions. If we don’t the Chief Inspector will continue to have a lot to worry about.”