Why British Teachers are Fleeing Overseas

The grass is greener for educators who told The Guardian they are happier now teaching in foreign schools. Their reasons for defecting will ring true with most educators here: “A call-out to Guardian readers for their experiences has drawn more than 300 responses – many heartfelt – from teachers who reluctantly left their jobs in the state sector in the UK to teach abroad, usually in well-funded private institutions. Often exhausted by their experiences in the UK, they complain of excessive workload, stress, a lack of work-life balance, funding cuts, a dread of Ofsted (government inspection office), an obsession with paperwork, accountability measures, poor behavior, children bringing weapons to school, high staff turnover … the list goes on.

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