Mark Leppard MBE is the Headmaster of The British School Al Khubairat, the only British curriculum Embassy School of the UAE and one of the leading British curriculum schools in the Middle East. He is a passionate educator and wholeheartedly believes in lifelong learning, and a discerning focus on holistic education that ensures the student is at the heart of all decisions. Mark regularly writes educational articles, is invited onto academic panels and guests on various podcasts. Mark was invited to be a panelist for the Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund as an educational expert. Mark is a keen sportsman, he has successfully captained teams at various levels and most notably represented the Arabian Gulf at rugby. He is also an avid Spurs fan.
Before joining BSAK he was the Principal of Doha College, Qatar for 9 years and in 2015 was awarded an MBE for services to education. He was recently awarded a UAE Golden Visa as an expert in his field. He holds a Bachelor of Education and an M.Ed in educational leadership. A trained School Inspector, having completed school inspections across the globe. He is a member of HMC, AoBSO and is currently the chair of BSME (British Schools of the Middle East).
15 November 2021 | 13:55 - 14:25 | English | Staff Retention in International Teaching - a school leader perspective
The promise of sunnier climes, shorter working hours and tax free salaries drives teachers to international teaching, but can also lead to speedy staff turnover as teachers view their new international position as temporary, and leaders view the churn as part of the international education landscape. Staff retention is a pressing issue given the expense of international hires, but also improving standards can be incredibly tough with this temporary mindset. Victoria James will moderate a conversation with leaders to discuss practical strategies to drive retention rates up, encourage loyalty and build a reputation as the best place to work. This conversation will touch on teacher wellbeing in terms of job satisfaction, career progression and security, and encourage the change in mindset required in staff approaches to international teaching.