Ruth Sanderson

Senior Vice Principal - Head of Secondary, Doha College

Ruth is the Senior Vice Principal – Head of Secondary at Doha College, Qatar. She is an international school leader with passion and has previously worked in leading international schools in Brunei, Malaysia, and South Korea. She enjoys building relationships with stakeholders to develop trust, confidence, and a supportive community. She has expertise in recruiting, coaching and developing staff, strategic planning and implementation, change management, collaborative teamwork, and assessment for learning.

Ruth is committed to life-long learning. She holds an MBA in International Education (2015), and has achieved the Certificate of International School Leadership (2017) from the Principal’s Training Center. She has 18 years of classroom experience as a Chemistry teacher, where she focused on students as individual learners and strived to create a positive and aspirational learning environment for all. She is intellectually curious in a range of domains and enjoys engaging discussions with colleagues and friends. 



Leaders in Education Conference

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.