I am a professional educator with 11 years of teaching and leadership experience in primary and post-primary age groups in the UAE (almost entirely in private schools following the National Curriculum of England). I am also an EdTech coach and have spoken at inter-school conferences in the Emirates on how to integrate digital technology and platforms into everyday pedagogical practices. Additionally, I have acted as a coach and mentor in pedagogical support programmes for newly qualified teachers in schools I have worked in. I also have a passion for academic research focusing on teachers and their professional practice. I am from Ireland and also have a love for virtually all sports. I have a 1st class honours BA in English & History, a 1st class honours Postgraduate Diploma in Education, and a Distinction Masters in Education. I am also a PhD candidate with University College London and am hoping to start my studies in September. I am also in the process of completing the CSML programme (School Management & Leadership Certificate) with Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. I am currently Head of Humanities (Prep) in Cranleigh School Abu Dhabi and am an Irish national who has lived in the UAE since 2008 (taking a year out in 2010 to complete my studies in Ireland).
16 November 2021 | 12:50 - 13:10 | English | Teacher Turnover in International Schools: Why are teachers leaving and how can schools stem the tide?
My proposed talk would explore the predicted causal factors for teacher turnover in international schools and explore the strategies that have been recommended to promote greater retention in leading studies. I would also hope to be in a position to give a synopsis of a more substantial literature review on this topic and also the insights I will have gained from my own preliminary research into teacher turnover in British Schools in Abu Dhabi as I am in the final stages of a PhD application with University College London. The main construct categories that have been found to contribute to teacher turnover would be explored; namely, teacher characteristics, school characteristics, leadership characteristics, organisational characteristics and host characteristics. I would then set out a series of recommendations that can be put into practice to promote retention based on leading studies and national / international reports.