International schools are shifting towards hybrid continuous professional development (CPD) in order to meet educators’ desire for learning opportunities, according to a new report.
The Recruitment and CPD in international schools report, conducted by ISC Research, says that “combining opportunities for face-to-face interactions with flexible access to learning content that is delivered via virtual learning environments” will prove increasingly popular moving forward.
The pandemic and the flexibility offered by technology were given as reasons why more international schools are adopting hybrid CPD.
More than three-quarters (76%) of the international schools in the report agreed that CPD is important for both recruiting and retaining staff. Two-thirds said that upskilling staff in education technology will be a priority over the coming years due to its importance in modern day learning.
“CPD is now recognised as a crucial element of attracting and retaining educators and, with the increased access to quality, rigorous online and hybrid CPD solutions by a range of providers, this is an offering all international schools regardless of their location can now offer,” said Ashley Kirk, sales director at ISC Research.
In addition to levelling-up their CPD offerings, international schools are becoming more innovative with their recruitment, the report notes. New recruitment pathways have been opened up including “training teachers on the job” and “developing local teaching staff”.
“Recruitment within the sector is shifting considerably because of the huge need for teachers but also because of the recognition by many international schools to respond to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice within recruitment practices,” said Kirk.
However, there has been something of a shift towards retaining staff amid the pandemic by “emphasising professional learning to develop their faculty”, which is, in turn, encouraging staff to stay on.
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