The Tes international podcast brings you the latest insights from international educators across the globe, on everything from the latest teaching and learning strategies, to leadership, CPD, recruitment, and that je ne sais quoi of the international school market.
Helping staff achieve their management dreams
In this episode of the Tes International podcast we chat with Mark Steed, the Principal and CEO of Kellett School, the British International School in Hong Kong about how leaders can give staff meaningful career growth opportunities towards their own leadership goals.
He touches on how this involves recognising you may lose talented staff over time - and why this should be embraced - and why existing leaders should spend time explaining the less obvious aspects of leadership to those below them to help set them up for the future
Governors and consultants: How to use them to your advantage
In this episode of the Tes International podcast we chat with Liz Free, CEO and director at International School Rheintal (ISR) in Switzerland, about how she set about establishing a relationship with her board of governors that worked for both her and them to benefit the school, and why this isn't as easy as it sounds.
She also discusses the tricky topic of when and how to call on external consultants to help you - from how you pick the right person or organisation for your needs and making it clear what you want them to do - and why sometimes you have to decide their advice is not right for your setting, even if you've paid good money for it.
All that and lots more...
The art of induction: Settling into life in NYC
In this episode, we chat with Matt Payne, the head of lower school at Nord Anglia International School New York, to hear about how the school works hard to ensure the induction process for new starters goes as well as possible.
He explains how this starts at the interview stage as the school looks to get a sense of how candidates may settle in such a fast-paced and bustling city - and how they help them sort the numerous administrative tasks that await.
He also explains why buddy systems are back after the pandemic - and why a scavenger hunt can be a great way to help people learn about their new home.
Leading a school through a war: Life as a headteacher in Kiev
Tes talks with the principal of the British International School Ukraine, David Cole, about how he and his school community have coped during the Russian invasion of the country – and why keeping education going must remain the top priority, whatever the situation
The importance of strong community links across the world
Building strong relationships with the local community is something all schools seek to do - but it is not something that happens by magic and takes time, trust and effort to create genuine connections and dialogue.
This is especially true in the international school sector, where many schools have been perceived as silos of privilege and may have struggled to integrate with the wider community. This was the challenge that faced Jonathan Warner when he became headmaster of the British School of Ulaanbaatar in 2019.
However, as he explains in the latest Tes International podcast, he set about changing this from the start across the school - from getting pupils to see the reality of life beyond the school gates to reaching out to local government officials to build relationships and form long-term partnerships.
He explains how he did this, the impact it has had, why he sees it as fundamental to the ethos of international education - and what it's like to live and work in Mongolia.
How the pandemic has driven a renewed focus on safeguarding
As the pandemic recedes in many countries around the world international schools are reporting an increase in safeguarding concerns as the impact of two years of studying at home and a lack of socialisation takes its toll.
With this in mind, we chat with Kate Moskwa, principal of Abdulrahman Kanoo International School (ARKIS) in Bahrain, to hear about how her school has seen this issue play out and the work they are doing to support students and give staff the CPD they need to maintain their skills in this area.
We also talk about the wider issues of safeguarding in the international sector - from the cultural differences between settings to the importance of using the expertise of local staff to discuss sensitive issues with families.