I write this week’s article from the delightful Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London. This is the venue for the Nord Anglia new staff Recruitment Fair lasting until the weekend.
It is affectionately known as ‘OTOS’ – ‘Outstanding Teachers for Outstanding Schools’ – and as all parents and students will know, the educational experience that you enjoy is directly impacted by the quality of teaching staff appointed. John Hattie’s research on the individual factors impacting student progress is enlightening and is shared for parents to view. It is impressive research.
At the British Vietnamese International School in Hanoi, we have appointed outstanding teaching staff. Any who leave – and they do, due to the nature of contract work in international teaching – will be replaced by equally strong subject practitioners, committed to their craft, caring in their approach to student welfare and academic progress, possessors of a growth mindset and fully conversant with the standards and philosophies underpinning our own school and the wider Nord Anglia group of schools.
The London event is extremely well-organised and well-attended with a high calibre of candidates eagerly awaiting the opportunity to work in our school. It is always an enjoyable time for me as Principal. I know too that the heads of Section, Nick Lee and Nick West, also enjoy the opportunity to build their teams with high quality teaching staff. It is an exciting time for the growth of the school.
We will, of course, be writing later in the year with all new staff appointments. It is one of the most important and enjoyable tasks of the school year for the whole leadership team.
I wish you a very happy weekend.
Mr. Mark Sayer - Principal
*John Hattie, Professor of Education and Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia, since March 2011. He was previously Professor of Education at the University of Auckland.