Nord Anglia Education’s annual ‘Outstanding Teachers for Outstanding Schools’ event saw a record 18,000 applicants for roles at the leading premium school group’s event in London last week.
Hundreds of highly-qualified candidates were invited to sit final-round interviews in the hope of filling vacant positions across NAE’s 56 schools, located in 27 countries around the globe.
Throughout the week, these interviews were conducted by Nord Anglia principals, who attended the event to personally select the candidates who are the right fit for their individual schools.
Apart from the interviews, candidates were also able to hear from and participate in workshops with NAE leaders to find out what it means to be a part of the truly global network of schools that NAE is.
Informational sessions included presentations on living and working in schools across four regions: China, Southeast Asia, The Americas, and Europe and the Middle East. Leaders familiar with these regions were able to offer first-hand information and answer any pressing questions from candidates.
Nord Anglia Education chief executive Andrew Fitzmaurice spent the week leading information sessions to highlight key points of differentiation students and parents can enjoy at an NAE school.
These sessions served to detail what makes NAE different from individual schools, along with informing candidates of the emphasis the organisation places on and the support it offers its employees for professional development.
Speaking to a group of candidates on the final day the event, Mr Fitzmaurice said Nord Anglia Education is a thriving, growing company with long-term career potential for all who join.
“Currently we have 56 schools in 27 countries, with more than 10,000 staff and teachers. In terms of students, we are up around 30 per cent from last year,” he said.
“It is a time of incredible business growth.”
However, he reiterated the needs of the students, parents and teachers would always remain at the heart of everything the organisation does.
“We’re very conscious, as we grow, that we need to tangibly show how everybody benefits from being under the Nord Anglia Education banner,” he said.
“As we grow, we have a suite of measures in place to check whether everybody continues to do better as part of our family of schools. We expect to be able to demonstrate that our growth is beneficial to all.”
Mr Fitzmaurice said the foundation for the organisation’s success is the ability to continue to attract and retain the very best talent in education.
“We know the difference that great teaching makes,” he said.
“Our teachers benefit from professional development, a global community, and clearly defined progression opportunities. We also want to bring our own people up through the organisation for leadership positions at every point possible.”