One of the most important jobs I have as a Principal is the recruitment of teachers. Although we do not like to see our staff move on to new countries and new opportunities, this is unfortunately a fact of life for all international organisations within the UAE. Added to this is the natural growth of a popular school and each year we have a few teaching vacancies we have to fill.
As a school with an international reputation, plus part of Nord Anglia Education, we are able to attract some highly experienced and talented teachers to join our team. In addition to this, it is then crucial that the ongoing professional development of our teachers is of the highest standard. Our teachers then continue to learn as part of BIS Abu Dhabi, remain at BIS Abu Dhabi and can offer more to their classes for many years to come.
One of our key teacher training projects is known as CSI, an acronym which stands for Collaborative School-based Inquiry. During this term all our teachers have worked in small groups to research an area of teaching which is relevant to them and to prepare a workshop to share with other members of staff. This series of workshops take place next Wednesday, 30th November, as part of our Staff Training Day and is known as the Learning Symposium.
This is the third Learning Symposium we have held during the last couple of years. The quality of the research and inquiry from our teachers has been recognised by the nomination recently received for the British International School Awards. We therefore find the Learning Symposium is attracting people from other schools who wish to come and see what BIS Abu Dhabi is doing and to learn alongside our staff. Next week we are expecting to host visitors from Dubai, from ADEC and from other schools within Abu Dhabi.
We often talk to the students about the importance of keeping on learning throughout your life. This is extremely evident from the teachers here at BIS Abu Dhabi and is something that makes a significant difference to our classrooms every day.