Recruitment for International Schools


Compass provides recruitment services to international schools worldwide. Founded in 2011, we have assisted international schools in over 50 countries, spanning continental Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa and North & South America. In the same time we have worked with hundreds of qualified teachers seeking to teach overseas within British, IB, US and Australian curricula international schools.






We have developed our client base by visiting international schools, attending relevant international education conferences and meeting with international school leaders. In doing so, we are able to offer a consultative service to the many schools and teachers who regularly use our service.



For teachers wishing to register as a candidate, we require an up to date CV sent by email to and upon receipt, we will be in contact to discuss the next steps. We can only accept CVs showing a full employment history, providing details of two professional referees from the current or most recent employer, with at least one being a school leader. Referees are only contacted with a candidate’s expressed permission.






For international schools who wish to enquire about our recruitment services, refer to our Contact Us section for details of the relevant consultant in your region to contact. Our database and network of teachers are typically British qualified, followed by Australian. New Zealand and North American and many have international experience.



Tom Arnold Director

Tom is a qualified teacher having taught in the UK and at IB international schools in Switzerland. He has also gained substantial experience of the education recruitment industry and since forming Compass he has recruited for and regularly visits international schools and conferences worldwide. Tom is your point of contact for all vacancies in Europe and North & South America.


Ian Kerr MBE Consultant

Ian has over 40 years of experience as an international educator and administrator in England, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia. During this time he was Headmaster of an international school. In 2004, Ian was honoured with an MBE for services to education and the Malaysian Community and joined us in 2011. Ian is your point of contact for vacancies in the Far East & South-East Asia.


Honoria Arnold Marketing

Honoria is an accomplished teacher and Headteacher with over 30 years experience in primary schools, 16 years as Headteacher and more recently as an Executive Headteacher managing two schools. Honoria has significant experience and expertise in successfully recruiting teachers and senior school leaders. Honoria is your point of contact for any marketing related matters.


Heather Thompson Consultant

Heather is our recent addition to the team bringing with her over 25 years of recruitment experience. Heather’s expertise has been placing candidates in the Middle East and Africa and she herself has relocated numerous times with her husband who is an international school Headteacher. Heather is your point of contact for all vacancies in the Middle East and Africa.


Kevin Page Consultant

Kevin, following on from his teaching experience in New Zealand, has been working in international schools in Switzerland ( 4 schools), Germany, Austria as both a teacher and administrator for over 35 years. He brings with him 28 years of experience in recruiting teachers for the mainly IB international schools where he has worked.


You ? Consultant

Compass is currently looking to appoint a Senior Consultant to join our growing team. This is a home-based position and therefore we welcome applications from experienced recruiters, who have also worked in education from anywhere in the world. For further information, please contact Tom Arnold at with your CV.



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