Bean there done that: Rowan Atkinson (left), best known for portraying the characters Mr Bean and Blackadder, rehearses his role as ‘utterly hopeless’ language school English teacher St John Quartermaine. Atkinson said of his character in this year’s revival of the play Quartermaine’s Terms at London’s Wyndham Theatre, ‘I don’t think I had any teacher as bad as him.’ With him in the staff room are Louise Ford and Malcolm Sinclair.
By Matt Salusbury
The Netherlands is looking into ways to retain its international students after they graduate. Currently, the proportion of international students who stay on is well below one in five. Enticing even that ratio to stay on and work would add an estimated €740 million (£633 million) to the Dutch economy and fill skills shortages in key technical fields.
By James McCrostie
Berlitz Japan’s four-year legal battle with unionised teachers ended on 27 December last year when management and union representatives signed an agreement to end the company’s lawsuit against the union.
In 2008 Berlitz Japan sued Begunto, the teachers’ union, and five teachers volunteering as union officers for ¥110 million (£776,000), claiming a teachers’ strike was illegal. In addition to dropping its suit, the company will award current union members a rise and the union a lump-sum bonus. The agreement prohibits the disclosure of financial details to anyone outside the union.