One major shock to system all those years ago when I started this international journey was how evident, open and blindingly obvious the business side of things/factors/influence (call it what you want) were and still are. Just like any type of business, your major expenses are your labour costs. Whether it is hiring NQTs, iPGCE grads, unqualified teachers, local hires, promoting or fast tracking a Head from a magic cupboard in HQ or hiring BFFs to tip the balance towards a Head's favour; you understand quick smart (in less than a month) these are all part and parcel of the industry. When things go pear shape, five principals in two years for example... One doesn't think of the staff, local or expat. I think of the local kids and the local parents who fork out the money to give their children the best education they can afford. They are to me, the biggest loser in these certain type of schools/businesses. Unfortunately the business model of these certain schools/Boards/owners places the innocent children and their parents as nothing but paying customers. When they set out and continue to have that hidden (but very real) vision $£€¥£$. Well, we all know how things turn out.