Teaching career began in Glasgow after graduation at University of Newcastle.  After eight years in primary schools moved to Ascension Island School, South Atlantic Ocean, for two exciting years.  Next move was to the British Embassy School in Athens, Greece.  Five happy years later saw an appointment as Head of Maths, middle school, to the Continental School, Jeddah, Sauid Arabia, a most interesting post and place.  Returning to UK became Deputy Head of a small primary school in Essex.  During this time studied for a Dip.Ed at the University of London, Education Department.  

Several year later, was invited to head a new school in Doha, Qatar, a challenging and memorable experience.  Next move was to Whitley Bay in the north east of England as Deputy Head/Head of Maths of a Middle School.  In five years, studied for a masters degree at the University of Newcastle, achieving an M.Ed in Educational Management. 

Drawn again to working and living overseas was appointed as Primary School Principal at the International School of Lausanne, Switzerland.  During this time was involved as a Visiting Team Member for the CIS/NEASCin the  accreditation process.  For several years was a member of the SGIS Committee. 

Retirement beckoned after fifteen happy and fulfilling years in 2013.  Still maintain connections with ISL, SGIS and Switzerland.

Newsflash

FROM URGENCY TO AGENCY – Sustainability at the Heart of Learning

Sustainability Workshop 26th & 27th November 2021

The UN has called ‘Code Red for Humanity’ in its most recent IPCC report. How do we as educators mitigate the climate anxiety our students may experience (and staff, we might add) and use it as an opportunity to forge local actions? In this workshop we base ourselves on the conviction that schools are capable of, and obligated to, play an important role in mitigating Climate Change.

In our view, schools should reinvent themselves to become learning communities that go beyond preparing for the future; instead they should help shape that future, by allowing students and educators to prototype solutions for today’s challenges. By allowing students to actively engage with the local impacts of Climate Change, they could learn about the SDGs, Systems Thinking, Design Thinking, collaboration, etc - all skills which will serve them well in their further lives. In that way, sustainability can become a core driver of education, very much in line with IBO’s vision about student agency. It will allow for learning to be challenge-based, relevant, local and utterly engaging. It will give students a voice and allow them to make necessary changes in their school environment, at home and beyond.

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