Arriving at a bustling, sweltering airport with immaculately dressed pilgrims returning from the Hajj, my first visit to Pakistan was full of anticipation and nervous excitement. My usual browse through medical requirements and ‘sensible people’s’ FCO do’s and don’ts suggested plenty of caution but I have learnt to take each place I visit on face … Continue reading "Karachi at its best"
Finding your first festival feet is always a little exciting and daunting but having braved a few nights in a tent with every element of humanity breathing and swarming around you, I think I have decided I would do it all again. I was invited by Practical Action to deliver two days of workshops to … Continue reading "Bluedot Festival First"
Training in Lagos. What an incredible experience with memories to treasure.
Nearly 50 pupils from across Eastbourne and Seaford gathered to discuss and debate ideas on global issues such as clean water, renewable energy and sustainable technologies. They presented their ideas to the conference of pupils and teachers and then shared their ideas with other pupils in true science conference style. Eastbourne College again hosted the … Continue reading "Want a better world?"
What a fantastic day at ResearchEd Durrington. My takeaways.
I have always been an advocate of running. Good for the soul and good for the heart. Not so good for the knees. It clears my mind and gives me breathing space away from 4G, Wifi, browsers and emails. It’s always been a key to a better work-life balance. As part of my work with … Continue reading "Running: a British School in Nanjing"
Beware: According to the analysis of collected research by the Education Endowment Foundation, using Teaching Assistants either in or out of the classroom can actually have a detrimental effect on pupil progress and you are going to have to pay pots of money for it. However, if used effectively for targeted intervention with recognised programmes, in a … Continue reading "Do Teaching Assistants make a difference?"
This was one of the highlights of training this year, alongside my second visit to Ethiopia in August. Hugely anticipated and requiring significant planning, this was always going to be an exciting trip. I was invited to work with Nord Anglia International School in Shanghai, Pudong on behalf of Dragonfly Training Ltd. It’s a long … Continue reading "East meets West in Shanghai"
Dragonfly Training offer practical courses designed for teachers across the world.
Whilst not quite the eye-opening experience of last summer, my return to Bingham Academy in Addis Ababa, was none the less inspirational and uplifting. I was delighted to be asked back to work with an amazing group of teachers, many of whom were present last year. Retention of staff in International Schools is always an … Continue reading "Return to Ethiopia – finding your ‘ikigai’"