I am a highly experienced and outstand teacher of Geography and History. I have taught up to and including A level. My Geography lessons are varied informative, enjoyable and focus on achievement and success in the subject at whatever level you are studying. I have experience as an examiner for a variety of exam boards and always ensure my students are fully prepared for their examinations.
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I have been teaching for over 25 years, Geography, History, Second Language English, to A level. Vast experience as an examiner with various exam boards. I have taught hundreds of students many of whom have gone on to obtain places at Oxbridge for Geography. I have a BA and Masters degree in Geography
1. B.A.Hons Geography / History: University of London 1980
2. M.Sc. Earth Science: CNAA 1982
3. PGCE Geography / Geology / History PE: University of London 1982
4. Diploma Business Management: SAIM 1988
5. Diploma Personnel Management: SAIM 1992
6. Ph.D. Educational Management. CNAA 1993
7. Graduate Diploma Quality Assurance. University Witwatersrand, 2002
This document presents a brief resume of the areas of responsibility I have held since 1987. In reverse chronological order.
08/2010-06/2018: Director of Professional Development, MPW, 90-92 Queensgate, London SW7 5AB. Member SLT with responsibility for all Staff Training & CPD, Performance Management, Staff recruitment, Teaching and Learning, NQT’s. Head of Faculty. Liaison with KCL PGCE programme.
01/2009-08/2010: Subject Leader Geography & House Manager, Cambridge Centre for Sixth Form Studies, Station Road, Cambridge. Subject leader & House Manager.
08/2007 – 08/2008: Boarder Housemaster, & Subject Leader Geography; Dover College.
01/2003 – 08/2007 Executive Head and CEO: Colegio Luso Internacional do Porto Oporto International School. Co ed school: 670 pupils and two affiliate schools (320 and 280 respectively).
Staff recruitment, evaluation and appraisal.
Leading a team of 57 staff under 3 Heads of School.
Review of all policies and structures.
Reorganisation of school structure.
Financial management of school budget (in excess of E15 million)
Responsible for obtaining membership of ECIS through inspection process: April 2004.
Membership of ECIS and other associations.
Strategic direction of pedagogic aspects of school. Including Quality assurance survey.
Devised integrated marketing strategy.
Oversight of two affiliate schools.
09/2002-01/2003: Professor of School Improvement; Monash University, South Africa.
Devising national school improvement strategy for Independent Schools.
Obtaining funding for disadvantaged schools
Developing courses for school improvement.
Training for ISASA School Inspection teams.
Developing ITT programme for Independent schools.
09/1999 – 08/2002: Headmaster: Dainfern College, co-ed 820 pupils.
Creation of School Vision for 3 year plan. (School strategic plan)
Overseeing and leading curricular developments.
Overseeing and leading major developments in ICT.
Financial planning (budget of 17 million).
Marketing of the School and increasing pupil numbers.
Liaison with professional bodies, and other bodies.
Leading a staff team of 92, including professional development review.
Overhaul of staff conditions of employment, contracts etc.
Creation of numerous school structures and policies.
Project management of infrastructure projects and building expansion.
Reporting to Board of Governors on the progress of the school.
Recruitment and retention of all staff.
Public image of Dainfern College.
08/1998-08/99: ICT Specialist: King’s College School.
Responsibilities: Devising, co-ordinating and presenting staff training programme / Delivery of ICT to pupils in Year 9, 10 and Upper Sixth. /Network Management & Technical Support for ICT Department. /Coaching rugby and soccer.
01/1996-08/98: Director Staff & Curriculum Development, St.John’s College. Johannesburg.
Introduction, management and development of school-wide appraisal system for 67 members of academic staff.
Member of school Executive committee.
Management of school-wide staff development budget.
Chairman of Curriculum Development Team.
Introduction, development and management of school staff development programme.
Introduction and management of school grievance and disciplinary policy.
Introduction and development of the computerisation of the school report system.
Teaching of Geography to A Level.
01/1992-03/96: Housemaster, St.John’s College, Johannesburg.
Leading a team of 7 tutors. /Personal, Social and pastoral care of 105 pupils aged 13 to 17/ Member of housemasters committee./Liaison with parents on house and pupil related issues./Management of House budget.
1989-92 Director of Information Technology, St.John’s College. Johannesburg
Creation of school-wide IT policy./ Management of IT budget. /Management of the school LAN./ Staff training in IT. /Delivery of IT to junior forms.
1987-97 Head of Geography: St.John’s College. Johannesburg
Leading a team of 5 full time and 1 part-time geographers./ Ongoing curriculum review & development. /Development of use of AV resources in Geography.
Development of ICT use in Geography/ Organisation of fieldwork. /Attendance at National Geography conferences. /Teaching Geography to A Level.
Departmental administration and organisation of teaching timetable. /Management of Geography department budget. /Departmental appraisal.
09/1985 – 08/1998: St Johns College Johannesburg: Various post as listed above.
08/1983 – 08/1985: Sutton Manor High School. Geography Teacher.
08/1980 – 08/182: Demonstrator University of London, Goldsmiths’ College.
In addition to the posts held at schools, I have also held the following posts of responsibility.
1987-96: National Schools Representative on the Executive Council of the Society of South African Geographers. The South African equivalent of the RGS.
1991-98: National Convenor of the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) Geography User Group. This involved the organisation of the annual national conference of Geographers, and maintaining a watching brief over regional user group activities across South Africa.
1993-96: Sub-Examiner for IEB Matriculation Examination.
1993-96: Secretary then Chairman of Governing body of Houghton Primary School.
1994-97: Moderator for IEB General Certificate of Education Geography Exam.
1994 –98: Designed, devised presented, facilitated Educational Leadership courses for Independent Schools Council (ISC / HMC) in a wide variety of areas, including; deputy head training, head of department training, conflict management, team building, staff appraisal etc. This became a national programme for ISASA schools.
1994 – 98: Devised and presented courses for Heads of Schools in Daveyton Township, as part of St Andrew’s School Outreach Programme. 34 schools were involved in the programme. Designed and developed teacher development programme for disadvantaged schools.
1994 – 97: Lectured on Educational Management Diploma Course for South African Institute of Management.
1996 - 97 Examiner for IEB Adult Education Combined Science Examination.
1996-99: Examiner for IEB Matriculation Examination in Geography.
1996-98: Presenter for UCLES for A level Geography INSET for new schools entering for UCLES A level examinations.
1999 – 2002 Member of Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA) and South African Heads of Independent Schools Association (SAHISA, formerly HMC).
Key member of ISASA team that devised and presented “Quality Assurance for Continuing School Improvement”.
Regular contributor to “Independent Education”
2001-02: Member of SAHISA Central Region Executive committee.
Member of SAHISA Conference Organising Committee
Member of the Independent Examinations Board Committee for Formal Examinations. The oversight standing committee for the IEB.
2002: Ran training for Headteachers, deputy heads and Governors on school management and leadership issues, under the auspices of Monash University and Professor John Anderson the Vice Chancellor.
2004-05: Chair of Heads of English Speaking Schools Association of Portugal.
2008-10; Assessor for OCR and CIE examinations.
2012-13: Training pastoral and subject leaders, through HMCPD programme.
2013: Member OCR Consultative Forum for Geography reform.
2014; Governor of local Primary School.
2015-present Leadership training for both HMC and ISA schools.
2016 - present CIE examiner. CIE trainer.
In November 2002 I was appointed Director (Associate Professor) of School Development at Monash University, South Africa, with the brief of establishing a graduate school of school leadership and developing leadership programmes nationally to train school leaders for the demands of a changing educational landscape in South Africa.
In addition to the above, I worked on numerous regional and national curriculum committees in South Africa and Portugal, (both subject specific and general educational areas) as well as giving a wide variety of presentations on educational and geographical matters to the public.
My experience has been both at the strategic level, designing, developing and evaluating teacher development programmes as well as delivering training at all levels of school leadership.
More recently I have been involved in leadership training with HMCPD and ISA as well as being a member of the OCR A level consultative forum.
In my current role, one of my KPI was raising attainment and quality of teaching and learning for our ISI inspection. We were graded “Excellent” for all 8 categories, in our 2013 ISI inspection.
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