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1. What is your school or organization?
Broughton Hall High School, Liverpool
2. What roles have you had/do you have within the IB?
Workshop Leader/Presenter at conferences in Istanbul, Bangkok, Athens, Marrakesh and Liverpool.
3. Tell us some more about yourself, your education, your career and other roles you have had outside of the IB.
I possess an honours degree in English and an MSc in educational management.
I have been a teacher for 36 years in the UK and for the past 12 years as Head Teacher of an all-girls secondary school in Liverpool. I have worked on secondment for the New York Department for Education’s Innovations Unit and for Liverpool Building Schools for the Future programme.
I have presented at IB conferences and led training for IB schools in Bern, Milan and Oxford. I have also developed school links with China, Japan and the US.
Working with the architect of the High School of the Future in Philadelphia, we have designed and built a 21st century school in Liverpool. I have also presented for the British Centre for Science Education organization on school design to architects and educationalists from many other countries.
I spoke at the Building Learning Communities Conference in Boston in July of this year.
4. What was your motivation behind being a part of this publication?
The aim was to have a sharper focus through research on the demands facing schools and young people at a time of exponential change.
The aim was to link theory and practice to the IB learner profile and to provide stimulus for teachers, school leaders and interested parents to continue to challenge assumptions around learning.
I believe that school are among the most reluctant organizations to effectively stimulate change, as they often face significant internal and external pressures.
I also believe that learning is a fascinating topic for further study and research and that we all continue to learn.
5. Who do you see as the main audience for the publication?
The main audience was seen to be practitioners throughout the IB world and beyond. Practising and trainee teachers and colleges and universities involved in the training of teachers; those who lead, manage and design schools; interested parents and students.
6. What benefit does this book have to the user, and how would you recommend that a teacher or student use this resource?
I believe the book brings together research, theory and actual practice.
The chapters stand in isolation and can be used to stimulate an interest and point to how skills and knowledge may be put into practice.
The book also encourages reflection and self-review.
I would recommend a close reading of the opening chapters prior to selecting those areas of particular interest.
Also use the key questions to stimulate debate with colleagues.
7. Getting personal, what is your current favourite music, book and movie?
Favourite music would be James Taylor, Crosby Stills and Nash, and Andrea Boccelli.
Favourite book of all time is Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.
Favourite movie at present is The King’s Speech.
8. If you were going to a desert island and allowed to take only one item with you, what would you take?
Presuming my wife does not count as an item! I’d take my Macbook Pro.