Since 1996, I have been teaching, having made my flight from commerce. As a geography teacher, pastoral and senior manager, I have had the fortune and privilege to teach with many inspirational people and to work with many great students.
What ever school is about, it is about the journey of learning not the race of assessment. Using iPads in the classroom has been transformational in the way that I think about teaching and learning. The device has given me the opportunity to re-think the ways in which I teach and to question what I do. I have presented on this at various events such as the Apple European Education Leadership Summit, London 2014 and I am booked for occasional INSET training sessions on behalf of the Geographical Association.
I joined the Stephen Perse Foundation in Cambridge, UK in September 2007 as Director of 6th form and IB Coordinator and then from 2013, as Director of Communications, working equally with staff and students (aged 3 to 19), then Director of Guidance working across all of our schools on diverse aspects such as our ‘inspire me’ programme of innovation and scholarship, all aspects of university advice and application, opportunities for independent learning (libraries, extended essays etc) and anything to do with the ‘next steps’ in education that affect transitions across the age ranges in secondary schooling. I am now (from September 2016) Head of Sixth Form and Guidance.
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Simon Armitage, 2016