I’m a headmaster and history teacher with 20 years of experience in the UK and Middle East. I studied history at Oxford University and did a postgrad at the University of Edinburgh, then completed my headship qualifications at Stirling University. I have taught national curricula as well as IB MYP and DP. I’ve worked as an examiner for the SQA, Edexcel and IBO, and am on working groups for the ISC (Diversity) and HMC (Assessment Reform).
I’m an author and have published books for John Catt Educational, Learning Sciences International and Cambridge University Press (my Amazon author page is here). I have published articles in both the education and national press. My latest book, which is co-authored with Kate Jones, is called The Teaching Life and focuses on professional learning and career progression for all teachers, at any stage of their career. It is available from November 2021.
I am an experienced content curator for education events and festivals. I was Content Director of the Telegraph Festival of Education, and organise researchED Scotland. In Summer 2019 I launched EduMod at the Fringe, an international education festival, with Summerhouse Media. I am currently working with the New York Times at their Climate Hub for COP26.
I am a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (RSA) and am a board member of the charity Remembering Srebrenica Scotland. Our work focuses on tackling prejudice and intolerance in society.
Photography by Marina D’Ambrosio (Instagram okti_brina).