Professional Development



  • Masters in Educational Technology 2009-2011
  • BEAM Maths Conference 2011
  • KORCOS 2008, 2009, 2011
  • EARCOS 2008

Detailed PD whilst overseas

2009 – 2011: Masters of Arts in Educational Technology . By going to the MaET tab you will see the various aspects covered during the course. I am accomplished in using both a Mac and and PC.

November 2011: BEAM Maths Conference, Hong Kong.

Conference Aims:
During the day participants will have the opportunity to:
1. Consider the importance of subject specific vocabulary and how to develop children’s listening and speaking skills in mathematics.
2. Explore a range of indoor and outdoor activities for the whole class or small groups.
3. Investigate how stories can be used to help children with problem solving.
4. Identify how to develop reasoning skills, problem solving and numeracy in a variety of effective ways.
5. Examine a variety of collaborative learning situations which support children in explaining and decision making.

November 2009: Alan November, an international leader in Educational Technology provided thought provoking insights into how students can deepen their research skills on the web.

March 2009: EARCOS (East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools) Teachers’ Conference ‘Our Global Impact’, Kota Kinabalu Excellent sessions from many speakers including; Jeff Utecht on Technology, Nancy Stubbs on Third Culture Kids, Phoebe Baresh on Conflict Management.

2009: Accreditation Process, member of sub group reviewing documentation for WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) accreditation.

April 2009: Chap Clark PhD., Author of Hurt. Lecture on teenagers and trends; SFS

October 2008: As part of KORCOS (Korea Council of Overseas Schools), John Joseph did a Keynote speech on the brain and different learning styles

September 2008: The New Primary Framework for Mathematics; Anne Henderson

This two day inset programme featured the following sessions:

  • Overview of the Renewed Numeracy Framework
  • Planning and its impact on teaching and learning
  • Use of calculators
  • Using and applying throughout the Framework
  • Dyslexia and Dysacalculia
  • Overview of the difficulties
  • Learning styles and how they affect learning
  • Teaching styles
  • Intervention strategies
  • Multi-sensory learning – a demonstration of the Numicon program

August 2008: In house training for the Curriculum Management Tool – Atlas

August 2008: Using the Performing Arts Theatres effectively; Grant Boyco

This session focused on four main elements; the basics of using the theatres without technical support.






House lights




Colour changes


Projector settings




Laptop settings

Different effects


Playing DVDs


Sound effects

Power Point tips

Panning knobs


PD undertaken in England – 2000-2007
  • ERR Phonics training
  • Gifted and Talented Conference
  • Thinking Skills
  • Observation and Feedback for Managers
  • Mind mapping
  • Aspiring to excellence, liberating excellence
  • Making the curriculum your own – key skills
  • Leadership programme
  • Promoting positive behaviour
  • The learning journey – transition from Reception to Year 1
  • ICT training; extensive Smartboard training


  • Student Council for 2 years

Student Council consists of Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 students. This year I have put together a project that looks at healthy eating. The year 9 students will be holding  discussions with students from the Middle School division on our progress so far. Meetings will be set up with the cafeteria staff on a monthly basis to encourage good relations and show our appreciation. It will also give the students the opportunity to suggest improvements and ask for any feedback from the catering staff.

  • Presented at SFS training day – making a film using iMovie

Presented with two fellow MaET (Master of Arts in Educational Technology) colleagues over a period of 3 hours for an INSET day. Covered all aspects of Movie making with iMovie. A total hands-on approach with colleagues bringing film to develop their own iMovie.

  • Initiated the ‘Maths Environment’ project for SFBS – raising the profile of maths.

As part of my Professional Development I have initiated my own action plan to raise the profile of maths throughout the British Division. This included looking at resources, especially for the more able students. I have also been working on putting together a maths morning for parents, with the focus on maths games and challenges. With this in mind I led a practical staff meeting / workshop which also included a survey that I created. The final part to my action plan this year will be to encourage an interactive maths area in each classroom thereby raising the profile of maths and the Maths Environment.

  • Coached for FOBISSEA 2008

Worked at part of a team for 4 months to train students to participate in the Fobissea games in Penang. Focus on working at part of a team as well as developing skills. Student collaboration and setting of personal goals a major part of training sessions in swimming, football, T Ball and Athletics.


During my time in England I worked at a small country school. I was able to be involved in many aspects of school life. I held the coordinator positions of Assessment, ICT, PE, RE, and Early Years. Consequently I was able to receive training through conferences and courses for these areas of the curriculum.