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Director of Academic Research & Innovation
Our Director of Academic Research & Innovation, Jean, is a major agent of academic change and strategy. The search engine of pedagogy in the school, he undertakes duties overarching the whole school, supporting our unique mission as a modern learning environment with innovation, collaboration and differentiation as core values.
In a world of profound and rapid change, education cannot stand still. We are preparing students who will be adults in the middle of the 21st century. They will have to face new situations, filter a sea of unchecked information, and solve as-yet-unknown problems. The skills and abilities we develop in our students must evolve too. The capacity to adjust in a fluid environment, a creative mindset that can confidently develop solutions to new problems, a critical ability to examine information, and an understanding of other cultures will be paramount.
Research in neuroscience and education shows there are almost as many learning styles as there are individuals. Education needs to be centred around each student’s way of learning.
For all these reasons, we have chosen to gradually incorporate tablet computers into the curriculum to support our students and help them develop 21st-century skills. Digital devices complement — not replace — traditional pedagogy and provide a versatile means to differentiate the learning experience and encourage creativity and collaboration.
By making the best use of technology alongside other educational practices, our school continues to develop innovative and unique teaching methods. Our responsibility is not just to give students tools to make sense of their world but also mastery of those tools, thus preparing them to find their place actively and responsibly in the world of tomorrow.
Technology in Primary
Starting in Primary Section Years 5 and 6 (CM1 and CM2) students have access to iPads to enhance lessons and academic activities under a teacher’s supervision. Internet access is filtered and restricted. Younger students may make limited use of tablets in some circumstances with the guidance of an instructor and no internet access.
Technology in Secondary
In the Secondary Section, all students are loaned an iPad for the academic year to be used for coursework both inside and outside school. The digital device and its contents remain the property of the school, and internet access is filtered.