Singapore Group Study Visit 2008

Please complete and return to Jean Nisbet by email (jean.nisbet@east-ayrshire.gov.uk) OR by post (Woodstock Centre, Woodstock Street, Kilmarnock KA1 2BE) no later than 18 January 2008. Local Authority ………East Renfrewshire………. wishes to be represented by: Name of applicant Post held Work address …John Allison…………………………………………

Teacher of Computing Information Systems and Mathematics… ………St Ninian’s High School…………………………………… …………Eastwood Park, Rouken Glen Road………………………………… ………………Giffnock……………………………

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Email address allisonj@st-ninians.e-renfrew.sch.co.uk………………………………………… To be completed by the representative of the local authority:
What focus do you wish the visit to have for this participant? The Integration of ICT across the Curriculum If John’s application is successful, having a colleague participating in this Study Visit will allow East Renfrewshire to build its knowledge capacity of global education systems to include one from East Asia. John’s main focus will be to observe how teachers in Singapore structure their lessons to include ICT in all areas of the curriculum. He will identify distinct contrasts between systems, critically evaluate information gathered to determine areas of good practice which he will bring back to incorporate in his teaching and mentoring. A further outcome of participation on this Study Visit will be to develop partner links between Singapore and East Renfrewshire Council. Dissemination There is a Chartered Teacher Conference scheduled for 10 May 08 for all teachers on the programme across East Renfrewshire. If John’s application is successful, it is planned for him to make a presentation on his Study Visit experiences at the Conference. As part of the Chartered Teacher programme, John will lead workshops for other teachers to encourage them to grasp and realise the true potential of International Study Visit experiences. John’s experiences would be published in East Renfrewshire Council’s ‘Route to Chartered Teacher’ booklets in Chartered Teachers relate their experiences. These are distributed to all educational establishments.

To be completed by the applicant: What impact do you hope the visit will have on your professional development or on your establishment/organisation? I consider that participating in this international study visit will allow me to develop my knowledge, understanding and leadership skills. Benefits to staff, pupils and myself: -Accreditation for Chartered teacher on the wider educational issues plus allowing a leadership role as Chartered teacher - Promotion of the integration of the use of ICT in the delivery of the curriculum, in a planned and progressive way. This would facilitate a more focused approach to the development of core ICT skills for pupils and contribute towards A Curriculum for Excellence. - A greater emphasis and focus on the development of distributed leadership and collegiality within the school LA and particularly young people - Further promotion of ACE by developing more confident individuals, successful learners, responsible citizens and effective contributors At national level I would consider that developments, arising through the experience of an education system that is thriving in a flourishing economy would have an impact on the Scottish Executive’s strategic objectives. This includes creating a wealthier, fairer and smarter Scotland by contributing to the expansion of opportunities for all our young people to succeed, including the lowest attaining 20% and those requiring more choices and more chances. I would also wish to develop partnership links with schools in Singapore with the possibility of student and teacher exchange visits to facilitate the development of the four capacities of ACE. The development of any initiative which contributes directly to ACE, in the motivating and enthusing of young people and empowering them to take responsibility for their own learning can only impact on the creation of a smarter, wealthier, fairer and greener Scotland.

Professional History Throughout my career as a classroom teacher, acting principal teacher and assistant principal teacher I have endeavoured to continually develop my leadership skills and create, using a collegiate approach, successful and effective teams. Examples include, in Mathematics whilst working for West Dunbartonshire, Modular Mathematics SMG mathematics, Introduction of Standard Grade Mathematics and Computing, Higher Still, TVEI Graphics calculator and Modular 16+ Initiatives, Enterprising Mathematics. More recently in St Ninian’s S1 / S2 ICT, National Qualifications courses at Intermediate 2 Information Systems and Intermediate1 Computing Studies, As a team member I have been involved in a variety of educational initiatives for example CISERS i in Revised Higher Computing and Primary Secondary transition as well as the being involved in ongoing working teams in Computing and Information systems that are an integral part of the department I work for. I am also marker of the Intermediate 1 Mathematics and a member of the SQA Appeals Panel for this paper. As an effective team leader I have always adopted a consultative management style, valuing the views and contributions of all members of the team. I have led and empowered staff to take forward initiatives. Evidence of this can be seen in the work I have done in developing the initial S1/S2 St Ninian’s ICT course based on 5-14 Guidelines. This, due to the nature of ICT is always in a state of review and development in which I continue to lead or contribute to. I was also responsible for the initial introduction of Information Systems Intermediate 2 and Intermediate 1 Computing Studies and Access 3 courses – coordinating existing resources and developing new resources in line with local priorities. To conclude, I believe that if I am chosen to participate in this international study visit to Singapore it will enable me to impact upon and better contribute to the above outlined targets and agenda. I am confident that benefits will be realised on a national, local authority, school and personal level.

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