UK headteacher Rob gave an inspiring presentation in a symposium with his British Council colleague Vicki at the Krakow ENIRDELM conference. Although he is remarkably busy running a large secondary school and making presentations for the British Council, he makes time to write a blog: http://www.wyedean.gloucs.sch.uk/News/Principal-s-Blog/
His latest entry starts with these memorable words from Martin Luther King whose gender-bias we might overlook: The strong man holds in a living blend strongly marked opposites. Not ordinarily do men achieve this balance of opposites. The idealists are not usually realistic, and the realists are not usually idealistic. The militant are not generally known to be passive, nor the passive to be militant. Seldom are the humble self-assertive, or the self-assertive humble. But life at its best is a creative synthesis of opposites in fruitful harmony. The philosopher Hegel said that truth is found neither in the thesis nor the antithesis, but in an emergent synthesis that reconciles the two.
Robert Charles Ford BA (Hons) MEd
Director of Heritage International School Group.
British Council Schools' Ambassador & Advisor
Principal of Wyedean School from 2015 – 2019.
I am a committed , experienced and successful global school leader and educator. I believe in the transformative power of learning for our young people. During my time as Principal, Wyedean School was a high performing IB candidate World School delivering World Class education through C21st learning opportunities. I had the privilege to lead a team of incredible colleagues working tirelessly to ensure the very best inclusive education and compelling learning was the daily experience of our students.
I am committed as an educator to the principles of international education, the IB as well as the power of digital learning, sustainability & creativity in developing the learner holistically. I am heavily involved in International Education as a long serving British Council ambassador, IB educator & school leader, contributing a number of articles about leadership, curriculum and global learning. I have been a speaker/contributor at a number of major conferences over the years including with the Microsoft-British Council’s ASEAN “Deep Learning” policy seminar series in SE Asia focussing on the impact of global learning in the curriculum and classroom as well as a number of projects with the British Council. I have advised and acted as a global education consultant to schools and school boards in the state and the independent sectors.
As a father of three young global citizens I feel passionately that for my daughters growing up and all the young people in my care as a Global Educator, we should be preparing them all to access, participate and lead in their global society and to be happy in their personal lives.
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