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Staff Profile: Edward Beechey

Edward Beechey

Assistant Headteacher (Curriculum)

Ed graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2009 with a Masters degree in Modern History. After a year spent making his way across Russia, Mongolia, China, Nepal and India by train he embarked on a teaching career in a school in ‘challenging circumstances’ in East London. Through the Teach First programme, Ed completed a PGCE at Canterbury Christchurch University whilst teaching History and Government and Politics. His three years in London gave Ed a strong grounding in teaching EAL students, an appreciation of internationalism in education and the belief that all students - regardless of circumstance - have the ability flourish academically. 

Amidst the hubbub of London, an inspirational Head of Department piqued Ed’s interest in modern Chinese History. This, coupled with a number of long summer holidays spent in the Middle Kingdom, eventually led to a move to China as the Head of History at Harrow International School in Beijing in 2012. Since then Ed has served as a Head of Department, Advanced Skills Teacher, Assistant Head Teacher and now Deputy Head Teacher. In these roles Ed has developed an interest in Assessment as Learning and Metacognition. He is currently completing the Nord Anglia Senior Leadership Programme, researching and writing a Professional Enquiry on the psychology of predicted grades in secondary education. 

Predictably, Ed is an avid consumer of modern Historiography. He enjoys reading works on modern China, and holds a keen interest in the history of memory – particularly in East Germany and the former Soviet Union. These two fields of interest saw Ed co-author a collection of oral histories of the Beijing Hutong with two friends. Away from the books, Ed is an avid traveler and has recently began exploring Latin America. Finally, Ed is also a keen sportsman, having played both basketball and rugby to a representative level in his younger years. This included the dubious pleasure of being the first Englishman to captain Scotland Students RFC to a season of straight defeats against the home nations. Although an increasingly wobbly knee has recently dampened his sporting endeavors, Ed has not quite retired from rugby is very excited about the forthcoming world cup in Japan.