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Teachers Selected for King's College Master's Programme

09 November 2016

Francis Higgins and Simon Porter are chosen for the Prestigious King's College London Master's Programme

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Two of our teachers, Francis Higgins and Simon Porter, have been chosen to take part in the King’s College London Executive Master’s in International Education. This is an innovative, part-time programme designed specifically for teachers working in international schools worldwide and is an exclusive programme only available for those working at Nord Anglia Education. Simon Porter and Francis Higgins were 2 out of 50 candidates that were chosen for this programme.

Simon studied Physics at the University of Bristol before studying trumpet for four years at the Royal College of Music. He has been teaching Physics for 21 years in British State schools and International schools in Peru, Papua New Guinea, Norway, the USA, Poland and now in Qatar. He has written extensively for the Times Educational supplement and wrote a short section of Professor Deborah Eyres’ recent book on “High Performance Learning”. 

Francis, originally from the UK, has lived in 6 countries, worked in 3 and speaks 5 languages. He has taught in South Korea, the UK, Thailand and now here in Qatar. His passion is using technology in the classroom to innovate and inspire learning. Last year, he introduced several new initiatives to the school, namely ClassDojo; and a Bring Your Own Device policy so that every student had access to the Internet and an array of wonderful educational apps. At last year’s Digital Education Show in Dubai he was a guest speaker on the topic of improving collaborative learning in schools.

Dr Terry Creissen OBE, Executive Principal comments, "This is a great opportunity for two teachers at our schools in Doha to share their expertise and gain new insights with educators across the world. It demonstrates one of the many ways our school shows its commitment to continuous development, recognising that everyone can improve by learning together."

Over 100 teaching professionals in Nord Anglia schools applied for the Executive Master’s programme. Developed by King's College London in association with Nord Anglia Education, the two year, part-time Executive Master's programme will start in September 2016. The programme, which is fully funded by Nord Anglia Education, will focus on developing participants' understanding of effective school leadership in an international education environment.

“I hope this will be another tool in my constant quest to improve my teaching.  Professionally I hope this will enable me to take a greater central role in Nord Anglia's support of teachers around the world. Personally I love to help other teachers growth. The initial reading from the course has already helped me to understand the unique challenges that international students and staff face. “ Simon Porter

“As an educator I hope to inspire creativity, champion imagination and afford students opportunities to realise their dreams. This programme will allow me to learn alongside like-minded people who have a vision to create great learning for the leaders of tomorrow. Together we will research and collaborate on an effective, life-long learning programme that will benefit our schools and make our organisation the leader in international education.” Francis Higgins

Taught through online and face-to-face sessions, including residential elements, the programme also features a research project through which participants will address a current education issue in their own, or another, school. Successful completion of the programme will result in the award of an Executive Master's in International Education from King's College London.

“As you know we are as ambitious for our people as we are for our students. We are committed to supporting our teachers’ professional development and career aspirations because this will ensure that our students learn from the best. This fantastic opportunity is exclusively available to those working in our schools. We hope it will build on their experience, develop their leadership skills and prepare them for unique opportunities while working in a leading education environment brings,” said Andrew Fitzmaurice, CEO of Nord Anglia Education.


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As a Nord Anglia Education school, Compass School has the opportunity to collaborate with world-leading organisations to offer unique opportunities to our teachers and students. We collaborate with world leading educators, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and The Juilliard School to provide our teachers and students with resources that are in the forefront of educational thinking.


About King’s College London

King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world (2015/16 QS World University Rankings) and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 26,500 students (of whom nearly 10,400 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and nearly 6,900 staff.


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