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Tom Douch

Tom Douch

Head of Secondary and History Teacher

Throughout my teaching career, I have had varied roles and responsibilities.  Having started my career in Cheshire, England I held responsibilities of Head of Department, Head of House and Head of Year.  The skills I acquired then enabled me to obtain leadership positions at other schools.  I was part of a leadership team that was recognised in the UK by the Department of Education (DFE) and the Secretary of State with a ‘Character Award’, and this underpins my educational philosophy and something I strongly believe we do well here at Compass International School Doha.

I transfer my passions from teaching history to my leadership in the school. I strive to pass on my thirst for knowledge to the students, to inspire and create a fascination and curiosity.  This used to be about the past but is now also for the future.  Students should feel engaged with what and how we teach, to inquire and ask questions, to struggle and challenge themselves for what they believe the answer is.  I look to introduce pedagogical practice in the school that research has shown to have impact and works.  Not simply doing as schools have always done.  I enjoy keeping up to date with teaching and learning articles and sharing them with teachers.  In terms of professional development, I strive to be a role model for students and staff.  I have a National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership from the DFE, I hold a PENTA International Level 2 in inspection skills, I am a qualified IB Administrator and hope soon to carry out my Masters in International Education.

I look to cultivate a culture to ensure the whole child is developed with correct values and qualities.  I believe this can be done through extracurricular experiences and the world-class partnerships we have made in music, theatre and the arts, but also through sport. These are key in allowing children to develop other passions of their own and strive through effort for success.  I am a keen sportsperson and have coached school football for a number of years being successful in my time – taking one team to the last 16 of the National School’s Cup in England. 

I am also a strong believer in creating the correct student learning environment.  I agree with Churchill when he said: "Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential".  Developing students with a growth mindset is key to not only school success but lifelong achievement.  Celebrating that failure is the first attempt in learning, and not to give up is key.  This can be done through independent, engaging and challenging activities that truly test the learner and the language that we use in the classroom.

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