Paul is a partner in TLC! His 20 years in education have been spent in a variety of schools and education systems. He began teaching in London before working in International Schools in Brunei, Portugal and Italy. He has now returned to his roots in Wales.
Paul has experience working with the National Curriculum in both England and Wales but the majority of his expertise is founded on the International Baccalaureate system. He has worked with the IB PYP (Primary Years Program) for 10 years as a Teacher, Coordinator & Mentor. In these roles he has guided and mentored several teachers toward constructivist approaches such as Inquiry based learning. Paul’s work with the IB revolved around the research carried out by the Project Zero Cultures of Thinking project at Harvard University and the backward design principles of Understanding by Design (Wiggins & McTighe).
Paul started out with TLC on the British Council Connecting Classrooms core skills project in 2015. Through this he facilitated workshops and mentored teachers in Critical Thinking & Problem Solving and Digital Literacy. He also worked on this project in England, including core skills such as Communication & Collaboration and Creativity. He also led Techniquest workshops in schools throughout South Wales. The new British Council Connecting Classrooms project has a focus on Global Learning, so Paul draws on his experience in International Education when developing and facilitating courses for teachers, schools and students throughout Wales. Paul was also part of the TLC team who went to Mexico City in 2019 to train teachers in STEM pedagogy. He mentored participants after the training in their journey to become accredited STEM ambassadors.
Paul also works as a consultant for Thinking Matters, who specialise in developing whole school approaches to the teaching of Metacognition and cultures of thinking. In this role, he works with schools to guide, advise and train ‘Drive Teams’ through their evolution as ‘Thinking Schools’.