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Andy Kemp

Husband, Father, Head and Technology Enthusiast

About Me

Dr Andy Kemp

As an educator I believe it is essential that we all strive to be better. That is true of the students I teach, the staff I lead, and most importantly myself! To achieve this it is essential that people take ownership of their work, and are empowered to take decisions themselves, whilst knowing support is always available.

I've been fortunate to work with teachers and educators across the world through speaking at conferences, designing and delivering INSET for schools, MEI, Texas Instruments and the IBO. I've written for lots of journals and magazines including Mathematics Teaching, Mathematics in Schools, SecEd, Professional Development Today, ICT for Education, Teaching Times and have been interviewed for articles in the Guardian. I've also written revision guides for the IB Mathematics course, published by Texas Instruments and Oxford Study Centre (OSC) as well as contributing a chapter to the Continuum Press book 'Mathematics Education with Digital Technology'.

I believe that technology has the potential to radically impact upon the way we do teaching and learning in schools. The exploration of this potential whether through the use of Computer Algebra Systems, tablets, laptops, mobile devices, VLEs, or cloud technologies has formed a constant part of my working life.

I'm always on the lookout for new areas and projects - If you are working on something you think might be of interest then get in touch!

Experience

Wells Cathedral School

Head of Senior School & Vice-Principal

As the Head of the Senior School, I am responsible for the day to day and strategic leadership of the Senior School, and it's almost 600 students, within Wells Cathedral School.

September 2016 - Present
August 2014 - August 2016

Wells Cathedral School

Deputy Head

As the Deputy Head, I am responsible for the day to day operational running of Wells Cathedral School, including overall strategic leadership of the academic curriculum and its staffing.

Wells Cathedral School

Director of Studies

As the Director of Studies, I was a member of the Senior Team responsible to the Head for the leadership and management of teaching, learning and assessment in the school, including leadership of the academic curriculum and its staffing in the Senior School, and oversight of the curriculum in the whole School.

September 2012 - July 2014
September 2008 - July 2012

Taunton School

Director of Digital Strategy, Head of Mathematics & Timetabler

As Director of Digital Strategy I was responsible for the strategic direction of ICT across the whole school (2-18+).
As Head of Mathematics I oversaw the IGCSE, FSMQ Additional Maths, A- level Mathematics and Further Mathematics, and IB Mathematics courses.
As Timetabler I was responsible for the development of the Senior School timetable.
Additionally I was Deputy IB CAS Co-ordinator, and a VIth Form Tutor in a boys’ day house.

Warwick School

Teacher of Mathematics & ICT

In addition to my teaching responsibilities I was also responsible for the Clubs & Societies and the House Activities Programme, which included management of staffing of these activities and co-ordination of the associated budgets. As well as working with the Marketing Department to promote these activities to parents. I was also the Treasurer of the Staff Common Room.

September 2005 - July 2008
September 2003 - July 2004

Henley College

Part-time Lecturer in Business Studies and ICT

This role involved teaching ICT, Business Studies and Accountancy in an FE College.

Education

MBA (Educational Leadership)

UCL - Institute of Education

2015 - Present

System leadership, Leading people for effective learning, Leading in diverse cultures and communities, Financial management, Strategy and marketing.

EdD in Mathematics Education

Warwick University

2009-2014

Dissertation title was 'A Critical Appraisal of the Differences between High-Stakes Terminal Mathematics Examinations that Require the Use of Computer Algebra Systems and those where this Technology is Prohibited'

MSc in Mathematics Education

Warwick University

2005-2008

Masters degree in the pedagogy and practice of teaching Mathematics.

Dissertation title was 'CAS and its place in Secondary School Mathematics Education'

PGCE in Secondary Mathematics

Warwick University

2004-2005

Enhanced PGCE and teaching practice for teaching Mathematics across KS3/4/5

Portfolio

Some of the organisations and publications I've worked with...

Quotations

Quotations which reflect my style and approach

Blog

My thoughts on some issues...

Policy Management

With an increasingly complicated inspection framework, which seems to change every time you look away, the management of policy documents has become increasingly difficult, and at the same time increasingly important! The days where a school could maintain a collection of staff handbooks containing all the school policies are all but gone, as keeping them […]

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Performance Management Reviews

I've been thinking a lot over the last year about the purpose and effectiveness of the traditional annual performance review which is a common part of most schools.  Appraisal in its current form in most schools lends its origins to the 1986 Education Act, which made it compulsory for maintained schools to undertake some form of performance review. […]

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Setting the scene

Nested Polygons

I came across an interesting problem today. Consider a Circle, inside the circle inscribe a triangle, inside that triangle inscribe a circle, then inside that circle inscribe a square, then another circle, then a pentagon and so on... The question is does this sequence of shapes converge to a point, or a circle? And if […]

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How should I adjust my Teaching for different Learning Styles?

This is the question posed by Daniel Willingham in Chapter 7 of his excellent book "Why don't Students Like School?" This is a very trendy and topical question which has been making its way through schools in various guises for the last 10 years.  Willingham however takes a very different approach to most by using […]

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