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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 its almost 600 students, within Wells Cathedral School.

September 2016 - Present
September 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 - August 2014
September 2008 - August 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 - August 2008
September 2003 - August 2004

Henley College

Part-time Lecturer in Business Studies and ICT

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

Stoke Park School & CTC

Adult Education ICT Tutor

This role involved teaching CLAIT, ECDL, and ECDL Advance to adults.

September 2002 - August 2004

Education

MBA (Educational Leadership)

UCL - Institute of Education

2015 - 2017

Leadership, financial management, strategy and marketing.
My dissertation was titled "An Exploration of the Relationship between Distributed Leadership and Job Satisfaction within the Independent School Sector"

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

BSc in Mathematics

Warwick University

1998-2001

Undergraduate Pure Mathematics degree

Portfolio

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The Head as a Conductor

Having spent six years at Wells Cathedral School (one of the five UK Specialist Music Schools), the last two as Head of the Senior School, I’ve learned a lot about music and even more about leadership. Having watched easily 200+ concerts in the last few years I’ve come to understand the importance of the role […]

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Servant Leadership

A question you get asked a lot in interviews for leadership roles is to describe your leadership style or approach. I’ve spent a lot of time in my last 10 years or middle and senior leadership reflecting on this question. It even formed a significant part of my MBA studies where my dissertation focused on […]

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Student Leadership - A Right or a Privilege? - Part 3

This is part three of a three part series of articles on student leadership - If you haven’t already read Parts 1 and 2, you can do so by following these links: Student Leadership - A Right or a Privilege? - Part 1 Student Leadership - A Right or a Privilege? - Part 2 In […]

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Student Leadership - A Right or a Privilege? - Part 2

This is part two of a three part series of articles on student leadership - If you haven’t already read Part 1, you can do so by following this link: Student Leadership - A Right or a Privilege? - Part 1 In the first part of this series of articles looking at Student Leadership, I […]

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Student Leadership - A Right or a Privilege? - Part 1

This is part one of a three part series of articles on student leadership Around a year ago I spent a lot of time reflecting on how our prefect system worked at Wells Cathedral School. Like many schools our prefect system involved appointing around 20 students (making up about one fifth of our upper sixth) […]

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This is how I write…

Having decide to spend more time writing (see previous post) I thought it might be interesting to look a little at the systems I have in place to make the process of writing a little easier. Those who know me, will know that I’m an Apple fan, and therefore my approach is very much embedded […]

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