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Andy Kemp

Husband, Father, Head, Writer 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, as well as consultancy work for MEI, Texas Instruments and the IBO. I've written for lots of journals and magazines including Independent School Magazine, Mathematics Teaching, Mathematics in Schools, SecEd, Professional Development Today, ICT for Education, Teaching Times and have been interviewed for articles in the Guardian, as well as for local BBC radio. I've 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, AI 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 to me then get in touch!

Experience

National Mathematics and Science College

Principal

As Principal I am responsible for all aspects of the strategic, and day to day, leadership of the College.

September 2020 - Present
September 2019 - August 2020

Stephen Perse Foundation

Head of Senior School

As the Head of the Senior School, I was responsible for the strategic, and day to day, leadership of the Senior School, and the almost 600 students within the 11-16 Senior School section of the wider Stephen Perse Foundation.

Wells Cathedral School

Head of Senior School & Vice-Principal

As the Head of the Senior School, I was responsible for the day to day and strategic leadership of the Senior School, and its almost 600 students, within Wells Cathedral School.

September 2016 - August 2019
September 2014 - August 2016

Wells Cathedral School

Deputy Head

As the Deputy Head, I was 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

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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Developing Student Leadership – Outdoor Education

Delighted to be able to share the 5th part in my ongoing series of articles about developing #StudentLeadership. This article looks at the role that #OutdoorEducation can play in this, and is co-written with the wonderful Chris Rondel! Independent Schools Magazine (p.45)

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#COP26 Conference

I’ve written some thoughts and reflections on our way forward through our current #climateemergency in response to the current #COP26 Conference taking place in Glasgow. You can find them on the NatMatSci website. https://natmatsci.ac.uk/principal-dr-andy-kemp-on-climate-change-cop26/

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Developing Student Leadership – Music

Part four in my series on developing student leadership. This article focuses on how music can be used to develop those crucial leadership skills. This article is co-written with the excellent Mark Stringer, Director of Music at Wells Cathedral School, and soon to be Founding Deputy Head of The Yehudi Menuhin School in Qingdao, China. […]

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