Founder and author of the English programme
The IC PfLs are the brainchild of experienced teacher and educational author, Andrew Hammond. The structure, concepts and philosophy underpinning it reflect Andrew's vision to move beyond a knowledge-based syllabus to offer schools a programme for learning which matches Knowledge Strands against cross-curricular Learning Skills, with the ultimate goals being the Qualities for Life which bring happiness and fulfilment in adulthood.
Andrew Hammond holds a BA (Hons) QTS and an MA in Creativity in Education. He has taught in prep schools for many years, serving as a Deputy Head, Director of Studies, Housemaster, Head of English and Drama and Y5 Class-teacher. He has served as an IAPS English Subject Leader and an ISEB English Setter for CE. Andrew has published over forty educational titles for several publishers, including Galore Park, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Hodder, Heinemann, Rising Stars, Sage, and was recently commissioned by Headline to write a five-book horror fiction series for teenagers. Andrew is currently headmaster of Daneshill Preparatory School, and lives in Sussex with his wife and four children.
Clare qualified as a drama teacher at The Central School of Speech and Drama and has over twenty years experience as a Specialist Drama Teacher. She spent seven years as a professional actor so has first-hand experience to pass on to her students. Clare has been the Director of Drama at Thomas's London Day Schools, Head of Drama at St Mary's School, Melrose and is currently Head of Drama at Old Buckenham Hall School.
Clare feels that Drama is the ultimate creative subject and that it is an outlet for all children's creative capacities. She is looking forward to seeing the IC PfLs breathe new life into the prep school curriculum and hopes to raise the profile of Drama as a key curriculum subject and an integral part of a whole school curriculum. She feels Drama offers great opportunities for children to practise the valuable 'Life Skills' which are integral to the IC PfLs.
John is currently headmaster of Old Buckenham Hall prep school in Suffolk and was previously the headmaster of St. Mary's prep school in Melrose. He has also held the position of Director of Music at both Thomas's London Day Schools and King's Hall prep school in Taunton.
John sees his involvement with the IC PfLs music programme as a way of bringing together not only his years in the music classroom but also what he sees as a more profound role for music more generally within a school community. As a head, he is keen to provide children with a curriculum that focuses on the development of their skills and talents rather than on the passing of exams.
John has served two terms as a member of IAPS Council and was on the board of the Scottish Council for Independent Schools for 7 years. He also has an MA in Music Education from the University of London's Institute of Education. John and his wife Clare, who he met when she was head of Drama at Thomas's, have written several musical productions for schools over the years but have yet to receive an Oscar, BAFTA or Olivier award…
Claire has been teaching for over 15 years and recently took up the post of Deputy Head at Sutton Valence Preparatory School in Kent. Over the years Claire has worked in both rural and London based prep schools and has also had an enjoyable and adventurous four years teaching in Texas, at the British School of Houston.
Claire has taught most subjects but specialises in R.S and PSHE and is delighted that the IC PfLs make such a strong contribution to the child’s cultural, moral and spiritual development. Claire is also very interested in introducing children to philosophical thinking early on as good preparation for a future in a rapidly changing world. Claire believes this aligns with the IC PfLs which provide children with greater independence and should instil in them a life-long love for learning.
Matt Donaldson gained a First class degree in Politics at Glamorgan University, before studying for his PGCE, with both qualifications being heavily influenced by his enthusiasm for all periods of British and World History. He worked in the private sector for a number of years and has spent the last three years at St John’s Beaumont Preparatory School in Old Windsor. Here he met his wife, Tel and they live happily in Staines with Tonic the Terrapin.
Matt was hugely enthusiastic when given the opportunity to contribute to the IC PfLs, which provide the perfect framework for pupils to experience key events of the past in an energetic and personal manner. By giving History a context for those studying it, offering a chance to question, discuss and scrutinise through the application and communication of information, the very foundation of the IC PfLs fits perfectly with Matt’s intentions of bringing History to life in the classroom.
Sara read Physiology at Kings College in London and has a Secondary PGCE Cantab and a M.Phil Educational Psychology Cantab. She has taught at Colet Court, St Paul’s Prep School since 1994 and was made Head of Science in 1997. After leaving to have her two children, Freddie (9) and Henry (7), Sara went back to Colet Court on a part-time basis in 2006.
Sara has been on the Common Entrance 13+ science setters panel since 2007. She decided to become involved with the IC PfLs as she loves teaching science in an inspired and exciting way and thought that this would give her the opportunity to share some 17 years’ experience with other teachers.
Sian took her degree and PGCE at Southampton University and has taught French and German for eleven years at three different prep schools and in one state secondary school.
During the past six years she has helped to run two different boarding houses with her husband, as they both feel that a child's education doesn't end as they leave the classroom for the day. This has enabled them to infuse many of the Qualities for Life that the IC PfLs support into the boarding house ethos and day to day activities (meals, prep times, evening and weekend entertainments). Sian decided to become an author on the IC PfLs as she totally subscribes to the concept of encouraging Qualities for Life rather than teaching to exams.
Sian has hosted an inset on IT within the MFL classroom for a group of peers from SATIPS and actively encourages all her students to access the many interactive resources that can be found online so that they see French as a 'living thing' and not just something you find in a textbook.
Sian is currently taking a break from teaching having relocated during maternity leave for her husband's new post as Deputy Head at Blundell's Prep School in Devon. With three children to look after, however, she is by no means idle!
Sandy graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2004 and has taught at The Glasgow Academy Prep School since 2005. He has been the ICT co-ordinator in the school since 2007 and was promoted to Assistant Head (Director of Studies) in 2010. As well as Sandy's teaching commitments, he also coaches the Transitus rugby and cricket teams and is an officer in the school's CCF.
Sandy believes in the development of the all round child which is why he is so pleased to be a member of the team. He feels that the IC PfLs give all pupils the chance to thrive not just academically but within real life context.
Maths & Geography
Sally is an experienced classroom teacher and Team Leader having taught in two state schools; St Margaret's CE School in East Sussex and Cross in Hand CEP School, which was 'outstanding' in its last 2 OFSTED and seen as a Centre of Excellence in East Sussex. She is currently teaching at Copthorne School in West Sussex. Sally has a passion for education and believes that the job of a teacher is not simply to improve children's academic abilities but to motivate them and give them the self belief to learn and follow their dreams.
In the classroom, Sally's priorities are the emotional and physical well-being and development of the children she teaches – not in addition to but in conjunction with giving them the necessary skills and knowledge that they need to succeed in today's world. Personalised learning and creativity are two of the keys that are vital when unlocking a child's full potential. Providing a blend of challenge, support and finding purposeful opportunities for children to succeed is at the heart of what she does.
Tim has worked in education for over 20 years. He has taught in both the private and state sectors from Year 3 to Year 13. In addition to his teaching he keeps abreast of current art theory and practise through many associations, including being a member of the Goldsmiths College PGCE committee, the NSEAD and the IEA.
Tim is the art subject leader for IAPS and is the editor of the art SATIPS broadsheet. He is also an AQA Art GCSE moderator and has had many articles published in National Art magazines. In his spare time, Tim likes to practise his own art work, and has been commissioned to create stained and architectural glass installations.
Ron Pickering is a teacher of biology and junior science - now part time - sharing efforts with writing science text books. Ron has written over twenty science textbooks which have been translated into seven languages.
Teaching science has always been linked to a range of creative opportunities for pupils and Ron sees the IC PfLs as exciting as they offer a solid foundation (as CE is covered) but also support teachers wishing to develop the pupils' learning in a more exciting way. Science must be seen to be exciting!
Ron is married with two sons. He is a keen wildlife photographer, walker and cyclist and is currently awaiting publication of a book on using zoos for teaching photographic skills.
Rebecca spent five years teaching maths in senior schools before moving to Forres Sandle Manor School in Hampshire. She is now Head of Department at Forres Sandle Manor, a forward-thinking prep school where creativity and innovation are high priorities.
Rebecca aims to enthuse children about maths, encouraging them to experience hands-on, creative problem-solving which often involves them moving outside of the classroom. As this fits perfectly with the IC PfLs, Rebecca jumped at the chance to be involved.
Religious StudiesJeremy Sykes has taught Religious Studies for 19 years in junior and senior independent schools. He is an ordained priest in the Church of England and has been a chaplain, housemaster and headmaster but is now a chaplain, again, of Hurstpierpoint College, one of the foremost Woodard schools.
Having taught both Common Entrance and QCA RE he feels that a fresh approach was needed for the independent sector. He says, 'I seized the chance to contribute to this exciting project; it is an opportunity to refashion the subject in the independent sector giving it philosophical rigour and theological depth.'
Richard studied English and Theology at King’s College London, before moving into teaching in senior schools and preparatory schools. Having taught for almost twenty years at the Warwick Foundation, City of London Freemen’s School and Hurstpierpoint College, and studied a Masters degree focussing upon the interface between a young person’s identity and the power of belief systems, mythology and ideologies, he is quite certain that Religious Studies can and should play a vital part at the core of a pupil’s development. Currently a Deputy Headmaster and Ordinand of the Church of England, he has become a keen member of the IC team, deploying his experience across Key Stages 3 and 4.
Richard has taught at a senior level in a variety of state and independent schools. He is currently the Deputy Head of Glasgow Academy Preparatory School. Prior to this, he was the Deputy Head of St John's College School Junior School, Cambridge. Here he was also the Head of Design Technology for the whole school and taught DT to classes from Kindergarten through to Sixth Form including running a Scholarship Club. Richard has also been responsible for ICT in several schools and has a particular interest in the use of control technology.
In his spare time, Richard enjoys mountain walking, skiing, camping and keeping (reasonably!) fit. He is delighted to be part of the team developing the IC PfLs as he can see a real need for a programme for learning which develops the whole child whilst at the same time allowing children to go on to achieve the highest possible standards.
James Wall is Head of Classics at Port Regis Prep School in Dorset. He returned to his first love, teaching Latin and Greek, in 2002, having been head of two IAPS schools for 14 years. Since then he has taught also at Junior King’s in Canterbury and Dolphin School in Berkshire.
James has inspected many independent schools for ISI and is currently involved in training non-classics specialists to teach Latin. He enjoys taking children outside the classroom and has led classical trips to many sites in Britain and abroad.
James is very happy to be part of the IC PfLs team and feels that teachers of Latin in particular, so often working in a department of just one, will benefit hugely from being part of the IC PfLs community.
Michael Wilcockson was brought up in Cambridge and studied theology at Balliol College, Oxford. After his postgraduate year at Cambridge University he was head of department at several schools before being appointed Head of Divinity at Eton College in 1996. Since that time he has in addition held two other academic positions being appointed Farmington Fellow at Harries Manchester College, Oxford in 2003 and elected as a Visiting Scholar at Pembroke College, Cambridge in 2010. From 2012 he has been appointed the first Head of Philosophy at Eton.
He has written many books and articles including books on ethics and philosophy such as Sex and Relationships, Medical Ethics, Issues of Life and Death and Social Ethics as well as books on theology including an introduction to Mark’s Gospel and most recently, for A Level, Christian Theology. He has written several books for Common Entrance including the ISEB Revision Guide: Religious Studies.
He is also the Chief Examiner for A Level religious studies and chief setter for Common Entrance religious studies. In recognition of these responsibilities he was made a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors.
Simon has extensive experience as Head at Littlefield School and as Head of Geography at St Andrews School in Woking. He is currently an ISI inspector for Geography and, in 2009, was appointed to the Geography Common Entrance setting team where he took over as Group Leader in 2011.
Simon is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and dedicates himself to promoting geographical education for younger children , including building up a thriving geography department at St Andrews School. He is a keen advocate of learning by doing, engaging children in local and residential fieldwork, as well as bringing the outside world into the classroom through use of audio-visual media and computers. He is particularly keen on outdoor education and founded a garden club that has exhibited at Wisley
Graduated from Oxford University in 1976 with a degree in Geology. After a period working as a Chartered Accountant in Reading and London, took a career break to have a family. Gained a PGCE in 1995 and started teaching. Head of Science at St Andrew’s School, Woking for the last 15 years, science subject leader for IAPS and team leader for the ISEB level 1 and 11+ science common entrance examinations.
Bob Bass taught at prep schools in Somerset, Kenya and Sussex before moving in 1987 to Orwell Park, Ipswich, where he is Head of Classics and Senior Master. He has been a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Classics Teaching and has served on the Council of the Joint Association of Classical Teachers. For twelve years he edited the SATIPS Classics Broadsheet. After 17 years as the IAPS Classics subject leader he now has the role of IAPS Subject Adviser in Classics. He is the Chief Setter of ISEB's Common Entrance and Common Academic Scholarship Latin papers, and proof-reader for their Greek papers.
Apart from Greek and Latin language and literature (especially poetry), Bob's interests are crime fiction, decent beer, proper food, British railways, technology and following (but not playing) sport.
Oliver Bullock read Theology at Oxford and, after a spell in retail management, has been Head of Religious Studies at two IAPS schools. He is presently Assistant Head and Lay Chaplain at Beechwood Park School but has also served as Head of Religious Studies and Mathematics, Director of Pastoral Care and Welfare and as a Y5 Class-teacher and Housemaster. He is passionate about great teaching of the subject incorporating genuine academic rigour and has been an ISEB Religious Studies setter for CE. As well as teaching Religious Studies, he is a passionate skier and spends holiday times ski instructing in the Alps.
IC PfLs Steering Committee
The IC PfLs Steering Committee advises on matters of policy, curriculum content and pricing and draws upon the extensive experience of leading Heads and others in the independent sector.
Chaired by John Brett, Headmaster of Old Buckenham Hall, it currently comprises:
- Philip Evitt (Highfield)
- Chris Jones (Copthorne)
- Paul Taylor (Framlingham)
- Ben Thomas (Thomas's London Day Schools)
- Lesley Tyler (Benenden)
- Andrew Hammond (Lead author, Daneshill from Sept 2012)
- We also draw on the experience of and receive welcome input from Jennie Williams (ISEB), Ann Entwisle (ISEB) and Julie Robinson (IAPS).