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Jacob Martin

Pedagogical Development


Just to give a little background information I was born in Hong Kong. My childhood was spent travelling as my father was a diplomat; I grew up in China, Russia and Portugal returning to South London in-between these postings. I started my teaching career volunteering in Nepal and after teaching in the UK in the area I grew up in, Peckham and Camberwell, my wife Charlotte (Charlie) and I moved to Hong Kong and I began my International Teaching career there.

I am originally a Chemistry and Science teacher by background and whilst in Hong Kong was Head of Science and Vice Principal as well as roles as learning coordinator for ages 11-18. While in Hong Kong I was particularly involved in developing inclusion and new pathways for students through more innovative curriculum routes, this is something I am still passionate about.

After a decade in Hong Kong I moved back to Europe and worked at Vienna International School as the senior school Learning Coordinator and one of the academic leaders of the senior school. I also taught theory of knowledge. I moved again in 2014 to Switzerland and I was at the International School of Zug and Luzern as the Director of Teaching and Learning until August 2019. This summer I will be moving to Singapore to become the Assistant Headmaster of Dulwich College Singapore.

I have been involved in the development of the Compassionate Systems Framework in schools since its inception. I also provide teacher workshops supporting the development of competencies to deliver the framework in classrooms. Working to provide students with the skills, emotional competencies and understandings to deal with our challenging world, this is the single most rewarding, important and effective educational project I have been involved in as I believe we are changing children’s lives for the better.