Whilst establishing the King’s College prep-school experience for our young students here in
Qatar, I have been very fortunate to meet with the much wider community of exceptionally
passionate educators from a number of other schools. Whilst it is evident we are all passionate
about our own educational methodologies; it is also clear that we all share one key ambition – to
prioritise the outcomes of our students.

My experience gained from the classroom, as a parent and as a founding Headmaster in different
parts of the world supports the research I’ve read, which tells me the best outcomes for students
are achieved when many minds with the same vision collaborate and work together for the
benefit of all. The King’s vision is to nurture individual personalities to achieve their full
potential. We achieve this through a focus on excellence via a nurturing knowledge-based
approach, with specialist subject teachers throughout the school, moving to 100% specialist
teaching for each subject from age 9 (Year 5). This depth of knowledge, delivered by educators
who are passionate about their subjects, helps ignite students’ learning and enables them to
achieve beyond their perceived boundaries.

Marie Sibley our Head of School expressed our commitment to excellence perfectly in a recent
Gulf Times article, where she explained “We recognise that for us to equip our children for a
global stage, we need to stay ahead of the curve as educators – to seek out and apply innovative
thinking and new research into our classrooms. Continual Professional Development is a key
part of that journey.”

We are very excited to be helping disseminate best practice here in Qatar this month by hosting
our own high-quality CPD (Continuing Professional Development) conference and have
extended the invitation to ALL educators in the region to join us. The conference focuses on
Maths and English with the brilliant Karen Wilding and Big Writing consultant Mike Hindle.
Karen writes for Dorling Kindersley (Penguin Books) publishers and has contributed to
numerous mathematical journals. She is currently in talks with the BBC regarding being part of
an expert panel in their ‘live lessons’ series.

This is a great opportunity to pool our knowledge and share best practice and I’m excited to see
the innovative techniques gained from the conference implemented for the benefit of all.

Nicholas Gunn
King’s College Doha