Podcast 65: The Life Of A Headteacher, Overseas


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St. Christopher's International Primary School Penang

Joshua McGovern

Joshua McGovern has been working with Teacher Toolkit since March 2018. He is responsible for our Soundcloud and iTunes channels and is the production manager for podcasts. He has a degree in Music Production and is a graduate of Leeds Beckett University. Aside from working...
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How do teachers access professional development overseas?

Our 65th interview is with Martin Towse, Principal at not-for-profit school, St. Christopher’s International Primary School in Penang, Malaysia

In this podcast, listen to Martin and Teacher Toolkit founder, Ross McGill discuss:

  • Martin’s educational background and teacher training
  • The challenges of accessing professional development in international schools
  • The perks of teaching in Malaysia, specifically, in Penang
  • The practicalities of teaching students with differing nationalities under one roof
  • The school’s strategic aims and recruitment process
  • The history of the Federation of British International Schools In Asia (FOBISIA)
  • Tips for workload and managing mental health for Head Teachers
  • You can read more about Ross’ experience in Malaysia and watch the following videos:
  • This podcast filmed, live on Twitter.
  • A tour around St. Christopher’s International Primary School

Listen to the podcast (12 minutes)

Remember, our podcast is available on iTunes!

What I loved most about St. Christopher’s, was that the longest-serving member of staff was given the highest profile within the school. In this case, a member of the support team with 30+ years of service…

You can follow Martin on Twitter and find out more about his school.


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