Podcast 75: Leadership In An International School


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Jens Niedzwiedzki, headteacher British Section, SHAPE

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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What qualities do you need to become a headteacher?

Our 75th interview is with Jens Niedzwiedzki, the head teacher of the British section of Shape International School, a Ministry of Defence (international) setting located on the NATO base in Mons, Belgium.

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

  • Jens’ background and what led him to be teaching in Europe
  • What factors influenced Jens to swap a pet insurance job for teaching
  • The challenges of working in MOD schools
  • The benefits of working in MOD school
  • Campus diversity and representation across an international context
  • Jens’s current focus for the school, their vision and values and,
  • Advice for people considering deputy headship and those thinking about headship

Listen to the podcast (27 minutes)

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You can follow Jens on Twitter and find out more about his blog and his incredible school – I’ve seen nothing else like it across the world – in my blog post about teaching and learning in Belgium.


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