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Margaret Rafee

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Academic Tutor

After a long and varied career in education, with many years in school leadership in the UK and internationally, I retired from full-time work in July 2021. I have always been passionate about teacher development as I believe the most significant factor in learner success is to have well-qualified, well-trained, happy and healthy teachers. As a Headteacher in the UK, I led a School’s Direct teacher training programme and, as an international school Principal, I ensured the continuous development of Teach First teachers as well as local staff without UK QTS.

Throughout my international school leadership career, I saw the need for a way to allow teachers working abroad to gain full QTS, so I was delighted to be invited to sit on the DfE Expert Working group tasked with developing the IQTS qualification. I continue to be a part of this Expert Working Group developing the inspection and quality assurance framework for the qualification which will be piloted from September 2022.

I am now an Individual Member of FOBISIA (Federation of British International Schools in Asia) and, for three years, I was a member of the FOBISIA board with the Communications brief. I am passionate about collaboration and have always recognised the importance of networks to support teacher development. I was also Vice-Chair of AIMS ( Association of International Malaysian Schools). In both these roles, I conducted school visits to assess that the schools met the criteria for membership of the organisations.

Teaching and supervision

I am a PAT supporting international students following the PGCE and look forward to eventually supporting students to gain international qualified teacher status (IQTS).

Research interests for potential research students

My research interests lie within Cognitive Science, particularly, exploring the impact of deeper knowledge of the process of learning on pedagogy and curriculum development in schools.

I love languages and international travel. I speak three languages fluently and three more at a conversational level. I try to learn some of the language of every country I visit.

I also love the outdoors and enjoy walking. I keep fit by doing dance and enjoy campaigning work with the WI.

I am a prolific reader of both fiction and educational books/blogs. I hope to find more time to write myself now that I am retired.

Last updated 04 October 2022