Innovative Learning Ideas is published and maintained by me(!), Rob Porteous, a full time primary teacher and learning specialist living and working in Edinburgh.
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I graduated from Cambridge University with a BA in Mathematics in June 1983 and trained as a primary school teacher at Moray House College in Edinburgh.
I taught at a variety of primary schools in the UK and abroad before taking up a post as Maths teacher and ICT co-ordinator at the Dolphin School in Berkshire in 1996. During my three years at the Dolphin School I began to experiment with peer tutoring, giving special responsibility to some of my pupils for teaching computer skills to their classmates. I also began experimenting with innovative approaches to Maths teaching, using problem-based contexts for learning.
From 1999-2007, I was Curriculum Leader and then Deputy Head (Learning Opportunities) at St George’s School for Girls in Edinburgh, where my particular remit was to work with Junior School staff to develop their confidence and skill in teaching ICT and Mathematics.
I am currently Deputy Head (Learning and Teaching) at George Watson’s College Junior School in Edinburgh.
I have undertaken action research into peer tutoring, published by the Scottish Council for Research in Education, and have given presentations to groups of teachers in various parts of the UK.
My driving purpose is to encourage pupils to take greater responsibility for their own learning, and to encourage their teachers to allow them to!