Prior to joining Capita, Graham spent 13 years in teaching; as a Science teacher, head of ICT and, latterly, as the deputy head of a large Secondary school in Manchester. This is where he first became passionate about the impact of management information systems on student achievement. As head of Education at SIMS Independent, his focus remains on ensuring schools across the UK and overseas use SIMS to drive efficiency and raise standards.
When today’s young people leave education, they are likely to face stiff competition to get to that first rung on the career ladder. The quality, rounded education that schools deliver is key to preparing their students for a world beyond the classroom. But for a high-achieving school, it can be difficult to continue to raise the bar of achievement. That’s why I was so interested in the novel approach taken by Jerudong International School (JIS) in Brunei, where students are encouraged to drive their own progress.