Mr. Richard Henry
Head of School, GEMS World Academy (Singapore)

Richard Henry has worked in education for 31 years, beginning his career in the state and private education systems of Queensland, Australia. In 2000, Richard moved to Jakarta for 11 years as Secondary School Principal and then Head of School. During this time, the school implemented the IB programmes (DP, MYP and PYP). Richard moved to The Netherlands in 2011 as the IB Head of School Services for AEM and later was the IB Head of Development and Recognition working with government ministries and higher education institutions. In July 2015, Richard took up the role as Director of IB Global School Services in Washington DC and was responsible for the design and implementation of the IB’s core services of programme authorization and evaluation. The Director role also included liaison of the IB’s relations with accreditation bodies such as CIS, NEASC and WASC. Currently, he is the Head of School at GEMS World Academy (Singapore) which is now in its fifth year and was recently authorised for the IBCP so that it is the first and only four programme IB school in Singapore.


A New Level of Applied Learning – The Synergy of Industry and Schools

GEMS (Singapore) has embraced a new approach to education. This presentation outlines how the school has created a differentiated route to high school graduation, disrupting the conservative and traditional Secondary to Tertiary pathway. GEMS has established partnerships with universities allowing students to complete their first year BSc / BA degrees at high school. Utilising the latest online learning technologies and strategies to promote high quality blended learning opportunities, students can access world class studies from universities around the world. Provision is already in place in the fields of: Business, Sports Management, Sports Science, Aeronautics, Art and Design. The sustainability of these pathways is long term with huge potential for growth. By leveraging new technologies, GEMS has linked industry-related studies with traditional high school academics. The creation of these pathways has already had an impact on curriculum design and takes applied learning in a school context to a new level.

During this presentation participants will:

Participants will discover how schools can implement a range of new pathways for high school students which heightens student engagement due to high level specialisation in areas of their own interest. There will be a detailed overview of the stages for success: idea generation, scope, strategy, marketing, implementation. The presentation will also demonstrate how this innovative approach impacts parental satisfaction, due to financial cost savings, and drives innovative curriculum design from Grade 12 right through to Primary Years. Participants will learn how the IBCP can be used as a model for innovating high school education.

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