Philosophy (GCSE AQA, GCSE Edexcel, GCSE OCR, IGCSE, A Level AQA, A Level Edexcel, A Level OCR, Pre-U, IB Standard Level, IB Higher Level and IB MYP)
RE (GCSE AQA, GCSE Edexcel, GCSE OCR, IGCSE, A Level Edexcel, A Level OCR, Pre-U, IB Standard Level, IB MYP and Advanced Placement)
Theory of Knowledge (IB SL and IB HL)
Calum has been teaching, mentoring and supporting the learning of pupils with a range of abilities and learning needs in the Lewisham area for three years. He began as a Teaching Assistant at Prendergast Vale, supporting students with learning needs, leading EAL classes and the school’s Philosophy Club. He was soon given the opportunity to undertake Teacher Training with King’s College London’s Schools Direct program in Religious Education. During his training he completed his second placement at the Outstanding Prendergast School teaching Religious Studies and Philosophy and Ethics classes from years 7 to 13.
After achieving QTS in 2016, Calum was appointed to Lead Teacher of Religious Education at Prendergast Vale, where he is currently placed. In this role he is responsible for 120 year 10 students completing early entry Religious Studies (AQA B, legacy). He is also responsible for the establishment and assessment of the new AQA A Religious Education specification in KS4.
One of Calum’s tutoring achievements has been with a highly able student with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Dyslexia. Over the two years that Calum has been working with this student they have progressed from being unable to grade in their RE assessments to meeting their target of an A in the run up to their GCSE. Furthermore, their well-being and confidence have improved and they are showing excellent progress in their other subjects as a result.
Calum is a sensitive, patient and highly skilled tutor who has a range of experience supporting and inspiring children of all abilities and needs. He has risen quickly within a challenging school environment and has excellent behaviour management and skill at differentiation by need. He has a broad range academic interest and ability and he uses these to inspire his students and inform his approach to engagement in lessons and tutorials.
Calum completed his BA at Exeter University, graduating with a First Class degree in Philosophy. He was awarded the William Kingdon Clifford Prize for best academic achievement in final year Philosophy. Furthermore, he presented his undergraduate dissertation at an international philosophy conference at Manchester University. He went on to graduate with a distinction in his MA in Asian religions from the School of Oriental and African studies in 2014. He incorporates his wealth of academic knowledge into his lessons and tutorials and inspires his students to approach all topics critically and philosophically.
Beyond education Calum is a keen traveller, completing several prolonged trips to the Middle East, South Asia, America and Europe. He regularly undertakes multi-day treks, most notably the Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp treks which he completed in 21-days and 10-days respectively. Calum is a keen musician who plays drums and saxophone to grade 8 level and is an avid fan of jazz music. Calum also continues to keep his passion for philosophy alive by reading philosophical works. Currently he is revisiting the ancient philosophies of Stoicism and Epicureanism with the intention of learning how to apply them to improving the resilience and well-being of students.
Calum qualified to teach Religious Education in 2016, and holds a Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from King's College London.
|University Name||Name of degree||Year of graduation|
|School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)||MA (Distinction) Religions of Asia and Africa||2014|
|University of Exeter||BA (Hons) Philosophy||2012|
In this blog, Calum explores the presentation component of the IB's Theory of Knowledge assessment. He gives a detailed overview of the format, outlines the importance of including real-life situations, and offers a helpful guide to choosing the perfect real-life situation to make an excellent presentation.
Calum September 2017
In this blog, Calum sets out the principle ideas and terminology of the Theory of Knowledge course, a mandatory part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma. He de-mystifies some of the language used in the ToK and explains the way that ToK works, giving a clear guide to students seeking to understand the basics of the course.
Calum July 2017
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