Meet our Year 5 teacher, Ms Sue Dixon.

Briefly describe your journey as a teacher.

I qualified as a more 'mature' student at university, having been a police officer for a few years. I settled into primary teaching in the UK where I developed a particular passion for literacy and was privileged to become a County Literacy Consultant and Advisor in Northamptonshire - supporting schools to improve and work alongside teachers and senior leaders. This led to national Advisory work -and then running my own educational business, writing curriculum materials and providing training across the UK. In the past 8-10 years I have been back in the classroom in a variety of international schools across the world.

Why did you decide to specialize in Primary education?

I have taught mainly primary children but also had periods where I have been part of intervention programmes for secondary students too. Teaching at primary is a particular preference though - especially Key Stage 2 where children have an infinite capacity for curiosity with a delightful innocence to say how they really feel about something.

How would you describe a typical day at BISL?

I hope there isn't anything 'too' typical - that would suggest too staid a routine - the occasional surprises are good for all of us.

What is the best part of your day at BISL?

I'll let you know after a few weeks here.

Why is the experience of an international education important for a student?

Being in a diverse community is so very important for young people to develop tolerance and open mindedness. The skills of empathy, understanding, patience and kindness can be carefully nurtured, given this special opportunity.