Ollie has had a successful and varied career working in Scottish education. He has been a teacher, head of department and school leader. He is currently seconded to Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS) as National Adviser on Learning and Technology Futures. LTS is the education agency responsible for curriculum development in Scotland. This is the second time that Ollie has judged the Education Blog Awards.
Over the years Ollie has won numerous awards for innovative classroom practice & project development including recognition from the Royal Geographical Society and the Scottish Qualifications Authority. Recently, at the Microsoft European Innovative Teachers Forum in Vienna, he was awarded first place in the category for Innovation in the use of ICT for the work that he has done on the use of computer games to enhance learning.
Ollie is one of Scotland’s leading experts on Internet safety and responsible use for schools and was one of the first CEOP (Child Exploitation Online Protection Agency) Ambassadors in the UK. He has run workshops for over 1000 adults across Scotland and developed sustainable community driven models to promote the responsible use of the Internet.
As well as technology, Ollie is passionate about outdoor learning and getting children out of the classroom. He remains a full member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors and regularly advises schools and other organizations on outdoor learning policy and practice.
Outside of his day job he has consulted for a wide range of stakeholders including BBC, Oxford Education, Hodder Gibson, Boardworks and Young Scot. His current interests include social media in schools, computer games in education, mobile technologies, school design and 21st century school leadership.
He is an Apple Distinguished Educator, member of the SCSSA Advisory Group on School Leadership, member of the Media Literacy Scotland National Steering Group and Chair of Trustees for Volunteer Development East Lothian. In his spare time he leads global youth wilderness adventures for Leading Edge Expeditions.