Dr Richard Caffyn in conversation with Sarah Kupke
Join Sarah Kupke, Head of Professional Learning, for an indepth conversation with Dr Richard Caffyn.
How can cultural experience and background influence and guide us as leaders and managers of complex organisations like international schools? How has the pandemic caused us to reflect on our leadership styles, and how we can effectively support the wellbeing of staff, students, parents and ourselves?
Dr Richard Caffyn is currently the Principal at the International School Telemark in Norway where he has been for the last ten years. He is originally from Sussex in the UK, and has worked in Azerbaijan, Romania, Austria, and Italy. He has an MA in Educational Management from the Open University and a PhD in international school leadership from the University of Bath. He was head of research support and development for the IB at the University of Bath where he worked with schools, teachers and colleagues in strengthening academic and practitioner research within international schools.
He worked extensively in Finland on quality assurance for the IB careers programme. Richard’s work in Italy also included advising and supporting school leadership and management in establishing new international schools throughout the country. He regularly writes articles and presents at conferences about international school leadership and management. Richard has both an academic and professional work interest in the micropolitics, cultures, boundaries, and organisational energy in international schools. He is also passionate to promote international mindedness, student agency and creativity, citizenship and cultural experience in schools, and is actively interested in how to develop positive creative and social environments in schools. His interests include history, nature, reading, folklore, comedy and the arts.