Ollie has been a teacher, head of department, senior government adviser and school leader. In recent years this has included a four year second seconded to EducationScotland as National Adviser on Emerging Technologies for Learning. Education Scotland is the agency responsible for curriculum development and evaluation in Scotland. He is currently Headteacher at Kingussie High School located within the Cairngorms National Park.
Ollie is highly regarded around the world and works internationally with teachers, schools and governments to improve education outcomes for learners through the appropriate use of technology. Most recently he was the senior policy adviser for the Scottish Governments Technologies for Learning Strategy. He is fully competent in the practical use of ICT and has worked as an independent consultant for a wide variety of clients including Microsoft, Google, Intel, Promethean, Smart, Apple, European SchoolNet and Hoddar Education.
"As an objective education advocate and leader with whom we share a common philosophy of open access to education for everyone from anywhere at any time, Ollie is uniquely positioned to influence both Policy-makers and Educators with real-world teaching and learning experience. As an Educator, Ollie has a knack for showing others how simple technology can be used in the classroom to truly unlock learning."
Ross Mahon, EDU Community Manager EMEA, Google.com
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. At the Microsoft European Innovative Teachers Forumin 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. He went on to win a Worldwide Award in Brazil for the same category and now regularly facilitates at the Innovative Teachers Forum as a senior judge.
Microsoft have now published 6 of his eBooks the most recent being “Windows 10 in Education”. As a practitioner and consult he prides himself on being platform agnostic and is the only practitioner in the world to achieve the status of Intel Education Visionary, Intel Ambassador, Google Innovator (certified Teacher), Apple Distinguished Educator and Microsoft Innovative Education Expert and Fellow.
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 1000s of adults across Scotland and developed sustainable community driven models to promote the responsible use of the Internet. He was honoured by CEOP in 2011 for his work on Internet Safety and Responsible Use in Schools and remains a member of their education advisory board. He also sits on the advisery board of SELMAS (Scottish Educational Leadership Management & Administration Society) and the BBC Scotland Educationary Advisory Board.
Under his leadership Kingussie High School has become recognised as one of Scotland's most improved schools through variety of curriculum and technology innovations.