Curriculum Development

The Astra Learning Alliance currently has the following SLEs in this category:

Ahsan Abbas (Dr Challoner's Grammar School)


Ahsan Abbas

School:  Dr Challoner’s Grammar School

Position held: Subject Leader for Geography

SLE area of expertise:  Geography, Leadership, Curriculum Development, Digital Learning, Trips & Expeditions

Current responsibilities:  Leadership and management in Geography from KS3-KS5; Planning and leading extra-curricular visits to compliment the Geography curriculum from KS3-KS5; Reviewing, evaluating and developing the department; Mentoring NQTs & trainee teachers; Experienced tutor from KS3-KS5

Previous career history:

Since graduating from King’s College London and completing my PGCE from the Institute of Education, I have worked in two schools as Student Development Leader and Subject Leader for Geography. I have run middle leadership workshops across a number of schools. I am committed to my own personal and professional development and actively pursue my work in the field of trekking and humanitarian photojournalism outside of school time. I have led a number of short and long-haul expeditions and I have travelled to over 50 countries. I have recently been made a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society for my contributions to global education and am shortlisted Landscape Photographer of the Year. I was selected to sit on a judging panel for the Royal Geographical Society for their ‘Explore’ photography competition.

What you hope to achieve as an SLE:

I am passionate about improving the quality of teaching and learning in Geography across the county. I am keen on raising the profile of Geography by creating a shared community where teachers can collaborate and discuss how we can create an inspiring and engaging curriculum for our students.

Specific areas of expertise, and how you might be able to help other schools:
  • Geography curriculum KS3-KS5

  • Mentoring staff to Leadership positions

  • Coordinating and promoting Geography in whole school curriculum

  • Provide advice and expertise on extra-curricular school visits

  • Coaching and mentoring new team leaders

Future career goals:

I am looking forward to connecting and collaborating with colleagues across the county to raise the quality of teaching and learning.