Author profiles

Our blog posts are written by education experts and specialists at Cambridge. You can expect to see well-researched, informative and original content that will provide you with advice and ideas as well as innovative approaches to improving teaching practice.

Abigail Barnett
By Abigail Barnett

Abbi is responsible for leading the development of Cambridge’s Primary and Lower Secondary curricula, including the expansion of subjects on offer as part of the programme. She has co-developed an approach to education system evaluation based on the theory of curriculum coherence and has most recently carried out evaluation work in the US, Bermuda, Kuwait, India and Ethiopia. She has a particular interest in formative purposes and uses of assessment. Before joining Cambridge International, Abbi worked as a local authority education consultant, focused on school improvement in secondary schools, particularly working with English departments and on whole school literacy. She started her career teaching secondary English in the UK. From 2002-7 she taught IB English A1 and Theory of Knowledge at Bangkok Patana School, a British international school in Thailand. Abbi has a degree in English Studies from the University of Nottingham, and a PGCE from the University of Manchester.

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Adina Chapman
By Adina Chapman

Dr. Adina Chapman is Cambridge International’s Regional Higher Education Manager, North America. She works to develop the recognition of Cambridge qualifications in US and Canadian colleges and universities. Adina’s previous work in higher education includes academic programme and policy review, analysis, and development at institutional, system and state levels.

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Alison Borthwick
By Alison Borthwick

Alison Borthwick is an international education and mathematics consultant. She is a trainer, teacher, facilitator and advisor and has experience in the UK and internationally. She has worked with many different educational organisations, including several departments within the University of Cambridge. As part of her work for Cambridge International, she has written and delivered training, conducted monitoring and evaluation capacity development, reviewed curricula and been involved in the Cambridge conferences. Alison is also an active researcher, writer and co-author. She has edited and published several books, journals, academic papers and blogs.

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Amanda Kirby
By Amanda Kirby

Professor Amanda Kirby is a professor in developmental disorders in education. She has a specific interest in digital delivery and is the CEO of Do-IT Solutions. This provides screening and assessment tools for children and adults especially focusing on ascertaining the strengths of those who are neurodivergent and helping support challenges. See

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Amy Burke
By Amy Burke

Amy is an educational consultant who spent 15 years as a high school teacher and guidance counselor in Canada and The Netherlands. She holds a Masters Degree in Contemplative Education from Naropa University and in 2012 she co-founded MindWell ( whose aim is to support educational communities in fostering Awareness-Based Wellbeing through mindfulness and social-emotional learning. She is a lead teacher trainer for the Mindfulness in Schools Project (UK) and is also a facilitator for the CARE program (Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education) from the Garrison Institute. Amy supports the Community of Contemplative Education through Mind & Life Europe and she is also a staff member and mentor for Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme UK) teen retreats. Amy works internationally providing workshops and retreats for educators, students and parents with a focus on self-care and stress management. The Mindful Teacher’s Toolkit, written by Amy with Kevin Hawkins for SAGE/Corwin is out now!

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Andrew Field
By Andrew Field

Andrew is eLearning Manager at Cambridge Assessment International Education. He has fifteen years’ teaching experience, originally as History teacher then Head of Faculty for Computing and IT. He was an Adobe Educational Leader for ten years, developing a range of eLearning materials and resources.

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Anna Smith
By Anna Smith

Anna Smith is Education Manager at Cambridge International Examinations. She has almost twenty years’ experience as a teacher and leader, and was a principal of an international Sixth Form for five years.

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