Russell Speirs and Friends: James MacDonald, International School of Brussels

Podcast: James MacDonald from The International School of Brussels explains how personalisation is key to his thriving school

James MacDonald has led three of the world’s longest established and most respected international schools – International School of Yokohama, NIST in Bangkok and now The International School of Brussels (ISB) – and he still doesn’t look a day over 40…

While I was tempted to ask him how he manages to stay so spritely, I stuck to the plan for this series of short podcasts and asked him instead what he thinks helps to make a school thrive.

For James, every school will need different inputs to thrive in different ways, at different times. For ISB right now, the key is personalisation: “The best style of education has always been one in which you can meet the learner where they’re at”, he says.

Find out how James and his colleagues are freeing up time to enable teachers to adapt and individualise each student’s learning pathway and how the mission at ISB is driving the nature of innovation and improvement.