Location: United Kingdom
Area of expertise provided as part of the CIS Affiliated Consultant Network:
- Appraisal and Professional Development
- Curriculum Design and Delivery
Dr. Lesley Snowball is a curriculum, assessment, and language specialist with extensive experience as a teacher, administrator, and consultant in UK national, international, and special schools across all age ranges. She was the founding director of The International School of Budapest and served as the Head of Lower School and Deputy Director of the International School of Amsterdam, which was the first authorised PYP school in the world. She was closely involved in the development, publication and implementation of the original PYP framework and she led the initial development of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) International Teacher Certificate.
Together with her husband, Kenneth Snowball, she directs Putting it into Practice, an organisation that offers a comprehensive programme of support to schools worldwide, specialising in curriculum and assessment support, inquiry-based learning, second-language acquisition and internationalism. Most recently, she has been involved in various projects including creating the comprehensive, modular Primary Inquirer Curriculum System which includes the first materials specifically for inquiry-based schools (published in partnership with Pearson Education); leading curriculum reform with the Peruvian Ministry of Education and British Schools of Peru; supporting new schools established under the Qatari Outstanding Schools Initiative and the UK Free School programme; reviewing mathematics teaching and learning with a group of Cognita schools; and developing assessment systems with several schools worldwide.
Lesley is a board member of the Alliance for International Education (AIE) and the ISS World Languages Initiative. She also teaches as an adjunct professor with George Mason University’s FASTTRAIN program, training teachers specifically for international contexts.
Lesley is a graduate of Durham, London and Bath Universities and holds a Diploma in Language Teaching, a Master’s in Curriculum Development and a PhD in International Teacher Education.