Strategic Director, Education Scotland
Ollie Bray is currently Strategic Director at Education Scotland (www.education.gov.scot). Education Scotland is a Scottish Government executive agency charged with supporting quality and improvement in Scottish education. At Education Scotland Ollie has overall strategic responsibility for National Improvement Initiatives and Professional Learning and Leadership. This includes major national initiatives, such as the ongoing implementation of Curriculum for Excellence (including curriculum, pedagogy and assessment); Curriculum Innovation; Digital Learning and Teaching (including Glow and the National eLearning Offer); the Learner Journey; & Inclusion, Wellbeing and Equality. Immediately before rejoining Education Scotland he was Global Director: Connecting Play and Education at the LEGO Foundation (www.legofoundation.com) where he led the Foundations work related to education improvement through the use of technology and play. As part of this role he also led the Foundations COVID-19 distance learning response stream. Prior to joining the LEGO Foundation in November 2018 he was headteacher of Kingussie High School, Scotland (www.kingussiehigh.org.uk). As headteacher he led and built the team that transformed Kingussie High from an underperforming school (2012) into an innovative 21st Century Learning Environment. This included full curriculum redesign, the development of a digital culture (including 1:1 computing), an unashamed focus on partnership and the creation of a research engaged school community. In 2018 Kingussie High School significantly outperformed its comparator school, the Highland average and National average in all measures. He has over 20 years experience in all aspects of education. As well as his philanthropic, school and systems leadership work he has also been an award winning teacher, Scotland's former national advisor for emerging technologies in learning and a non-executive director at Inverness College: University of the Highlands & Islands and was until recently Chair of the Board at the International School of Billund, Denmark. Outside of work he enjoys riding his bike (very long distances) and wandering in the mountains.