International Women's Day

Striving for Success with Philippa Wraithmell

Ahead of International Women’s Day on Sunday 8 March, we asked Philippa Wraithmell, Head of Digital Learning, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, about her career journey, the importance of education technology and how she feels about being a female EdTech champion for schools.
Over the last 4 years I have been given the opportunity to lead digital strategies in schools across the UAE. My work has allowed me to support my own schools, but also schools from a range of different socio-economic back grounds.  School and leadership teams spanning FS-13/ K-12 Curriculum areas. Being able to support the development of meaningful technologies using research based strategies, embedding pedagogy within digital learning. 
As a women in Education and Technology this has given me the opportunity to work side by side with other women in education, empowering them to see how digital education can enhance and support 21st century learning in their classroom as well as supporting them to share this message with the global community.  An important part of this was highlighting the incredible female leaders across the UAE at the conference I held at Repton Abu Dhabi where we had a female leadership panel.  This focus was important for me to share with the community that there are some fantastic Female Leaders really taking the reins in this area of education, leaders who are changing the way we view education and technology.
I am also lucky enough to support others in their journey of digital leadership, mentoring women across the UAE, supporting them to develop their own schools in similar ways, driving change within the education sector. Empowering them to find their voice and stand up for change.  I work closely with my Apple Distinguished Educators network, collaborating across the globe with many incredible female educators. 
I am also incredibly fortunate to have worked with empowering and inspiring female leaders across my career who have taught me to have resilience, calm and understanding, gaining leadership skills and advice from them.   
In recent years I have learnt that in life the biggest person stopping you from reaching your goals is you, I have made decisions to not feel the fear when in situations which are daunting but to embrace them, I hope this is a trait which other women can embrace.  I know I have overcome many hurdles to get where I am today and I will face many more. Leadership is not easy but I hope I can use it to empower others and spread positivity across education as well as with other women across the world.
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