Dr Sergio Pawel has over 30 years of experience in the field of education in the UK, South America and the Middle East. Dr S. Pawel holds an MSc in Nuclear Physics, MPhil in Philosophy of Science and PhD in Sc Education. He participated in the development of the Science English National Curriculum, the IB Science in the Middle Years and the IB Diploma Physics Programmes.

Sergio held various roles as an IB coordinator, IB DP Physics examiner, IB workshop leader, IB evaluator visitor, chair of CIS and NEASC accreditation, and Head of school. He has also worked as a consultant for setting up new international schools and lectures courses at Western University for a Master's programme in school leadership. Sergio has been involved with the development of the ISL London for a long time and has been one of the key players in establishing the ISL Group.

His research interests range from authentic laboratory-based learning practices to the study of cultural diversity as a learning resource, and he is a member of the review board for the Science Education Review journal. Sergio is a regular presenter at conferences on the themes of international academic leadership, Mother Tongue and EAL programmes and school inspections and accreditations.


Get to know Sergio!

Mother Tongue

Human beings are naturally inquisitive, we long for rational interpretations, we seek coherence in explanations, we are meaning-making animals. We repudiate cognitive dissonance; we don't like it when things do not make sense to us.

The Big Technology Jump

In 2014, after attending a conference on IT, our technology-minded staff audited the school through the SAMR model's perspective (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition). SAMR is a simple, tried-and-tested tool that helped us identify the level of IT integration in our day-to-day practices.

Al Adaam

The Qatar National Day is a day of unity that is the day we come together irrespective of our identities, cultures, languages. We come together to celebrate this great nation that we are all helping to build.

Green Spaces

Green spaces, both in and outdoor, promote mental and physical wellbeing. Why? Green gardens contribute to the decrease of pollution; these gardens can help to absorb noise pollution, and gardens can be comforting and relaxing environments.


The problem of assessment is that it has changed its purpose since you and I attended school, although we still use the same labels 'assessment’ or ‘examination’. In the past, when we were at school, an assessment was used as a tool as part of the selection process.