Nicholas Bruce

Deputy Headteacher

Starting his teaching career in east London’s state school system, collaborating on learning and teaching projects with institutions such as City of London Girls’ School and the Institute of Education, Nicholas Bruce is now Deputy Head for Learning & Teaching at GEMS Wellington International School in Dubai – the region’s most successful British-curriculum school. An English subject specialist Nicholas has led school staff on integrating whole-school reading literacy projects including Accelerated Reader, Reading Rewards and now Lexonik, seeing a growth in the school’s PISA reading scores. Currently studying for an Education MA with the Institute of Education, Nicholas now leads on whole-school PD, MER and lesson observation cycles and has developed an innovative online Learning & Teaching portal to support staff in maintaining outstanding teaching practice.


Leadership stream

27 February 2019 | 13:30 - 14:00 | English | Reducing the Verbal Deficit: Innovative use of Intervention and Whole School Strategy

How do we address the challenges of effectively equipping all international students, regardless of their starting point in English, with the academic literacy skills necessary to perform at the highest levels? Reducing the verbal deficit of our ESL students is fundamental to their success. This session will present the approaches taken by two high-performing international schools using the specialist training and resources provided by Lexonik. GEMS Wellington International School Dubai, British School Muscat and the Lexonik team from Sound Training will share how Lexonik has worked in their particular contexts and demonstrate the considerable success this approach has had on their students’ confidence, reading age, vocabulary range and performance across all curriculum areas.