Tony has over 35 years rich and varied experience in teaching, teacher education and educational consultancy work in a range of international settings. These include teaching for VSO at a secondary school and university in Upper Egypt, teaching for two years in a UNHCR refugee centre in the Philippines, teaching at language schools in Japan, working in a Technical Studies Institute in Saudi Arabia and 13 years as a teacher educator at the Institute of Language in Education and the Hong Kong Institute of Education.
While in Hong Kong Tony was involved in numerous consultancy roles. These included playing a leading role in a National Curriculum reform project for English language in Hong Kong Primary Schools; co-leading an influential five-year literacy research and development project; as well as a large number of consultancy roles for the Government’s Department of Education, local schools and other educational organisations.
Tony has worked at Canterbury Christ Church University since 2004, where he has been a pro-active advocate of internationalisation within the Faculty of Education and wider university. He has initiated and played a leading role in many international developments. As well as facilitating a wide range of international projects, he established a highly sucessful large scale international student mobility project, which has resulted in more than 400 students undertaking teaching placements all over the world.
Since 2010, Tony has been consultant for five large-scale curriculum development projects in Palestine; four funded by the World Bank and one by the European Commission. Tony is currently Project Leader for two of these projects. www.tedpal.ps
Research and knowledge exchange
Recent international consultancy projects
Project Leader: Erasmus+ Key Action 2 Higher Education Capacity Building funded project: Raising the Quality of Teacher Education Programmes in Palestine (RQTEPP) (Lead University (European Commission: 2015-2018)
Project Leader: Teacher Education Improvement Project - Additional Financing (TEIP-AF) in Palestine (World Bank: 2016-2018)
Project Leader: Teacher Education Improvement Project (TEIP 2) Upgrading Academic and Professional Teaching Qualification of Under-Qualified Class Teachers for Grades 1-4 in Palestine (World Bank: 2014 - 2015)
Consultant (Pedagogy Expert): Teacher Education Improvement Project (TEIP 1) Strengthening school-based practice of pre-service teacher education programmes in Palestine (World Bank: 2011-2014)
Consultant (Curriculum Development Expert): Quality Improvement Fund (QIF) English Language Arts Teacher Education Development Programme, Palestine (World Bank: 2010-2012)
Expert Evaluator: Primary Schools English Development Pilot Project (Hong Kong Government Quality Education Fund (QEF): 2000 - 2002)
CCCU Representative (2015-2016) United Kingdom Trade and Industry (UKTI) Teacher Education Network
Editorial Board (2014 - ) Ubiquity. The Journal of Literature, Literacy and the Arts
Publications and research outputs
Engelbrecht, P, WIlson V., Mahon, T, Bsharat, A. (2015) In-service Teacher Training in Palestine. In P. Callogianikis, K.G Karras & C. Wolhuter (eds.) In-service teacher training and re-training around the world. Crete: University of Crete Press
Mahon T. (2015) The Palestinian Teacher Professional Development Index (PTPDI): A competency profile to support the professional development of serving teachers. Ramallah, Palestine: Ministry of Education
Mahon, T (2015) International edutourism and voluntourism - who really benefits? In M. Sangster (Ed). Challenging Perceptions in Primary Education Exploring issues in practice. London: Bloomsbury.
Mahon T. (2014) The Readiness to Teach Index (RTTI): Supporting student teachers to attain the Professional Standards for New Teachers in Palestine. Ramallah, Palestine: Ministry of Education
Mahon, T. (2012) Why do children and teachers need to develop a multicultural and global perspective? In M. Sangster (Ed.). Developing Teacher Expertise. London: Continuum.
Mahon T., & Tinker-Sachs, G (2006) Enabling effective practices in the teaching and learning of English. In M. L. McCloskey, J. Orr, and M. Dolitsky (Eds.). Teaching English as a Foreign Language in Primary School. TESOL: Alexandria, VA USA.
Tinker Sachs, G., & Mahon, T. (2003)The Primary English Reading Project, Perspectives, 15:1, 52-79.
Mahon T., & Tinker-Sachs, G (2001) Improving English Reading in Hong Kong Primary Schools: Final Report of the Primary English Reading Project. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Institute of Education.