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Dr Daniel Chua

Dr Daniel Chua is Executive Director and Head of Curriculum at Cognitus Academy. Before founding Cognitus Academy, he was a teacher and Head of Department at Saint Hilda’s Primary School. Since leaving the Ministry of Education (MOE), he has earned a PhD in history from the Australian National University (ANU) and taught Bachelor, Masters and Doctoral students in Australia and Singapore.

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Mr Hairul

Passionate about the English language, Mr Hairul was a Senior Teacher of English from an MOE school with 13 years of teaching, mentoring and curriculum leadership experience. He began to specialise in teaching purely English in 2009 and has developed a repertoire of strategies for teaching Primary 3 to Primary 6 students, across levels of readiness.
 

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Dr Daniel Chua
BA Hon (Ed), MA (Soc Studies), PhD (History)
Executive Director and Head of Curriculum
E: Daniel.Chua@cognitus.edu.sg

Biography

Dr Daniel Chua is Executive Director and Head of Curriculum at Cognitus Academy. Before founding Cognitus Academy, he was a teacher and Head of Department at Saint Hilda’s Primary School. Since leaving the Ministry of Education (MOE), he has earned a PhD in history from the Australian National University (ANU) and taught Bachelor, Masters and Doctoral students in Australia and Singapore.

As a seasoned PSLE exam marker and innovative educator, Dr Chua guided his inaugural Primary 6 class to achieve at least an A grade, with 82% scoring A* for the PSLE English Examinations. Trained to teach high-ability learners, Dr Chua also coached students in Future Problem Solving, an enrichment programme for Primary Gifted Education Programme (GEP) students. In recognition of his dedication, he was awarded the Caring Teacher Award and was also a finalist for the inaugural Inspiring Teacher of English Award.

A scholar of Southeast Asia, Dr Chua comments on regional affairs such as the South China Sea disputes, ASEAN and regional politics. He is currently adjunct fellow at NTU and serves as a consultant to MOE's Curriculum Planning and Development Division. He was also adjunct lecturer at the National Institute of Education (NIE) where he conducted pedagogy courses for trainee teachers. He continues to teach undergraduate and post-graduate courses at NTU.

Led by Dr Chua, Cognitus Academy brings together a team of dedicated teachers with rich experience and deep expertise in teaching English in MOE schools.

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A frequent contributor, Dr Chua’s commentaries have been published in The Straits Times, Channel NewsAsia and international outlets. A list of publications can be found here.


Mr Hairul
BA Hon (Ed)
Academic Head (Primary)

Biography

Passionate about the English language, Mr Hairul was a Senior Teacher of English from an MOE school with 13 years of teaching, mentoring and curriculum leadership experience. He began to specialise in teaching purely English in 2009 and has developed a repertoire of strategies for teaching Primary 3 to Primary 6 students, across levels of readiness.

As a Senior Teacher (English) since 2012, Mr Hairul has designed and implemented innovative pedagogical approaches, which make English a subject that students can see relevance in their daily lives. He redesigned and spearheaded the Writing curriculum of his former school, and trained and mentored English teachers to deliver an impactful English curriculum. As a curriculum activist and innovator, he constantly pushes the boundaries of current pedagogical practices through the use of Drama and ICT in teaching and learning. Over the years, students from his school have obtained at least 90% passes with improvements in the writing component by 10% over the last 5 years.

As a senior educator in MOE, Mr Hairul has been involved in numerous PSLE marking exercises and with that, possesses intimate knowledge of the standards expected of students during this milestone examination. He not only sets English examinations across levels, but also vets papers in his capacity as the gatekeeper for his school’s English standard, ensuring close alignment with national benchmarks.

Mr Hairul actively champions the use of formative assessment in his classroom to ascertain the students’ achievements from his lessons. His educational philosophy is guided by the Growth Mindset where learners must possess a disposition to improve on their attainment of skills and knowledge. Thus, learning is not based solely on one’s capacity but also one’s attitude.


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