Year(s) and Subject(s) Taught
I currently teach Year 7 and 11. At some point, Year 7 to 13 History.
How long have you been teaching?
Why did you become a teacher? Why did you choose teaching as a profession?
I am passionate about History and have always enjoyed working with young people so this was the ideal way for me to continue both.
When I got my first taste of working with young people in summer camps and in work experience after university I quickly recognised that teaching as a profession would be fulfilling and unpredictable which is exactly what I was looking for.
Tell us about your own education journey.
I completed my History Degree at the University at Sheffield before taking two years out to work out what to do next and see some of the world. I then went home to the University of Birmingham to complete my PGCE.
What is the most memorable moment in your teaching career so far?
I have a couple, looking at my first set of GCSE results with students at my first school was memorable as they were not confident in themselves and many had achieved more than they felt as possible, there was more than a touch of relief on my part too. I have to say that becoming Head Teacher at Tenby SEP will probably become my most memorable, I am so proud to be able to have this role at a school with such dedicated staff and amazing students.
What do you like most about teaching?
The variety. I have never had two days that are the same. That is what it is like interacting with young people each day, that’s what makes it such fun, and so challenging at the same time. Everyday there are chances to make a difference and each one of those is different.
What is the best thing about teaching at your school?
The students. The desire they have to achieve and learn is truly startling. They set such high expectations of themselves that we as teachers are challenged to fulfil and push them, which is wonderful. Not only are they academically driven but they also have huge hearts devoting a huge amount of time and effort to good causes and each other. It is a privilege to work with them.
Who or what inspires you?
Being a History teacher I get lots of inspiration from historical figures who have tried to change the world in one way or another – Gandhi, Che Guevara, Clement Atlee. I am also a keen sportsman so I take inspiration from those who have reached the top of their sports such as Roger Federer and David Beckham people who not only perform at a high level but also have a character that supports hard work and important values. My family are a constant source of inspiration especially my wife who has recently joined the teaching profession and through her dedication to her students is making me feel like I need to go back and brush up on my practice, all while looking after our two-year-old daughter.
Describe the ‘perfect’ student.
Questioning, open minded, honest, willing to act on feedback and community spirited.
I want students to challenge what they hear and ask questions to improve their understanding. The perfect student would have this attitude and be interested in improving their own learning and skills. Along with this they would be outward looking, thinking about how they can contribute to the school community, an attitude I believe will make them an active global citizen who is internationally minded after they left school. I am grateful to work with a lot of students like this and at a school which encourages these traits.