I trained as an English and Drama teacher, and have worked with every age group from nursery through to Post Graduate. I have been a teacher, a manager, a consultant, a teacher trainer and an AST for Developing Pedagogy! In these pages you’ll find out why it is I am no longer teaching.
I completed my doctoral thesis in 2014 and my first book, Teaching : Notes from the Frontline was published in 2014. You can read the reviews here. The second, an adaptation of my doctorate “Becoming Mobius: The Complex Matter of Education” was published in 2015. I am currently writing a third – a staunch defence of the role of the Arts in our society and education system.
I am the co-founder of Northern Rocks – an education conference held in Leeds in which teachers come together to celebrate teaching and learning and to push their practice forward. And I am a proud associate of the RSA, Independent Thinking and the International Schools Theatre Association.
I have one mantra for learning and that is ‘Make it Matter.’ Not a single piece of knowledge that mankind has ever aqcuired came without a desire to know the answer to a question. We have to give children the impetus to want to know, to understand the imperative that drove the discovery – the story behind the glory. When I plan I ask myself ‘who in the world would need to know that?’ and we start there – with the need to know. Am I perfect? No. Sometimes my lessons are a bit rubbish. They go wrong. But when they do, it’s because I was trying to push the bar and next time I do it better. These pages will be full of these ups and downs and I hope you’ll join in and comment and try to reflect with me.