I started teaching in 2004 with the Teach First programme. After 2 years I made a move into the City to be a sustainable buildings champion with Arup. I missed working with young people so I combined sustainability with schools and became ‘Mr Greeny‘ for a while. Then the chance to be part of the founding team of a small school came up and I made the happy move back to teaching full-time. For nearly 6 years at King Solomon Academy, I was Head of Maths and a member of SLT. I’m very proud of the work we did as a team and chuffed to bits that our leading group of pupils received senstational GCSE results.
From September 2014, with immense sorrow at leaving KSA, I’m stepping out of the classroom to spend some time with my wonderful parents, wife and young children. Over a jigsaw with my dad or a train set with my sons, I’ll be plotting what I do next. I won’t stray from maths education and already have a few things up my sleeve, which centre around getting children to have some self-belief in maths. That’s probably why I developed a mastery maths curriculum and Times Tables Rock Stars when I did. If I don’t go back to teaching for a while, it’s because I’m trying at a system level to ensure 16 year olds who have the odds stacked against them, get top grades at GCSE.
- Supporting your school’s maths department.
- Speaking or training on blended learning, mastery maths, or Teach Like A Champion techniques
- Advice on starting a high-performing school.
- To offer me some guidance on making homebrew cider or how to play the piano. I stink at both.