|(BEng) Electronics and (PGCE) Mathematics|
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International and UK Teacher and Head of Department, Maths, ICT and Computer Science
What I do
Taught UK state education for 10 years followed by 10 years teaching internationally.
Skills I use and how I developed them
Development of departments at curriculum level and infrastructure level in multiple schools.
What I like most
The ability to be flexible and adapt to different situations in order to solve problems and achieve the best for students.
What I like least
Constantly changing goal posts imposed by education ministers with no experience of education.
What surprised me most
Each role I have had constantly changes and the requirements change as you move between UK schools and International Schools.
My career goals when I graduated
School management within 5 years.
My career history
Teacher of Maths and ICT. GNCQ Co-ordinator, Climbing Wall Manager, Key Skills Co-ordinator, Tecaher of ICT, Head of ICT, Teacher of Maths, Assistant Head of Maths.
What has helped my career to progress
Flexibility, adapt to situations as new challenges arise.
Courses taken since graduation
TTAIT - Teaching ICT in Teacher Training
MLC, SPA, Kayak Instructor.
Various professional courses.
How my studies have helped my career
My PGCE prepared me for the classroom but other training has helped to develop this and extend it to the skills needed for other roles.
What surprised me about my career so far
That experience can be gained but putting yourself forward opens doors in a more interesting way.
Where I hope to be in 5 years
Options change all the time and goals change with them.
My advice to students considering work
Teaching is great, its hard work but wonderful. Get involved and find out what it is like before you qualify. Volunteer and get experience.
My advice about working in my industry
Prepare your subject knowledge, you would be amazed what you have forgotten. Research schools before you apply, make sure you know what they are like, their OFSTED reports and the back-ground on the area. Go in open eyed but keen.
Happy to help with any questions.
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