An experienced and highly successful teacher of Chemistry to A level and GCSE Science, I have recently retired from my job after 17 years as Deputy Headteacher of an outstanding-rated Oxfordshire comprehensive school. Although I enjoyed the challenge of a senior management position, it was always the actual teaching which I did that gave me most pleasure - and why I made sure that in the timetables I wrote I still retained a fair amount of teaching, after all that is why I went into working in schools in the first place, and you never tire of how great it is when you get students to realise they understand something new.
I have taught Science - mostly Chemistry - for almost 40 years in three highly successful secondary schools. This included 12 years as Head of Science. I was highly regarded at each school for the level of success my students achieved at GCSE and A level.
I am a current exam marker for A level Chemistry. Before increased responsibilities at school ruled it out, I had extensive experience as a GCSE examiner at a Principal Examiner level, thus writing and grading GCSE papers as well as being responsible for marking them.
I have been co-author of published books of teaching and exam support material for GCSE Chemistry and Science.
It was always the actual teaching that I enjoyed most about the job, and so on retirement I am keen to return to tuition. I think my approach to teaching is best summed up by some quotes from an email a former A level Chemistry student sent me on my retirement. He had collected messages from others I had taught which included: "without a doubt the best teacher I have ever had (including those at uni)", "you helped stoke the inquisitiveness that still burns today", "few share the same level of enthusiasm for teaching as yourself, even fewer who invest as much time and personal interest in helping their students achieve to their potential". Although it is many years since I did private tuition, one-to-one support outside lessons has always featured strongly in my teaching, especially with the flexibility my senior management role gave me - students would always be taking me up on my offer to come and see me because helping them was always more important and more enjoyable than the admin tasks I might have been doing instead!
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|University of Oxford (Brasenose College)||1979||Masters||Chemistry|
|University of Cambridge (Hughes Hall)||1980||PGCE||Chemistry / Science|
|University of Oxford (Department of Educational Studies)||1993||Professional||Special Diploma in Educational Studies - Science|
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