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I am currently Head of Mathematics at a secondary school in South London. I have been teaching Mathematics from Key Stage 3 (year 7) to Key Stage 5 (A-level Mathematics) for 11 years now and have been Head of Maths for 7 years. I have always been passionate about Mathematics from a young age and went into teaching with a desire to make Maths interesting, engaging, relevant and fun in the classroom. I thoroughly enjoy my job and intend to continue teaching for many years to come. I feel a great sense of personal satisfaction doing a job that can potentially make such a positive impact on peoples lives - achieving a C grade at GCSE for English and Maths is essential for many future careers.
As mentioned above, I have been a Secondary Mathematics teacher for 11 years but also as the Head of the Mathematics Department for 7 years. Through my career, I have not only worked through the changes in the GCSE curriculum, but have managed these changes within my department by writing new Schemes of Work and creating new resources. The GCSE has now changed again for this year and quite significantly. I feel my strength here is that I am fully aware of all the changes and the new content students need to know to successfully tackle this new challenging GCSE having just written a new Scheme of Work for my own department.
Aside from GCSE, I have supported students towards the 11+ exams, have taught A-level Mathematics (Core 1 - 4) throughout my teaching career and support prospectus teachers who need additional help completing the QTS Mathematics Skills Test. Every year I create, manage and run intervention classes for GCSE students in my own school and so I know exactly what students need to be taught and have a massive archive of resources to ensure this is done effectively.
Current teachers must now be able to identify the individual strengths and weaknesses of their students and then teach to ensure each student makes progress. I am aware that everyone learns in different ways, at different speeds and are at different levels. I have always worked with students to ascertain what they can and can't do and then devise a plan over time to bridge the gap of the things they need to learn. I have always individualised the learning for each student so they always feel they are making progress and are constantly learning something new rather than focussing on things they can achieve already.
I use some of the targeting and tracking sheets I've created for my school when tutoring individually and also have access to all the exam resources (exam papers, topic tests etc) including the most recently released specimen papers for the new GCSE, some of which are not available publicly on the internet.
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