School of the Month – Let’s meet Craig, Curriculum Leader Maths

Our featured school this month is Churchill Community College, today we talk to Craig the Curriculum Lead for Maths.

Did you always know that you wanted to become a teacher?
No, when I was younger I wanted to be a footballer. It wasn’t until I left school at 18 and went to University I realised maybe football wasn’t going to be a career. It was after University I decided to become a teacher

What’s the most rewarding thing about being a teacher?
Seeing students making progress and achieving their potential. Getting a ‘thank you’ at the end of a lesson is incredibly rewarding as well and such a small thing!

What’s the most challenging thing about being a teacher?
The never ending ‘to do’ list

Could you guess how many students you have taught?
I have been a teacher at the school 11 years, on average teaching 5 classes a year = 125 students each year
125 x 11 = 1375.
Plus all PSHCE classes/ Form Groups/ Interventions classes it will be well over 2000 students.

What’s your favourite subject to teach?
The best subject….Maths

What makes a good teacher?
Someone who is caring, committed, resilience, reflective and a sense of humour

Who was your favourite teacher when you were at school and why?
Miss Muneer – English Teacher. Her presence in the classroom was one that earnt respect and was excellent at building trusting and supportive relationships with all students.

Did you enjoy school?
Yes loved it!

Whilst you have undoubtedly inspired many children, who inspires you?
Marcelo Bielsa – Leeds United Manager. The man is a genius and a pioneer in the way he thinks about football. His philosophy on life is very interesting and inspiring too.

For any young people reading this, why should they consider a career in teaching?
Incredibly rewarding and no two days are the same

When you’re not teaching, what do you do to relax? Going to watch Leeds United play football, playing football myself and the gym. Also walking my dog.

Why is Wallsend ‘special’ to you?
The young people of Wallsend have so much to offer and often don’t realise what potential they have. Our job is try and make them see that potential!