Teacher of the Month – July 2021

Just before the Summer holidays the teacher that received the most votes and is nominated Teacher of the Month is Mr Brunton from Battle Hill Primary School, we thought that you would like to get to know him a little bit more.

Did you always know that you wanted to become a teacher?
Not always, I think dinosaur, astronaut and vet came first! Once I reached sixth form, I was fortunate enough to do some mentoring and from that point on I knew exactly where I wanted to be.

What’s the most rewarding thing about being a teacher?
For me, it’s seeing the look on a child’s face when their understanding clicks into place. Nothing tops that eureka moment.

What’s the most challenging thing about being a teacher?
Time. Most days I feel like my feet don’t touch the ground, there’s always something else to do. But the satisfaction I get from my work means I would not want it any other way.

Could you guess how many students you have taught?
This is only my second year of teaching so I can say I’ve taught exactly 53 students!

What’s your favourite subject to teach?
My degree is in history, so I love teaching anything to do with the past, but geography has stood out for me the most this year. The children have enjoyed looking at Antarctica and how humans have impacted on its climate.

What makes a good teacher?
Communication is so important. You can know everything there is to know about a topic but if you can’t communicate it in a way that is accessible to your students it’s of no use to them. Plus, you’ve got to have a sense of humour; having a positive working relationship keeps the class pulling in the right direction.

Who was your favourite teacher when you were at school and why?
There are a few contenders for this spot but my old history teacher Mr Knott wins this. He had a great rapport with the class, made sure everyone’s opinion was respected and helped me get my head around the French revolution. I’ve seen him a few times since leaving school and he’s still got time for his ex-students, a lovely man.

Did you enjoy school?
So much I came back! Yeah, I have a lot of great memories and great friendships to this day. I know I’ve used some things that I enjoyed during my time in school to improve my own lessons.

Whilst you have undoubtedly inspired many children, who inspires you?
Without a doubt the young lads who have stepped up to be part of the England squad this summer. The incredible work they have done to better their communities and the lives of people in the UK is amazing and that’s before they have even stepped onto the pitch. Leaders everywhere in that team, it’s inspiring.

For any young people reading this, why should they consider a career in teaching?
It is such a rewarding job; no two days are the same and you can see the impact and difference that you make.