Providing an environment where students can learn and become competent users of mathematics and mathematical application.
I have always loved the world of maths! Hard to believe I know, but it is so important in so many careers and everyday life. I started my career by studying Physics at Bath University which led to working for British Aerospace as a mathematical modeller and specialist in radiation effects for several years. Using maths to research the effect of the environment on satellites was crucial to the development of the communication technology we have today.
Wanting to improve the educational standards for the next generation, I moved into teaching maths gaining experience locally at Crispin School, Priory School and King Alfred’s School. During my 20 years of teaching, I enjoyed working with primary, secondary and A level students focusing in particular on borderline pass learners with good success.
I realised the importance of one to one tuition when my own two sons were growing up and in need of support with their maths studies. School teaching can be excellent but the benefits of additional tutoring for the learner can result in raising their end grade to their full potential. Often my knowledge of the curriculum and marking schemes can help learners with their exam answering techniques. Building confidence with numbers will always help, whatever career they choose to follow.
Testimonial from Priory School, Weston-super-mare:
“Stephen has made an enormous contribution to the sustained improvements in student learning of Mathematics at Priory. Initially he joined us as an Advanced Skills Teacher 8 years ago and we soon realised that he was an excellent practitioner in the faculty and was also very able at training and developing other teachers. I know that the work he did within other schools was also well received. This involved developing skills in other teachers, particularly those who had experienced problems, and preparing resources now used across the county.
Stephen is a very versatile teacher and has taught at all levels but has a particular flare for pushing on those more challenging C/D borderline students. Three years ago he was asked to run the faculty and during this time the GCSE grades have improved rapidly and the Scheme of Learning has come on in leaps and bounds. Students enjoy learning in his classes and want to work well for him. The A* – C pass rate, in maths, has gone from 42.2% to 65.3% under his leadership last year.”