We hear from the men and women at the front of the class about what inspired – and continues to inspire – them to take up teaching. Here’s the view from the staff room at Talbot Heath School

Angharad Holloway

Angharad Holloway (Head)

What motivated you to take up teaching?
I was motivated to take up teaching owing to my desire to imbue young people with  intellectual curiosity and a love of learning that will help to shape their future lives; teaching is about lighting a flame that will go on to burn brightly.

What brought you to your school?
I love the sheer diversity of my role at Talbot Heath; my days swing from debating world politics with Year 7 pupils, to organising literature festivals and playing in the staff rock band, with a few strategic meetings and documents in between.

Talbot Heath has a dynamism and character that I have not experienced previously in my career; there is a common sense of shared humanity, purpose and positivity that permeates the school.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
The most rewarding aspect of my job is spending time with young people on a daily basis, sharing their aspirations and helping them develop into self-assured, principled young women, ready to take on the world.

And the biggest challenge?
The greatest challenge is having to write documents to meet deadlines while still spending as much time as possible with the pupils and staff, finding out about the teaching and learning that is at the heart of what we do.

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