‘I love teaching and when you have a passion for your subject, you want to share it and explain why it is important to the world. ’
Now 36, Nik became a teacher 12 years ago after studying creative studies, English and media communication at Bath Spa University. He thought teaching would be a good way to secure a steady income while he pursued his ambition of becoming a freelance journalist in his free time and holidays, but things didn’t go quite according to plan.
‘Originally I thought teaching would be a way for me to pursue a writing career. What I hadn’t banked on was how much I enjoyed it. I loved being in the classroom, I loved working with the kids; after a year I was sponsored to do a teaching qualification and I’ve never really looked back.’
Nick left his previous post as he became frustrated by the ‘exam factory’ approach of the school he worked in. What students gained in securing good grades, they often lost in opportunities to be creative, critical and curious. Now teaching at UTC South Durham, he says his externship has given him lots of ideas to bring back into school.