Head of Geography and Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator, Bedales

BSc University of Exeter
PGCE University of Cambridge

What makes a good teacher at Bedales?

In my opinion, the best teachers have an infectious enthusiasm and burning passion for their subject which propels students into action. Of course this should also be tempered with an unparalleled patience.

What are you trying to encourage and instil in your students?

My overriding goal is to foster a questioning and enquiry nature within students. They should leave Bedales with a desire to understand why the world functions as it does and never accept anything at face value, instead they should peer past the superficial to uncover the underlying drivers of a situation.

Apart from your teaching role, what else do you get involved with at the school?

Most of my non-teaching time is taken up organising the Duke of Edinburgh's Award at Bedales. I’m a keen cross country runner and take students running on a Tuesday afternoon. In the coming years I intend to become more involved in popular music at the school.

In your opinion, what makes Bedales special?

Bedales is special, partly because of the physical space we are all so fortunate to enjoy but also the mental space provided by the academic freedom of the Bedales Assessed Courses. The set of circumstances which Bedales finds itself cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

Who or what inspires you?

My inspiration comes from people who aren’t afraid to speak up against the status quo. These values are epitomised by David Hieatt, founder of Hiut Jeans and the Do Lectures. Another great source of inspiration is the modern day adventurer Alastair Humphreys who espouses about the merits of Microadventures.

Tell us something not a lot of people know about you.

I’m a google certified teacher.

I’ve published an ebook called ‘Teaching Geography in a Digital World’ - available here.

I have a website which collates lots of the other projects I’ve been involved in, I also blog and I use twitter a lot. Find out about Bedales Geography: data skills in the workplace