After my career as a trader in investment banking (Lehman Brothers, yes that one, and Japanese
bank Nomura), I qualified as a Chartered Accountant at PwC. At PwC, I tutored new graduate
trainees and this is where I had my epiphany – I loved teaching! So I went to Cambridge University to
do my PGCE Maths course.
After, I taught at the East London Science School whilst doing my Masters at Cambridge.I started teaching at Chesterton Community College in Cambridge. I am now teaching part time back home in Newham, London, at Little Ilford School while doing my Doctorate in Maths Education at Cambridge University.
Mr Seagull Teaching GCSE Maths To BBC Breakfast Presenters (video)
Department For Education teacher recruitment campaign with Bobby (video)
When I changed careers from finance into education, I spent nearly six months visiting and observing lessons in schools. I managed to go to 20+ schools in my home borough of Newham and took notes of my experiences. This convinced me teaching was for me.
I shared my top 3 tips for new teachers here in this blog.Medium.com
I believe that modern teachers should be reflective and think about their practice. I am currently doing a Doctorate (EdD) at Cambridge University part time. My Doctorate initially focused purely on maths anxiety in a secondary classroom environment, but now looks at it from the perspective of media influence on that negative perception of maths (and how that can lead to anxieties.
Here is a blog piece I wrote for the Faculty of Education.Maths Mission
Maths Appeal podcast
With fellow maths teacher Susan Okereke and producer Jenny Nelson, we created a podcast series that aims to show the fun side of maths. It’s something for teachers to listen to their commute (as well as anyone who thinks that maths might not be for them). We interviewed the likes of Johnny Ball, Simon Singh, Anne-Marie Imafidon and Alex Bellos. At one stage, it reached #2 in the iTunes education charts!
Links to Maths Appeal podcast on iTunes, Spotify and Soundcloud.
I often talk to different media outlets about my interests in education, teaching and maths. Here are some of them.