Case Studies

Stuart Wiggans, Subject Leader, Settle College

Stuart is a subject leader in RE, PSHCe and Psychology at Settle College. He trained to be a teacher at St Martin’s College, Lancaster and has been teaching for 28 years.

“Be yourself. The best version of you will always be a better teacher than an imitation of someone else.”

 What do you enjoy most about Teaching?

“Knowing that today could be the day that I make a positive difference in a young person’s life, sometimes by something as simple as a kind word at the right time. Accepting that not every day willb be like that, but understanding that at the very least I can be a reassuring constant in what can be the otherwise uncertain, and often insecure, experience of childhood and teenage years.”

 

What do you like most about the School you teach in?

“The positive relationships between staff and the pupils.”

 

What advice would you give to people who are thinking about training to be a teacher?

“As in life, be yourself. The best version of you will always be a better teacher than an imitation of someone else.”

 

What do you like about North Yorkshire?

By national standards, relatively small schools in a beautiful and calming environment that help to make all of the above possible.”