Case Studies

Paul Offord, English Teacher, Scalby School

Paul is an English Teacher at Scalby School and is currently working across George Pindar and Graham School too. He trained to be a teacher at York University and has been teaching for the past 15 years.

“Teaching is one of the most rewarding things that you can do. There is no doubt that there is a lot of hard work involved but you can influence young people’s lives for the better every day.”

What do you enjoy most about Teaching?

“That thrilling feeling in a lesson when students are so absorbed in their learning and when they become selfmotivated to the point that they begin inspiring others to excel. I really enjoy working alongside other colleagues and facilitating their development and improvement in different areas of their practice.”

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

“The students here at Scalby are creative, polite and hardworking. I really like the team-spirit that exists here as well as the full commitment of SLT to supporting excellent order around the schools and in the classrooms. I also like the freedom that staff have to explore and innovate different approaches within their practice”

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

“Teaching is one of the most rewarding things that you can do. There is no doubt that there is a lot of hard work involved but you can influence young people’s lives for the better every day. Be organised with your time and embrace moments of struggle as opportunities to learn. Only by getting things wrong can you become a better teacher”.

What do you like about North Yorkshire?

“We moved from Brighton as a family. One of the reasons was to reconnect with North Yorkshire and to provide our children with an opportunity to get to know a new landscape. There are so many things that a young family can do here and you are never more than 30 minutes’ drives from somewhere breath-taking”