Case Studies

Donal Hale, English Teacher, Barlby High School

Donal is a Teacher of English and Middle leader of learning and teaching at Barlby High School. He trained to be a teacher at King’s College London and has been teaching for six years.

“Remember always- you are a master of your own classroom”


What do you enjoy most about teaching?

“The idea that one can learn something about themselves and the world around them through the study of literary texts. My inspiration was to be the facilitator for such realisations.”


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

“My department, which has a strong leader and is working with me to help drive forward positive changes across the school.”


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

“Three things: 1. Do it for the right reasons- holidays are great, but won’t make it worth it. 2. Try to maintain a sense of idealism (where possible) amongst the day to day grind.3. Remember always (despite pre-conceptions that suggest otherwise)- you are a master of your own classroom.”


What do you like about North Yorkshire?

“The countryside- a rural idyll which could not be further from the urbanisation of London!”