Teacher Feature – Mr Philip
Briefly describe your journey as a teacher.
My father is a retired history teacher, and after completing my university degree in Zoology I did some work experience in the Science department at the school he worked at in Geneva. I went on to get a formal, full time job as a Chemistry lab technician in a large secondary school in North East where I spent more time with the students and quickly resolved to complete my own teacher training. I specialised in Biology and enjoyed 6 years working in Newcastle and Leeds before I took on the role as Head of Science at an inner city school in Bradford. We had a small team of Science teachers with no Physics specialist, so I undertook training with the Institute of Physics to dual specialise. These were extremely rewarding 4 years where many of my students went on to pursue A-Level and undergraduate courses relating to Science – including Medicine, Biomedical Sciences and Pharmaceuticals, Criminal Psychology and astrophysics. Excitingly, a number of these young people were the first members in the history of their families to pursue degrees. I have always had a passion for teaching. I have worked with trainee teachers as a mentor throughout my career and spent the last 2 years working at Bradford College to train Science teachers through the PGCE and Teacher Apprenticeship programs. However, after 2 years of this I greatly missed the classroom environment and working with children, and I am thrilled to be back where I belong.
Why did you decide to specialise in your chosen area?
What makes Nadeen such a unique place to work?
The amount of genuine care and affection of the staff for the well-being and success of the students is incredible, and the focus on the holistic growth and development of young people is a tangible shared goal.
How would you describe a typical day at Nadeen?
So far, the best word I can use to describe a typical Nadeen day is cheerful. The students are all very polite, hardworking, accommodating and have such an amazing collective positivity, that I find myself constantly greeting people, and being greeted with smiles all day long. The school day is high-paced but purposeful which is great as this drives productivity and keeps energy high.