Teacher Feature – Mr Philip

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?


As a student, I struggled with Science, and it wasn’t always my favourite subject, even though I had a natural interest in biology and ecosystems. I was also diagnosed with ADHD when I was in my early teens and aspired to complete an academic subject as a degree, in a lot of ways mostly to prove that I could. I chose Zoology as I had a lot of interest in it, and it was at university that I really discovered my love of learning and passion for my subject. When the thought to turn to teaching came to me, there was no other option for me really than Science and Biology.


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.