Mr Dan Huxley, primary school teacher

Mr Dan Huxley, primary school teacher

November 16, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


I think the unique position that a primary
school teacher has, is that we don’t just teach them academically, we kind of mould
them as human beings. We don’t just make them good at writing, we don’t just make
them good at scientific inquiry, we try to make them good people and I truly believe
in primary school we can make that difference every single day. I wanted the children of today to have a better
education than I did some would argue, but I would actually say someone who is more motivating,
someone who is more inspiring than the teachers I had. So my route into teaching was that I went
back to university. I work with some colleagues at the moment who are doing School Direct,
which means their training to be a teacher is a lot more classroom based, so there is
a few different options and a few different ways into teaching. I kind of got side tracked
in my teen years, I wanted to be a multi-millionaire, I wanted to make lots of money because I thought
that would be the thing that would make me happiest and I did a degree and had my own
business for a little bit and actually I realised very quickly that this isn’t what I wanted,
and I did want to be a teacher and it’s the best decision I have ever made. I would recommend teaching as a career, it’s
a brilliant job and I absolutely love it. It’s hard work as you have huge responsibilities
to the children in your class, but I couldn’t imagine a job that’s as rewarding, sometimes
entertaining and actually there is a lot of career progression that can happen through
teaching, to get into management positions, into leadership positions where you can influence
how lessons are taught in school. The best thing I ever did was to look into
how to become a teacher because now I am doing the job I love and there are people out there
who have that spark, that thing, that talent inside them to be a great teacher. There is
awful lot of people out there who would make brilliant teachers. I think the impact teachers have on children’s
education is actually a lot bigger than I thought it was going to be. The standard of
teaching now when I watch other colleagues teach is massive; the progress that the children
make, their enjoyment of learning is just wonderful to see. I would like to think that
in my time and career of being a teacher I will teach doctors, nurses, I’ll teach
architects, brick layers, and engineers – maybe prime minister one day, I’m not sure.