A day in the life of a teacher

 John Twining

My name is John, I am an Assistant Head plus I deliver design and technology.

I arrive in school at 8.00 am, check my classroom and my timetable and then prepare for the day ahead. 

Our students arrive on site, by taxi, from 8.45 am onwards.  

Students have 5 lessons per day starting at 9.15 am and finishing at 3.30 pm. Students get a little time off with a morning break and a lunch.

The typical class has 6 students.  All students have a variety of needs across the autistic, behaviour and communication spectrum.  

The students are challenging but fantastic.  The team works very hard to make sure the students get the very best care and education we can provide.  From a personal point of view, I have had several careers nothing has come close to being this rewarding or purposeful. 

My typical lesson involves delivering the National Curriculum with energy, creativity and differentiation.  Our students have been described as hard to reach; I think lessons need to have a performance element in order to engage and motivate the students.  The best teachers really do think 'out of the box'.

When I started I was  unsure of the level of expectation from students and staff given the diversity of need.  Let me tell you, they are very high and rightly so.  These young people deserve the very best.  The class sizes might be small but the culture demands that the preparation and planning for every lesson is of the highest order. As a result, we do work hard and I am tired at the end of the day, but sleep in the knowledge that I am doing something that really matters.