Talk to a teacher, any teacher, and they'll have a story to tell. Whether it's a quick anecdote about a single student or a sprawling epic about the challenges and rewards of life as a teacher, you can be sure of one thing: it won't be dull. Don't believe us? Just look at some of these teachers' stories and you'll see what we mean.
Watch videos of teachers discussing their experiences.
Beth Ashfield studied maths at university and then spent two years helping develop education facilities in Mexico. Paul Keogh MBE is passionate about foreign languages, having studied French at university.
Zoe Bidmead
Zoe Bidmead Zoe decided on a career in teaching after completing her first degree. She is currently an advanced skills teacher and a creative learning lead practitioner.
Paul Keogh MBE
Paul Keogh MBE thumbnail image Paul studied French language and literature at degree level before completing his postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE). He is currently the head of languages at his school.
Alison Bramble
Alison Bramble thumbnail image Alison took school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). She is now a year 11 tutor and teaches English.
Kalpana Patel
Kalpana Patel thumbnail image Kalpana became a maths teacher after a number of years as an accountant. She finds her industry experience invaluable in inspiring pupils.
Kaol Rasarathnam
Kaol Rasarathnam thumbnail image Kaol now teaches design and technology after working as a technician in a local high school.
Stuart Foster
Stuart took part in employment-based training and is now a newly qualified teacher (NQT). He has taken on some extra responsibilities within the maths department.

Geoff Haynes
Geoff left a career in financial services to become a maths teacher. He now uses his industry experience in lessons, and enjoys the improved work/life balance that a career in teaching affords.

David Wilson
A former industrial chemist, David always knew he would move into teaching. He now uses the skills he gained working in the industry to bring science to life for his pupils.