So, I’m delighted to announce that I will be beginning the next chapter of my teaching career this January as Assistant headteacher for teaching and learning at the British International School of Ljubljana in Slovenia.
Before talking about my new role, let me say a few words about my last 2 and a half years living and working in Spain at the O Castro British School.
In December 2015, I left teaching after 8 years – I thought it would be permanent. I left for a myriad of reasons, in part detailed here (strangely, it was this blog which led me to become a TES columnist, writing more than 100 blogs since!). Through working in my current school, I’ve realised there is another way – both within a school but also for the systems that run around it. I’ve felt autonomous and independent during my two years here, none of that excessive accountability in the UK. My workload has been transformed. Making the journey to Spain (picture below) in August 2016 was one of the best decisions i've made, and i'm so blessed to have had the opportunity to do it.
A few things about my time at O Castro. First off, I’d like to thank the students at O Castro. From the first day, they were smiley, inquisitive and incredibly polite, and not just for show! Every single day, no fail – humble, happy and gifted. I’m going to miss them all massively as I move on. Its been a pleasure and a privilege to teach them – they’ll go onto great things – think presidents and ambassadors. I've loved teaching all the students - they really are inspirational. Its a blessing to have spent time with them.
Second, I’d like to thank the staff and particularly the Head of Secondary, Mr Duncan Hill. Its been wonderful working in such a cohesive environment where everyone gets on and works well together. My room is incredible – what a view!