I am a proud Englishman, originating from Gloucestershire, in the South West of England. This is my second year teaching Year One at HeadStart International School and my eighth year working in education. I graduated from Loughborough University with a ‘Masters in Engineering’ in Mechanical Product Design in 2008. After a brief and unrewarding time in the engineering sector, I relocated to South Korea to teach English in a state elementary school. Taking great reward from my teaching experiences I returned to the UK and completed my Post Graduate Certification in Education (PGCE) at the University of Warwick. I have taught in an international school in Luxembourg as well as state schools in the UK as a Key Stage One specialist. My enjoyment has always lay in Key Stage One, where there is a greater requirement to nurture a child’s wellbeing alongside their desire to learn. I pride myself in the positive, caring and nurturing approach I have to my role. I take great reward from the pastoral care that is fundamental to this age group. I believe education should not only enable a child to gain knowledge and skills to pursue a successful working life, but to provide them with the experiences, opportunities and support to be content in life. I achieve this principally by nurturing a lifelong desire to be curious and learn, relate and co-operate with everyone they encounter, as well as discover a multitude of ways of expressing their personality, ideas and ideals. In my classroom, pupils will experience a positive environment where they are encouraged to explore learning experiences and challenge themselves, drawing upon their prior learning and creativity to solve problems and ask questions to develop their own deep understanding.