Steve Dallman is a primary school teacher in a small, rural village school. With passions for PE and art, he tells us why he loves being a teacher.
How long have you been working in education and what’s your current role?
I did a PGCE and started 16 years ago. I'm a class teacher with a mixed Year 3 and 4 class. Since I work in a small school, I'm responsible for Maths, Science, First Aid and I am the Educational Visits co-ordinator.
What do you like most about being a teacher?
This is a difficult question to answer as I really enjoy the job. I can't really say the holidays! It has to be that I'm helping children to develop their self-confidence and independence.
What makes you remain a teacher?
It isn't the pay or the long hours! I look forward to going into work unlike many people I know. The kids at my school are so positive and want to do their best, making it a great place to be. As a result, I see them making progress and growing in self-confidence. I wouldn't know what else to do.
What’s kept you motivated throughout your career?
The job is something I really enjoy as it helps children to prepare themselves for the future.
What is your ethos and vision for education?
To enable children to research their potential and give them the social skills for their futures.
How do you think education will change in the future?
Education is continually changing. I think eLearning will be the way forward where children can learn at their own pace. The skill of writing will become less important as technology becomes more dominant. It's a possibility that some small schools will close and children will learn remotely.
What is the best advice you would share with new teachers?
Even when things are not going so well with marking and endless paperwork there are far worse jobs. You can help to mould a child for their future.
How would your pupils describe you?
What do you do to relax?
I like to go running with good friends. It clears the mind and gives me thinking time.
What's your favourite subject to teach?
That's a difficult one. It comes down to PE and art, but I'd say art as all children can access it.
And finally....just for fun....
Lie in or up with the lark?
Lie in - if only!
Tea or coffee?
Don't drink either
City or countryside?
Dine in or dine out?
Running in the countryside
I couldn't get through the weekend without....
A run. I mean being with the family!
By Jennie Adams on 3rd August 2017