Mr Jackson – Teacher

Jackson, AndyAfter having a couple of computer games published whilst I was at school, I started working in education back in 1994 as a Graphics teacher in a school in west London.  It was while working here that I became involved in the Duke of Edinburgh’s award and rekindled my love of the outdoors.  In 1999 I moved to another London school, this time as a Graphics and Resistant Materials teacher and I also ran the school’s Duke of Edinburgh programme.  I’ve always enjoyed performing and I did a lot of work with drama and music at this school.  I spent seven years there and had a great time helping students to design and build all kinds of projects, working on school productions and performances and taking hundreds of young people away on DofE expeditions.

In 2006 I moved to Doncaster with my family and after a couple of years I took over the Technology department at Armthorpe Academy.  Building up the faculty was a great challenge but I worked with some fantastic staff and had lots of opportunities to do interesting projects.  I worked closely with Mrs. Batty and Miss Thornton while they were there – mainly on extra curricular days, and I stayed in touch after they both left the school.

In 2015 I visited XP for the first time to see what Miss Thornton had been up to, and I was really impressed by the students and the ethos of the school.  In 2016 I visited again and this time I was able to see the new building.  Finally, when Mr ap Harri told me that XP were looking for someone to help students to make beautiful things, I knew that I had to come to work at this really special school.

The culminating event to our staff induction is an Educator-Led Conference, where staff prepare speeches, critiqued by their peers, which answer the guiding question:

“What kind of person, and what kind of educator do I want to be at XP?”

Below is Mr Jackson’s speech: