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My day: I get up before 6am, cycle to school (takes me about 20 minutes) and am at my desk by 7am. This may seem a little early, but I work best first thing in the morning and school is always quiet, which means I can get on with work without any of the usual distractions. What I love about being a primary school teacher is that my job is so varied. I might start the day doing an investigation about how a parachute’s size can affect the speed at which it falls, and then move onto poetry or writing a spy thriller. I am the maths lead within school and have recently completed a qualification in maths teaching at Edge Hill University – though no great mathematician myself. I thoroughly enjoy teaching it and enjoy seeing the children move on and make progress.
Our current topic in Year 6 is World War Two – one which fascinates the children. We have had a WW2 day where the children will dress up as evacuees and take part in various themed activities throughout the day.
The children leave at 3:15 though I do a tag rugby club until 4pm on a Friday. Then it’s marking and a bit of prep for the following day. I try to leave by 4:30pm, 5pm at the latest to pick up my daughter from her after school club. The days are usually fairly full on and it’s a job that takes a huge amount of energy but I love sharing things that interest and excite me with the children and I get a huge amount of satisfaction from seeing them become enthusiastic about subjects that enthuse me.
Another aspect of the job I love is the residential trips. We go for a week to the Conway Centre and take part in a wide range of outdoor activities from gorge walking to surfing. The children have fantastic time and gain so much confidence and independence through being away from home for five days and doing so many new things.
Dress: I usually wear a blue polo shirt with the school logo.
What would be your dream job if you weren't doing what you do now? A wildlife cameraman.
How do you relax when you are not working? Swimming, sailing, spending time with my family.
What is your favourite film? Blade Runner.
What is your favourite book? Cannery Row by John Steinbeck.
What is your favourite song? Elvis Costello, Ship Building.
If a film was made of your life, who would you like to play you? Tom Hanks.
Have you had your 15 minutes of fame? No!
Name: Tim Clifton
Family: Married with two children.
Job: Year 6 teacher, Belgrave Primary school.
Born: Near Southampton, grew up in Chester.
Education: Christleton Primary and High School. Studied sociology and history at Swansea University
Work: Worked in Japan for three years after university, teaching English. Teacher training on the graduate trainee programme at Overleigh Primary school in 2001, taught at Boughton Heath Primary School for eight years, Belgrave Primary School for four years.
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