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Meet the Teacher - Dr Cole

Posted on October 08, 2018

What subject(s) do you teach/specialise in?
I teach History throughout the school, and Religious Education in Year 8, though I have taught Sociology and Politics as well. My specialism is modern British history.

Do you have any other roles within the school?
I don’t have any other roles in the school – yet!

What qualifications do you have/ where did you do your training/have you done any other jobs before you became a teacher?
I’ve been a broadcaster and writer as well as a teacher, writing books and articles for newspapers and magazines, and giving current affairs commentary on the BBC from time to time.

What’s the best thing about being a teacher?
The best thing about being a teacher is helping other people enjoy the same subjects and activities I love.

What three words would you use to describe Priory School?
The three words I would use to describe Priory School are: welcoming, diverse and – of course – historic.

What are you most looking forward to this academic year?
This year I am looking forward most to organizing a trip – or trips.

Do you have a favourite year group to teach?
Don’t make me choose a ​favourite year group! The year 7s a joyful because they’re new; the sixth form are committed and independent, and everyone in between is going from one to the other.

What can parents do at home to help their children learn?
Parents can help at home by asking their children questions, discussing subjects and encouraging them to read and broaden their knowledge.​​

What advice would you give to a pupil going into Year 7?
If you are going into Year 7, try to keep your organization going, and ask questions if you’re not sure. 

What advice would you give to a student going into Sixth Form?
If you’re going into the sixth form, read, watch relevant TV and use relevant websites, discuss and take control of your study.​