Lifelong passion for physics and passing it on. Working hard to make sure that today's children get the kind of education I received. Fascinated by London, especially the east. Trying to get up to speed with the philosophy, art and classics I never got around to. Never enough time to read. Perennially worried about Arsenal.
I came into teaching in the mid-'90s after a physics degree and PGCE at Liverpool University. I left the profession soon after and moved into journalism, where I stayed for over a decade working everywhere from Fleet Street to the trade press, on everything from motorcycles to murders and missionaries. I also branched out into public relations and had a lot of fun creating stories for Tesco, the BBC, Friends Reunited and the like.
Becoming a father re-adjusted my views on what is important in life, which included the ratio of journalists to good teachers in modern Britain. So I returned to the classroom, wiser and better for my experiences but this time very passionate indeed about the status of knowledge in society. I'm now engaged in teaching an academic curriculum at a very exciting new school in East London while endeavouring to help bring physics back to life across the area.