Stuart graduated in 2010 with a degree
in Primary Education with Subject Studies in History (Junior Years), and
is currently a year 5/6 Teacher at Farsley Farfield Primary School. Stuart and Assosiate Principle Lecturer in Primary Education, Bev Forrest have written articles together and
co-presented seminars, and worked together on a regular feature focusing on
ideas for assemblies in the primary school. Their latest venture is writing a
History blog for primary teachers.
Bev is proud of Stuart's achievements as a
teacher, as well as the contribution he makes to their joint initiatives:
I greatly value Stuart's contribution to
our joint projects. He has a wealth of classroom experience and knows exactly
what will work with primary-aged pupils. His generosity, both in terms of
time and expertise, makes him a wonderful ambassador for Leeds Trinity
We caught up with Stuart to find out
more about his Leeds Trinity memories, the work he does with Beverley and what
a typical day entails for him at Farsley Farfield Primary School.
What led you
to start presenting workshops with Bev and how have these developed? How
far afield have these trips/workshops taken you?
I have attended several workshops that Bev
organised through the Northern History Forum and she has introduced me to other
people from the heritage and education community. From this, I have written
various articles for the Primary History Journal alongside Bev, and we have had
a regular series about planning primary assemblies. In March 2015, we
co-presented a workshop focusing on the teaching of chronology in school. I was
able to share the way I taught chronology in school which has inspired a number
of teachers to adopt my ideas.
What have been
the most enjoyable aspects of your work with Bev?
Working with Bev has really opened lots of doors
for me, including having articles published. She very kindly invited me along
to a joint trip between the University of Cumbria and Leeds Trinity University
to Ypres to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. This was
a great experience and something my class enjoyed learning about.
What are your
favourite memories from your time at Leeds Trinity University?
Playing hockey for the
University's team was hilarious because we were terrible. The best part
was when we drew with Leeds Beckett University because we were used to
losing badly to them. The other great times were when we went on visits to places
like Murton Park to look at Victorian agriculture (not as dull as it sounds!).
describe a typical day for you as a year 5/6 teacher?
I start work at about 7.45am - getting
things ready for lessons, marking work from the previous day and
attending the occasional meeting. The children come in at 8.45am and I
teach until midday. The afternoon session begins at 1.00pm and the
children leave at 3.20pm. I mark work, prep for the following day and adjust
plans until around 5.30pm when I go home. When I get home I have a break until
about 7.00pm and then do other work until 10 or 11pm.
what was your reaction to Bev being made a Fellow of the Historical Association
I was delighted, of course! Bev deserved this
award because she has inspired me to be a passionate teacher of every subject
and an enthusiastic history coordinator. She has also enabled me to share this
passion with others and form professional relationships with other similarly
interested parties through the brilliant Northern History Forum. Finally, she
has supported myself and others in writing for the Primary History Journal
which has been a great experience and another way to share ideas and good