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Stuart Tiffany

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​One of the unique selling points about Leeds Trinity is that we are a community. Every student is a name, not a number, and the relationship we have with our students continues long after they graduate. A great example of this is the work 2010 alumnus, Stuart Tiffany, undertakes with Associate Principal Lecturer in Primary Education, Bev Forrest. Brett Arnall, Alumni Relations Officer, tells us more.

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.  

They 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 University alumni."

I recently 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!).

Can you 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 between 10 and 11pm. 

And finally, what was your reaction to Bev being made a Fellow of the Historical Association this Summer? ​

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 practice.

Thanks to Stuart and Bev for sharing how they continue to work together - great example of Leeds Trinity's lifelong community in practice.