Ross Boswell-Davies tells us more about his role as interim History subject leader at The Hayesbrook School.

Can you explain a bit about your role?
My day can alter from day to day; from teaching my regular lessons, planning and marking, to organising new work schemes for the entire history department, reviewing new exam specifications, as well as attending various meetings, collating data and managing the overall history department.

Why did you choose a career in education?
Teaching had always been a consideration for me and when the opportunity presented itself I jumped at it.

What attracted you to work with The Hayesbrook School?
I was looking for new opportunities and when I saw the role at Hayesbrook I was living in Manchester. I used to live in London so Kent didn’t feel so alien to me and when I visited the school I felt very comfortable, and that I would be a good fit for the school.

Why are you passionate about supporting young people?
I really enjoy the subject of history and want to impart as much of that passion to my students. History is such a broad subject, covering so many areas and I find that every student can find something enjoyable in it.

I am passionate about all children at school developing, having the opportunity to improve and gaining the best start in life. We are lucky that we have such a comprehensive system of education to improve chances for all and I think that we need to impart on children that curiosity, learning and firing imagination are all valuable things we gain from learning whether or not we want to pursue an academic career.

What do you think is the biggest issue facing schools today?
The teaching profession has, for various reasons, been undermined by the government, Ofsted, the media and the general public. In my opinion we are headed towards a teacher recruitment crisis. Recruitment is already low and in many places retention is not high.

Teachers are quickly judged but rarely praised and the government demand higher results with an ever-shrinking budget.

Teachers need to be given the respect they deserve as highly educated and passionate individuals leading the way for the future generation. They need to be able to teach instead of being constantly monitored through assessments and progress levels.

What do you think is the biggest opportunity for schools today?
Whilst we have seen ever-changing policies, over the last five years in particular, I feel that schools are being given opportunities to be more creative and innovative. It can be easy to shy away from these opportunities, sticking to the known – assessments and progress measures – but if we grasp these opportunities we could bring some fantastic changes to schools.

What do you believe the future holds for the Trust and its Academies?
It is an exciting time for the Trust and I believe we will expand and raise standards even further. We are looking to retain more sixth form students, instead of seeing them leave to go to near-by colleges. This in turn will lead to the continuation of more boys staying with Hayesbrook, and overall expansion of the Trust.

Hayesbrook now having SCITT status is a fantastic opportunity to develop and train teachers ourselves. We have a great collegiate team in terms of the mentoring and support offered, and this coupled with training will lead to brilliant teachers being produced in the school. We want to constantly improve standards and encourage new ideas, this is what will attract new people into the profession.