My teaching background is in hospitality, having worked in the industry for 10 years. My experience has been in specialised education, teaching food technology, maths, and science. I have also served as a member of the senior leadership team, responsible for key stage 4.
I have been a primary school teacher for the past 11 years, leading science for the last decade. My passion is engaging pupils through a hands-on, practical approach, and I enjoy developing children's curiosity through investigations and experiments. I have a keen interest in improving the environment and run an eco club where we plant flowers to encourage a range of wildlife as well as growing our own fruit and vegetables.
I have been working with children and young people for more than 20 years. This has seen me working all over the world in a multitude of diverse settings, from Sarajevo’s state-run orphanage to the decks of the QE2.
I have a passionate belief in living and promoting a holistic way of life, and I apply this approach to my work. I have a love of the outdoors and enjoy taking advantage of the beautiful area we live and work in. You will regularly find me out and about walking and biking or swimming in one of our beautiful lakes or tarns.
I have recently finished four years study at Leeds Beckett
University. In my undergraduate degree I studied Physical Education and then
went on to study Sport Business at postgraduate level. Throughout my
experiences I have enjoyed engaging pupils in all types of sport and the
outdoors. I have a profound interest in using sport and the outdoors as a
vehicle to develop personal and interpersonal skills.
I have a BTEC Level Three Extended Diploma in Childcare,
Learning and Development, and also in Animal Management. I grew up on a farm in
Cumbria, and love working in the outdoors.
I started working in nurseries, schools and as a private nanny, I then went on to working with animals, in kennels in Cumbria.
SwitchED 2 offers provision for young people, from key stage 2 to key stage 4, with an aim to develop self-esteem, confidence, teamwork skills, and problem-solving skills. All provisions are accredited through the Duke of Edinburgh Award and Open Awards.
Primary schools benefit from this provision as it provides a nurturing and holistic environment. This therapeutic approach can be tailored to individual needs and provides an alternative to a young person's weekly routine.
Schools will benefit through the increased flexibility of vocational experiences with functional skills in recognised accreditation as well as bespoke learning experiences to prepare pupils for their next key stage or post-16 learning journey.
My name is Andrew Coates, and my past experiences include teaching as a head of key stage 4 in a special educational needs school and developing personalised learning programmes for pupils who need a differentiated learning approach.
Having worked in this environment for the past 10 years, I have experienced a wide range of challenges pupils face to attain their aspirations and academic targets. To accommodate this, I provided a range of creative and bespoke packages that enabled pupils to flourish and achieve their dreams.
I have been fortunate enough to have been brought up on a farm, and these experiences have given me the platform to achieve my goals and aspirations. My plan is to provide an environment for pupils to enjoy learning and not just do it because they have to, but because they want to.