A former committee member of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics and UK Mathematical Association (Meridian Branch), James Polansky has taught for 6 years, most recently as head of Mathematics and mentor for trainee teachers. Having studied at Colegio Monteagudo in Spain, Bradfield College and Cambridge University, James qualified as a Mathematics teacher in 2009, achieving a 1st Class (distinction) in his PGCE following an 11 year career in derivatives trading. James and his wife Suzanna have three children.
The usual school grading system rewards and highlights academic success, but as educators, we have a responsibility to prepare our pupils to be responsible, active members of the community, with a moral and social responsibility to improve the world they live in and to fight discrimination and reduce inequality. As teachers, we know that theory is one thing, but to embed a thought behaviour, or an action, one must practise it regularly in a hands-on manner. So how best to go about this in 2018/19?