Tim Matthews is currently Deputy Headteacher at Oriel High School in Crawley, and is responsible for Teaching & Learning. He took up the post as Deputy in September 2014 having been an Assistant Headteacher at Oriel since 2011. Once, a long time ago, he was a PE teacher but age has caught up with him; he now mainly teaches Humanities combined with the occasional shuffle in the fresh air!
Tim really enjoys trying to support teachers to talk about teaching, improving their practice along the way! He’s keen to engage with other teachers to help develop his own and other’s practice.
As a PE teacher of many years, one area that I have traditionally struggled with was supporting students to be able to write high-quality extended essays for the A2 exam paper. I always seemed to struggle with the ability to help students write concisely, using technical language and actually answer the question that was posed rather than the question they wish had been posed!