"Ethically, I'm happier not being a party man"

5th January 2007 at 00:00
Alain Yahiaoui travelled from independent to state sector. The 32-year-old English teacher spent two years at Brighton College in East Sussex, having begun his career in a state school where he grew tired of aspects of pupil behaviour, mainly the lack of respect. "At Brighton College, I became the head of extra-curricular activities," he says. "I coached football and basketball and ran public-speaking competitions. I also became master in charge of fencing. I had never fenced. I stood at the side with my clipboard."

Though he enjoyed the variety, he decided he really wanted to teach English and moved along the coast to Blatchington Mill Secondary, Hove, in September 2005.

The main difference is now he concentrates on teaching. "In the private sector, I felt very conscious of my career," he says. "There's a greater business angle and you have to be a honey pot to attract parents.

Ethically, I'm happier not being a party man."

Stephen Manning

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now