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Francis Burgess

I joined NAISAK in January 2015, and I am currently the Year 3 Leader and Learning Leader of Literacy. I completed a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Education, with a History specialism, in London, in 2011. After completing my degree, I worked in the outskirts of London, teaching in the Borough of Hounslow. I taught there for just over two years, in a Year 5 class where I was the coordinator of PE and the leader of my faculty. I then moved to Melbourne, Australia, working as a Primary Teacher, teaching a range of year groups. I decided to move to Qatar to enrich my experiences both personally and professionally by exploring a new country and culture. I am very lucky to start studying for my Masters Degree this year through Nord Anglia Education in conjunction with King’s College London. I am excited about my future here and am proud to be a part of the journey from CISAK to NAISAK. 

I have a passion for both playing and watching football. I have been coaching football for the last four years in both school teams and community youth teams, which is something I thoroughly enjoy! To relax, I like to settle down with a good book or become engrossed in the new fantasy TV drama. I enjoy cooking, and I am a very experimental chef, although, not all of my creations are delicious, or even edible!

This school is a very exciting place to work, because it is at the early stages of life. There is a clear vision of where the school wants to be and how it will grow, and it is definitely a vision I want to be a part of. The school has had great success so far, in such a short lifespan, and we are all very excited to see (and help it) grow and develop.

I want my students to enjoy learning. That is important to me. I feel that a student who enjoys school, and enjoys learning will do far better both academically and personally. I plan to bring enjoyment into the classroom. I hope that I can ensure that children have fun through learning, take risks without fearing failure and are ambitious. I also aim to assist my students in achieving outstanding progress this year.

I want my students to be creative, independent, and to take ownership of their learning and their work. I expect students to be disciplined when the time calls for it, and to take ownership of their behaviour and their attitude to learning. I expect that students have high expectations of themselves and that they strive to be the best they can be. I want my students to be risk takers academically, to push themselves and to only be satisfied when they have achieved their best.

Communication is the key to a successful parent/teacher relationship. Communication books are essential to help this relationship work. It is important that any issues, concerns or comments are recorded in the Communication Book in order to keep both parent and teacher well informed. Every morning the children will be collected from the courtyard by myself and our class Learning Assistant; any issues, concerns or comments can also be voiced then. I am also always happy to respond to emails. With all of these avenues for communication there should never be a moment that parent or teacher is not well informed of any situation. I look forward to adding to the positive relationships I have already built within the parent body in my short time at NAISAK.

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