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Stephen Newnham

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Secondary Mathematics Teacher/9N Form Tutor

My education was delivered through DESS and Doha College, before moving to the UK to complete a Degree and secondary teaching qualification through the University of Hertfordshire. I am also an RYA-certified sailing instructor. I ran the Regatta Sailing Academy in Doha for a year after finishing school, and have worked between training opportunities for Caterham car designing and producing specialised car parts, as well as for the Association of Science Teachers in the UK. 

My experience as a teacher has taken me through the ranks at Goffs School in England, where we had an excellent team, always striving to be the best performing school in the county, as well as constantly giving students opportunities to aspire to achieve great things after formal education has finished. Our department finished in my last year with outstanding results, putting us in the top 4% nationwide for results based on value added performance of students.

Through my sailing experience, I have taken part in several ‘sail the Gulf’ competitions hosted by the Doha Sailing Club – both as a sailor and an organiser, and raced in and won prizes in the Maktoum Sailing Trophy challenge in Dubai for fastest regional yacht. I am a passionate and accomplished sailor, and love cycling, watersports in general, as well as power kiting. After last year’s successful sailing ECA, I plan to carry on with the programme to see NAISAK’s first competitive sailors take part in local schools competitions.

Qatar is my second home. I grew up here and have great memories of the country. After my initial interview, I was excited about the opportunity NAISAK provides its students, as well as the school’s desire to be a leader in education delivery. I also share in their vision of inspiring children to reach beyond their own aspirations as they grow up. Students need an individual approach to their learning, and with a clear target of IGCSE preparation, I aim to give colleagues and parents support in identifying areas of strength or weakness this year, so each child is fully aware of what they need to do to progress to ‘the next level’, and to make the most of their education.

Academically, I plan to measure against strict criteria and teach students to understand terminology and techniques necessary to be successful in exams and further education. Socially, I plan to support students in making sound decisions for their own future. I aim to push students to be confident, competitive and assertive mathematicians.

Using the school’s structure of curriculum maps, I plan to share the progression path with all parents, as well as rigorous marking of work so students are aware of their own development and areas of concern. I also aim to be in contact with parents regularly to share news (good or bad) and discuss individual strategies.

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