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Teacher Profile November 2019 – Raz Akhtar

For each newsletter, we will interview a BSB Teacher so that parents and students can get to know interesting facts about our teachers. This month, we interviewed Mr Raz Akhtar, who joined BSB this year as our Head of Year 6.

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1.What brings you to BSB Shunyi?

I have always wanted to experience what it would be like to work in Beijing as I lived in the city for a year in 2013.  After spending almost 8 years in Doha, Qatar my family and I felt it was explore a new culture and environment. I began the process of researching and applying to schools. Being a part of the Nord Anglia family was hugely beneficial as I was able to quickly gain access and communicate with our schools in Beijing. BSB Shunyi felt like the right match for me and my family.

2. Please describe your role and responsibilities at BSB Shunyi.

I am a Year 6 class teacher and Head of Year. My role is to co-ordinate the Year group and ensure that the students in my year group are engaged and ambitious in their learning. I have a fantastic team to work with and together we are working towards creating meaningful and memorable learning opportunities. I am also responsible in offering assistance to other members of staff, offering advice and guidance when needed.

3. What is a typical day for you at BSB?

My day begins with me checking through my emails and communicating any important messages to my team. This could be related to timetabling, planning or follow up notes to previous meetings and pupil discussions. The rest of my day consists of teaching and working with my team to discuss new approaches or ideas we could implement to enhance learning. I will usually have moments in the day where I need to meet with members of staff or students to discuss issues related to the year group.

4. What do you enjoy most about teaching?

Every day is different – and along with that comes challenges and moments that require collaborative and creative thinking. Being a part of a student’s learning journey is extremely rewarding. I enjoy helping students develop key qualities, such as being resilient, being adaptable and encouraging them to ‘Be Ambitious’ with their approach to learning.

5. Please tell us about your involvements with the NAE MIT collaboration & how it has helped inspired students learning about STEAM?

I was one of the first members of staff in my previous school to be involved in the MIT/STEAM collaboration at the beginning of the partnership. I was able to facilitate STEAM challenges across my previous school, these include ‘hacks’ as well as challenges linked to directly MIT.

The STEAM approach is a great way to develop curiosity and ties in well with the ‘Be Ambitious’ philosophy. To ensure STEAM was implemented effectively, I organized and planned resources and activities for STEAM challenges and initiated whole school participation through cross phase learning – I developed links to the broader community by inviting experts in science, technology, Engineering, art and Math’s to speak to the students and help them expand their horizons. By creating STEAM fairs, the students became inspired and demonstrated the impact STEAM had on their learning. It was also great to involve parents and I have I led various interactive parent workshops throughout the years.

6. Please tell us about the other members of your family.

My wife is from Beijing and works at BSB as a Teaching Assistant in Reception. We have 2 sons, Adam (age 5) and Zayn (age 2) who were both born in China and go to BSB.

7. Please tell us about your hobbies.

I enjoy singing, dancing and performing, although it has been a while since I was on stage. I also enjoy using technology to create art work and videos.

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