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Matthew Joyes


Year 6 Leader/Teacher

I have wanted to be a teacher from a young age, so when I graduated from Bishop Grossteste University it gave me a huge sense of achievement. I was fortunate to have had teachers during my academic years who inspired me to achieve the best of my ability and this is what inspired me to become a teacher.

I attended Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge for 3 years, where I graduated with a degree in Media Studies. After graduating, I worked at a Primary School as a Teaching Assistant for a year where I led small groups of children, worked 1:1 with a child who had cerebal palsy and I also set up and ran the school football team. That year gave me a real insight into life at a school and the impact staff can have on their students.

At the end of my year as a Teaching Assistant, I was fortunate enough to be accepted at Bishop Grossteste University in Lincoln to undertake my studies with a PGCE in Upper Primary. Bishop Grossteste has a fantastic reputation so I knew this would provide excellent opportunities for myself. During my PGCE I spent time teaching Years 3 and 5 and also spent time at a local SEN school. My second placement had a wide diversity, which gave me plenty of valuable experience especially working with children who are EAL learners.

After graduating, I gained my NQT status at a local school in England where I taught a mixed Year 4 and 5 class before teaching Year 4 in my second year. I was offered the opportunity to lead Year 6 there but decided to leave to teach in Qatar. At this school I ran two after school clubs; football and kwik cricket. It was in that year the school experienced their most successful year in sport. The football team won the league and were runners up in the schools cup, while the cricket side also came runners up in their cup competition.

Working abroad was always an ambition of mine, so to have the chance to do so at this stage in my career is something I am very proud of. Last year, I took on the role of Year 6 teacher, and am continuing in this role for a second year. Year 6 is an important year for the students so I will continue to strive for them to achieve the best that they can.

I was instantly attracted to the school here in Al Khor as it is a quickly developing school, which clearly look after their staff. I believe that under their stewardship, I can develop further to advance and grow as a teacher, which will also allow my students to grow.

I bring with me an enthusiastic approach to teaching. I am direct and precise when delivering lessons in order for the students to quickly learn and develop. My lessons are fun and engaging while ensuring that the children are challenged in their learning as well. This will result in the children becoming more confident in their ability as learners and making continued progress.

My past experience has shown me that communication between teachers and parents is essential. In my previous school I had very good relationships with parents. This is something which I wish to continue. I hope parents of my class have the same belief. I look forward to hearing from you soon.