Mr Martin Casserley

I joined the teaching profession from industry in 1988 after running my own industrial photographic limited company for six years. My formal education was in physics, pure maths, chemistry & economics. I re-trained as a design & technology teacher at Alsager College and taught in high schools in Tunstall and Warrington. My areas of expertise were microelectronics, design history & engineering. Driven by a personal philosophy based on creative, process-led learning, I moved to primary education in 1991 teaching at Alsager Highfields. I was seconded by Cheshire County Council from 1993- 95, where I worked as Advisory Teacher for Technology. In 1996, I was appointed as Deputy Head at Goostrey School, moving to Headship at Black Firs in Easter 1998.

I continued to advocate a creative and holistic approach to learning in the face of the return to subject-based teaching through the 90s and will continue to advocate this life-long learning approach. I was asked to share my approach by colleagues, so I began writing & presenting papers in 2000. I worked with QCA, DfE & OfStEd trying to influence the previous curriculum development. I have been very influenced by the work & writing of John Abbott and Ken Robinson, I believe that we are the people we've been waiting for: there isn't anyone else who's going to sweep in and sort things out - it's down to us. I also believe that one person can make a difference; as a Headteacher I am an advocate for children; in our children - we hold the future in our care.

I have been very happily married since 1989 and I have two older boys; Jacob 29 and Reuben 26. My wife, now retired, was also a primary Headteacher at Wybunbury Delves School. I enjoy all kinds of sport, I'd rather be playing than watching particularly rugby & cricket. I also really enjoy outdoor pursuits particularly mountain biking and water sports, kayaking, sailing & surfing (although I'm a bit old & fat now). I am currently trying to pass my Ocean Sailing Exams - hard going back to school at 58!

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