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Making the transition into teaching;
David Burns

What did you do before training to teach?

I was a Litigation Executive. My role was to deal with Court Proceedings regarding road traffic claims. I would deal with liability disputes, quantum disputes, negotiating settlements and dealt with Court deadlines and drafted Court documents.

What inspired you to get into teaching?

After studying for my BA Hons in Politics with History, I went travelling and my plans became derailed and I ended up working in law. My daughter came along, and it gave me the push I needed to look into teaching.

Which skills can you bring to teaching from your previous career? 

Strong communication skills, the ability to provide information to all levels of understanding, high patience levels (from occasionally dealing with difficult clients, opponents and circumstances), and organisational skills to help me deal with whatever the day throws at me.

As you move into teaching, what are you most excited about?

I’m most excited about getting into a classroom and teaching History, the subject I love.

Where do you see yourself in five years' time?

I would like to be progressing with my teaching career and moving into a more senior role.