Why we teach…

We were shown this short clip today by Sir John Jones at a conference for school leaders.  Sir John’s conviction that we leave a legacy is born out on the profound response that Ian Wright shows on meeting the first “dominant male figure” in his life.  It means everything to him.  Without Syd Picton, Ian Wright could not have achieved all that he has.

This is what happens when we teach well.  We leave a legacy.  To hold that precious potential in our hands and help it flourish is a great gift that we as teachers possess.  By giving our time and our passion, by instilling desire and providing opportunity to develop, the children in our care can be left with a legacy as strong as Syd’s.