Mark Burns

Mark BurnsI grew up in Strumpshaw but, because the school there, in 1976, had only two pupils, I was sent to Brundall.  I reckon my mum thought I’d make more friends there.

The things I recall from school are not so much the lessons.  I remember the unwritten rule on the playing field that you had to be off the ground when the trains went past.  I have fond memories of 30-a-side football on the playground with a tennis ball.  I also remember the inter-house competitions on Sports Day.  Heron House always seemed to win.

51m9w7HMyfL._SX408_BO1,204,203,200_After leaving Brundall, I went onto Notre Dame High School and then university. I then spent twelve years teaching in Liverpool schools, before leaving to focus my efforts on helping schools and their teachers to be the best they can be.  My work led me to co-write two books aimed at teachers seeking to improve their own teaching.  Excitingly they’ve been translated into Chinese and Swedish as well.

As a result I travel around England and sometimes Europe working with teachers and schools.  It’s so rewarding to work with teachers and see the impact of the changes they make on the enthusiasm and learning of their children.

If someone asked me what advice I’d give my 10 year old self way back then. I’d tell them to dream big dreams and work as hard as you can to get them.