Mike Matthews Parent and teacher

After a stint working for a media publishing house, I followed in the footsteps of my mother and grandfather and joined the teaching profession. I began teaching in London in 2003.

I started teaching in a school in special measures as a non-qualified teacher. Whilst working to get the school out of measures, succeeding remains my proudest moment in teaching. Learning my craft in such challenging circumstances opened my eyes to myriad of problems facing the youth of today.

I left teaching in London and moved to Bournemouth to raise my family. I soon discovered that the issues that face children in the capital are the same as those in Bournemouth.

Currently, I'm the Head of ICT and from September 2012 I'll also be teaching Government and Politics.