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Anthony Lilley OBE - CEO, Magic Lantern & Professor, Creative Industries, Ulster University

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Teacher Profile - Helen Holt

Year 5 teacher, Mrs Helen Holt, recently featured in the Bolton News' Teacher Profile section. Her entry can be read below. 

Name:   Helen Holt

Age: 48

Year/Subject/School:

Deputy Head

Hesketh House - Bolton School Junior Girls

Currently Teaching Year 5

Family:

John Architect

Two children; Holly age 15 and Will age 13

Education:

B.Ed Hons, Homerton College, Cambridge

Something (unusual or quirky) about you:

I'm a secret Take That fan and my friends call me Enid!

What or who encouraged you to choose teaching as a career?:

A wonderful lady called Jean Mullineaux .  She was Head of French at Bury Grammar School and lived across the road from me at the time. I think she despaired of my ability in French so encouraged me to apply to Homerton to pursue my interest in Music and Education.

What has been your most satisfying moment in the classroom?:

We have a creative approach to the curriculum so any moment when a child responds spontaneously, uses their imagination and creates something original is extremely satisfying. Often open ended tasks produce the most creative and innovative response. There's nothing better than seeing a child's face light up when they have achieved something. 

What are you looking forward to this year?:

I'm looking forward to our Discovery Day in June. It's especially for Year 2 children who would like to come and look at our school and meet the teachers and pupils. We've had a fantastic first year in Hesketh House. I love the buzz of any event where we can open the doors to children, parents and friends for concerts and open events.

What do you enjoy about teaching?:

No day is the same in teaching. Children respond to different ways of teaching and I enjoy the challenge of matching the teaching to their learning style. The most enjoyable part is when a child responds enthusiastically to the task and engages in the learning.

Hesketh House class