Day in the life of a Teacher - Mr Osborne
Date Submitted : 24/08/2016
Boxed Jobs took some time out to speak to Mr Paul Osborne, a Music Teacher with a school in South Wales. Paul gave us some insights into being a teacher and school life.
What is your role at school?
I actually did my training at my school in 2009. I’m now working there as a teacher of Music and Religious Education. It’s a great job and a great place to work. There’s so much more than just the classroom work though. There are assemblies, clubs, shows concerts, parents evenings and lots more. I love it though. It might be hard work and long days but being busy and knowing you are working towards helping young people achieve something is so rewarding.
If you hadn’t become a teacher, what would you have done instead?
I don’t really know. I have always wanted to be a teacher. I suppose that I would probably have become a professional musician. Not so much performing solo but just accompanying singers or choirs. I do that in my spare time now and I enjoy doing it.
What is your favourite thing about school life?
I think my favourite thing is probably how different every day is. Working with about 150 different people every day (30 kids per lesson, 5 lessons a day) it’s inevitable that no two days will be the same. I love the unpredictability and the fact that you never know how the day will pan out.
As a music teacher you must enjoy listening to music. What are you listening to at the moment?
I absolutely love Paloma Faith right now. I went to see her live with a friend a few years ago and at the time I didn’t really know about her. When I heard her sing though I fell in love with her voice and her songs. She has such an amazing tone and every note she sings is spot on.
If you could be Prime Minister for the day, what is the first thing that you would do?
Well I suppose the sensible answer would be to reform the education system to create more roles in schools so that teachers get more time to actually teach and spend less time on paperwork. But in reality I’d probably just go hang out with queen and drink lots of tea.