Carly Briston is Head of School & Designated Safeguarding Lead at The Links Primary School.

An Inspiring Journey as a Teacher

I started my career in education at a Pupil Referral Unit working with pupils who were suspended or expelled from mainstream provision.  It was during this placement, I realised I wanted to teach – I was motivated by being able to make a direct positive impact on young peoples’ lives.  After working as a primary school teacher in several schools within Stockton across Key Stages, I decided I wanted a new challenge and was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to lead English across a leading British Private School in Oman.  After returning to England and working as a Trust Primary Deputy Headteacher for VALT with a focus on school improvement I secured my first headship at The Links Primary School.

What has inspired you most in your teaching career so far?

Working in an everchanging school environment and alongside passionate colleagues often inspires me. I am inspired by pupils who work hard to grasp concepts for the very first time and leaders who can implement meaningful change, overcoming barriers and maximising desired impact.

What are the things that you enjoy most about being a teacher?

I love a challenge – no day is the same.  A career in teaching can open so many doors and the opportunities are endless.  I also enjoy learning, problem solving and working alongside staff and pupils to achieve their full potential.  Teaching is also a career that can potentially take you all over the world.

Why do we need high quality people to train to teach?

Every single child deserves the very best start in life.  With the right high-quality people in the classroom pupils can achieve amazing things and their future becomes brighter and this ultimately makes the world better.

It is a great feeling when a passion and a job come together – if you feel that you could make a difference then teaching needs you.