A bbcInterview with Hannah Wilson @TheHopefulHT

Welcome to this year's first #bbcInterview. The format is the same as last year, just a little shorter. We begin by finding out more abouth @TheHopefulHT.

Hannah Wilson is the Executive Headteacher of  and . She is also Co-Founder & National Leader of .

What made you become a teacher?

Loved my subject - English. Wanted to be a writer, to do some travelling, seemed like a career that would take me places.

What has been best thing you have done at work this year?

I was the Director of our Shakespeare in Schools production of Midsummer’s Night Dream. We had only been open 3 months and 20+ Year 7s performed on stage in Oxford. They really impressed the audience & held their own against GCSE groups!

Sounds incredible. I think we learn more about our pupils in those situations than on any other. I conduct choirs and love performing with the children.

What 3 songs would be on your driving to work playlist?

Let’s Stay Together, Al Green. Footsteps on the Dancefloor, Womack & Womack. Back to Life, Soul II Soul.

Could keep going & do a whole album of soul to get the spirits high & vocal chords warmed up!

Sounds like a chilled journey into work. Always good to have a warmed up voice too.

What is your guilty pleasure?

I am partial to a gin & love going to the cinema. I binge watch movies.

If you weren't a teacher, what would you be?

A journalist or a photographer, the Dream was to be a travel journalist. My sister and I have discussed having an events company too as we love party planning!!

What are you passionate about (teaching-related or not)?

Diversity & equality. I am passionate about removing barriers, creating opportunities & nurturing/ empowering others.

If you had to pick one subject/topic to teach on a loop forever, what would it be?

Poetry from Different Cultures

Why that topic?

Love teaching poetry as an English graduate. Love teaching about identity & belonging. The reflections & discussions are always so interesting & insightful.
What is the most effective routine/method/system you use in the classroom?

Register feedback/ recall - we have a do now activity on entry, reflect then when call register they all have to show learning

Can you give an example of that? Sounds interesting.

In English: Synonyms - word Good. 3 minutes to do a word burst of alternatives. Call name, don’t say yes Miss, answer with a synonym. Alex - Brilliant, Amy - Fantastic, Ben - Awesome.

Have seen it done really well in Maths with number problems.

In Drama we had a lesson on how to stage Anne Frank’s diary, next register, 3 mins to remember dramatic techniques. Call name and share a technique - Oscar - Lighting, Kai - Props, Alice - Make up, Josh - Costumes.

It makes the register more than a function and keeps them on their toes!

Sounds fantastic, thanks.

If you had to pick 4 people (Twitter or otherwise) to invite to a dinner party who would it be and why?

I would love to have dinner with Michelle Obama, Sheryl Sandberg, Brene Brown & Shonda Rhimes. They are all inspiring women who challenge the system & society     I bet you would put the world to rights!

What is the best and worst advice you have been given as a teacher?

Worst advice - don’t smile, don’t be kind, don’t show your personality, don’t share you more information than needed.    

Best advice - be yourself, be authentic & take criticism as praise!


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