Tuesday 13th April 2010 by C. Freeman
Brooke Weston's Chair of Governors, Professor Trevor Kerry, has been appointed to a further honorary professorship following a career in education that has spanned nearly 50 years.
Professor Kerry, who has been on the Governing Body for 12 years, is emeritus professor at the University of Lincoln, having been a professor of education leadership and management for three years, and has now been appointed as Visiting Professor at Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln, a teacher-training provider. Professor Kerry is now working on a publication about the new primary curriculum which will come into force in 2011 and, as part of his remit at Bishop Grosseteste, he is expecting to be involved in public and one-off lectures to students.
Professor Kerry first trained as a secondary teacher in London in the 1960s and since then he has held numerous educational posts, working in the primary, secondary, further education and higher education sectors. He has also been employed as an Inspector. At one stage he was teaching both higher education and primary students, devoting half a week to each in two separate establishments.
'Probably what I get most pleasure from, certainly at this stage in my career, is the process whereby you take somebody onto a higher degree course in education and perhaps they have very little idea about research, research methods, about how to think at that level and two or three years down the line they are producing high quality dissertation material which clearly is affecting the quality of the work that they do in their schools.'
Professor Kerry's first involvement with Brooke Weston came when he was working at the Open University and some of his students were on placement here in 1993.
'The thing that always attracted me about Brooke Weston was that Brooke Weston was a pioneer school which actually proved that a school could make a difference and did that extremely well. That same tradition has gone through Corby Business Academy and it gives you some kind of hope that the education system does have a huge amount to contribute.'
In his 47 and a half years in education he has advice to give younger colleagues just setting out on their teaching careers: 'First of all, you have to like working with children and in schools because if you do not then it's not the job for you. That's absolutely critical. However, if you take that as a given, then the thing that teachers must hang onto is their professionalism. It is a job where you have to relate to students, parents, other professionals, people in the wider world and it is a job which requires intellect, tact and a lot of skill. The biggest piece of advice I would give anybody going into teaching is be proud of your professionalism.'