When I was at secondary school (I attended an all girls grammar school) I was encouraged to study subjects which were seen as ‘boy’s subjects’
I enjoyed and excelled in subjects such as Physics, Chemistry and CDT (Craft, Design and Technology)
When I came to select my GCSE options – I was encouraged by my physics teacher to take these subjects. I left school in 1992 after completing my GCSEs (at the end of year 11)
Some years later I trained as a teacher and I strive to encourage girls to be whatever they want to be.
The influence of my Physics teacher has never changed, I remember to this day – his belief that girls could do anything if they tried.
I saw Mr Scurrah yesterday in the town centre – although he is now in his 70’s – he is just the same, still as passionate about teaching as he ever was. He has a strong belief in the importance of work experience and students learning first aid skills. I passed on to him my email address – so we can keep in touch.
Who knows – we may even work together to get First Aid skills into my school.
I hope that in years to come that I will have encouraged girls into Computer Science or IT or Engineering – or even just to try something away from the norm.
I hope one day – subjects wont be seen as boy or girl subjects and students will be free to study whatever they want to study – without prejudice.