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Daniel Paradine

20 June 2020

After graduating from the University of Birmingham with a degree in Greek and Roman Studies, Daniel had a number of different roles in hospitality, retail and business administration. However, it was in 2000, once he completed his RSA/CELTA, that he found his true vocation a teacher. After a summer’s teaching at an English private school he spent two years teaching students of all ages in Tokyo, followed by a year in Taipei delivering an English language curriculum in a kindergarten. When Daniel returned to the UK he embarked on his Post Graduate Certificate in Education at the University of Hull and has been teaching across the UK ever since in Hull, Bradford and Portsmouth, and abroad again at the British International School, Bratislava. He has had the privilege of teaching children from a huge range of socio-economic backgrounds and nationalities. During his career, Daniel has, at various points, had responsibility for leading History, Music, Talk for Learning (a programme designed to put talk at the heart of the curriculum), Reading and Mathematics. His experience has helped to hone his teaching and education philosophy down to some core beliefs: that education has a transformative effect on pupils’ lives; that all learners can succeed; and that a school’s wider role must include developing the qualities of respect and responsibility within the community. In his leisure time, Daniel likes to read, walk in the countryside and follow the ups and downs (but usually downs) of Portsmouth Football Club. He has always had an interest in travel, history and culture and is looking forward to indulging these interests in the beautiful city of Hangzhou, with his wife and two young children.

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