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A Truly Inspiring Teacher

24 March 2021
A Truly Inspiring Teacher

Here at Devizes School, we’re really lucky to have a team of amazingly enthusiastic, talented, and inspiring teaching staff.

We’re incredibly proud of the life-changing work our team puts in every day at Devizes School. That’s why we’re delighted to share this news about one of our geography teachers, Ms Honor.

Ms Honor has been selected for the ‘100 Inspiring Teachers’ campaign, an initiative run by Channel 4 and The Guardian.

Speaking about what drives her as a teacher, Ms Honor said: “Environmental issues such as plastic pollution, climate change, and the overconsumption of resources are so important that they can't be ignored and I feel it is vital to bring these issues to the attention of our students and show them there is a better way of doing things. I hope I'm laying seeds that will grow and make them care for this planet we call home.”

After finishing a masters degree in Volcanology, Ms Honor joined Devizes as a newly qualified teacher. Since joining, she has brought mountains of enthusiasm and drive to the teaching of geography at Devizes.

In the past few years, Ms Honor has transformed the key stage 3 geography curriculum, revamping it to include more aspects about sustainability and climate change. Speaking on the topic, Ms Honor said: “I see the discipline of Geography constantly circling back round to the environment, whether we are studying rainforests or urban issues or the economy of Nigeria.”

Noticing a great opportunity, Ms Honor and Mr Hudson decided to renovate the school’s conservation garden with the help of their students. Although development of the garden had been put on hold by COVID-19, the project has already been a great success, with students successfully growing rhubarbs and carrots last year!

Ms Honor has also helped contribute to the amazing extra-curricular endeavours of our students on the topic of climate change, running sessions with the Student Climate Network, and leading their debate team for the White Horse Federation Science Festival, sadly also cancelled by COVID-19.

Under the leadership of the whole geography team, it has been wonderful to see the passion and keenness with which our students have embraced the subject.

Following a visit by a camerawoman from the Guardian, Cat herself was interviewed by the newspaper. The article has now been published in the Guardian and you can take a look here:

https://www.theguardian.com/100-teachers/2021/mar/22/meet-the-geography-teachers-inspiring-the-next-generation-of-eco-champions

We highly recommend you give it a read!

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