Maths teacher wins PM praise
His video tutorials have had 2m views
A CLASSROOM hero whose videos have helped many thousands of students understand number problems has won an award for Outstanding Use Of Technology in Education.
Colin Hegarty, who started his innovative ‘point-of-view’ video teaching aid at Queensmead School in Queens Walk, Ruislip, was handed his trophy by Prime Minister David Cameron during a visit to 10 Downing Street.
The 32-year-old, who now teaches in Wembley, spends his free time recreating his lessons on film and uploading the clips to the web for children to watch – creating a stock of more than 1,000 clips on HegartyMaths.com that have received more than 2million views.
Mr Hegarty said: “I’m up until 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning but my school has supported me throughout.
“I had a child who was absent for a long time, and missed lessons, and I started videoing what I had taught to allow them to catch up.
“It started off for a year at Queensmead and I have expanded it. Children in other classes like it and then children in other schools liked it.”
The videos do not show Mr Hegarty presenting lessons like a traditional teacher. Instead, they are shot from the point of view of a pupil looking at an exam paper or study material, and feature Mr Hegarty completing the exercises or questions and talking through the reasoning.
Mr Hegarty’s wife, Sarah, is a geography teacher at Barnhill Community High School in Yeading Lane, Hayes.
n GREAT RESULT: Colin Hegarty, a maths teacher at Preston Manor School in Wembley, was presented with The Award for Outstanding Use of Technology In Education by Prime Minister David Cameron