Maths teacher wins PM praise

His video tu­to­ri­als have had 2m views

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Ian Proc­tor ian.proc­tor@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

Con­trib­uted

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

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