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Secondary Magazine - Issue 43: The interview

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Secondary Magazine Issue 43microphone

The Interview

Name: Charlie Peake
About you: Charlie has recently been appointed head of maths at a large school in Gloucestershire. After graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering from Leeds University, he trained to become at teacher. He has worked in a variety of Devon schools and has most recently been a SNS maths consultant. He has now decided to return to the classroom.
The most recent use of mathematics in your job was...
Obviously, counting the number of free periods I had been allocated on my new timetable.
Some mathematics that amazed you is...
The Fibonacci sequence, its links to the Golden Ratio and its application within art and science over the last millennia. However, on a more mundane topic, the conversion of a recurring decimal into a fraction…a great and simplistic use of algebra!
Why mathematics?
The variety. There are so many numbers to choose from and I’m yet to use them all.
Your favourite/most significant mathematics-related anecdote is…
I didn’t discover the beauty in maths until relatively late on in my teaching career. It certainly wasn’t at school, college or university, where facts, figures and procedures had been drummed into me. In order to appreciate the subject you must be given time to do so. This includes an opportunity to discuss problems and possible solutions with others. As a consultant, I frequently met teachers who were able mathematicians but who were yet to fall in love with the subject, often because the job had never given them the chance or time to reflect and play with numbers. Surely this is true for many students too.
A mathematics joke that makes you laugh is...
A statistician is someone who is good with numbers but lacks the personality to be an accountant.
Something else that makes you laugh is...
My three-year-old twin daughters – a great age. They do, however, sometimes have the reverse effect on me.
Your favourite television programme is…
The Apprentice, but recently I’ve become strangely hooked on Come Dine With Me.
Your favourite ice-cream flavour is...
Can’t remember – it makes my teeth hurt. 
Who inspired you?
Anyone with skill, confidence, empathy for others and a sense of humour.
If you weren’t doing this job you would…
I’ve often stared through the classroom window at the bloke painting lines on the football pitch, thinking that I’d rather be doing that. However, he’s probably also been given targets to meet.
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