MP in the classroom

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright teaches a class at St Hild's C of E Secondary School
Hartlepool MP Iain Wright teaches a class at St Hild's C of E Secondary School

AN MP swapped the House of Commons for the classroom as he stepped into the shoes of a teacher to take a secondary school lesson.

Hartlepool MP Iain Wright took an English lesson at St Hild’s C of E Secondary School, in King Oswy Drive, Hartlepool, yesterday.

The usual English teacher, Gary Wooton, was on hand to help Mr Wright with lesson planning and teacher tips.

Mr Wright said he was terrified beforehand but really enjoyed the lesson.

He said: “I speak in public virtually every day and don’t think anything of it but making sure you can inspire and motivate a class of teenagers is very daunting.

“But they were really engaging and great kids, I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did.”

Mr Wright’s teaching experience at St Hild’s was in support of national charity Teach First.

The charity works in partnership with schools and other organisations to break the link between low family income and poor results in education.

Mr Wright wasn’t alone in swapping his day job for the teaching role as part of the charity’s Teach First Week in its 10th anniversary year.

World record breaking sailor Dame Ellen McArthur, television personality Adrian Chiles and Marks and Spencer chairman Robert Swannell also tried their hand at teaching in their local area.

Mr Wright said: “Teach First does a fantastic job of transforming many pupils’ lives by providing exceptional and inspirational teachers in schools.

“We know how a great teacher can enthuse a class and make pupils want to achieve and succeed.

“I was keen to see for myself the challenges and rewards of trying to take energy, enthusiasm and drive into a school in Hartlepool to see what Teach First can achieve.”

Teach First recruits high calibre graduates to become teachers in schools throughout the country.

Over 2,050 Teach First teachers are currently working in schools in an attempt to raise awareness throughout the country.