First College UK is a family project which we created because we could not find anything good enough for our own son.It is like an old fashioned village school but using very modern technology.
We were experienced teachers in all kinds of areas over 30 years of working life. We'd been teaching online for about 6 years by then. Shan had qualified to do this with a Cert. OET from University of London (1999-2000), and John had used online teaching in his work as an Open University lecturer. It seemed logical to use our vast experience to help our child and others.
The lucky boy who had a whole school created just for him went on to gain good grades at IGCSE. He is now studying a BA Philosophy and Computing, University of London.
He also began teaching under training supervision when he was only 15! Now he teaches part time and assists with administration in the school. It's a real family concern!
We are all UK based.Teaching ratio is about 1: 5.All teachers have at least two years university degree level education, and all except two have postgraduate level research or qualifications. Most have Cert PGCSE but we do not rely entirely on conventional qualifications. We want a lot more than that, real dedication, an ability to respect and understand young people, capacity to work independently yet to consider others in a small working team. Then there's software and the far more intense nature of online lessons. It's a tough call!Here's the list of our teaching team and what we each do.
Shan Morgan. Head of School. New students and families. Families' support. Software commissioning, and support. Teacher training. Supervisor and teacher of the English programme for all levels, assisted by Tal.
John Davies. Head of School. Finance and Legal. IGCSE and Seniors History.
Tal Morgan. Assistant Admin. Homework Supervisor. Software admin and support. Junior teacher of English and History. Seniors English.
Jen. Senior Teacher. IGCSE Maths, and Geography; also Seniors level. Spanish studies. Junior Geography.
Eileen. French studies, beginners to IGCSE.
Peter. IGCSE Biology, Physics, Chemistry.
Jenny. Juniors Supervisor. Introductory Maths and Science. Seniors Science. Assists with homework supervision (pushing).
... like an old fashioned village school but using very modern technology