My name is Stuart Godman.
I entered the profession as a History teacher following the completion of my PGCE course at Roehampton in 2004. Since then, I have acquired ten years of experience in delivering challenging and active History lessons which engage and motivate students of all abilities to succeed. If you have any comments or questions about what you have seen on my website, please contact me.
A Head of History
I took up a position as head of a History department at a comprehensive school in the selective London Borough of Sutton in 2007. Since then, the subject has gone on to become the highest-recruiting optional subject in the school at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5, with take-up of History high amongst students of all backgrounds and abilities. Sharp use of data has also ensured that this trend is also reflected in the department's examination results, with the GCSE A*-C rate increasing from 54% to 78% over the last four years. Amongst our most recent cohort, 38% of students achieved grades A* or A.
A Lead Practitioner
Alongside my role as Head of Department, I now work as a Lead Practitioner, with a responsibility for supporting colleagues across the whole school in the development of their own teaching practice through coaching, modelling and training. As part of this role, I am currently involved in the school's literacy working-party which is undertaking the development of the whole-school literacy strategy.
A Specialist Leader of Education
In 2014, I was appointed as a Specialist Leader of Education working for the Sutton Secondary Teaching School Alliance. The role itself centres on developing the capacity of colleagues in other schools to raise the quality of teaching provision and attainment outcomes in their own History departments.
An Education App designer
In 2012, I designed and published my first education app on the iTunes store. The app was aimed at helping students to revise the content knowledge necessary for their GCSE History examinations on the Medicine Through Time course. The app went on to sell over 600 copies in its first year of publication and you can try it out here.