July 31, 2008

Head Retiring After 40 Years of Teaching


A HEADTEACHER is retiring after 40 years in education - 30 of which he spent at the same school.

Stuart Telling began his career in 1968 at Heol Fargoed Primary School in Bargoed. He moved to Llancaeach Junior School in Nelson in 1978 and it was here he remained for the next three decades.

Mr Telling, 61, who has seen great changes in education in his career, said: "We had the 11-plus selection system when I started and that went out in 1973/1974.

"Then we had the introduction of the National Curriculum in 1988, then the introduction of SATS up until three years ago when it was abolished in favour of teacher assessment. I have gone through a multitude of technological changes during 40 years.

"When I first started there were no computers in schools, there wasn't even colour TVs in homes.

Now families have their own laptops and the children even create their own website."

But with each passing decade Mr Telling took the challenges in his stride and says he has been very happy at Llanca each especially with support from his dedicated staff, governors and the current LEA.

Mr Telling, who is married to Lynwen and has a son and a young granddaughter, said: "What will I miss the most? Well that's easy, all the children we have here, also my loyal staff, teaching and non- teaching and the lovely support from the community."

From September Mr Telling expects to keep very busy with his passion for music and teaching.

He's a tutor in charge of the Youth Orchestra in Pontypridd, founder conductor of Caerphilly Schools' Orchestra, runs Rhymney Valley Schools' Chamber Orchestra, runs Nelson and District Choral Society and is a musician in his own right, playing the viola.

He is also a qualified Estyn Inspector - a role he intends to carry on.

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