Who are the 3Rs?
The idea of the 3Rs is to encourage students to revisit, revise and remember history in a way that may not be always possible in schools. I am a teacher of 25 years experience, and have taught GCSE and A Level in many schools. Despite this, the main reason I became a teacher was not about passing exams – it was to engender a love and passion for learning about the past. The highlight of the many terms for students are the trips, the ability to experience real history and real stories. It is this that is the main focus of the 3Rs. I want to be able to transport students to the past so that they can experience and ‘feel’ the real history. The two world wars have changed Britain completely, and the students get the chance to question eye-witnesses to the events that made the wars so significant. The students can also travel to Victorian Britain, to examine the life in both city and country for the citizens of the nation. Alternatively, there is an opportunity to travel back 2000 years to Roman Britain, and to see how the Romans controlled the country, lived their lives and even had fun. Finally, the students can take part in History Detective Day – where they research the past, solve mysteries and try and look at the changes that have taken place over the years. For GCSE students, the 3Rs run revision days for exams. We cover AQA and Edexcel units, and provide innovative, interactive and focused sessions to help students reach their goals. I have many years of experience as an exam board marker. Finally, the 3Rs can plan a tour to the battlefield sites in Belgium, France and Holland. We offer tours to Ypres, the Somme, the D-Day beaches and Arnhem. All come with the opportunity to have a bespoke tour that works for you. The 3Rs is all about ‘living history’. It is about bringing the visit to your school; or to your organization or bringing you to the site of history.
I make history interactive, aiming to educate and entertain.
I have been a history teacher for 25 years, and decided that my skills, interests and passion for the subject could be better served by taking the learning out of the traditional classroom into the more interactive and ‘hands-on’ approach. I have taught at secondary and primary level, I have a huge range of experience in delivering exam results and leading trips to historical sites – both in the UK and abroad. I have led international visits to the 1st World War battlefields, Washington DC and Auschwitz in Poland.
History is my passion and I have studied and embraced it since an early age. I have experience in delivering lectures to both young people and adults. This has deepened my knowledge; but also my desire to inspire others to enjoy the wonder and value of history as I do. This is one of the key factors that shapes the aims of the 3Rs.
Outside of history, I am a keen sportsman. I have played hockey for many years, and in the summer I play cricket. I have been very lucky to play representative hockey at National League level, and play for Herefordshire 050S in the County Championship. When not ‘doing history’ or playing sport I love to travel with my wife Fiona. I love walking my dog Pepper, and we have our son Daniel who lives in Poland with his Polish wife. Keeping busy is key, and I also volunteer at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.