Ex-financier wins teaching award

A teacher, who has just won an award for his outstanding use of technology in education, was once a highly paid financier for Deloitte!

Colin Hegarty took a £40,000 pay cut to achieve job satisfaction in the classroom, the Independent reports. He left his well-paid job at accountants Deloitte after he spent some time volunteering with children.  “I was doing very well and I did like it. But they ran this scheme where once a week on a Wednesday we went down to a local school in Bethnal Green and became reading partners of the children,” Colin said. “I realised that was my forte – the day of the week that I was most looking forward to was Wednesday. It seemed only right, then, that I should become a teacher.”

Five years ago Colin left the City and became a maths teacher and now works at Preston Manor School in Wembley. He created a website to help others teach maths, which now has two million users in schools throughout the UK and in 200 different countries.

His work has been recognised with a Teacher of the Year award and, despite earning up to £40,000 less than his former Deloitte colleagues, wouldn’t dream of returning to the City: “I believe that if you work hard and have access to the right support you can achieve anything,” he said. “One of my favourite quotes is from a book called Bounce by Matthew Syed who says, ‘If you want to bend it like Beckham or fade it like Tiger you have to work like crazy, regardless of your genes, creed or colour.’ There is no shortcut to success in life.”

If you’ve made the move from another profession into teaching, how did you find the transition? Do you share Colin’s passion and drive for applying your skills into teaching children?

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