KEVIN Robinson has gone back to school but this time it is to help youngsters at his former place of learning with numeracy skills.Thanks to BTexact Technologies' and their number partner scheme in its Excellence in Education Programme, Mr Robinson has been able to go back to Chantry Junior school as a volunteer.
KEVIN Robinson has gone back to school but this time it is to help youngsters at his former place of learning with numeracy skills.
Thanks to BTexact Technologies' and their number partner scheme in its Excellence in Education Programme, Mr Robinson has been able to go back to Chantry Junior school as a volunteer.
The scheme which started in 1999, involves BTexact volunteers working in schools to support pupils with numeracy skills. It has become one of the company's most successful school projects and now sees over 40 volunteers supporting about a dozen schools in the Ipswich area.
Mr Robinson's regular day job is with BTexact Technologies in its computer centre based in Bibb Way, Ipswich, which is only about a mile from Chantry Junior School.
He saw this scheme as the perfect way of giving something back to the school that, all those years ago, provided him with an excellent start to his education.
Having taught maths in Hadleigh for nine years before joining BT, Kevin is therefore no stranger to being out front in a classroom.
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He said: "The scheme provides employees with a great opportunity to give something back to the community and I can only recommend it to my colleagues. It's great fun and a real eye-opener when you see the pressures that children and staff have to work with in today's classroom."
Jane Alexander, a teacher at Chantry Junior School said: "The BTexact number partners scheme has been a very worthwhile experience, on many fronts. It's been good for me to have another pair of hands – and eyes – in the classroom. The children have enjoyed having someone else to bounce their ideas off. I hope Kevin has also gained some understanding of what goes on in a classroom today, and had some fun at the same time."
n Being back at the school has prompted Mr Robinson to make contact with some of his old classmates. If you left Chantry Junior School in July 1965 (or have news of someone who did) and would like to contact "sir" then please e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org