Stephen Mott

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I have a great breadth of experience in a variety of educational and musical fields. In addition to supply teaching and personal tutoring, I provide  consultancy services to schools, dioceses and local authorities.

My specialist subjects are Geology and Geography, Religious Education and Philosophy of Religion.

Musically, I am a church organist in Cumbria and I am available for occasional church services, such as weddings and funerals.

I also provide talks and lectures on a variety of subjects related to my fields of expertise.

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Stephen Mott was born in Yorkshire and has been a classroom teacher for most of his life, mainly in the secondary sector, where he started out teaching geography, geology and chemistry. In 2000, he completely re-trained to teach Religious Education and at one time was teaching RE alongside chemistry. He was also variously a pastoral tutor for year 7s and later a Sixth form tutor.

Following a long career in the classroom, he became an Advisor to church schools in the diocese of Carlisle in 2005, when he modelled RE teaching, prepared schools for inspection and helped them implement recommendations from inspection reports. Stephen also led INSET on RE and Collective worship, distinctiveness and governorship. He served on several head teacher appointment panels and was a member of SACRE. He built up a formidable reputation for thoroughness, understanding and high standards.

Following redundancy in 2010, he is now a freelance/contractor, building up a portfolio of educational work. He now works principally as a consultant in school improvement  having also served as an OFSTED S.48 inspector.  His work takes him all over the North of England.

He is also delivers geology and geography workshops using his former skills as a teacher of field studies, and is currently working in adult education and for private NGOs who require tuition in geological knowledge. In addition, he has led field work excursions for private pupils wishing to improve their fieldwork portfolios.

Recently, he has begun to undertake independent research in field-based topics, such as breeding patterns of wading birds in Cumbria and other ornithological topics.

He also serves as a Mentor to undergraduates at Hatfield College, Durham University where he helps undergraduates in study skills, CV writing and job applications. He has also served on the College Council. It is both a privilege and very rewarding to work in the whole of the educational spectrum from primary school to university.

He has recently established a Prize for Fieldwork for undergraduates at Hatfield College who are studying geography or earth sciences.

In April 2016 his paper Ecotourism in the Falkland Islands was published in Geography Review,  a journal aimed at A level students.

Stephen has also found time to take exams in church organ playing and choir training. He maintains a regular church organ playing commitment in Cumbria. (See Church Music page).

His interests include wildlife (especially bird-watching) travel, hillwalking, music and photography.

Stephen describes himself as a polymath. He is married to Alison who is Director of Junior School Music at an independent school. They currently live in central Cumbria.

He looks forward to hearing from you and working with you.