Meet Kieran Loftus, Vice Principal
How did you get into teaching?
I coached football when I was younger and really enjoyed PE at school, so it was a natural transition into teaching. I was a PE Teaching Assistant for a year before doing my PGCE, and this confirmed that I wanted to pursue it.
Why did you decide to start teaching at a UTC?
I decided to start teaching here as I saw it as a unique opportunity to become a Vice Principal. This role not only linked with my passion for my Sport specialism, but also had a Careers and employer focus, which felt perfect for me. In my last role, I led Careers and really appreciated its importance for students. The chance to combine the two at UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park was too good to turn down.
What interests you about your area?
I’ve always enjoyed Sport but now being able to link it to employment is great, as I see the benefit it has on the students. I’m also interested in how physical activity can support positive mental health for students and staff, and how taking part in physical activity can lead to improved attainment for students.
What are the benefits of studying at a UTC?
One of the benefits of studying at a UTC is that students are able to gain real, valuable, employer-led experience that links to learning, making it relevant. Students can work with employers and gain qualifications, unlike other schools. Learning at a UTC really puts them at an advantage, compared to a standard curriculum.
What has been your highlight of working at a UTC?
It has been quite memorable working here! Starting in January is never easy and just as I was getting to grips with policies, procedures and knowing the staff and students, we went into lockdown! This has enabled me to place some real thought and time into developing new policies, such as a new teaching and learning and rewards policies. Although I would have much preferred for things to remain normal, I have learnt to see the positives in this situation.
How are you staying motivated during lockdown?
I do a lot of running so I’ve spent my time trying to beat my personal bests, which has been fun and has motivated me during lockdown. I’ve also had a lot of work to do, so I’ve learnt how to stay organised and inspired. I haven’t really had time to get bored!