Andrew Moffat

Parkfield Community School, Birmingham, UK

@moffat_andrew

Andrew Moffat

Growing up, Andrew never imagined that he would be a teacher. His first job after university centred around helping young people tackle issues of drug abuse, underage pregnancy and homelessness. However, he came to realise that he could make a difference as a teacher by encouraging children to remain in education instead of getting drawn into crime or anti-social behaviour.

Today, Andrew teaches at Parkside Community School in Birmingham – a school not only in a deprived area of the city, but one with a considerable mix of ethnic communities. His ͞Parkfield Ambassadors͟ after-school club also creates opportunities for children to meet others of different races, religions and cultures around Birmingham. He also leads a programme called No Outsiders which trains teachers specifically on ways to encourage inclusiveness and acceptance of people no matter what their race, nationality, religion or other characteristics.

In the schools Andrew has taught in, this can be harder than it seems, as often the school’s message meets with a different one at home or in the playground. But the results have been phenomenal. Children in his school talk with confidence about all the communities that exist in Birmingham – and crucially, parents accept and support the ethos too. Following on from the success of the parent/child workshops in school, Andrew now offers Saturday morning No Outsiders workshops in different areas around Birmingham. The No Outsiders programme now has pilots in three UK cities.

Andrew’s insights are also sought outside the classroom. In the last academic year, he has led training for approximately 2000 adults at 25 schools, 23 conferences, and six teacher trainee sessions hosted by universities. In 2018 he started offering whole days in schools where he delivers lessons for teachers to observe. He also runs a website (www.equalitiesprimary.com) to make lesson plans and assembly plans available to teachers free of charge – which hundreds of schools are now using. Articles in The Guardian and other national press have helped boost the reputation of his work, and Parkfield School now has an ͞Outstanding͟ inspection rating, with No Outsiders recognised as a key strength. 

In November 2017 Andrew was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen for services to equality and diversity in education. If awarded the Global Teacher Prize, Andrew would donate most of the funds to his school to further the No Outsiders programme and set up a training facility. He would also fund book packs for libraries in Birmingham as well as his own PhD research into issues related to the programme.