Sam Piri, 2012 Science: Education enterprise

by | 9 Oct 2015 | Alumni Stories | 0 comments

Sam Piri

Sam Piri in ‘Operating Theatre Live’

I’m Sam, I completed my PGCE at Manchester University in 2012. Since graduating I have concentrated on embedding the skills and training I acquired as part of the PGCE programme into my teaching. After my first year I was offered the post of Good to Outstanding Coordinator and was tasked with coaching teaching staff to improve their teaching to outstanding. From this role I took the post of KS3 coordinator in science and after two years of qualifying was working as the head of science, professional mentor and director of school centred initial training. I then relocated to the Midlands taking the post of lead practioner where I have been laying a strategic role in improving outcomes in a large secondary school currently subject to special measures.

I have developed a passion for widening participation in HE – especially in careers that are dominated by pupils from more affluent backgrounds. This drive saw me form the company ‘Inspire to Aspire Events’, which specialises in the delivery of inspirational workshops aimed to engage pupils in STEM based careers, in particular medicine and health. You can see more at I am now the director of my own company, using the skills laid at the foundation of my career on a day-to-day basis. Put simply, I wouldn’t be where I am now without the support, guidance and coaching from the network of tutors at The University of Manchester. The expert tutors are leaders in their field, they work with you initially to boost your classroom presence before tasking you with the challenge of teaching and inspiring pupils and managing your workload.

I have worked with many ITT providers since qualifying in a variety of capacities. My view is that teacher education at Manchester University really is world class.