Stephen Drew is an educator, presently serving as the headteacher of Brentwood County High School. He rose to fame through his appearances in Channel 4’s Educating Essex series. Drew did not harbor an early desire of becoming a teacher. It wasn’t until the final year of his history politics degree that the idea crossed his mind. During those early years, he had friends who had and still did become teachers. Their tales eventually led him towards the same profession. However, he wanted to try his hand at something else first. Thus, he managed a pub for nine months before undertaking his PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) in teaching.
Drew’s early days in the profession were rooted in a conviction that the work he did was crucial. He recalls his lecturer at PGCE reminding the trainees of their singular responsibility to students. He remembers thinking of the children’s futures depending on his efforts. That was a remarkable thought that crystallized the idea of his being an educator.
Teaching teenagers is a noble task, given their vibrant personalities. Drew speaks passionately about the challenge of engaging young minds, their growth years. He describes this job as being for the children. They are the purpose, his primary focus and priority. He is convinced that every decision taken and every action undertaken must be to provide the best possible support to the children. It is all about their well-being.
Being a teacher demands continual learning. Drew is modest enough to recognize that his experiences shape his approach to education. He is always learning alongside the children. He is open to new perceptions, open-minded and always trying to do better.
Drew is passionate about inspiring young adults who come across as disengaged or misplaced. He believes that every child can achieve, and it’s his responsibility to help them along the way. Drew notes that Educating Essex and Educating Yorkshire helped shed light on the process of teaching. It confirms that teaching is a tough job and teachers work hard. However, he emphasizes that this is the same for all educators irrespective of geography.
Drew aims to provide an inclusive environment where every child has a seat at the table. While some may disparage such an approach, Drew believes that it is vital. Providing a robust education for each child served is the priority. Drew is a champion of this cause, and he has spent his career working towards that singular goal.