I dropped all science at 14, it wasn’t until our mock ‘O’ levels that the school realised this. Too late to do anything about it then! My mother suggested hairdressing as an occupation as I was clueless about what I wanted to do. At that time we had separate science lessons and our tutor decided to show us an old Horizon programme on viruses and how, theoretically (at the time), they could potentially mutate into cancers. She copped a lot of flack from her peers for showing ‘a bunch of hairdressers’ this programme, but I was hooked. Science, it seems, was my ‘thing’ after all.
I wasn’t able to follow this up formally until I was 40, when I signed up to the Open University. My Life Sciences degree morphed into an interest in the brain and its workings. Two undergraduate and a Master’s degree later, I am now a Specialist Teacher and SEND advocate. It is unlikely that my science teacher from my college days will ever find out how much influence she had over my future studies. Likewise, I will never assume that my students will be disinterested in wider learning – especially if they are stereotyped, you never know where their learning will take them.