A Calverley teacher has celebrated the launch of his first book after winning praise from a range of respected education figures.
“The Caring Teacher – How to Make a Positive Difference in the Classroom” was written by Calverley-based Rob Potts as a personal project with no real intention of publishing it.
Yet after being asked by his partner to send the manuscript to publishers, he discovered that just over a week after completing the first draft he had signed a deal with John Catt Educational Ltd, which was bought last week by Hachette – one of the largest publishing houses in the world.
Speaking at the official book launch, Rob said:
“It was a surreal experience. Getting a publishing deal wasn’t foremost on my mind when I sat down and started writing, but a few months later I’m sitting here signing! »
He says the book has already been adopted by a major teacher education provider as a foundational text and Rob hopes it will be a source, support and guidance for teachers in the future.
“Building relationships and supporting children’s development is at the heart of what we do, but it’s often something that can be paid lip service to during teacher training,” said Rob, who works currently at Parklands Primary School in Seacroft, following a leadership career in the state and independent sectors – including Fulneck School.
“Pastoralism doesn’t necessarily come naturally to everyone, but it’s the one part of the job that we all need to do right. I really hope that by writing this book I have been able to provide a source of guidance for teachers for many years to come.