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A new ascent

Fergal Moane, assistant headteacher

Fergal Moane

After graduating with a 2:1 in computer science from Queens University in Belfast, Fergal Moane worked for investment banks in London, New York and Sydney over a 15-year period – managing teams of 100+ people and multimillion-pound budgets. 

But it was his voluntary role as a rugby coach for primary-aged children that inspired his desire to “give something back to society”. So he started doing just that on an employment-based, school-led training course – beginning an all-new career ascent as a teacher. 

“A school-centred training course was important to me as I felt that I could contribute in the classroom from an early stage, and going back to university for a PGCE was less attractive to someone who already had 15 years’ work experience,” says Fergal, who took his first teaching role in 2010, and within four years had reached the position of assistant headteacher. 

Despite his previous successes in corporate finance, Fergal’s rise through the teaching ranks has consistently presented new challenges and opportunities, including studying a Master of Education degree from the University of Hertfordshire on a part-time basis. His responsibilities now include being in charge of strategic IT and teacher training – focused on both his department’s performance and whole-school projects. 

“The best thing about teaching is the infinite variety that school life offers: you are shaping the lives of young people and the day is never dull,” he says. “Although investment banking is well paid, the rewards in teaching are far superior.”

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