David Billington


I am a qualified Maths teacher with seventeen years of experience teaching in Mainstream schools and an Alternative Education setting for Berkshire students with social, emotional, behavioural, and learning needs.

I graduated from Warwick University with a Physics Degree, specialising in Astrophysics, an interest I continue to pursue. After spending a year travelling, I fell into a job in IT, working through application support into a Project Manager role. After ten years, I realised that I had a passion for teaching, something I said I would never do as both my parents were Maths teachers!

I took a job at an Alternative Education College and retrained as a Maths teacher, qualifying a year later whilst working in a Mainstream school. I became Head of Department and Leader of Learning, training new teachers and delivering in-school training to staff.

In 2021 my wife and I decided we wanted a change, so we moved to Scotland, giving up classroom teaching to set up a smallholding, grow vegetables and herbs, expand our beekeeping, and run a small business making products from our beeswax. I continue to love teaching and tutor students 1-1 online, as well as running courses on Bee and Chicken keeping, and memory techniques.

I love helping students develop their learning, not just in Maths, which is a wonderful subject, but also in the transferable skills such as problem-solving and logical reasoning. A teacher’s success can be measured by how the student can eventually learn without them, developing the skills to know what to do when they do not know what to do.

This is a benefit of online learning as it gives the students the freedom to explore the subject beyond what might traditionally be presented directly to them. I feel this style of learning prepares students for the next step, whether College, University or a job, and develops the student into a lifelong independent learner.

Subjects: Maths