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Matt Bennett Deputy Head (Learning and Teaching) Senior School Voorschoten Is teaching at the BSN y
 
November 8 · Issue #47 · View online
The British School in The Netherlands - News & Jobs
Matt Bennett

Deputy Head (Learning and Teaching)
Senior School Voorschoten

Is teaching at the BSN your first international position?
The BSN is my third international school having worked in Qatar and Houston, USA previously.

What inspired you to teach internationally?
I wanted to see a different country. I thought I would do one year abroad and then go home. That was 12 years ago.

What inspired you to apply for The BSN?
I had a friend who worked for The BSN that I worked with in the USA, she spoke very highly of the school. 

What was the biggest adjustment/challenge when moving to The Netherlands?
Coming our of Qatar… Tax! But, also getting to choose where we lived. In our other two schools we had always been given accommodation so the ability to choose was a real bonus.

What’s the best thing about living in The Netherlands?
The approach to being outdoors. No such thing as bad weather just bad clothing.

What advice would you give a new teacher on their first day at BSN?
Cycle to school, you wont get a parking space at SSV on the first day and if you start on your bike you’re more likely to keep going with it. Also, meet as many as people as possible, it’s a huge organisation with many brilliant staff.

What’s the most valuable lesson about Teaching/Leadership you have learned since joining the BSN?
The international schools I worked in previously tended to have a young staff. Here you met people at all stages of their careers and see how everyone, regardless of ‘where’ they are in their career, really brings something to the school.

What was the most recent profession development course/workshop you have done?
Level 3 Coaching

Describe BSN in 3 words?
Fun, busy, progressive.

What do you do to unwind after a busy day at school?
Swim, bike, run–in various versions or meal and drinks on the ‘plein’ in The Hague.

What’s your favourite destination for a weekend getaway?
London–you can’t beat a bit of 'Blighty’.

Who inspires you?
My Mum. She did a great job with my siblings and me. 
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