Economics Tutor – Michael Ayers
Michael read History and Economics at the University of Auckland, holds an MPhil in Drama from the University of Birmingham as well as a PGCE and Dip Tchg. Michael has worked in the electrical engineering industry and in human resources before becoming a teacher, eventually joining MPW in 2013 to teach Economics, and occasionally Chemistry, at A level.
I’ve always enjoyed explaining things to people and I enjoy the non-routine part of teaching. There’s always something different going on, particularly at MPW where you meet a large international contingent, students from a variety of backgrounds – I really enjoy that about it.
I’ve studied a variety of subjects, but I think Economics seems to touch on a whole range of different disciplines. I quite enjoy Maths and of course, Science has taken a big role in fighting pollution, which is an issue Economists look at. So, I suppose it’s because it’s an amalgam of a variety of different disciplines, which I enjoy – particularly History. It helps to try to explain the world around us.
Compared to traditional secondary schools, it’s a very grown-up institution, staff are treated very professionally, and you have quite a bit of autonomy within your own job. The environment is very good to teach in, and it’s in the area of London I enjoy. The international flavour of the school and the management style are other very nice aspects. There are quite a wide variety of abilities, so that challenges your teaching styles too, as opposed to a previous school I’ve worked in that was very selective.
Michael Beyond MPW
I write plays and I do a bit of stand-up comedy (no joke) from time to time, although teaching is not too dissimilar. I enjoy reading, horse riding and music – I’ve been trying (over the last 30 years) to learn the piano and clarinet (made it to Grade 6 so far).
Tips for MPW Economics students
Read. It’s an activity that has been replaced by lots of other things, but you’ve really got to read. Read as much as you possibly can around the syllabus.
It’s quite a good time to study economics (in the current climate). The upcoming budget statement will be a major economic event with the whole process of the government trying to claw back on what it has been spending. In probably one- or two-years’ time, it may form the basis of a question in an exam, so I’d encourage my students to get as much commentary on the budget and pandemic economics as they can.