Former headteacher tells tales of a life in education

JPCT 160215 S15070857x Author Tony Elder -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-150216-152821001
JPCT 160215 S15070857x Author Tony Elder -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-150216-152821001
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A former Crawley headteacher has written a new book documenting his many years of teaching and coaching.

Tony Elder, 80, published his autobiography ‘It’s been an education’ this week, sharing his experiences of teaching and coaching youngsters over the years including the eight he spent in charge of Thomas Bennett School between 1986 and 1994.

He said: “It is an autobiography, it is the story of my life. “It is also about teaching and how I got into teaching and became a head teacher.”

In the book Tony describes the good and bad sides of teaching and shares his stories and memories about an every-changing career.

It also contains a section on the 80-year-old’s coaching career where he worked with many young runners, some of which went on to compete at the Commonwealth Games.

He said the inspiration behind writing the book was to pass on these memories to his four children and eight grandchildren.

He said: “I think the primary reason I decided to write the book was I was mainly thinking of my grandchildren. They are too young to understand it at the moment but maybe one day perhaps they will find it quite interesting. There’s also stuff in their my children don’t even know.”

“I didn’t want my memories to get lost. I thought I would write it down while I can. I would like to think somebody benefits from it and enjoys it as well.”