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Teacher John puts the cool in school

AN ACCRINGTON teacher has proved he's as cool as a cucumber after scooping second prize in a competition run by teen magazine Bliss.

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OH SO cool... Mount Carmel teacher John Hope and some of his admiring pupils.

AN ACCRINGTON teacher has proved he's as cool as a cucumber after scooping second prize in a competition run by teen magazine Bliss.

John Hope, a French teacher at Mount Carmel Science College, came runner-up in the magazine's hunt for the coolest teacher in the UK.

He was nominated for the contest by Year 10 pupils Marjie-Louise Sanderson and Lindsey Clayton.

Mr Hope, 25, of Accrington - whose motto is that of spoof rapper Ali G - "keepin' it real" - said it was important to make lessons fun to keep the pupils interested.

He said: "I use a lot of humour in class and make lessons interactive. I use a lot of movement. It's quite a physical approach to learning and I find pupils who are not very academic respond well."

"I try to bring the language to life and make the kids realise that 128 million people speak French and it's a real language, not just words in a text book."

"None of the kids have a problem coming to my lessons. For me it's all about them engaging and having a good time."

"But if they hated me and got grade As that would be fine. It's nice to be liked but they need to work as well. There's always a line and they know where it is but that does not mean they can't have a good time."

He said it was just as important to interact with children outside of the classroom as in lessons, adding: "We are doing a school production soon and I will play the narrator."

"It is another opportunity to work with the students and if you build up a relationship with the kids, they work well with you in class."

Mr Hope said the rest of the school's teaching staff were very amused by his new title and had presented him with a special poster.