‘I want to inspire my pupils’: Teacher defends decision to quit his job for Love Island
- Kai Fagan, 24, was supported by colleagues to quit teaching and star in the show
- He believes his job puts him in a good position to promote positive relationships
- The Manchester man wants to work with children again when Love Island ends
The 24-year-old said that his colleagues supported his decision to step down to star in the programme – despite the struggles to recruit science teachers.
And he said he hoped his involvement would inspire children.
Fagan, who also taught PE at a school in Manchester, said: ‘Obviously I had to keep it quiet, as it’s quite a secretive process. My line manager told me that if he was younger and in my situation, he would do it.
Kai Fagan, 24, was supported by colleagues to quit teaching and star on Love Island
‘My colleagues were very supportive with my decision as well. And every single year when the show comes round the pupils tell me, “Sir, you should go on Love Island. You’d do really well on it.”
‘So I’m sure they’ll be really supportive. Hopefully, it will be a positive reaction from them all.’
Fagan, who went to school with England footballer Marcus Rashford and described him as ‘quite quiet and reserved’, wants to return to working with children when Love Island finishes.
But the former science teacher wants to return to working with children when Love Island ends
He said: ‘My plan is to stay working with kids. That’s my main goal and something that I know with certainty – that I want to stay working with kids, whether that’s teaching or not.’
And he said he believed that his experiences as a teacher, in having good relationships with pupils, would stand him in good stead to promote positive relationships outside of the classroom too.
Fagan said he hoped to be ‘quite inspiring to kids’ on the show.
He added that with those children that come from broken homes, for ‘a large percentage… their parents aren’t together so if I can show them that I can show a positive relationship on the TV, I don’t think that is detrimental to my career’.