Meet the Inspire Team: Wilf Burton, EFL Teacher

This week, we caught up with the legend that is Wilf Burton, EFL Teacher at Inspire Education. Throughout the academic year, Wilf spends his time studying for his Masters in Geology at Southampton University. However, his heart is torn between Geology and Inspire, because he just loves it here so much! If you need someone to put a smile on your face, Wilf is your man – just don’t ask him to do a Gollum impression though!

Let’s see what Wilf had to say when we met up…


What were you like at school?

I was a massive ‘goody two-shoes’. I never put a foot out of line, and so you can imagine how upset I was when one time I got a detention for late homework! In Primary School, I had a solid group of friends that were nerds like me. In Secondary School, I became a little more rebellious in the playground – I was always very serious in the classroom though.

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I was never 100% certain of what I wanted to be. Although, when I was very young I wanted to be like Fireman Sam; he was a hero that you could actually become.

Who inspires you now, and why?

My Dad. I completely and utterly look up to him in every way.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?

Breathing underwater so that I could swim like a fish.

Favourite English phrase?

‘Fancy a cuppa’  – meaning ‘would you like a cup of tea’? We are so lazy with our language!

If you were stranded on a Desert Island, which 3 things couldn’t you live without?

Water, Food and Shelter.

What is your greatest strength?

I’m very sociable and I enjoy one-on-one chats, particularly if I can help someone along with an issue they are having.

What is your weirdest quirk?

I changed my name for Inspire. Before I came to Inspire, everyone knew me as Will. However, someone misheard my name on the first day, and from then on Wilf has stuck.

What is your biggest fear?

Being wheeled through a hospital on a bed.

Favourite smell?


Favourite Disney character?

Mushu from Mulan.

If you could visit a fictional place, where would it be and why?

Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. I’ve been reading those books since I was 13, and I love the idea of the speed of light being the same as the speed of sound. Imagine watching light coming towards you in a sunrise; it would be so awesome!

What are you most excited about for the future?

I’m going travelling after I finish my Masters, either to South America or Australasia. I can’t wait for complete freedom before life gets too serious.

Best memory from Inspire Education?

My first experience of Team Trials at Inspire. Another team member, Doris, decided it would be funny to cover my head with whipped cream and stick Wotsits on it. I was so shocked; I didn’t know what was happening. Then I just burst out laughing, as did everyone else!

Favourite Inspire trip?


Favourite Inspire night?

Mission Impossible

Best advice to offer prospective Inspire students?

Don’t come trying to be cool, just come trying to being friendly. There is so much fun to be had, don’t let your own pride get in the way.

Finally, Lion, Tiger or Wolf?

Wolves- Wilf the Wolf!


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