Well here’s a bit history, I was a childminder the decided I wanted to become a teaching assistant, so I took the plunge and started the CACHE level 2 teaching assistant course, I’d never studied for a long time so was nervous – I was ok at school but not great!
The course was great, the tutors understood your a mum and were very helpful. I did one full day at college and two days on placement at my sons school, I started the level 2 in the September and continued with the level 3 in the feb, I finished in the June then started looking for work. I was so fortunate to apply for a job in a great school there were two positions one a classroom TA and the other was a learner support assistant supporting a pupil with Down’s Syndrome, when I applied I said I didn’t know which post to apply for but I’d be interested in both – I thought the one with SEN would not apply for me as I had only just qualified. Surprisingly I was told the post I was interviewed for was the sen one which I secretly really wanted!
So I was terrified for the interview, but it went great and I was told whilst still in the school I had the job!! That was 3 years ago I count my blessings every day as this job is perfect for me I love my job , the school, the staff, and most importantly the children.
I never thought I’d want anything more than to be a teaching assistant but over the months at work I’d see many PGCE students come in half my age, some fantastic and some who had never spoke to a child before! But all of them will learn and I’m sure be fab, but I thought actually I can do that so what’s stopping me – nothing.
I started on the Foundation Degree for supporting learning in education again this was part time on a Tuesday night and you had to be in a school to do it, so after a really hard two years I finished that in July this year (2012) with a 2.2 it was a struggle and at times I wondered if I was ‘clever’ enough to carry on, during the last year my Granda was diagnosed with stomach cancer and was given a few months but I didn’t give up and knew he’d want me to finish.
So September I have just started the BA (Hons) Education Studies its a lot harder than than last year, this is still on a tues night for a few hrs, we have the same workload as full time uni students but we work full time and most of us have a family too! But we do it as we love it, it’s tough I’ll be honest but I know it’s worth it and I feel doing it the long way round will make me better in the end as I’m learning more on the job so to say.
My future plans are a bit fuzzy from now as ill be finished in July next year I wanted to to do PGCE sept next year but at the minute there is no way I can stop working and become a full time student especially with the the student finance problems we’ve had (which is a whole other page) I’m thinking now to go to Northumbria uni and do my Masters in Special Needs and Inclusion, as at the minute I love my job, I, starting to cover PPA and I don’t want to change it yet so I think if I keep studying as I know if I stop I’d never go back to it.
I have also done the Accredited Level 3 Elklan Speech and Language course which I love and want to work on aswell!
So there you go that’s where I’m up to now xxxxx