Learner Success Story - Ellie, 20

Aspire success stories

Ellie – Age 20

Qualification: Supporting Teaching and Learning Level 3


Aspire were very supportive through the whole course, allowing me to complete the workload at a pace that was suitable for my needs, providing constructive feedback on my work and observations which allowed me to develop, and for encouraging me to apply for university”

Ellie undertook the supporting teaching and learning level 3 qualification, her tutor – Adam guided and support Ellie throughout her learning journey with Aspire.

“Over the length of the course Ellie has been able to develop valuable knowledge, skills and behaviour in a wide range of settings and experiences. From the start of the course it was documented that Ellie was wanting to see if teaching was a good choice of career for her, this along with Ellie’s open and positive attitude enabled us to create an apprenticeship that not only provided the theory but used this in practice in different lessons, key stages and settings. Throughout the apprenticeship Ellie was able to work autonomously and took on board the feedback from assessments and observations to challenge her own role and abilities which ultimately led her to having specific responsibility within St Francis. In the end, Ellie was able to confidently and successfully deliver small intervention sessions, take responsibility for the first aid and use her knowledge gained from external courses to great effect. Ellie has been able to not only develop her knowledge of education with in depth and rich assessments, but she has also been able to develop her own personal skills by understanding the planning and assessment methods used by teachers and the policies and procedures in St Francis, being able to handle multiple pressures whilst still having a positive impact on the children. Having allowed Aspire to provide Ellie with the necessary understanding and knowledge in assessment, safeguarding, health and safety and child development to name but a few has now given Ellie the grounding to start an Undergraduate Degree in Primary Teaching with Qualified Teacher Status and hopefully a long and meaningful career in education.”

Ellie is now pursuing her career within teaching:

“Now I have completed the course, I have decided that working with children is a career path I want to follow, and I am now going on to study Primary Teaching with QTS at Manchester Met University”

Ellie reflected upon her journey with Aspire and stated:

Primary Teaching was a course that had taken my interest when I was first looking at applying to university, however as I was looking into the application, I realised that I would be choosing to complete a 3 year course in something I had no experience in, so how could I be sure it was the career path I wanted? This is when the opportunity to complete an apprenticeship was put forward, and it seemed like the best option for me. It offered me a year to gain experience that would not only allow me to see if this was a career path I wanted to follow, but also gave me invaluable experience going forward if I went on to teaching. Aspire were very supportive through the whole course, allowing me to complete the workload at a pace that was suitable for my needs, providing constructive feedback on my work and observations which allowed me to develop, and for encouraging me to apply for university. My tutor was very helpful at every step and went above and beyond to ensure I made the most of my apprenticeship. Over the year, I learned many things completing this course. It gave me first-hand experience of school life, not just working with children, but also the importance of having a positive morale with the class teachers, senior leaders and all other members of staff that you work with. Having spent a year as a teaching assistant and being given responsibilities in terms of working with small groups, and by the end of the course, being trusted to plan small intervention sessions, I have learnt an array of things that are useful in the classroom environment, from behaviour management to creative learning. Now I have completed the course, I have decided that working with children is a career path I want to follow, and I am now going on to study Primary Teaching with QTS at Manchester Met University. I have no doubt that the experience I have gained through this apprenticeship will be very valuable to me and has also given me the confidence I need going forward.”

 

Congratulations Ellie, and we wish you all the best as you embark upon your career within Teaching!

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