Category: Learner voices

The Tutors That Changed My Life

My name is Kaia Yeomans and I was a student at Manchester College’s Shena Simon campus for 2 years. I wanted to share my experiences from that time because I can honestly say I would not be where I am now without two of the tutors I had for Film Studies, Tom and Glenn. I…

The Value of Adult Education

Kerry Scattergood is an adult literacy tutor, delivering functional skills in the adult & community team at Solihull College and University Centre. She believes in empowering learners’ voices through literacy events and that real reading and writing experiences can be transformative for adult learners. Kerry blogs at: everydayliteracyproject.wordpress.com, sharing her ideas and practice with other…

My Experience

Before starting this English, Writing and Media course, I was a college dropout and working night shifts at a train depot with my father. I realised whilst I was there that I wanted to pursue something that I was passionate about and I believed would make me happier in the long run. When I first…

technology

Paul McKean, a former teacher at Bolton College, explains how further education helped him through a very dark time in his life. My twenties is a period in life that’s difficult to recall because of the physical and mental debilitation I suffered. I lost my independence and dignity and became isolated and depressed. Several discs…

Period Poverty and FE

Anya Cook sits on University and College Union’s National Executive and Further Education Committee and she is Branch Secretary at Newcastle College where she is employed as a Mentor. In the decade I have been a UCU trade union rep at Newcastle College we haven’t had a women’s officer on the branch.  In September we…

Awor

Awor: student nurseAwor arrived in England as a teenage refugee from Sudan. In this video, she outlines how central learning in further education colleges has been in her life since then. Education is a golden thread through her narrative. Starting with learning English and then harnessing education to her ambition to become a Nurse, Awor’s…

Restore fairness to Further Education

Now is the time to use the power of government to restore fairness for further education. As all who work in colleges know, since 2009 further education has been subjected to cut after cut –and these cuts have gone far beyond anything endured by other sectors of education. In effect,these cuts have hurt the communities…

Cauldrons of Change

Anya Cook sits on UCU’s National Executive and Further Education committee and is Branch Secretary at Newcastle College where she is employed as Higher Education Mentor.   Here she tells Transforming Lives why we should all rise up and support FE Fights Back, UCU’s national campaign on funding and pay. “Never before have I had a…

Its all about the cake!

I have been teaching since before the National Curriculum was introduced and I have supported hundreds of students apply for university both as a subject teacher at A level and head of sixth form, however I had never been invited to attend a university graduation by one of my ex students before until today and…