Category: Learner voices

Rithenella

Rithenella’s inspirational storyFurther education offers spaces for learning that accommodate people from a diverse range of backgrounds. This includes adults returning to education to move their lives and prospects forward.   In this video, Rithenella, now studying Social Work at University,  talks about the challenges she faced as a looked-after child and how she returned…

Anita

Anita: Now I have my confidence. I have my voice and I have my future.  Anita speaks about how her life changed for the better after returning to education as a mature student. Labelled as a ‘no-hoper’ at school because  her dyslexia was positioned as a deficit – in the private domain her personal  growth…

Start of the Future

College, Further Education, for many people it’s just another step in the ladder of education yet for some it can be the stepping stone to unlocking a great future. I myself started college with an idea of what I wanted to do in the future, I knew I wanted to base myself within the world…

Marie: education and empowerment

Marie: the importance of educationMarie, a single mother of three  arrived in Further Education after breaking out of an abusive relationship. Marie struggled with literacy and her confidence was at rock bottom. Gaining a level 2 in literacy, Marie progressed to an access course and University. Now a senior staff nurse in the local hospital,…

How FE support is vital for student wellbeing

It had always been my intention to move straight from school to college to pursue my A Levels and then go on to university to study something I’m really passionate about. With 11 decent GCSEs in my bag I began Media Studies, Film Studies and English Literature at the Manchester College Shena Simon campus in…

David

David: literacy, fatherhood and empowermentIn this video, David talks about the importance of literacy for him as a person and a father. He talks about his family background and going to work as a boy which limited his engagement with school. Further education has changed the way he interacts with the outside world. David talks…

Jade

Jade: motherhood, literacy and empowermentJade is a mother who attends adult literacy classes run jointly by a local Further Education provider and a local charitable trust in Rochdale. Being a mum motivates her and she has seen her confidence increase while studying and has learnt new literacies. Now, she has aspirations for her future and…

Believe in FE

Growing up as a youth, I established my goal of working within the Pharmacology sector. I strongly remember coming to this decision in Year 8, when we were asked to choose our options, where I really started to consider career options. In the meeting to review my choices, which were: GCSE – Double Science, ICT,…

FE: making brave choices

Further education can be scary to any teenager because it is about making decisions; decisions that they feel they are not prepared for, decisions that in some way will influence their future. I don’t know if I felt particularly ready to make choices about my future when I chose FE, however, I do know that…