Category: Stories of transformation

Jacqui, Assistant Principal (video #2): Colleges and their communities

“Without colleges, where would people go to improve their lives?”In this second extract from her interview, Jacqui talks about the vital community work colleges are involved in. Jacqui’s interview positions colleges at the heart of the communities in which they are situated. She links further education colleges’ work to wider social issues such as addressing…

Jacqui: Assistant Principal

Jacqui: “Do you not want to be somebody? Because you could be anything!!”In this interview, Jacqui talks about her work as a teacher in a further education college in Birmingham.     She outlines the vital work colleges do that is often overlooked, such as: working with gang members and with young people who have…

Transformative research about transforming lives through learning

I have been following for a long while the valuable project “Transformational Further Education: Empowering People & Communities”, the culmination of research based on the very many inspiring stories from learners and teachers, collated by Dr Vicky Duckworth and Dr Rob Smith. It was brought to life on the very first occasion I had the…

FE that made me a better person

At 16, I was buried under GCSE stress, not quite fitting in, and ready to get out of my small town. I was looking for colleges, and I, for whatever reason, may it be the location, the hot-spot of culture, or the people, decided that I was undeniably going to attend The Manchester College. That…

Jacqui

In this video, Jacqui speaks about how she left school labelled as ‘not bright’, then, following re-engagement in education at her local college her world opened up in so many empowering  ways. Her return to education was connected to a hope for more fulfilling work and a need to support her family. She outlines how…

Have a Merry and a Hopeful Xmas!

We have had an inspiring year, listening to the voices of teachers and learners. Carrying out research in different colleges and other further education providers  has offered rich insights into the amazing work of teachers, learners and others involved in further education. The stories recorded and shared on this site (and some we haven’t) have…

The Principal

Scroll down for video Curtis Tappenden is a teacher who has featured already on this site. Apart from being an inspirational teacher, he was involved in the Reimagining Further Education Conference in July 2017. He has been involved in the UCU FE transforming lives and communities from early on. Curtis takes up the story: Networking…

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…