Category: Stories of transformation

FE has been hugely influential in my adult life.

Gary Husband shares his story FE has been hugely influential in my adult life. On leaving school I didn’t consider ‘tech’ as an option, my parents had aspirations of me attending university. I went for several interviews for various degree courses and received several offers. When my A level results arrived, not only did they…

Rima and Jo

Rima is a multi-lingual student from Italy. She talks about her experience of returning to education and her dream of going to university. With the help, belief and support of her FE teacher she overcame her language barriers and is now studying psychology at university. Rima: It was a long journey, but I’ve made it. Jo uses…

Judith: access tutor

Working in the North East, Judith has a strong awareness of the community her students come from. Her approach to teaching focuses on individuals and mediating new knowledge to make it meaningful and accessible. This builds confidence and strengthens engagement. Judith is a committed teacher who has seen a multitude of learners transform their lives…

Curtis: teacher & Illustrator

Curtis compares being an FE teacher to spinning plates.  Not only do FE teachers have to meet the needs of their students but they have to gather data about individual students and always be mindful of funding. Curtis thinks it is vital that FE teachers are active in their approaches and that they bring themselves…

Nyomi

Nyomi’s partner had a long term illness and when she had a child she became depressed and felt locked in a spiral of despair. Encouraged by her health visitor, she attended a course at college. She felt accepted for who she was and a year later has begun studying a Podiatry degree. Now her partner…

Pippa

Pippa’s journey is an inspiration. Overcoming personal difficulties, Pippa studied to become a teacher. Now she works to create a learning environment for her students in which she can offer the kind of opportunities for transformation that she herself has experienced.

Claire

Claire has rediscovered the drive, enthusiasm and confidence she had when she was 18. She particularly values the equality she found in the way her course was run at college. There, she was listened to and found her own voice. FE has changed the way she sees herself and the way she views the world.…

Saira

Saira is a newly qualified teacher. As a parent herself and a carer, studying at college took her outside her family and boosted her confidence and paved the way to her gaining her Cert Ed. The course challenged her but she came out a different person, a person with hope and enhanced opportunities. Saira: ‘I’ve…

Herbert: photographer

Herbert is a photographer who has had his work exhibited all over the country. Leaving school at 16, he trained as bricklayer before returning as an adult to college where his dyslexia was identified for the first time.

Jimmy

Jimmy works with 14-16 year olds in college – some of whom have been excluded from school and feel school is not for them. He brings a lot of life experience to his teaching job… He doesn’t give up on his students. He refuses to write them off.