Category: Teacher voices

Sharon: ESOL tutor

Sharon is an experienced teacher of ESOL.  Her classrooms have always been diverse places in which people from different countries and backgrounds come together to learn English and form friendships.   ESOL provides social cohesion in diverse communities and provides an important link for individuals and their families who are starting new lives in this…

Lucinda – Offender Learning Tutor

Lucinda talks about her important work in Offender Learning. As a tutor she sees people progress from different starting points, some of which are the first steps.  Some of her students then go on to make dramatic progress. Her work also focuses strongly on helping students develop life skills so they can take care of…

Nicola – Assistant Principal

Vice Principal Nicola studied for her degree as an adult with small children. That experience helped her to appreciate the importance of understanding the different backgrounds and needs that FE students have. This knowledge and understanding also makes her want the best teaching and learning experiences for the students in her college. Transformational learning inspires…

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…

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…

Jez

Jez is passionate about teaching Business to Level 1 and Level 2 students. Over fourteen years, Jez has watched countless young people progress from Level 1 through to Level 3 and eventually go on to university to undertake degree level study. He believes in building his students’ academic confidence and having high expectations. He fosters autonomy…

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.