After successfully completing the Level 2 and Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools at Middlesbrough College, John Skelton impressed the College so much that they offered him the role as an Additional Learning Support Assistant.
John said “After being made redundant from a swimming teacher role at a leisure centre in Catterick Garrison I decided to go back into education and train to become a teaching assistant.
“I am very grateful for Christina and all the tutors on the Teaching and Learning Support course. They helped to turn what was a very difficult time in my life into such a positive one. It felt as though it was meant to be. I really enjoyed the course and would recommend it to anyone who is considering a career in education.
“The teaching on the course was fantastic and my tutors couldn’t do enough for me. It’s funny because now we are colleagues in the same College and they continue to support me to this day.
“My role as an Additional Learning Support Assistant is challenging but hugely rewarding. The job itself is extremely varied as you work with a range of students all of whom have different support needs and across a range of courses. One day I will be in chef whites supporting a student in catering and the next lesson I will be in games design working on a computer game.
“The Teaching and Learning Support course at Middlesbrough College has helped me in my job role as I have developed my skills and learnt how to support students with a variety of physical and mental health conditions. The ALS team has expanded and evolved during my time at the College and our roles are hugely important for student wellbeing.”
As well as working at the College, John also works as a swimming teacher on a Saturday.
John said “I am incredibly busy as I teach on a Saturday as well as working Monday-Friday but I love it. I enjoy teaching and putting the skills I have learnt at College into practice, I even take what I have learnt at the College such as embedding maths and English and apply this in my swimming lessons.
“On my day off I focus on my own health and wellbeing as I believe it’s crucial to look after yourself.”
Find out more about the Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF).
Find out more about the Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.