Read about Mary’s journey:
Mary completed the Support Work in Schools Level 2 qualification with Whitehead Ross Education and Consulting in Swindon.
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am married and we have 9 children with ages ranging from 3 to 23.
I was a carer for my little boy Mikey who at the age of 9 was diagnosed with terminal cancer. I cared for him until he sadly passed away in 2017. Since then my youngest daughter has become my focus. She started preschool this year which left me with a void in the daytimes, so I decided to volunteer at Burbage Primary School.
Why did you join the Support Work in Schools course?
I want to train as a Teaching Assistant and during an interview at the Jobcentre I was given details of the Support Work in Schools course with Whitehead-Ross.
What did you enjoy most about the course and what did you get out of it?
I enjoyed the whole course; it was interesting and helpful especially the safeguarding. The whole group got on well, we had a laugh and I miss Tuesdays in the classroom.
The Tutor was brilliant and the course built my confidence. I feel that I can now communicate more effectively, I have even had comments about how my confidence has grown. The course was like a therapy course!
What are you doing now and what are your plans for the future?
I am still volunteering at Burbage Primary School and St Marys Primary School in Marlborough over 3 days.
I would like a full time Teaching Assistant position and will hopefully train as a Primary School teacher in the future.