Kim Bird has spoken about her time studying at Aylesbury College.
"After finishing year 11, I decided to stay and study at sixth form however I did not enjoy the experience. I left and decided to work at a local school as a teaching assistant for a year as I have always had a passion of working with children. Working in the industry opened my eyes to what I wanted for my future. I enrolled at Aylesbury College to study a part-time CACHE Level 3 course to help me become a teacher, and I studied alongside my full time job.
I wanted to be a qualified teacher as it has always been my dream job. The course taught me a lot of valuable skills and the knowledge and skills implemented by my work placement and studies was applied in my work place. My tutors always provided me with feedback from my assignments and observations which helped me improve on my weaknesses. They also supported my choices and helped me with my route into teaching. On completion of my Level 3 course I decided to extend my learning by studying a Foundation Degree in Educational Practice through the University of Bedfordshire.
I am currently a qualified teaching assistant. I teach in a local primary school, my role included having 1 to 1 sessions with students, developing speech and language skills as well as working with challenging and vulnerable children. Seeing children succeed in their learning and achieving their goals is definitely the highlight of my role and is the reason why I have always wanted to teach. Completing my courses with Aylesbury College provided me with the opportunity to progress to a degree. My qualifications have given me more opportunities to teach more and take on more responsibilities within my role. I am now in my last year of my degree and in September I will be progressing to be a trainee teacher.
The course helped me realise it was what I wanted to do. I would recommend the course to people who want to work with children or become a teacher as the skills you gain are valuable."