Helen Walton - Shropshire (Teaching Assistant and Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools - Level 2 Course)
I have completed the Teaching Assistant level 2 course and then decided to do the Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Course. This course requires a placement so I approached my local primary school who were happy to let me volunteer in their reception class one day a week. When I was nearing the end of this course I started applying for jobs and was lucky enough to gain employment in another local Infant School as an SEN Teaching Assistant working one to one with a pupil which I am enjoying very much.
I chose to study distance learning because of its flexibility, I could study at times to suit myself fitting around my part time job and my family commitments. I enjoy working at my own pace and knowing that the tutor was at the end of an email whenever I needed some help or guidance and my course work was always marked and returned very quickly with useful feedback and kind words of encouragement. I am now doing a really rewarding job thanks to the qualifications I gained through the Distance Learning Centre and I know I would not have achieved this so quickly if I had studied through a conventional college.