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Local school bucking the trend
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According to Alliance Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) there is an ongoing demand for learning support staff in schools, this is due to an increase in the number of children requiring one-to-one support. With many schools failing to reach literacy and numeracy targets the government is now ensuring that learning support staff are trained to a level of competence to help improve both the quality and performance within schools. Pembrokeshire College’s work-based learning team has been working closely with local primary schools to deliver Diploma training to their learning support assistants, including one of Pembrokeshire’s biggest primary schools – Fenton Primary.
Emma Bartlett progressed from the Level 2 to the Level 3 Learning Support Assistant Diploma course and said “I feel so much more confident supporting the children with both numeracy and literacy, I may progress to Level 5 in the future…who knows!” Lucy Kendall, Workforce Skills Manager, has been impressed by the commitment of the students who manage to juggle work and the demands of home life with their studies, “I consider my students to be some of the best teaching assistants in the county, and it has been down to their hard work and the support from Fenton School.”
Learning as a mature student can be daunting for many, regardless of work experience, “I felt uneasy about going back to study, but I have to thank Lucy and my assessor Lisa Reynolds for giving me the confidence and the guidance to succeed,” said Margot White. This diploma course is a combination of theory and work-based assessments and according to Jo Bush has given her the “structure and knowledge to do my job professionally!” Pembrokeshire College is pleased to offer the Learning Support Assistant Diploma at no cost for a limited time only.