As an ex pupil of Jubilee Academy (then Mossley Primary School), I am extremely proud of my own career Journey. I started as a parent helper in 2000, when my daughters were in Early Years. I used to hear readers and support in lessons. I then realised that the 12 years that I had spent in accounting were not my true calling.
I enrolled on a level 3 course for teaching assistants and became a SEND teaching assistant in 2002. From there I did not look back. I became Year 6 class YA in 2003 and In 2004, I completed my higher level teaching assistant qualification (HLTA) and began to take whole classes, supporting the then assistant principal. This allowed me to have an excellent insight into what it would be like to be a teacher.
September 2003 saw me enrol onto the Foundation Degree for Teaching Assistants with Staffordshire University, which I completed in 2006, enrolling immediately on the top up to my honours degree. From 2006, I became an unqualified teacher, which enabled me to also enrol on my teacher training through the registered teacher programme with Newman University. I completed my training as teacher of Year 6 and qualified in May 2008. As a result of this, I was then taken on as a permanent teacher at Mossley, a dream come true!
I did not stop there. I was completely bitten by the teaching bug and wanted to give something back to other, so I immediately enrolled on a post—graduate reflective practice course and mentoring course with Wolverhampton University. This gave me a post-graduate certificate in Enhancing Learning. This has enabled me to effectively support student teacher and NQT within our setting. As lead 1:1 tutor, History and MFL lead, I knew that SEND is where my passions lay. I enrolled on the Specialist Teacher with AMBDA qualification with Edge Hill University and successfully qualified in 2013.
As a result of my specialist qualification, I was asked to take on the SENCO role and promoted to the Senior Leadership Team within the Academy that same year, with responsibility of KS2 added to the role.
In February 2017, I applied for and was successful in gaining the post of assistant principal and in the summer of that year had designated safeguarding lead also added to my role.
In order to further support our teaching assistants who were successfully taking part in various NVQs, I completed my CACHE assessors’ course and this meant that I was able to support a significant number of TAs in achieving their qualifications. This was done through ATTFE and was a valuable experience. It means that I am able to support apprentices, understanding the route they are taking and what support is needed.
I am still assistant principal today at Jubilee and part of an exciting cohort of leaders who are completing their national professional qualifications for headship (NPQH). This is due to be completed in November 2021.
My Jubilee journey has been unique, but one completely worthwhile. The support for further development has enabled me to continue to grow as a leader and support others with their aspirations too.