“I’m proud to be part of a team that puts young people’s mental and emotional health first; to give them the tools to be able to cope both in and out of school, help them build resilience and give them opportunities for a brighter future.”
Winner, The Award for Teaching Assistant Of The Year, 2013
Now Pastroral Support at Maltings Academy
Winning the award was a huge boost for my self-esteem and all the support staff; sadly a lot of support staff in education don’t feel valued, but at our academy all staff are treated with dignity and respect. Other support staff and teachers have gone on to win various awards and all are celebrated regardless of the job they do.
Although the award didn’t really impact on my career as I’m still in the same role, I do have more responsibility now.
But winning certainly helped my self-confidence and was really good for the Academy, it was good to share this news with all the staff and students. I started this job in November 2005 and won the award in 2013. I feel very supported here and enjoy my job.
THE JOB, CHANGES AND CHALLENGES
I started as a Learning Support Assistant before changing direction and working with the pastoral team. The students do value the pastoral team here at Maltings Academy and are always very complimentary and grateful for what we do for them. They champion the pastoral care at the Academy to visitors and feel supported at school which is fantastic as their happiness comes first.
In my role social media tends to have a negative impact! Unfortunately, as I’m sure all schools will say, young people’s use of social media is often the cause of either conflict or safeguarding issues.
There have been many memorable moments in my career. Seeing young people succeed at the end of Year 11 when they’ve had to face really difficult situations – personal and or domestic.
And I’m proud to be part of a team that puts young people’s mental and emotional health first; to give them the tools to be able to cope both in and out of school, help them build resilience and give them opportunities for a brighter future. Seeing them all at their Prom, knowing the hardship some of them have gone through is a really special moment.
Build relationships with your pupils. Be firm, but fair and don’t lose your sense of humour!