I strive to create a constructive environment by praising students whilst encouraging them to overcome challenges, be independent learners and develop positive learning behaviours. This approach has proven to be encouraging for my students so far. I plan many exciting opportunities for the children to ensure they are stimulated and interested in what they are learning. Where possible, I like to give immediate feedback and allow learners independent reflective time. The skills students attain through using this approach is good communication, verbal and written skills.
My experience has provided me with an invaluable insight into different learning and teaching styles, as well as assessment strategies which verbalise students' knowledge. It also enables them to select and present samples of finished work and organises their thoughts and topics to present a summary of their learning. It is my aim to combine my range of experiences with my ability to be a compassionate, enthusiastic and approachable individual who will make a positive contribution to students and their learning. I believe my academic achievements and experience to date will provide a solid foundation to build and transfer my knowledge and skills into providing the best learning environment. My own academic experiences have strengthened my belief in the importance of education and development of key skills and qualities, which have in turn, enabled me to develop as both a mentor and a person.
I work closely with the Maths department. I support students' needs during lessons, making sure they feel confident and comfortable in their abilities enabling them to make as much progress as possible. This has included in-class support across key stage three and four. In addition to this I have delivered intervention sessions to key stage four students preparing for their GCSE exams, both one-to-one with specific students and in small groups of up to ten in a classroom situation. Students I support have a range of abilities from low to high, therefore, I vary resources and strategies to cater to all students' needs and behaviours. I also work individually with high priority students ensuring they are making desired progress, some exceeding set targets.
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I would describe myself as a reliable, confident and personable individual who has excellent skills including communication, organization and dealing with internal and external enquires. I am target orientated and proactive, with the ability to work well in a team environment as well as being able to complete tasks efficiently and independently. I meet agreed targets, often ahead of time and I am able to use my initiative. I am proficient at using Microsoft Word and Excel. I am a highly motivated individual with the ability to motivate others, always remaining positive, which has enabled me to approach life challenges with a positive look.
September 2006 - June 2012, Samuel Whitbread Community College
Studied 10 GCSE’s with grades A* - B including Maths and English
Studied 3 A Levels in Maths, Physics and Psychology
Certified in Mini Me Yoga and Positive Thinking for Children (April 2015)
Mini Me Yoga programme is where one learns simple techniques for introducing fifteen minutes a day of kids’ yoga and positive thinking to preschool and primary school-aged children using games and exercises designed to make it fun and engaging. This fifteen minute a day program is designed to be integrated into your daily routine, whether it be in the home, the classroom or community groups. Introducing these simple games in school, day care or the home significantly reduces stress, increases children’s capacity to learn and be gentle to one another; it teaches respect for nature, how to grow strong mentally and physically.
Currently studying a Mathematics Degree with Open University
October 2007 and June 2010, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
I completed a work placement at Lister Hospital and Anritsu House. I gained experience working in both the IT support office and the Finance department; it gave me an insight into a large computing system and all the work that goes into keeping it running.
September 2005 – September 2011, Voluntary Work at a Punjabi Class
I attended the class as a student where I learnt to read, write, understand and speak the language after which I took my GCSE exam achieving an A grade. Afterwards I went every week to support the younger children in their learning of the language. Depending on their age and ability, the activities I supported them with ranged from learning the alphabet to reading and comprehension.
July 2012 – Lacome & Co
I undertook a work placement at Lacome & Co Chartered Accountants where I observed and assisted different services such as audits of small and large companies, book-keeping and VAT planning among other things.
June 2013 – January 2014, Shell
I worked as a customer assistant, my tasks included serving customers, stocking the shop floor, ordering new stock and cleaning. I gained experience in using an electronic cash register and how to clean and maintain a coffee vender. I also had to prepare food such as fresh sandwiches, pasties and sweet pastries.
January 2012 – September 2015, Additions (U.K.) Ltd
For the Agency I worked mostly on a large Max Factor Make-up counter, day to day I would:
• Spend time with customers getting to know their needs and recommending the correct products
• Make sure sales are always a high priority and meet sales targets
• Keep up to date with all new products, events and promotions
• Give customers make overs
• Approaching customers to promote new products
July 2014 – August 2015, Au pair
I worked in Ireland for a year as an au pair, which has given me a huge sense of responsibility, and I matured a great deal whilst I was there. Some of my duties included managing outdoor and educational activities for the children, helping with homework (literacy and numeracy), transporting children to and from school, organizing daytime activities for the children, overseeing daily routines, implementing discipline when necessary and some light housework.
Skills acquired include:
• Communication and judgement skills
• Planning and organisation
• Adaptable and flexible
• Stress tolerance
• High level of enthusiasm
July 2015, Theatre Tricks
For a summer, I worked as a Camp Leader in a summer camp for children aged four to twelve years old. In total, there were fifty children, who we did various activities with, these included drama games and arts & crafts. Although I am no longer able to work in the camps over the summer, I am still very much involved in the planning and advertising of the camp; every year the camp is growing with more children and more varied activities for them to do.
By working with a large group of children including a range of ages, I am much more confident. Skills I developed include:
• Planning and organising activities for a large number of children
• Working alongside fellow camp leaders to manage a large group of children
• Working with smaller groups of children independently
• Making sure all children are engaged and enjoying all activities they’re involved in
• Ensuring that activities are both fun and educational
• Providing safety for children at all times
October 2015 – December 2016, Biggleswade Academy Trust
I volunteered in an Academy, made up of a Lower and Middle School. I supported teachers in Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3. It gave me experience in both a primary and secondary setting, my duties varied from being placed with reception students (aged 4-5 years) to Year 8 students (aged 12-13 years) learning behaviour management for all age groups.
October 2015 – June 2016, Topshop Topman
I worked as a Sales Advisor in Topshop Topman using my fashion knowledge to help customers find the right products for them, working within a team and creating a fun and happy place to shop.
My role included:
• Confidently connecting with customers, striking up conversations with them and helping them build outfits using my knowledge of the latest fashion and key trends
• Working with enthusiasm and pace
• Showing a passion for driving sales, ensuring that wherever possible every customer is able to purchase the item that wanted in store, online or by phone
Skills I learnt include:
• Organisational skills from working under pressure during peak hours
• Experience in dealing with a high volume of customers in a busy atmosphere
• Being able to work in a team and also on my own
• Customer care skills through dealing with customer queries and complaints
February 2016 – Present, Walthamstow Academy
I currently work as Learning Support Assistant in a secondary school working with a range of students from 11-16 years old; the majority of my support is in Maths lessons, as this is my specialised subject and the career I hope to pursue but I support students in many other subjects across the academy.
My role includes:
• Supporting teachers in the delivery of lessons, providing support for individual students and small groups
• Assisting and delivering individual work programmes for specific students
• Using routine supervision and care skills to support students, including those who have physical, emotional or educational needs
• Supporting the SENco and teachers in identifying the most effective teaching approaches and resources for students with particular needs
• Helping create and maintain an effective and exciting environment for learning
• Communicating with SENco, inclusion team and subject teachers about the progress and needs of students being supported
• Liaising with parents about students’ progress and any interventions necessary
• Working as part of the team to ensure the wellbeing, behaviour and personal development of students, enhancing learning opportunities and life skills
• Always understanding and applying the school policies
• Working together with subject teachers on lesson plans and activities with students, reflecting on what is working and where resources/activities need to be adapted for individual students
• Working one on one with students to improve personally, socially and academically
• Building strong bonds with students and creating a calm comfortable environment for students to feel safe
Other duties and responsibilities I have include:
• Providing administrative support for the SENco including adapting the timetable and setting up Personal Centre Reviews for students
• Participating and accompanying students off-site for trips
• Supporting outside agencies in the delivery of their workshops
• Working as a Learning Mentor with high priority students to improve achievement levels by working on study skills, behaviour, organization and any other difficulties faced leading to disengagement from learning
• Running Maths intervention afterschool and weekends for high priority Year 11 students in the lead up to their exams
• Leading homework club focusing on SEN students who are struggling, liaising with Learning Mangers and SENco to make sure that students are attending and getting the most out of their time
• Supporting students in Independent Study during lunch times with homework or classwork
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