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Shabina Khatoon

I came to England in 2019 with my 3 children who are aged five, three and two. My husband passed away tragically not long after I arrived and I struggled emotionally as this was the hardest time I had ever endured in my life. The community came together to support me and my children.

As the children started in full-time education I felt that I needed to do something with my life and I felt it right that I should return to education as I had no qualifications that were UK based. I decided that as the community had supported me I wanted to pay them back by helping children to learn and grow so I decided to enrol on the level 2 supporting teaching and learning in schools qualification with Craven College through the adult learning centre.

My friend introduced me to Sahila Butt the tutor who was very supportive of me both in class and when I reached out to her after class hours if I required support. Sahila also referred me to other agencies that we’re able to support me as I am a single parent with the cost of a laptop, memory stick and printer to enable me to complete and print off my work for class. Sahila was approachable and encouraging throughout the course with both the lessons in class and distant learning courses that I participated in such as safeguarding and preventing and understanding children and young people’s mental health. Sahila also helped me find a placement to complete my placement hours.

Not long after I joined the course an opportunity came up at Manor fields Infant and nursery school as a lunchtime supervisor. The course gave me the knowledge, skills and confidence to apply for this position. I applied and was successfully appointed as a cover lunchtime supervisor.

Throughout the course, I also have made some wonderful people who I am pleased to call my friends. Thank you so much Sahila Butt for running courses like these. I will definitely be recommending the Adult learning centre to others. Hopefully, I will be progressing with Level 3 for supporting teach9ing and learning in schools with the Adult learning centre and Sahila Butt.

Shabina Khatoon

March 2022

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