Challenged to write a blog but who would be interested in me? I'm not a teacher nor am I a leader, just someone who used to be a Police Emergency Call Handler and then became a teaching assistant at an outstanding primary school who took a #leapoffaith
I worked for the force for several years, tutored many new contact handlers during my time there, to say I loved it was an understatement, I was extremely passionate about it. but due to government cuts and freezing recruitment drives it was soon short lived. My role was simplified and became tedious. After a while I became very unhappy, something needed to #change. I had many conversations with family and friends until one day my mum suggested I looked to work in a school, a school really? Well it was food for thought. A number of months passed and I saw a position advertised at Humberstone Junior Academy for a HLTA. Then something told me to look further into this, so I arranged an appointment to tour the school and learn more about the role.
The day arrived for me to visit and have a chat. I arrived half an hour early and was greeted by the business manager. Unfortunately I didn't have the right experience but we chatted about my current job, she asked if i'd considered volunteering, so I jumped at the chance knowing it would give me a true indication if this was for me. I remember walking away feeling fantastic and eager to share the news.
As soon as I received clearance from the DBS I arranged to volunteer around my already full time shift pattern. I was placed within Year 4 and loved every minute of it.
A position came up for Level 2 1:1 Teaching Assistant. I wanted to follow my heart and apply immediately but it wasn't that easy as so much needed to be considered financially. I would need to take a good hit to my pay, could I be this #brave? I had a good conversation with my boyfriend (with a large cup of tea!) after all we owned a house and bills still needed to be paid! I looked into giving my car up and making cuts elsewhere, it was doable! The support I received from my partner, family and friends was overwhelming.
I was interviewed and shortly after offered the position, In fact I can remember sitting in the car whilst my friend was silently jumping for joy at me being given the good news telling her to be quiet! Scared to #beboldforchange and leaving everything behind I dared to be #brave
By choosing #change I'd given up many things but gained the passion I had once lost - with absolutely no regrets!