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Graduation 2017

Graduation 2017 – Meet our Graduates:

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Name: Niamh Taylor

Programme of Study: Foundation Degree in Teaching & Learning Support

After doing her A Levels at Cardinal Newman in Business Studies, Economics and Drama & Theatre Studies, Niamh secured a job working as a Teaching Assistant at Euxton Balshaw Lane Primary School. When she saw that Newman were offering Foundation Degrees in Teaching & Learning Support, Niamh thought this was a great opportunity to learn more and give her more confidence in her role. Niamh said: “I feel like the course has enabled me to have an advanced knowledge of how schools work, their policies and procedures and has really helped me to grow in confidence. The teachers here are really understanding and are always there to give any extra help or support where needed. I have thoroughly enjoyed the HE experience at Newman as I have been able to gain practical experience in the work place alongside traditional HE study.”

After graduating from the Foundation Degree at Cardinal Newman, Niamh is taking a year out whilst she continues working in her role as a Teaching Assistant, before returning to Cardinal Newman in September 2018 to complete her top up to give her a full BA honours degree.

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Name: Brad-Leigh Corlett

Programme of Study: Foundation Degree in Teaching & Learning Support

Brad-Leigh attended Cardinal Newman College in 2008 to study a BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts. After finishing his course at Newman, Brad-Leigh gained employment as a Teaching Assistant at Ashton Primary School and was looking for a way to boost his career, when he heard about the Foundation Degree in Teaching & Learning Support at Newman. Brad-Leigh said: “The HE courses at Newman are such a supportive environment. We have been such a close knit group which has certainly helped us all to achieve by helping each other. Being in a smaller, more personal group, gives a much more individual experience to HE education whilst still getting that same high level of education and experience.”

After graduating from the Teaching & Learning Support Foundation Degree, Brad-Leigh plans to take a year out from studying whilst continuing with his employment as a TA, before coming back to Newman in September 2018 for the BA Honours top up degree.

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Name: Annabelle Harwood

Programme of Study: Teaching & Learning Support

Annabelle first started at Cardinal Newman in 2013, studying a BTEC Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care. She then decided to return to the College to complete the Foundation Degree in Teaching & Learning Support straight after completing her Sixth Form studies.  Annabelle said: There has been so much support on this course, so you know exactly what you can do and where to go after finishing the course. I have just started the BA honours top up at UCLan now that I have graduated from my Foundation Degree. The experience of doing HE here at Newman has been amazing, nothing is ever too much for the teachers they are always there to encourage and guide you.”

 

 

 

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Name: Sophie Hindle

Programme of Study: Foundation Degree in Teaching & Learning Support

Sophie works one to one with an Autistic child, giving him specialised in classroom support as well as studying for her Foundation Degree at Newman. Sophie said: “Studying the Foundation Degree has really improved my confidence in the classroom. I feel that the knowledge I am gaining by studying really supports the work that I do in the classroom and helps me to do my job better. The support provided by the staff here really goes above and beyond, they will always help in any way they can.” Now that she has graduated from the Teaching & Learning Support course, Sophie plans to continue working, before returning to the College in September 2018 to complete her BA top up.

 

 

 

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Name: Alison Burrow

Programme of Study: Foundation Degree in Teaching & Learning Support

Alison had been working as a Teaching Assistant for a number of years when she decided to take the plunge and return to education to complete the Foundation Degree in Teaching & Learning Support. As a result of her hard work through studying, Alison has gained more responsibility at the school she works at as the Course Leader for Reading, which means she works across the entire school with all age ranges. Alison said: “From the first contact I had with the College to enquire about the course, I have had a thoroughly positive experience. The staff here are so positive, enthusiastic and encouraging and really put you at ease. It can be daunting to return to education, but here it has never felt like that. The best thing about the course has been the acceptance; everyone is accepted for who they are and respected for the knowledge and experiences that they can bring to the group.”

Alison has already enrolled onto her next programme of study at UCLan where she will be taking the top to BA in Children and Families.

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Name: Rob Davies

Programme of Study: Foundation Degree in Teaching & Learning Support

After studying A Levels at Runshaw College, Rob decided that the Foundation Degree at Cardinal Newman was the best route for him into teaching. Rob said: “The course has really helped me with my confidence. The staff have been great, really supportive and I have found the information that I have learnt has supported my work in class.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Name: Julie Murphy

Programme of Study: Foundation Degree in Teaching & Learning Support

Julie had worked as a Teaching Assistant for 8 years before deciding to embark on the Foundation Degree at Newman. With ambitions to become a fully qualified Teacher, Julie was looking for a less traditional route, which would allow her to continue to work alongside her studies, whilst also balancing her family life. Julie said: “The Foundation Degree has enabled me to balance my work, studying and family life perfectly. It has been great as I haven’t had to give up or compromise any of those things and have been able to study at my own pace. I have always valued the feedback that we have been given by teachers and we know that they are always there to offer support and guidance.” Now she has graduated from the Foundation Degree at Newman, Julie has enrolled on to the BA top up at Cumbria University, before planning to gain her QTS the following year enabling her to become a fully qualified teacher.

 

 

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Name: Rebecca Maddox

Programme of Study: Foundation Degree in Teaching & Learning Support

After completing A Levels at Newman in Biology, Law and Maths, Rebecca decided to apply directly for the Foundation Degree. Rebecca chose this route as it allowed her to also secure a job as a Teaching Assistant, whilst continuing her studied alongside. Rebecca said: “The course has helped me massively, I have gained so much valuable experience and knowledge which I can use in my work and take back to the classroom. It has been a truly fantastic experience!”

 

 

 

 

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Name: Lauren Cowell

Programme of Study: Foundation Degree in Teaching & Learning Support

Lauren began her time at Newman in 2012, studying a BTEC Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care. After finishing at Cardinal Newman, she decided to go straight to employment working as a Teaching Assistant. When she saw the Foundation Degree courses at the College, she decided that it was the perfect opportunity to work towards her goal of becoming a fully qualified teacher. Having already completing her bridge to QTS over the summer, Lauren is now enrolled onto the BA top up at Cumbria University. When she has finished, she will have gained her full Qualified Teacher status.

Lauren said: “I feel like I have gained a lot from studying the Foundation Degree, I have gained experience and learned things which I can use back in the classroom. The Childhood Theories topic will be particularly useful when doing my top up at Cumbria. I have found the whole experience really enjoyable. Being able to continue to work whilst studying has really suited me and it shows that there is more than one way to get into teaching!”

 

 

 

 

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Name: Amber Marsh

Programme of Study: Foundation Degree in Early Years

Amber previously attended Cardinal Newman to study a BTEC Diploma in Health & Social Care alongside a BTEC Subsidiary in Applied Science. After working in a nursery as a room leader, Amber decided to further her career by returning to Newman and taking the Foundation Degree in Early Years. She has certainly fulfilled her ambitions as she has now been promoted to Deputy Manager of the nursery that she was working in and credits the course at Newman with helping her to achieve this. Amber said: “Before starting the HE course at Newman I think I lacked confidence, but that has really changed. Studying has really given me confidence in my own knowledge and abilities. I have gained a lot of knowledge and lots of useful tings which I have been able to directly implement in the nursery. I loved learning about Forrest Schools, as that is something that I have really been able to relate to my work and introduce to the nursery. I think the HE experience here at Newman is fantastic, it is a more personalised experience so you get to know your tutors and classmates really well.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Name: Rebecca Whalley

Programme of Study: Foundation Degree in Teaching & Learning Support

Rebecca studied a BTEC Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care at Cardinal Newman in 2013 before going straight into the world of work as a Teaching Assistant in Key Stage 1. Rebecca said: “For me, the greatest part of this experience has been being able to link what you learn at College with your work in the classroom. It has given me a greater insight into the classroom work that I do. The people on the course have really made this experience for me. We are a close group who all help and support each other too.”

Rebecca plans to return to Cardinal Newman in September 2018 to complete the top up to BA, to give her a full BA Honours degree.

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