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Learning Support Assistant fulfils career ambitions at Compass Primary

Learning Support Assistant Stacey Watson has described staff at Compass Primary Academy as supportive and ‘a family’ as her role has developed from mid-day supervisor to working full-time in the classroom.

She always wanted to work with children and describes her career change as ‘an ambition come true.’

Stacey completed a 15-month apprenticeship at a local college and now supports interventions in the classroom as well as working one to one with students. She has completed a wide range of SEN courses, both at school and in her own time.

Stacey said: ‘The course opened my eyes to a lot of things. There’s a lot more to it than simply supporting the children in the classroom, there is preparation, carrying out interventions and supporting a wide range of children. I have mainly been working with our SEN children which is where my interests lie. At home I have been studying autism, Asperger’s and ADHD. I have also been looking a lot into mental wellbeing and dyslexia.

‘I look forward to going to work and couldn’t be happier. I don’t class everyone as work colleagues, they are more like a family and the support is amazing. The thing I enjoy most is just seeing the children smile when you have helped them understand something in the lesson. I would definitely recommend the apprenticeship route as it is very valuable learning which offers practical, on-the-job training.’  

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