Updated: Feb 7, 2021
Well I woke up one morning and thought "I am going to start a business today"
Hubby and I have always planned to retire to Spain (not that we are at that age yet!) and I have been racking my brains to see what I could continue to do during retirement that would keep my brain active. It suddenly dawned on me, and not being big headed, but I am pretty good at my job so which parts could I use to continue to support young people and provide further support to their families and other lecturers out there. Today I had a eureka moment!
What talents do I have
Over the summer, my son W kindly offered my services to his friends who were all applying to university but their education provider wasn't really helping them or providing them with the sessions they needed to help them through the decision and application process. One afternoon, between lockdowns, I had about 8 young adults arrive (socially distanced) and we set about getting their personal statements ready. However, most of them hadn't even decided what they wanted to do or where they wanted to study so I had a brief chat with each of them and set them different tasks. By the end of the afternoon, everyone had narrowed down what they wanted to do and which universities could offer them what they wanted. All of these amazing young people have had offers for their chosen universities and I wish them a massive amount of success and fun at university; these were in addition to the 24 other personal statements I helped create this year as part of my day job!
My Step son started in college in September and having missed quite a bit of school this year due to COVID19, he was struggling to find his feet in relation to what was expected of him in terms of content, quality and layout of his work. After receiving some referrals for his work (criteria not achieved) we sat down and worked through a plan and an assignment layout that worked for him, and that would allow him to cover all of the criteria. Due to his hard work, and newly found organisation and planning skills he is routinely achieving merits and distinctions; I couldn't be more proud of him.
My eldest son is currently at Cardiff Met university studying psychology and my other son, although successful with his university applications for this year has decided to pursue a career in the RAF; so another two successful candidates, albeit with my mum hat on rather than my teacher one.
What are my aims
My job is the best job in the world and I am so passionate and committed to my role to help and support young people on their academic journey. I have taught level 1, 2 and 3 in Uniformed Public Services for over ten years, and this year I am really enjoying teaching our new offering of Criminology, Law and a HND in Criminal Justice. Combining my passion for criminology and my practical experience of policing allows me to create stronger and more engaging lessons for both my students and me.
Many students come to me void of any academic or organisation skills and often starting from scratch is the only option; often at the expense of the content from the main programme. I wondered if there was something or someone out there to help these sixteen plus students to give them a little extra support, but following research, the only tutors I could find were for primary and secondary subjects and a few for A levels but none for the vocational courses that are so popular; and becoming more so in the future with the introduction of T levels. So, here we are, I feel that I have what it takes to help young people from this forgotten demographic at what is crucially a massive cross roads in their lives and one that is often more of a struggle than learning to drive at 17 or turning into an adult at 18!