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STUDENT

Cobie Orrell

Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Advanced Apprentice

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I’ve chosen this path as I feel it is important to find the potential within each child in education, especially those who may struggle or need extra support or guidance.

Q. As a Teaching and Learning Apprentice within an Early Years setting, what role do you play?

A. I am currently a teaching assistant in a mixed class of Year 1 and Year 2 pupils. I help them with work, phonics and, twice a week, I support staff outdoors at break time. Although I work in Year 1/2 I go swimming and to Forest School with the Reception Class and take Nursery children to the hall to assist them with their dinner. I also run an afterschool drama club for Key Stage 2 pupils (Year 3 onwards).

Q. Why have you chosen the Apprenticeship route as the first step in your career journey?

A. I chose a Themis Apprenticeship as I believe it is beneficial to train in the workplace and gain experience in your chosen sector. It sets you apart from others who may have lots of theoretical or academic knowledge but have not been able to get “hands on” in industry.

Q. Would you recommend an Apprenticeship to someone leaving school or College?

A. I would 100% recommend an Apprenticeship: there is a training programme to suit everyone, whatever your preferred industry. The experience you get from your time in the workplace is a huge benefit; you learn so much from meeting colleagues who have years of experience; you meet new people along the way and the training and support you get in the classroom gives you confidence, too.

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I’ve chosen this path as I feel it is important to find the potential within each child in education, especially those who may struggle or need extra support or guidance.

TRAINER

Lindsay Wilkinson

Trainer Assessor Childcare and Teaching

A passion for childcare and working with children drives Trainer Lindsay Wilkinson. A childcare practitioner for 10 years, Lindsay studied childcare at school and college and owned her own child-minding business. An experienced Themis Trainer, Lindsay gains great satisfaction from using her experience in this challenging sector to benefit Apprentices.

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EMPLOYER

St Leonard’s CE Primary School

St Leonard’s CE Primary School, Padiham, provides stimulating and secure nursery and educational provision for more than 300 children from the age of three to 11. Rated Good in its latest Ofsted report, staff are committed to a hands-on approach to learning and include practical activities, outside learning, visits to places of interest and a full schedule of visitors to share their experiences and knowledge with pupils.

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