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Kim Newby

Beacon of Light

Heading straight into work after college, Kim always thought a university education was out of reach. From an engineering career at Nissan, to working as a healthcare assistant in the NHS, it wasn’t until she finally landed a job with the Beacon of Light School in Sunderland in student support, that her outlook on education began to change.

I never had any teaching background, I was very much learning on the job.

However, after seeing so much good practice within the Beacon I knew I wanted to develop my role further and go down the academic route of teaching. I wanted to make sure I was up to standard for the students’ benefit.

I was never very confident in myself, especially standing at the front of a classroom, but my confidence has grown, due to the fact that my knowledge has developed, and I have such a better understanding of how to teach, and being able to articulate that knowledge to a range of learners is inspiring.”

Being able to earn an income while I study towards a Higher Apprenticeship has made such a difference, and something financially I never thought possible.

Published 12 April 2022

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