CACHE learner sets sights on becoming a Primary School Teacher

Ikra Akhtar, Level 3 Childcare and Education learner at City of Bristol College sets her sights on becoming a Primary School Teacher.

Big aspirations

A determined and admirable learner, Ikra has aspirations to work with children in a primary setting, despite facing considerable challenges along the way. With a range of physical and learning needs, Ikra has encountered many challenges with her motor skills, affecting her writing skills and physical comfort in the classroom. English not being Ikra’s first language is an additional struggle. However, she never lets this get in her way and her learner journey impressively shows this.

Arriving at City of Bristol College with D-G grades at GCSE, Ikra started a Level 1 Childcare qualification whilst re-taking English and maths. From here she has progressed to a Level 2 qualification in Childcare and then Level 2 in Health and Social Care, to allow her to pursue her goal and secure a place on the Level 3 Technical Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator).

Enjoying the learner journey

Jenna Cairns, Head of Department – Health, Science and Social Care Professions at City of Bristol College, commented: “Ikra shows ongoing positivity in relation to the learner journey and this is evident through the amount of effort and determination she applies in all she does. She is an inspiration to others and recently won two awards at our college award ceremony, for effort and determination and the 2019 Principal Award.

“It is great for Ikra’s hard work to be recognised and we know that her efforts will continue in the hope of pursuing her goals. We will continue to work with Ikra to get her to university to study Primary Teaching.”

Ikra said: “Studying the Level 3 Technical Diploma is allowing me to gain the practical skills and knowledge that I will need for the future. Placement is providing me with a range of experiences to show how to best support child development and I know this qualification will allow me to achieve my future aspiration of working in a primary school.”

Workforce ready

Jenna added: “The range of CACHE qualifications offered ensures that our organisation is responsive to the needs within the current workforce and enable upskilling to support progression. The CACHE qualifications we offer have seen past learners progressing onto employment, moving up the career ladder or moving on to higher level learning at Higher Education Institutes or Universities. On completion of the Level 3 Technical Diploma in Childcare and Education, one learner set up her own business offering childcare and education within her community. The nursery is extremely popular and has been recognised as good by Ofsted.

“Delivery staff enjoy the range of assessment practice and the flexibility of the course structure. The layout of the specification makes it easy to plan a range of sessions relevant to the learners and also embed stretch and challenge opportunities. The criteria is focused on knowledge as well as supporting learners to develop the employability skills needed to enter the workforce. We switched to CACHE as we wished to bring back some creativity in the qualification, in particular the assessment practice.”


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