"Thank you for what you have done for me in the last year, wish I could stop in your group for another year" - Zoanne
About Diane & Abel SEN
Background, Education & Qualifications
I am a fully qualified teacher in F.E. and hold a degree in Education, with several years experience teaching in Further Education on a range of different courses. I have gained valuable experience of working with students with disabilities and general learning difficulties including mobility difficulties, deaf, blind and behavioural difficulties including ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome Down’s Syndrome and Autism.

I have experience of teaching ‘Introduction to Working Life, Health and Social Care’, ‘Working in the Community and Personal Care’, careers development through the OCR Job Seeking Skills Certificate and OCR Preparation for Employment, alongside Health and Safety and Independent living skills.

Being a pastoral care tutor with a group of 16-19 year old students gave me an opportunity to develop and build relationships with my students outside of the teaching environment and enabled me to support students through difficult situations. I have experience of teaching literacy at Entry level, Level 1 and Level 2 Key Skills. I have taught NVQ Catering, Child Care, Health and Social Care, bricklaying and have worked with year 11 school students. In addition, I have experience of working in a range of community settings alongside both adults and younger students and have been able to successfully transfer skills between the age groups.

Previous Employers & Special Needs Experience
I developed my own course in September 2006, which involved co-ordination of the City and Guilds 3797 Preparation for Employment Certificate. The course aimed to recognise small steps of learning and the acquisition of skills which will equip learners to progress to other qualifications and employment. The course ultimately works towards the Level 1 Certificate in Preparing for Employment (3797) and provided a broad preparation for working life. This course has been prepared particularly for recognising achievement in areas of personal skills and development, which are fundamental in work and life in general. The certificate aims to enable learners to deal effectively with the demands of society, culture and the world of work. It develops skills, confidence and the awareness of the learners’ own rights and responsibilities, and those of other people.

I also developed a business enterprise to run alongside this course, which the learners have taken ownership of. It enabled them to gain an insight into the running of a small business in which they are responsible for the day to day running, controlling the accounts, marketing and sales. In one year we raised almost £3,000 which was donated to a homeless hostel in London. The course proved immensely successful. I have worked alongside outside agencies including housing associations, Sure Start, Connexions, Social Services and P4P support workers, who cater for disengaged learners and young people who are not quite ready to return to a formal educational setting.

In September 2007 I was offered a position as an E2E tutor for DISC at Newton Aycliffe. In this role I was responsible for overseeing the completion of the City and Guilds 3707 Preparation for Employment Level One portfolios. I taught the Year 10’s and 11’s from a local school in Durham and submitted their completed portfolios for certification. This gave me a good knowledge of working with offenders or ex-offenders, as many of the young people were, and also organised residential visits for the E2E learners as part of their life skills qualification. I left DISC in 2009 as I moved to Yorkshire, working for Harrogate College teaching literacy to various groups of Foundation Studies learners, and more recently Joseph Priestley College in Leeds. This position involved working with LDD learners, ranging from pre-entry to Level 1/2.
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