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Meet our Functional Skills Tutor, Emily Liney!

What courses do you teach?

Functional Skills maths and English currently but have also taught Childcare, the traineeship programme and a variety of business qualifications.

Why did you want to become a Tutor?

To be the Teacher I needed when I was in education and support with the creation of the next generation of inspirational teachers who support and understand rather than just assume or dismiss. I left school myself with five GCSEs of which only two were at grade C and above, I wanted to prove to my previous teachers that in the right environment and with the right support I could thrive and achieve whatever I put my mind to. I was laughed at when I told the careers team my aspirations and told to considerably lower them. I am proud to say now I have exceeded those aspirations both academically and professionally.

What's your favourite thing about being a Tutor?

Seeing the growth in each student and getting to celebrate with the learner each of their achievements no matter how big or small!

What do you find most challenging about teaching these courses?

Saying goodbye to learners when they pass their Functional Skills! Functional Skills can be a really challenging area for some learners and something when we first meet they do not believe they can achieve so seeing them pass will always be bittersweet!

What do you most enjoy teaching your learners about?

The importance of maths and English in day to day life and how easy it is to use the content in day to day activities such as planning to redecorate or manage money better. My favourite taught session will always be reviewing the exam system together in readiness of sitting a mock paper as it really is a fantastic consolidation of just how far that learner has come in the short time we have been working together.

What do you like to get up to when you're not teaching?

I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and animals, which often try and feature on calls! We are currently renovating our first home so at times is like living on a building site but lots of fun making the house our own whilst preparing for our babies arrival!

And finally, you're stuck on a desert island and can only bring one film, one meal and one person with you....?

Oooh this is a hard one! Can I swap the one person for my two cats and dog? One meal would have to be a salmon fillet served with new potatoes and hollandaise and the film would have to be Elvis <3


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