Janice Turner, Lynn Frost, Tracey Burt and Freya Billett are the latest students and Apprentices from Richard Huish College to be given the title ‘Huish Heroes’. They have each been supporting the staff of local schools throughout the Covid-19 outbreak and despite the challenging circumstances have continued studying for their qualifications.

Here they share some of their experiences;

Lynn Frost, Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprentice, based at Chilthorne Domer Church School.

“I have been working in my primary school which has been opened to key worker children during the Covid 19 outbreak. It has been a challenging time and it has been very different to how we normally interact with the children, but we have tried to make it a pleasant experience for the children and I’m sure they have enjoyed themselves with lots of outdoor play, gardening, craft making and art”.

Tracey Burt, Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprentice, based at Chilthorne Domer Church School.

“During my week in school as a key worker, we were looking at the upcoming VE day celebrations and the children made work for a display in our school hall. They created pictures on the theme of Britain in The Blitz, designed their own bravery medals and planted some peas to tie in with Dig for Victory. Parents and children of the school sent in pompoms they had made at home to create a display with. We used these for a display in our front playground so they could be seen as you pass by the school. We worked with the children to create a rain cloud with rain droplets and a rainbow to show support for the NHS. This was to reflect our current situation and how things will get better”.

Freya Billett, Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprentice, based at Selworthy School (a specialist centre for children and young people with learning disabilities aged 4-19 years).

“To ensure we support and get it right for our learners who are accessing the learning environment during this time, we still actively implement a routine, such as accessing Wake and Shake in the morning and the outdoor environment afterwards. This routine is significant as it will help our children and young people to transition back into their school. In addition, we also implement motivating and fun activities such as cooking, swimming and forest school every week. I am surrounded by a supportive team and we have gone above and beyond in ensuring learning activities are implemented whilst remaining safe and happy in everything we do! I feel so grateful to still being going into work and helping children and young people to still be creative and practice skills to remain independent throughout this time!”

Tutor Katy Walker shared; “Both Lynn and Tracey are experienced TAs who are extremely professional in their roles. They are both vital members of their staff team whom can always be relied upon. Lynn and Tracey have previously completed the Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning qualification with us at Richard Huish College, they are also very competent learners on the Level 3 course offering advice and support to others. Thank you for all your knowledgeable contributions and the work you have continued to do to support children in your keyworker roles.”

“Freya is a delight, a real credit to Richard Huish College. She works very hard, remains constant in her practice and in her commitment to her Diploma. In school, she keeps the learners at the heart of all she does, remains interested and keen at all times and is able to adapt when necessary. She has recently received a glowing review report from both her employer and Apprenticeship mentor. She is a star student who is always up to date and motivated to learn, well done Freya! You will certainly have a bright and successful career ahead of you, one that we will support you with.”

Janice Turner, who works at Chilthorne Domer Church School with Lynn and Tracey, is working towards her Level 2 in Supporting Teaching and Learning at Huish. Commenting on her work Tutor, Jo Patten added; “Janice has been continuing to make excellent progress with her Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning, by accessing the online Microsoft Teams teaching sessions and having regular telephone catch ups with her Tutor. Janice will be returning to school this week along with her colleagues to support the Reception class in their transition back to school”.

Well done, Lynn, Tracey, Janice and Freya, and everyone at Chilthorne Domer Church School and Selworthy School, in keeping spirits high during this difficult time. Below is a short film featuring the staff of Chilthorne Domer and our Apprentices doing just that!