Charity begins at school for Abdullah

People become teachers because they want to make a difference to the lives of young people – but it’s a career route which can transform a teacher’s life too.

Just ask 39-year-old Abdullah Ibrahim, from Telford, who used to work in a charity shop, was often called on as a babysitter, and realised he would really enjoy working with children.

So he took the plunge, and signed up for a level three Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools course with Telford College.

He hasn’t looked back. Last summer Abdullah began a placement at Hadley Learning Community, working as a teaching assistant with year eight, nine and ten students.

He has since been given a permanent teaching assistant position at the school, and is working there four days a week, combining it with his ongoing college studies.

Abdullah, a former Sutherland School student, said: “I’m a real people person and really enjoy interacting with my fellow students and teaching staff – they’ve all been really encouraging.

“I love being able to help my students grow academically, and teach them that everybody has a different skill set that can flourish in different environments. It’s important to help young people to bring those skills out.”

Abdullah’s tutor Rachel Edwards is now encouraging him to progress his teaching career further with a Foundation Degree, which he says he is certainly going to consider. 

Rachel said: “Abdullah has been inspiring in the classroom, and he is using ideas from the taught college sessions within his own school setting.

“I really hope he completes his degree and challenges himself further to become the amazing teacher he could potentially be.”

Telford College offers a range of Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools courses, which are available to learners who are interested in working within a school.

It is particularly aimed at people considering a role as a teaching assistant, classroom assistant, or learning support assistant – with opportunities to progress to more senior positions.


Our level two and three courses in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools give you the tools you need to work in a variety of settings: primary schools, secondary schools and colleges.

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