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GCSE Award Ceremony 2016 - Rachael's story

Spring60 - GCSE Awards - 2Learner Rachael Targett was a guest at the Surrey Adult Learning (SAL) GCSE Awards Ceremony, held at the Woking Centre on the 25 November 2016. She is a busy mum and is a qualified nanny who also worked in the probation service.

Rachael picked up a leaflet promoting SAL and in particular information about GCSE qualifications. She was curious to learn more, so she looked up SAL online, and then gave the Customer Service Team a call.

Rachael attended an information, advice and guidance session and was successful in gaining a place on a free government funded SAL GCSE Maths course, at the Camberley Centre, led by Tutor Nicky McLean.

Rachael shared her anxieties about returning to learning after so long. “I had sleepless nights! I felt terrified. My school life wasn’t great and I was desperate to make up for that.”

Rachael described her class as being quite small and intimate, with people from all backgrounds and diverse cultures. She really enjoyed the social aspect of the class and the feeling the “everyone was in the same boat”.

Rachel benefitted from the fact that her Tutor, Nicky, was so experienced and the lessons were carefully planned to fit the Learners' needs. Nicky encouraged a lot of sharing with peer feedback and, in fact, Rachael found herself having fun.

When asked how she feels today, she responded, “this qualification makes me feel better about myself, I can even help my teenage daughter with her Maths homework and we are closer for it. I feel a real sense of achievement and my self confidence is boosted. I would recommend Surrey Adult Learning to anyone, especially, as if you qualify, the GCSE accredited course is free – run by the government to help people.”

Rachael is now exploring new opportunities, including further University courses and possibly a career change.

Rachael concluded by saying “anything is possible.”

We would like to wish Rachael all the best for the future.