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Learners' stories

Maths really matters

Learner Peter Murphy worked as a labourer in the past and with life's twists and turns, he fell on hard times.

August 2019

You reap what you sow - gardening course for supported learners

Tutor Sue Hadingham uses a range of techniques to teach our Supported Learners about gardening in a fun and instructive manner.

January 2020

A book of international recipes written in French

Traditionally, people hate Monday mornings. I look forward to them. That is when I go to a French class at Esher Green Adult Learning Centre. Learning French is not easy. Lots of irregular verbs and it seems that thousands of objects were thrown into the air and, as each one fell, it was given a name and allocated a gender at random. Then there are hundreds of corresponding male and female adjectives. Not to mention a mediaeval method of counting.

November 2019

Can't find fashion to fit?

Surrey Adult Learning Tutor, Alex Pocknell, launches a new garment making course for women with a fuller figure. Classes will run at the Camberley and Woking Centres.

August 2019

Patchwork Success

Learner Hannah attends courses with Surrey Adult Learning on the Passport to Well Being programme. As a Learner on the Textile Craft course Hannah produced an extraordinary patchwork blanket with intricate detail, under the guidance of Tutor Lindsey Southworth and with the invaluable mentoring of Supported Learner Assistant Denize Aboe, who has motivated the class to reach their goals over the past four years.

August 2019

Rising to the Challenge of Hearing Loss

I recently asked a close friend, who is both blind and hard of hearing that if he had to have one disability, which would it be. “I would rather be without sight than without sound”, he replied without hesitation. “Being able to socialise is my lifeline. It also enables me to carry on with my interests”.

September 2019

Life model shares her experiences with Surrey Adult Learning

Beata is a professional life model and works with Surrey Adult Learning in all areas of modelling from life art, sculpture and photography. She is a subscribed member of The Register of Artists’ Models (RAM), which is an organisation for professional models in the industry.

September 2019

Italian Tutor cooks up delicious lesson for Learners

Surrey Adult Learning is proud to offer our Learners teaching excellence. It's the motivation and inspiration of our Tutors that helps make Surrey Adult Learning a unique and special learning experience.

August 2019

Family Learning helps Rosaria become a Teaching Assistant

Learner Rosaria Barone attended a Keeping Up with the Children Language with IT course at the New Monument Primary Academy in Woking last year.

November 2019

Ongoing success for Supported Learner Soufyan

After attending Treloars Residential School and College in Hampshire, Soufyan moved to Dorincourt a specialist residential group home in Leatherhead, Surrey. Three years ago Soufyan was able to realise one of his ambitions when he moved into his own bungalow where he lives with 1:1 support provided by his PA’s Debbie and Matt.

December 2019

Spanish success for Heather with Adult Learning

Heather Dillon has been a long standing Learner with Surrey Adult Learning and is a testimony to learning achievement and progression. A self motivated and determined linguist, Heather began learning Spanish in 2007 as an Entry Beginner Learner and today is amongst our highest achievers, with several qualifications in the language. Heather is currently studying Spanish at level 6+ at the Guildford Centre.

November 2019

Emma gains new skills at pottery workshop

Emma is on the autistic spectrum and has been attending SAL Supported Learning. She's been taking part in Pottery Enterprise – a new course giving learners the opportunity to run an enterprise activity by planning what they want to make, producing items, advertising them and then selling them to customers, with part of the proceeds being donated to charity.

October 2017