“I achieved my lifelong dream job through learning”
Rose Probert, 41, helped care for her disabled brother from a young age. She dreamed of becoming a special needs teacher, but learning wasn’t a priority in her gypsy traveller community.
Rose worked as a cleaner while caring for her brother and bringing up her daughter. When she was employed as a Gypsy Support Officer at Pembroke School she took up the opportunity to restart her education and joined some adult courses.
Rose completed adult courses in English and Maths GCSEs, a Foundation Degree and a BA. In September 2017, Rose completed a postgraduate course in special needs, and plans to begin a Masters in mental health and wellbeing.
The importance of education
“Rose said: “Growing up with caring responsibilities in a traveller community made it difficult for me to achieve at school. As my daughter grew older I wanted her to see how important education is, so I enrolled on some adult courses.
“I thought I’d missed my chance to learn. Suddenly I realised there were lots of courses and opportunities open to me and my dream of working in special needs was still possible.
“Now I work at the same secondary school I attended. It’s in quite a socially deprived area with a high number of children with special educational needs. I’m in charge of a class of 70 pupils, teaching between six and 12 at any one time.
Making a difference
“The work is everything I hoped it would be. I know I’m doing something which makes a difference to the lives of other people.
“I can’t wait to start my Masters in Mental Health and Wellbeing in September, it’s a subject I’m really interested in and passionate about.
“Taking up the opportunity to join some adult courses gave me the drive to carry on, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.”
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