Students great, colleagues fairly decent, management are ridiculous
Learning Support Practitioner & English Booster (Former Employee) – Folkestone, Kent – 21 May 2018
For me personally, I could be anywhere. I started in the learning support centre, before moving to support in mainstream and finally bolstering GCSE subjects. I started off really loving my job and put myself for the college. Initially the LSP department was really strong and we really supported one another which managers and SLT really didn't like and would often find way to divide staff and this meant morale hit an all time low.
What I did not like about the college was managers were made managers because they were controllable, if SLT didn't think they could mould you, career progression was non existence. One particular manager could not manage and would always call on SLT to support them even when making enquiries, they just could not cope. Managers were usually people who have no experience and were the only ones to apply.
The college were constantly preaching about speaking up but when you do because it is important you are made to feel stupid and belittled. When I left I was asked for reasons why. Obviously not liking these answers I was threatened and HR bad mouthed me with each reference. Unjustified and full of lies.
The reason I did the job was for the students, I was very lucky to have some challenging situations that I worked hard to turn around and seeing them achieve their goals was amazing.
Students, colleagues in the department.