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Codey Learns Apprentice -The search begins

9 Jun

So I woke up quite excited today. I am starting the search for the first apprentice for Codey Learns Ltd today. Getting all of the paperwork together and finally getting things moving. Do you know what is the best part, it is knowing that this is going to help another young person begin life or move their life in the direction of their dreams. You see, when I teach, I always tell my students that their success is down to their hard work. I merely steer the ship if it veers off course. This is another case of exactly that, it will be steering a little more of an experienced ship to its next destination . My passion is in helping the young to make the most out of this fabulous life, there is enough room for everyone to take a big old chunk. They just have to want it. This is why I know that the first attribute that applicants must have is drive or vision…. This was nearly lost with me as a teen. 

Let me take you back to a time when I was in Year 9. It is such a pivotal day that I will always remember it. That morning I woke up deciding that life would end on that day. So I got all that I ‘needed’ to bring it to an end, went into school early as usual. It was sunny but a little chilly that early in the morning. I recall pulling up my blazer collars whilst sitting in the playground thinking. I looked around at the tall buildings and the silence and felt absolutely happy with what would come next. With hindsight I know that that wasn’t happiness, that was just wanting peace. And then some of the reasons for my sadness came tearing through the silence like a pack of rabid dogs. They were gathering around, pulling my clothes, up in my face snarling horrid comments. I got up and went inside to registration, no, my first decision this morning was the right one.

I sat in registration, answered my name and didn’t say much more. After registration, as everyone went off to lessons, I could think of nothing worse, so I picked up my ‘kit’ and headed for the door. As I walked down the almost clinical corridors to walk out, I almost smiled. But then came the voice that changed by direction, not only literally but forever! ‘Where do you think you’re going’ the voice sounded so large, so loud, so powerful but Miss Carabin was actually tiny. She stood there with her shaved head, partly dyed red, what we termed hippy clothes, pink cheeks and a half knowing smile. She led me back in and spoke gently as she coaxed everything out of me. That day I was moved out of the class with the rabid dogs, things began to get brighter. In fact, im so lucky to be able to have changed my life through education and having a big heart.imageThere was other stuff but as far as the educational parts went, my life restarted. There is something more about those rabid dogs, I saw one again a few years ago, just in passing, it is an amusing story but if you don’t mind I will save it for another time..

After that, you will excuse my excitement and real gratification for being in this position today. My mom might have been grieving if Miss Carabin had not come along but instead today she is an ever proud mom and grandmom. I know that I have been given life for a reason. Everyone has a story that no one knows about. I am grateful to be able to offer a hand to someone else to take that step in the right direction. I’m excited to be able to contribute in this way because this will be the first of many.

As the process begins, I tell you hand on heart, I appreciate every hand that was ever put out to me. Now I am putting mine out too. It’s so hard for young people today to spot the opportunities and see clearly how they can benefit. Miss Carabin, my grandad and Aunt Ita (RIP) are perhaps my greatest influences and who I learned the most from but believe me, if I started this list of my influencers, it would be huge!

I will let you know what happens as the applications start coming in.
Have a great day and a great week 😀

Changing Faces

6 May

Over the last few days my mind has been quite squarely on how as a society, we do not spend the time to actually look at each other as we interact. Okay yes, it’s great that technology speeds everything up and more can be done through a computer or smart phone but I honestly believe that so much is being missed because of this. It became even clearer in an English lesson I was teaching, these kids have their exams approaching rapidly and are quite stressed. I asked a young lady to read out her answer to a question and she refused. Now I always have confidence in my students so I took her book and started to read it out. She was so upset and stood up and shouted ‘I said no! ‘ . This was new to me because we don’t have those reactions in my classroom as a norm. I asked her to step outside.

This request was not to tell her off but in that moment, when she shouted, I caught a look in her eyes and she was scared. When I took her outside of the room, I spoke to her of the need for her to have confidence in herself. It’s so important, if she has no confidence then she would struggle to get her answers down. She said she knows but was afraid of everyone laughing at her, I gave her a hug and reassured her that that would not happen because she showed courage in writing an answer. There were people in the room who had not even done that. By the end of that few minutes, it became more apparent that somehow, somewhere the emotional needs of this child had been ignored. She came back though, I even got a smile before the end of the lesson.

Perhaps there is a message in education because Anti Bullying Campaigns and policies only seem to scratch the surface of the problem. To a large extent, reporting has gotten in the way of actually getting to know students personalities, looking in their faces, helping them recognise their strengths and being proud of what they can do. That little bit of extra confidence and positivity can work wonders in their outcomes. In reality too, this will be one more adult ultimately walking tall, confident, smiling, spreading love and spreading the message to future generations that they can do anything if they do it with love and confidence.

I think that this will be my opening message in the upcoming GCSE Revision Day. Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen. Feel happy and enjoy the ride because you have it within you to achieve anything, one of the central themes of Codey Learns (www.codey-learns.co.uk). I love what we do so much. I really feel like there is nothing better than those faces on results day.

But when I think about that student this week and the tears in her eyes, I know that I will always work towards drying those tears wherever they appear. Happiness will lead to success and everyone deserves this. Everyone has a battle that we may not know about, a smile will take them one step towards winning.

See you next week 😀image

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