Ms C. James (Cover Supervisor)
joined Yardleys in 2005 as a Teaching Assistant. It was very daunting as I was
young and was used to working with younger children. However, staff at Yardleys
soon welcomed me and helped me gain the confidence and strength I have now to
successfully fulfil my job role. Over the years I have been given many
opportunities to enhance my professional development.
I successfully secured a
job as a Cover Supervisor which allows me not only to improve my teaching
abilities but also build relationships with pupils across all year groups.
Moreover, I have been an Assistant Head of House, which gave me the chance to
support with PSHE, attendance and behaviour. More recently, my passion has been
to help pupils’ mental health and wellbeing and I am currently studying for a
BA Honours Degree in ‘Childhood and Youth Studies’.
Alongside covering lessons
and studying, I run wellbeing sessions every week with pupils who may be
struggling with anxiety or their emotions. We discuss emotions and why we may
feel certain ways. We also discuss strategies to help cope with our emotions.
Because after all, educating pupils on mental and physical health will help
them succeed at school and in the future.