Back to School with Berivan: The Journey from Student to Teacher

23 October 2019

“I’m preparing to be independent, to work hard, to be successful, to be organised and to come to school every day.”

Calm, composed and professional, Berivan joins us on a Level Two Childcare course and is currently preparing for life after Further Education.

At the start of 2019, we interviewed a handful of students on their time at the college, asking the big questions about life, future and hard work. This is Berivan’s story.

Berivan joined City and Islington College at the recommendation of her family and friends to become a primary school teacher. She tells us that her ambition since secondary school was to end up in a teaching environment, giving something back to the community:
“No matter what, I’ll try my best.”

Berivan has a clear plan mapped out from her Level 2 Child Care qualification on the Holloway Road. From here, it’s only a small step up to a Level Three Child Care Diploma at the college, and then another up to university.

While you do not need a degree to become a primary school teacher, it is a recommended path for would-be educators looking to qualify. A number of programmes are available at undergraduate level, although degree into PCGE is still a fairly traditional route.

“I really enjoy the practical activities that we do, especially the placements in child care. I work in a nursery and really enjoy it. […] College is getting me ready for the next step [university], but is also giving me experience doing what I want to do. I can be sure that this is the career I want.

“I’m preparing to be independent,” she tells us. “The difference between secondary school and college is that at school they give more pressure, but at college you either do the work or you don’t. You learn that you are an adult and the responsibility is yours.

“That said, I feel the teachers have been really supportive. If I don’t understand the questions, the teachers help me; they show me the techniques and ideas that I need to know.

“The culture is different, too. There’s an after school homework club, a lot of catch-up sessions – the opportunities for feedback and support are there if you want them.”

Berivan goes on to talk about the different options that become available with a Child Care course. She says she did not realise the prospects opened up through the course:
“If you leave with Level 2 and Level 3 you can work in a nursery, as a primary school assistant… there’s lots of routes you can choose. It’s not just a primary school teacher. You could become a child minder, a nanny, open your own nursery. There are a lot of opportunities.

She rounds things off: “If I were to sum up my experience here in a word, it would be joyful. They really care here. They want me to be successful. I am going to go to university, which makes me happy and proud.

“I would tell anybody to look around before making a decision, but this is a good college. My friends and family recommended City and Islington College to me, but I have found out for myself that it’s a good place to be.”


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