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Full marks for teaching assistants

Created on 23/07/2013 @ 14:19

Local teaching assistants were among 15 from across the county that received a Foundation Degree from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

The flexible three-year course, entitled Inclusive Studies for Teaching Assistants, is delivered in evening sessions for groups across Powys.

The course is specifically designed for those seeking to gain a better understanding of working with children and young people.  The programme helps teaching assistants adjust to the changes made in schools and other educational settings.

Cllr Myfanwy Alexander, Powys Cabinet Member for Learning, said: “Congratulations to all who gained their higher education qualifications and I hope they can put them to good use in our local schools and communities.”

The qualification was awarded to: Emma Pryce (Ardwyn Nursery & Infants School, Welshpool); Helen Jones (Ladywell Green Nursery and Infants School, Newtown); Jane Kinsey Jones (Llanidloes Primary School); Heather Kelly (Maesyrhandir County Primary School, Newtown); Christopher Murphy (Llandrindod Wells C. in W. School, Trefonnen); Eleanor Pugh (Penygloddfa C.P. School, Newtown); Penny Thomas (Penygloddfa C.P. School, Newtown); Jane Ainscow (St. Michael's Church in Wales School, Kerry); Emily Dutton (Llandrindod Wells C. in W. School, Trefonnen); Jane Evans (Sennybridge County Primary School); Philip George (John Beddoes School, Presteigne); Clare Haslam (Llandrindod Wells C. in W. School, Trefonnen): Carolyn Havard (Sennybridge County Primary School); Ellen Jones (Ysgol Glantwymyn, Cemmaes Road); Emma Jones (Llandrindod Wells High School).

Any Powys-based teaching assistants interested in enrolling onto future foundation degree course can email Jean Williams on

PICTURE: The teaching assistants who completed their qualifications are pictured after their degree congregation at University of Wales Trinity Saint David's Carmarthen Campus last week.

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