Sarah Philips with Principal Suzanne Duncan

Caring Mother Awarded For Hard Work

Sat, 2002-04-27 01:00

A college student has been awarded for her hard work on her course which she decided to join after caring for her daughter who has Down syndrome.

Childcare student Sarah Phillips, 29, from South Hetton, has been selected for an East Durham College Student of the Month award for May in recognition of her hard work on the course and whilst out on work placement.

Sarah, mother of two, decided to enrol on a course following the experience and skills she developed whilst caring for her four-year-old daughter Scarlett.

She has been studying part time at the College’s Peterlee Campus on the Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning course and recently completed a highly successful placement at Glendene Arts Academy in Easington, a school that caters for pupils with a wide range of learning difficulties.

And Sarah has impressed staff with her work at the College and also on her placement which has included her communicating to students in a range of sign language.

Sarah, who attended the awards with proud husband Stuart, said: “It was a real honour to pick up this award.

“I have worked really hard on the course and I love the work I have been doing here at the College.

“I also love being on placement at Glendene and it has taught me a lot, It is great for me to pick up this award for doing something I really enjoy doing so much.”

Lecturer Clare Schonewald praised Sarah for her fantastic enthusiasm for the course as well as the hard work she has put in both in her work at College and out on her school placement.

Clare said: “Sarah is an excellent student who is an enthusiastic and proactive learner.

“As part of her course she is required to complete a placement in a school. She has completed her placement in a school supporting children with a range of special educational needs.

“Her communication skills in placement are excellent with her using a range of sign language including Makaton, she uses these effectively and to enhance children’s learning.

“During her observations it has been apparent that Sarah is a very talented student who has a natural ability to work with children with complex needs. She has an excellent knowledge base and applies this to all aspects of her work.

Her placement report was excellent and really reinforced how Sarah’s time at Glendene impacted on the setting with positive comments about her work with both the children and the staff.”