Michelle Harrop


Student Michelle Harrop

Why did you decide to apply for the PDA Education Support Assistant course?

I’ve been a learning support worker for several years now, but I didn’t have a relevant qualification for my job. I’ve wanted to do the PDA Education Support Assistant course for a while to progress my professional development, but was unable to because of time constraints. When COVID lockdown started, then I finally had the time to commit to this course, and I’m so glad I did!

Can you tell us what you have enjoyed most about studying at Shetland UHI?

There are so many aspects that I’ve enjoyed about studying at Shetland UHI. Though the course has been online due to COVID restrictions, it still worked very well. We’re back in the classroom now, which is fantastic. Most of the students in the class work at different schools, and it’s great to be able to compare our practices and share our ideas. It’s very welcoming and fun!

What advice would you give someone who was interested in studying the course?

I would advise anyone to go for it! There is so much to learn, and it’s a great course which is also recognised by the SSSC, and can open the doors to further education if you want. Definitely get in touch with the class lecturer if you are interested to learn more. He’s so helpful if you have questions or need help with anything.

How has the course impacted your professional role?

This course has much improved my knowledge and understanding of child development, child behaviour, additional support needs, language, literacy & numeracy, play, theory, professional and reflective practice, legislation and policies. I’ve learnt so much and it’s has been fantastic for my confidence, developing my professional role as a learning support worker and working with other professionals within the school.