My name is Ifrah Abib and I’m a primary school teacher, who works in a local primary school. I’m a volunteer at Aqoon. I’ve been volunteering at Aqoon for the past 10 years.

Initially, I heard of Aqoon from the community and they have helped me kick-start my career working in education. I did not know where to start and needed some experience working in schools and this is when Mr Tarah arranged some volunteer work for me at Taylor road school. I read to the children there and listened to them read too for a few hours a week.  After that, he informed me of a learning support assistant vacancy at Shenton primary, which I applied for and worked at for 2 years. This enabled me to gain more experience. During that time, I also volunteered for Aqoon at the Coleman primary school complementary classes every Saturday. The following year, I started the PGCE primary at Leicester University and became a qualified teacher. I continued to volunteer at the Coleman primary complementary classes but this time I was teaching the year 6 children to prepare for their SATs. Recently, I’ve volunteered teaching the year 5 Saturday complementary classes and I’ve also started training other volunteers at Aqoon.

Furthermore, Aqoon has supported me start my new journey in developing my career towards the SEND route, as they have provided training session to help me with that. I’ve attended the Emotion Training programme linked with the SEND team. I am grateful and appreciate all the support I’ve received from Aqoon and I couldn’t have done it without them. Thank you very much!

The support I’ve received from Aqoon has been tremendous and it has made a huge difference to my career development, as every milestone I’ve achieved has been with your support and guidance. Thank you.

Mrs Farah – Primary Teacher

Two years after graduating, I felt I needed a career change but did not know where to start. Aqoon provided personalised CPD opportunities and a complete mentoring program. The courses supported my development, and they even arranged for a voluntary school placement for me. Following my training with Aqoon, I started to work as a SEND  teaching assistant. I have progressed to do my Initial Teacher Training and have successfully achieved QTS.

Throughout my work with Aqoon, I have seen the value of community togetherness and the importance of supporting children and young people into training and education. Aqoon goes above and beyond to help SEND pupils, and their families access the curriculum and the various educational and pastoral services.