Return to Learning

Louise Draper

2018 Highly Commended

Louise left school with no qualifications. Having started her family at 17, she went back to education to help her children with homework, but quickly found that learning could lead to more benefits.

Louise admitted that she had no real knowledge of English or maths – she struggled to do more than sign her name at the Job Centre and count her change in the shops.

She enrolled with Lancashire Adult Learning at Highfield Children’s Centre in Chorley. She started at Entry Level 3 in English and maths and progressed quickly to Level 1 and Level 2.

Initially Louise had low self-esteem in class but took it up on herself to promote a positive environment and encourage her classmates to speak up and ask questions.

Louise’s ambition is to be a nurse. Armed with confidence she started to apply for jobs and within a week she was working as a care assistant at a local nursing care home. More recently she started a Level 2 NVQ in Health and Social Care.

Phil Carter, Louise’s maths teacher said: “I have never had a learner with such low confidence in herself, but be so willing to help others.”

Louise said “Attending classes has given me a massive confidence boost. The bond with my eldest daughter is stronger than ever before as she knows that I am now able to support her.”