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Interview with Top Long Term Support Assistant 2013 - Helen Le Brun

It's National Supply Teacher Week! One of our amazing SEN Learning Support Assistants, Helen Le Brun, was nominated by our London SEN team as their Long Term Supply Worker of the Year. She has won a free massage/reflexology treatment and an evening of pampering on us. We asked her for some pearls of wisdom... 

What do you love about doing Supply Work?

I love supply work because it gives me the freedom I need. I love going into different areas and situations and meeting new people.

What do you like about the particular long-term role you have at the moment?

I'm not sure how to answer this question as I often find long term work quite hard. The good points are that you can relax because you know where you're going each day and have regular pay. What I find hard about it is that when you're doing long-term work you are normally in the same class and I find that I take on more than I should because I want to support the teacher and I end up staying later and taking home resources so they are ready for the following day.
What advice would you give other teachers and support workers who are looking  for a long term role?

I would say to other agency staff that if they want a long term role they must be prepared to be part of the team in the class they are working with as we are there not just to work with the children but the staff too! We also need to remember that we are representing Protocol Education and if we do a good job then the schools will continue to keep using our agency and giving us work.

How do you hear about Protocol Education and what do you like about us?

To tell you the truth I cannot remember where I heard about the agency but Protocol Education have been a god send to me! There have not been many occasions that they haven't found me something when I have been in need of work. I work with Buckingham Palace on the same kind of basis so it has been excellent working for Protocol Education in London. I cannot say how much I appreciate the help and the support of Chelmsford and the London branches.

Anyone you would like to thank...?

The people I really would like to thank are Clare Castleman and Natalie Domain who both have helped me so much over the years - both are based in Chelmsford with Claire being the Branch Manager. Also thanks to Greg in the London East office and Rob in the SEN team  for putting forward for the role I am in currently.

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