Case Study: Harry Byrne

Harry Byrne – Given a Sporting Chance

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When Harry attended his interview with Wimborne Junior School, hopeful of gaining a place on the Youthforce Teaching Assistant Apprentice programme, he took with him a passion for sport and a desire to bring this to children at the school.

“At interview I said I would go above and beyond to support children at the school. I particularly made a commitment to deliver sports programmes, both in and out of school time” reflects Harry. “I even said I’d volunteer after school if they gave me a chance!”

And Harry made good on his promises. Harry’s contribution to learning at the school has been impressive. Since his start on the apprenticeship Harry has supported the teaching and learning in class, run after school clubs and taken part in a number of off-site trips to enhance children’s experience.

His impact has led to the school saving funds by delivering sports in-house, saving money on out-sourcing of provision. Harry’s hard work has also been recognised by the school who value his contribution. Recently he’s been offered a permanent contract at the school from next year giving him a great opportunity to develop his career aspirations to be a teacher.  

 “Harry has stepped up to deliver a range of programmes for the school and the children absolutely adore their time with him” says Tracy Hext, Inclusion Manager at Wimborne Juniors. “Harry has brought all the energy and drive we were hoping for to our school and he is a valued member of the team.”

Backing up this experience is a suite of training delivered by Youthforce, which he attends throughout his apprenticeship. “Harry is all we expect from a Youthforce apprentice” says Holly Saunders, Youthforce Tutor. “Harry has a passion for teaching and we’re supporting him with vocational training to aid him in his career aspirations, and he’s thriving!”

This experience has enabled Harry to step up to the next level. Harry has recently made an application to university to undertake Teacher Training alongside his work at Wimborne Juniors. No doubt he will continue to make a huge difference to children’s education in years to come.