Meet Julie – our new Skills Impact tutor

My name is Julianne Blair and I am the newly appointed tutor for Surrey Community Action’s Impact project, which helps Gypsy, Roma and Traveller adults to improve their literacy and numeracy skills.

I have attained three degrees: one being a BA(Hons) in English another being a MA(Hons) English and Victorian Literature & Culture and my Post Grad Teaching certificate was attained through Surrey County Council’s long running teacher training scheme based in Guildford.

I went into teaching to help others, predominately those deemed disproportionately disadvantaged, post-16, young adults and enable them to firstly re-engage with their education. Secondly, to empower those under my care to take more control of their individual futures’ and to believe in themselves – enough to accept any new and unexpected opportunities that may arise because of all their hard work.

For me to achieve this, after attaining my teaching certificate, I was determined to gain as much experience as possible by teaching in as many differing teaching and learning environments, as I could. From mainstream secondary and SEN schools to Further Education and Higher Educational Colleges to working within Prisons and, all were local, or Surrey based institutions. However, from 2016, I started working as an independent (self-employed) home/school tutor for NEET and/or excluded young adults [aged predominately post-19 from a foster-care background, or ex-local authority care/foster-care. Many of the individuals have had very erratic, and little or no educational input because of personal or traumatic circumstances which were beyond their personal control. However now and excitedly, I am about to start my new challenge here at Surrey Community Action as a literacy tutor and I look forward to meeting and speaking with you all.

Find out more about the Skills Impact project