Profile picture of Shelly Johnson.

Progress Tutor at a Sixth Form College

Leeds Trinity has awoken a thirst for learning, and I’m keen to continue my learning journey here.

Returning to education

I chose to study at Leeds Trinity after hearing from other students about their experiences here. I am a mature student and was anxious about studying for a degree so hearing what I did, I felt reassured that this would be the most suitable university for me to re-engage with studying.  

I’ve found that juggling studying, work and home life can be tricky, however I’m lucky to have endless support and understanding from family, work and tutors. Combined with some good organisation and motivation, it is achievable.

Shelly Johnson nr office.

How my time at Leeds Trinity has helped my career

My career has developed as I’ve progressed in my studies. When I started the Foundation degree I was an administrator in a secondary school. I then became a Progress Tutor at a sixth form college as I was completing my BA in Professional Practice: Education Studies.

I have recently been promoted to Progress Tutor SEND Student Support Lead, which is attributable to my current MA studies, with the knowledge and skills I am acquiring in the field of children and young people’s mental health.

My progression has not only been down to my academic achievements, but it was also the expert knowledge and confidence I gained in my specialist area, along with the continuous encouragement and support I received from my tutors.

My experiences of the MA Mental Health in Children and Young People so far

My experiences have been extremely positive so far. I’ve met some fantastic people; a mixture of mature students like myself who work in similar contexts, to younger graduates of different fields.

The mix is great as it offers an interesting collaboration of views and experience in topical debates. My tutors are fantastic, their depth of knowledge is aspirational, whilst being extremely approachable and supportive throughout. 

Shelly Johnson graduation.

Support throughout my degrees

The support I have received throughout my learning journey has been immense, not only from tutors but from peers who have become very good friends. In my role at the sixth form college, I support my students with their own UCAS applications and I’m proud to have recommended Leeds Trinity to lots of my cohorts - it’s lovely to see them around campus!  

What’s next?

I have another year to complete my MA, and afterwards I’m considering studying the NASENCo or perhaps undertaking a PhD.... Leeds Trinity has awoken a thirst for learning, and I’m keen to continue my learning journey (at Leeds Trinity of course!) 


Our Foundation and Professional Practice degrees

If you already work with children, young people and families and are looking to gain a higher education qualification, our work-based learning degrees offer an alternative route to studying for a degree. Visit Foundation and Professional Practice degrees for more information.