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A GROUP of successful students from a college in Portsmouth are looking forward to starting work as teaching or special needs assistants across the region.

The 10 women have completed level two and three qualifications at Highbury College which gives them the skills they need to assist teachers in the classroom.

Pippa Hardy, 41, said: ‘I enjoyed the course and I’ve now got a job at Purbrook Infants School.’

Gerry McManus, 39, who now has a permanent job at Northern Parade Infants in Hilsea, said: ‘I’ve made good friends and have thoroughly looked forward to each session, learning with like-minded people. Our tutor Sarah Haynes is great!’

Tess Cole, head of Highbury’s community college, set up in 2006 to support adult learners, said: ‘More and more teaching assistants are looking to gain a qualification in recognition of the excellent work they do in the classroom and the supporting teaching and learning programme is the most suitable qualification for them.’

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