I have taught Corrie Smikle for five years on and off and have nominated Corrie for some recognition because he has made a 180-degree turn in his life and his future is amazing.
I met Corrie when he started in year 7, I even taught him core English, and can honestly say that during year seven and eight he was certainly challenging at times and he will admit it to your face any day. His spelling was very weak and his other literacy skills were lower than average for that key stage. During year 9, our paths crossed yet again and he became part of the LAND room dedicated to aiding students’ literacy skills before they start their GCSE studies. As part of that he also took part in one of the first sound training groups I ever taught. He was still a challenge but sound training did something, something amazing, the light bulb went on and he changed.
I didn’t see much of Corrie through year 10, but in year eleven he has popped up on my radar a few times.
How has he changed? This is how:
- He has become a director of a young enterprise company and gained recognition for a great job done
- He has become a brilliant and inspiring head boy for the school.
- He regularly pops his head when I am teaching Sound Training and will tell other students that this is important, their future could depend on it.
- He is always very smart, quite the businessman in the making.
- He now only talks of which university he is going to attend after sixth form (he is looking at London School of Economics!) and has asked for information on interning with companies like Deloitte.
- He wants to work in business in the future, probably in the city – and I think he will do it too.
- He had to make speeches at the beginning of this year at the open evenings to prospective parents and cited the six-week course that he did with me as changing his life, making him a better student and giving him a future. What can I say, it was probably one of the proudest moments of my life and made teaching worthwhile.
To complete his amazing success, he has already gained a B in English for his GCSE’s. He will tell you that Sound Training made a world of difference to him, but he will make a world of difference to everyone he touches in his future.
If ever you wanted to know what Sound Training could do, this is what, it makes lives, changes futures and can lead to untold futures that will change all our lives.
I know I sound biased regarding Corrie, but I have never in all the years I have worked in schools seen such a transformation in a young person and I truly believe that not only is Corrie’s future bright, but because of him, ours will be too.