Happy 10th Birthday, Edinburgh Blackhall!

February 07, 2014

Lise McCaffery, Curriculum Development Manager at Explore Learning

Next month, the Explore Learning tuition centre in Blackhall, Edinburgh will celebrate its 10th birthday. I remember going for my interview. I had graduated from Glasgow University with an MA (Hons) in French, Spanish and Portuguese. Over the course of my studies, I had been a teaching assistant at a secondary school in Barcelona for a year and also supported schools in disadvantaged areas of Glasgow in promoting further and higher education (GOALS) and loved it, so I knew I wanted to be involved in education.

When I saw the Explore Learning position advertised, it sounded perfect: a chance to work with children and gain management experience! But, wait, a computer-based learning facility that was based in a Sainsbury’s supermarket? My mind couldn’t picture it. Wouldn’t it be a dank place full of grey computers? Wouldn’t the children need to be dragged to do extra learning after school and at the weekend? With a sense of curiosity, I got the train to Edinburgh to find out…  I couldn’t believe my eyes when I arrived! Splashes of colours, kids with bright, beaming smiles, tutors high 5ing the children, parents chatting away to the staff. Instantly I knew this is the kind of place I want to work. I was based at the Blackhall centre for 5 wonderful years and another 5 in the Curriculum team in our Head Office. 10 years have flown by – happy birthday, Explore Learning, Blackhall!

High five with Edinburgh Blackhall tutor

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