Happy 10th Birthday, Edinburgh Blackhall!

February 07, 2014

Lise McCaffery, Curriculum Development Manager at Explore Learning

Next month, the Explore Learning 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 has flown by – happy birthday, Explore Learning, Blackhall!


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