Posted on: Monday 27 January 2020
Numeracy and GCSE maths tutor Mary Murray from Ponthir, who says it is her job to undo people’s bad experiences of learning is one of six tutors in Wales to receive the prestigious Inspire Tutor Award in 2019.
Run by the Learning and Work Institute with support from Welsh Government, the Inspire Awards celebrate the achievements of exceptional tutors and mentors across Wales.
The award recognises tutors who have shown outstanding passion and commitment to encourage, support and teach other adult learners to pursue their goals and transform their lives.
Mary started with Torfaen Adult Community Learning firstly as a volunteer and went on to become a tutor. Mary has now been with the service 15 years!
Hundreds of learners have achieved qualifications thanks to Mary, with some moving onto higher education and others going on to become teachers themselves.
Mary said, 'So many people have had bad experiences, it’s my job to undo this. I use my own learning path to encourage them to join classes'.
'My mission is to show learners that maths can be fun and not the scary subject they thought it was at school. Not only will it keep their minds active, but it will provide social interaction. For parents and grandparents, it’s a great way of keeping up with their children and often leads learners to think more about their careers.'
Torfaen Executive Member for Economy, Skills & Regeneration, Cllr Richard Clark said, 'Mary’s commitment to supporting and guiding learners who did not have the opportunity to learn earlier in their lives is fantastic.'
'We are all very proud of Mary’s achievements and delighted to see her receive much-deserved recognition on the national stage'
'From the whole of Torfaen County Borough Council – well done and congratulations Mary, you thoroughly deserve this award.'
If you are interested in joining one of Mary’s maths classes or are looking to become a tutor yourself, then please contact the Adult Community Learning team on 01633 647647.
Watch the video