Our staff profiles are dedicated to introducing you to some amazing colleagues who are committed to providing the best learning opportunities for our pupils. Recently we had the opportunity to have a conversation with Alex Maggs, who works as the social, emotional, and mental health assistant at Wellsway School.
Who inspires you?
I have an amazing friend who told me a while ago to be the change I want to see. It really inspires me to be proactive and empathetic. That phrase is my constant aim, to bring around the positive changes I want to see.
What three items would you take with you to a deserted island?
A tent, my foraging book and my pile of unfinished craft projects.
Why did you decide to work in education?
I have always been really passionate about systemic wellbeing and wanted a role where I could reach people who needed help most. Working in education means getting to interact with people who need help but are also keen to learn new wellbeing skills.
What does a typical day look like?
I’m not sure I have a typical day! I do some one-to-one work with students, usually fitted around what would be most useful to them at the time. I also work in our response office, helping any students who drop in with concerns. It’s always very flexible to respond to what the students need.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I love that it’s never boring. I get to do a huge mixture of things and really connect with students who need support. I always feel so excited when I see students doing well and achieving their personal goals, all the little things other people might not notice, like going to assembly for the first time.
What’s the most challenging part of your role?
The most challenging part is holding space for students to sit with the big things we have no control over. It can be both challenging and heart-breaking to sit alongside them as they process big issues like inequality, money worries and global news.
What’s your proudest professional achievement in your role?
This is my first job since I completed my degree, which feels like an achievement in itself. The biggest achievements are when I make suggestions for students that they find really helpful. I like bridging the gap between them and other staff by finding ways to communicate their needs and compromise. It’s a delicate balance, and it always feels good when you’re trusted to get that done.
What’s your most-used productivity hack?
I would not get anything done without my bullet journal. I make lists and timetables that are pleasing to look at and tick each thing off when it’s done. It feels like a nice reward to have a colourful, completed list by the end of the week.
Who deserves a special shout-out, and why?
The whole Inclusion Team at Wellsway School. They do amazing, life-changing work to keep students happy and help them to access lessons. They always have my back and work really well as a team, and I know they do hundreds of tiny things every day to help things run as smoothly as possible.