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By: Emma D, Age 18, Stockport

Hey, I'm Emma. I'm 18-years-old and have moderate learning difficulties. Since I can remember, I've always had help all the way through school. I've never been any good at doing simple math, and it took me years to learn to read properly. I started reading properly when I was in year 7 and I was 11-years-old. I was really into the Harry Potter books, which I loved.

During my high school years, I had my own support teacher. He was great to talk to, but all I really wanted to talk about was animals. I wasn't really interested in math or English, but I loved going on the school computers and playing Zoombini. I did 3 years of buddy reading and I did super spell each week, which helped with my spelling.

I got bullied a lot, throughout high school because I didn't mix well with my year group and they all thought I was acting immature. But I managed to get through my GCSE's even though I got a few E's and D's and managed to get into a course called "Foundation in animal care." If it wasn't for my support teacher and the help and support from family, I wouldn't be where I am now studying the national award in animal management which is the same as 1 A level.