BBC viewers praise Millennium 7 Up contributor

Law graduate, 28, is hailed as ‘brilliantby Millennium 7Up viewers after revealing she’s shunned a legal career and motherhood because she can have ‘more impactas a special educational needs teacher

  • Courtney, van Liverpool, featured in BBC Millennium 7Up series throughout life
  • Follows lives of people from various backgrounds catching up every seven years
  • By 7 dreamed of leaving Liverpool and at 14 hadn’t travelled further than Devon
  • By 21 was studying law and at 28 has pursued a career teaching in a local school
  • A woman who appeared on the Millennium 7Up series has been praised by BBC viewers after revealing she’s shunned a career in law to teach children from ‘difficult backgrounds’.

    Courtney, van Liverpool, first appeared on the documentary project -which catches up with each of it’s subjects every seven yearsat the turn of the millennium, where she dreamed of travelling the world.

    By 14 she still hadn’t travelled further than Devon, maar deur 21 she was studying law at the University of Liverpool, learning new languages and travelling to Europe and Israel during holidays.

    Nou, Courtney has decided not to pursue a career in law, and is instead working as a teaching assistant and training to teach special educational needs students at a school in Wiganinsisting she wants to be a role model for children from ‘deprived’ agtergronde.








    Courtney, van Liverpool, first appeared on the documentary project -which catches up with each of it's subjects every seven years - at the turn of the millennium. She is pictured, L-R aged 7, 14, 21, 28

    Courtney, van Liverpool, first appeared on the documentary project -which catches up with each of it’s subjects every seven yearsat the turn of the millennium. She is pictured, L-R aged 7, 14, 21, 28

    On last night's episode, Courtney revealed she has decided not to pursue a career in law, instead training to teach special educational needs students at a school in Wigan

    On last night’s episode, Courtney revealed she has decided not to pursue a career in law, instead training to teach special educational needs students at a school in Wigan

    Viewers last night were quick to praise the teaching assistant, met een skrif: ‘Courtney is completely brilliant. The perfect young teacher.

    ‘#28up Loved Courtney. How did I not know about this programme until today?’, het 'n ander gesê.

    'N Derde het gesê: ‘Love Courtney on #28up I’d liked to have been more Courtney in my twenties. Wise woman.

    ‘I’ve always striven to be the best I can possibly be,’ said Courtney. ‘Maybe sometimes I do put too much pressure on myself.

    Viewers last night were quick to praise the teaching assistant, met een skrif: 'Courtney is completely brilliant. The perfect young teacher'

    Viewers last night were quick to praise the teaching assistant, met een skrif: ‘Courtney is completely brilliant. The perfect young teacher

    ‘But it’s also the fact I don’t want to make background define me. Not my family per say, but because I’m from somewhere that is a relatively deprived area.

    ‘If they see you as a source of positivity in their life, if they thinkMiss is from a difficult background. Well I’m from a difficult background, but she’s done something positive, so maybe I can too”. That’s the sort of thing I want to put out there.

    When Courtney first joined the project, she was living in her grandmother’s house in Kirkby, Merseyside and by 14 she still hadn’t left England, but her parents had moved into their own home in the area.

    Deur 21, Courtney was at university, travelling as much as she could, teaching herself Hebrew and learning Mandarin in her spare time.

    A quiet and self-contained student, Courtney eschewed the party lifestyle at uni, describing herself as a ’50 year-old trapped in a 20 year-old’s body’ – spending evenings fixing her ironing board rather than out clubbing.

    When Courtney first joined the project at the age of seven (op die foto) , she was living in her grandmother's house in Kirkby, Merseyside

    When Courtney first joined the project at the age of seven (op die foto) , she was living in her grandmother’s house in Kirkby, Merseyside

    deur 14 she still hadn't left England, but her parents had moved into their own home in the area. She said she dealt with the 'odd torment off boys in school' - but was certain they would 'mature eventually'

    deur 14 she still hadn’t left England, but her parents had moved into their own home in the area. She said she dealt with the ‘odd torment off boys in school’ – but was certain they would ‘mature eventually

    At university, Courtney eschewed the party lifestyle at uni, describing herself as a '50 year-old trapped in a 20 year-old's body' - spending evenings fixing her ironing board rather than out clubbing

    At university, Courtney eschewed the party lifestyle at uni, describing herself as a ’50 year-old trapped in a 20 year-old’s body’ – spending evenings fixing her ironing board rather than out clubbing

    Having applied straight after graduating for a job as a teaching assistant working with children with special educational needs, Courtney is still living at homebut is saving up for her own place and more foreign travel.

    ‘I’ve always wanted to better myself, sy het gese. ‘To understand more about the world, I do think I have a naturally enquiring mind.

    ‘I don’t like to be idle so pretty much as soon as I had my graduation I was up at seven the next day applying for jobs and kind of on a whim I took a job supporting special educational needs pupils in a mainstream school.

    ‘I realised I loved it, it came on gradually and I came to the realisation that teaching is the way forward. I can feel i’m doing something positive.

    ‘Unfortunately you see too many kids who have this mindset ofI’m thick, I’m useless, I can’t do this”, when what we’re going to say is, “We can’t do it yet”.’

    By 28, the teaching assistant doesn't think she'll ever be a mother, and thinks she gets more out of relationships with friends than she would a romantic partner

    By 28, the teaching assistant doesn’t think she’ll ever be a mother, and thinks she gets more out of relationships with friends than she would a romantic partner

    When Courtney was seven she said that ‘boys think they’re better than girls, but they’re not’ en by 14 said that she dealt with the ‘odd torment off boys in school’ – but was certain they would ‘mature eventually’.

    By 28, the teaching assistant doesn’t think she’ll ever be a mother, and thinks she gets more out of relationships with friends than she would a romantic partner.

    ‘Life is about finding a ratio between what you have to do and what you want to do’, said Courtney. ‘I think unfortunately, if you have things like a mortgage and family it becomes about necessity and not necessarily enjoying life.

    ‘I can’t ever see myself as a mother, I don’t really feel that’s for me. I feel I could make a better impact on a young person’s life as a teacher.

    ‘I find I get more out of friendships than anything else, good friends in your life contribute more than having a relationship probably would do. I don’t think theres one right way to do things it is just a case of what is right for you.

    Episode two of 28 Op: Millenium Generation is on BBC One next Wednesday at 9pm

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