Young people’s mental health

Young people’s mental health

Boris Johnson has received a request from thirty organisations for more funding and development of a well-being campaign due to the long-term effects of Covid-19 on young people’s mental health. Much concern has been expressed with a call to action plan involving a...
Europe re-opens schools

Europe re-opens schools

As 22 European countries re-open their schools, scientists say it is too early to assess whether there is a significant increase in Covid-19 cases. Most countries like Denmark and Germany have opened with reduced pupil numbers of 15 or less per class to accommodate...
Latest lockdown research

Latest lockdown research

A survey of more that 4, 000 families in England during the lockdown period, indicates that on average, children who have higher income parents, spend about 6 hours in education per day compared to poorer children who spend 4 and half hours studying. This equates to...
Well-being

Well-being

In strange times, we can all find it difficult to remain calm and stable, especially over a sustained period of time like the lockdown when we may not be able to access our usual coping strategies. Looking after ourselves is important not only for us but others around...
Government plans to re-open schools

Government plans to re-open schools

Boris Johnson unveiled plans to his rebuild and re-open strategy over the coming months after the Covid-19 peak. Schools seem a major priority, with plans in place to re-open early years settings, primary schools for reception, year 1 and year 6 children by June the...
NQT government update.

NQT government update.

Guidance was published by the Department of Education on the 1.5.20 regarding the changes to induction processes for NQTs. It includes information about absences due to Covid 19, assessment points and extending the induction period, given the impact of the pandemic....
NQTs: Lights, Camera, Action!

NQTs: Lights, Camera, Action!

BE PREPARED ON CAMERA, OUR GUIDE TO VIDEO INTERVIEWS. If you need to attend an interview by video conference, there are several simple things you can do to increase your chances of success and find the right NQT position for you. Set up your interview space: The...
Phased re-opening of schools.

Phased re-opening of schools.

Gavin Williamson, Minister of Education, states that schools will re-open in a phased manner in order to protect both teachers and students. However, there are no detailed plans as yet with a re-open date, but a notice period has been assured. Prime minister Boris...
Wellbeing Issue 3

Wellbeing Issue 3

As we enter a new month of lockdown and uncertainty about when we might be able, once again, to meet up with friends and family in the real world, we are all still battling with health worries, for our loved ones and ourselves. On top of this, most people are also...
WHY CHOOSE SUPPLY TEACHING?

WHY CHOOSE SUPPLY TEACHING?

WHY CHOOSE SUPPLY TEACHING? Starting your career as an NQT and working as a supply teacher gives you the perfect platform to gain real classroom experience, whilst getting all the support you need to help you through your induction year. NQTs tell us that going...
Looking after yourself

Looking after yourself

Looking after yourself and others during the coronavirus crisis. Whether you’re lucky enough to have a garden, live by open fields or woodland, or live in a flat in a city, taking time to notice what is around you can have huge benefits for your wellbeing. If, like...
Learning at home

Learning at home

There is a multitude of free resources available to support home learning, which ranges from toddlers to adults. We’ve collated a list, which you may find useful including, videos, live streaming, podcasts and radio. Download here.
Looking after yourself

Looking after yourself

Many people all across the country are now trying to adjust to a new way of life, and are learning to juggle work and parenting, mainly with a far greater respect for the undervalued and overlooked work of childcare and education professionals. Twelve years ago, the...
NQT ONLINE SUPPORT

NQT ONLINE SUPPORT

LOOKING FOR SUPPORT AS AN NQT? The first steps in your teaching career can be both exciting and daunting, and with the additional challenge of schools being closed it may feel overwhelming. That’s why we’ve set up a special NQT online team to support you in finding...
NQT GET READY TO TEACH

NQT GET READY TO TEACH

OUR SCHOOL NETWORK IS BUILT OVER DECADES Our established reputation, built over several decades has made us the ‘go to’ agency every year for many schools recruiting NQTs within the North West, particularly across Liverpool and Manchester. Our insight into our...
Looking after yourself

Introduction to Wellbeing

When we are faced with difficult or stressful situations, we often find that we react in ways that we don’t fully understand and do things that we wouldn’t normally do. Currently as a nation we are experiencing a threatening situation that we have no control over....
RESHAPING WORLD EDUCATION

RESHAPING WORLD EDUCATION

There is an abundance of news and updates on the internet regarding COVID-19, it can be overwhelming at times to sieve threw the data to find what’s relevant and interesting. We plan to share articles relating to the impact on education and hopefully some uplifting...
ARRANGEMENTS FOR EXAMS

ARRANGEMENTS FOR EXAMS

The Department for Education released a statement on Friday to confirm exams have been cancelled to fight the spread of the Coronavirus, here’s a link to their full statement and further information....
COVID-19 GLOBAL EDUCATION

COVID-19 GLOBAL EDUCATION

As COVID-19 spreads around the globe causing businesses and schools to close, it’s clear to see both the immediate and long-lasting implications for teaching. Educators around the world are exploring new ways of teaching and no doubt some eager pupils are developing...
Candidate Message

Candidate Message

We hope you enjoyed your well-earned break last week and thought it would be good time to introduce you to our new branding and website, if you have not already viewed it, as well as telling you about some important news. Some important news that may affect you is...
SEND INTRODUCTION

SEND INTRODUCTION

Date – Tuesday 17th March Time – 10am – 3pm Venue – Liverpool Office SEND Course The SEND training is open to all candidates and provides a basic understanding of SEND, SEND Code of practice, Types of SEND and strategies to support SEND...
Increased demand for grammar school places

Increased demand for grammar school places

According to a report published by the Department for Education, for every 15 children whose first choice of secondary school was a grammar, around 10 places were on offer. Officials examined preference data from 2014 to 2019. Read more about the increasing demand for...
NQT ONLINE SUPPORT

REGISTRATION DAY 10TH MARCH

The Education Specialists is partner to a large network of schools across the North West, placing over 500 supply teachers and classroom support staff every week. We train, induct and support many individuals with their career move into education. As well as...
How do we stop teacher burnout?

How do we stop teacher burnout?

A recent report by NHS Scotland explores what worked to support teachers’ mental health and wellbeing, given that teaching is now viewed as one of the most stressful professions in today’s society. Read more here...
20th February – Education Career Open Day

20th February – Education Career Open Day

The Education Specialists is partner to a large network of schools across the North West, placing over 500 supply teachers and classroom support staff every week. We train, induct and support many individuals with their career move into education. As well as...
Support package to boost the FE workforce

Support package to boost the FE workforce

Further education providers across the country are to benefit from a package of support, worth up to £24 million, so they can continue to recruit, retain and develop excellent teachers, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced today (Wednesday 5th February)....
REGISTRATION DAY 11TH FEBRUARY

REGISTRATION DAY 11TH FEBRUARY

The Education Specialists is partner to a large network of schools across the North West, placing over 500 supply teachers and classroom support staff every week. We train, induct and support many individuals with their career move into education. As well as...
Martin, Teaching Assistant

Martin, Teaching Assistant

I decided to become a Teaching Assistant with much hesitation because I felt it was a ‘sector of teaching’ that was mainly directed at women, but so many of my friends had commented that I had a naturally gifted approach in handling emotional and nervous children. The...
Strong link between exclusions and drugs gangs

Strong link between exclusions and drugs gangs

The Police have reported that there are strong links between children being excluded from school and them being targeted by criminals to join drugs gangs. Police are not informed of exclusions unless it has involved criminal behaviour leaving a communication gap which...
DfE’s advertising still not enough

DfE’s advertising still not enough

The DfE’s doubling and maintenance of its advertising budget to attract new teachers since 2017 has seen an increase in the uptake of teacher training but is still not meeting targets, with subjects such as Physics, Maths and Foreign languages continuing to be much...
Teachers not prepared

Teachers not prepared

A survey conducted in Dec 2019 reveals 46% of Primary teachers and 39% of Secondary teachers do not feel prepared for the new compulsory Relationships and Sex Education requirements. Read more here [Department for Education].
Why I became a Teaching Assistant

Why I became a Teaching Assistant

I decided to become a Teaching Assistant because I felt I had a lot to offer in that I have a good academic background which has been mainly self-driven but most importantly I can relate to the timid child in the classroom – perhaps who panics and just needs that...
Child Protection Policy

Child Protection Policy

The Education Specialists aims to positively promote the well-being of children and wishes all of the candidates on our register to be fully aware of the procedures for Child Protection. The Education Specialists policies and procedures adhere to the law as defined in...
Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

We’re looking for several experienced recruiters to manage an already established supply desk with excellent potential to grow, competitive salary and uncapped commission. Join an industry leading team with significant investment – an opportunity not to be missed, for...
SEND INTRODUCTION

SEN Training

SEN Course The SEN training is open to all candidates and provides a basic understanding of SEN, SEN Code of practice, Types of SEN and strategies to support SEN children in the classroom. Course objectives:  An introduction to Special Educational Needs SEN code of...
Cover Supervisor Training

Cover Supervisor Training

Cover Supervisor Training This very popular and well received training course as we put the emphasis on how Cover Supervisors can develop the resilience and positive approaches to classroom management that will ensure learning takes place. Course content includes:...
Positive Behaviour Management

Positive Behaviour Management

Positive Behaviour Management Level One Team Teach is award-winning ‘positive handling’ training which helps staff support people with challenging behaviour. It teaches a range of de-escalation and positive handling techniques which promote positive relationships in...
Exam Invigilator Course

Exam Invigilator Course

Exam Invigilator Course This course covers the main areas associated with exam invigilation. The simple aim is to improve the quality of training for new invigilators. This will improve invigilation within the exam room, which in turn reduces the likelihood of...
Motivating Students to Learn

Motivating Students to Learn

Motivating Students to Learn This free online course on motivating students will teach you the different factors that affect student motivation, and show you how to create a classroom environment that will promotes highly motivated learning. Being an effective teacher...
Safeguarding Policy

Safeguarding Policy

The Education Specialists is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and candidates to share this commitment. The Education Specialists strictly adheres to the Recruitment, Selection and Vetting checks...
DBS Policy

DBS Policy

The safety of children and young people is paramount, and The Education Specialists are committed to implementing the Disclosure and Barring (DBS) procedures and arrangements. We will comply with the DBS Code of Practice and National Care Standards guidance regarding...
Training Policy

Training Policy

The purpose of this procedure is to control the activities associated with the training of The Education Specialists staff to more adequately be able to perform the duties required of them. Please feel free to download our Training Policy.
Who Needs A DBS Check

Who Needs A DBS Check

Barred list checks can only be carried out on those who are engaging in regulated activity. The definition of ‘regulated activity’ includes where individuals: Are responsible, on a regular basis, for teaching, training, instructing, caring for or supervising children;...
AWR Factsheet

AWR Factsheet

No government department or independent body has been tasked with policing and enforcing the Regulations. Instead the Regulations will be enforced by agency workers pursuing claims in the Employment Tribunal. Such claims can either be brought against the client or...
Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

As an organisation assessing applicants’ suitability for positions which are included in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order using criminal record checks processed through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), The Education Specialists...
Privacy Notice Policy

Privacy Notice Policy

The Company is a recruitment business which provides work-finding services to its clients and work-seekers. The Company must process personal data (including sensitive personal data) so that it can provide these services – in doing so, the Company acts as a data...
Recruitment of Ex-offenders Guide

Recruitment of Ex-offenders Guide

Guidance – Recruitment of Ex-offenders As an organisation using the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checking service to assess applicants’ suitability for positions of trust, The Education Specialists complies fully with the Code of Practice and undertakes...
Data Protection Policy

Data Protection Policy

All organisations that process personal data are required to comply with data protection legislation. This includes in particular the Data Protection Act 1998 (or its successor) and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (together the ‘Data Protection Laws’). The...
Customer Service Policy

Customer Service Policy

The Education Specialists is a member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and adheres to their Code of Professional Practice. The Education Specialists Customer Service Policy Statement At The Education Specialists, we endeavour to provide you with...
Complaints Policy

Complaints Policy

The Education Specialists is committed to providing a high-level service to our customers. If you do not receive satisfaction from us, we need you to tell us about it. This will help us to improve our standards. Complaints Procedure If you have a complaint, please...
AWR Policy

AWR Policy

The AWR are a set of regulations which will provide all agency workers who are placed to work in school through a temporary supply agency the right to equal treatment compared to someone who is employed directly by the school to do the same job. Some rights will apply...
Anti-Bribery & Corruption Policy

Anti-Bribery & Corruption Policy

One of the Company’s core principles is to uphold responsible and fair business practice. It is committed to promoting and maintaining the highest level of ethical standards in relation to all of its business activities. Its reputation for maintaining lawful business...
GDPR Statement

GDPR Statement

GDPR Statement 1.1. The Education Specialists (“we”, “our”, “us”, “the Company”) takes its obligations under GDPR and applicable data privacy law seriously. We process Personal Data of our candidates, clients, employees,...
Operam Education Continues Expansion

Operam Education Continues Expansion

Operam Education Group, a specialist provider of qualified and support staff to schools across the Midlands and North of England, has acquired Key Stage Teacher Supply, a North West-based education recruitment agency. The transaction follows the acquisitions of...
Rita Pierson

Rita Pierson

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her response: “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.'” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students...
Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson

One of the most popular TED talks of all time, Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
Salman Khan

Salman Khan

Would you choose to build a house on top of an unfinished foundation? Of course not. Why, then, do we rush students through education when they haven’t always grasped the basics? Yes, it’s complicated, but educator Sal Khan shares his plan to turn...
Avlin Irby

Avlin Irby

According to the US Department of Education, more than 85 percent of black fourth-grade boys aren’t proficient in reading. What kind of reading experiences should we be creating to ensure that all children read well? In a talk that will make you rethink how we...
Bill Gates

Bill Gates

Until recently, many teachers only got one word of feedback a year: “satisfactory.” And with no feedback, no coaching, there’s just no way to improve. Bill Gates suggests that even great teachers can get better with smart feedback — and lays...
Carol Dweck

Carol Dweck

Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain’s capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it...
Daphne Koller

Daphne Koller

Daphne Koller is enticing top universities to put their most intriguing courses online for free — not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn. With Coursera (cofounded by Andrew Ng), each keystroke, quiz, peer-to-peer discussion and...
Christopher Edmin

Christopher Edmin

What do rap shows, barbershop banter and Sunday services have in common? As Christopher Emdin says, they all hold the secret magic to enthral and teach at the same time — and it’s a skill we often don’t teach to educators. A longtime teacher himself, now a...
Geoffrey Canada

Geoffrey Canada

Why, why, why does our education system look so similar to the way it did 50 years ago? Millions of students were failing then, as they are now — and it’s because we’re clinging to a business model that clearly doesn’t work. Education advocate Geoffrey Canada...
Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver

Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, West Virginia — and a shocking image of the sugar we eat — TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food Click on the button below to view...
Kelly McGonigal

Kelly McGonigal

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal...
Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson

  Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish — and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational “death valley” we now face, and how...
Nadia Lopez

Nadia Lopez

Our kids are our future, and it’s crucial they believe it themselves. That’s why Nadia Lopez opened an academic oasis in Brownsville, Brooklyn, one of the most underserved and violent neighbourhoods in New York — because she believes in every...
Olympia Della Flora

Olympia Della Flora

To get young kids to thrive in school, we need to do more than teach them how to read and write — we need to teach them how to manage their emotions, says educator Olympia Della Flora. In this practical talk, she shares creative tactics she used to help...
Ramsey Musallam

Ramsey Musallam

It took a life-threatening condition to jolt chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam out of ten years of “pseudo-teaching” to understand the true role of the educator: to cultivate curiosity. In a fun and personal talk, Musallam gives 3 rules to spark...
Salman Khan

Salman Khan

Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos offering complete curricula in math and, now, other subjects. He shows the power of interactive exercises, and calls for teachers to...
Sugata Mitra

Sugata Mitra

Onstage at TED2013, Sugata Mitra makes his bold TED Prize wish: Help me design the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can explore and learn from each other — using resources and mentoring from the cloud. Hear his inspiring vision for...
Taylor Mali

Taylor Mali

Ever heard the phrase “Those who can’t do, teach”? At the Bowery Poetry Club, slam poet Taylor Mali begs to differ, and delivers a powerful, 3-minute response on behalf of educators everywhere. Click on the button below to view the...
Astro Teller

Astro Teller

“Great dreams aren’t just visions,” says Astro Teller, “They’re visions coupled to strategies for making them real.” The head of X (formerly Google X), Teller takes us inside the “moonshot factory,” as it’s called,...
Rachel Mary, SEND Teacher

Rachel Mary, SEND Teacher

Background. Rachel Mary’s vision to become a teacher started as young as she can remember, despite the challenges of teaching, it’s a passion that has never diminished but grown stronger year by year; she’s never had an inclination to change her mind. Teaching for...
REC Code of Ethics

REC Code of Ethics

CODE OF ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT In our profession the highest levels of ethics and professionalism are vital to establish an atmosphere of trust with clients and candidates. The IRP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct is the very foundation for ethical and...
Privacy Statement

Privacy Statement

The Company is a recruitment business which provides work-finding services to its clients and work- seekers. The Company must process personal data (including sensitive personal data) so that it can provide these services – in doing so, the Company acts as a data...
The Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations

The Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations

About this guidance – This is statutory guidance from the Department for Education on the application of: • The Childcare (Disqualification) and Childcare (Early Years Provision Free of Charge) (Extended Entitlement) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 (“the 2018...
Diploma in Educational Psychology

Diploma in Educational Psychology

Diploma in Educational Psychology Improve your teaching, instructional, and training methods with this free online educational psychology course, developed by Alison (a free online learning platform). This free online course in educational psychology will help...
Diploma in Teaching Skills for Educators

Diploma in Teaching Skills for Educators

Diploma in Teaching Skills for Educators – Revised 2017 Learn effective classroom management techniques, from communication to planning skills, with this free course. Alison offers a free online Diploma in Teaching Skills for Educators course that will teach you...
Learning at home

Effective Communication Techniques

This free online Effective Communication Techniques for Teachers and Trainers course is very useful for learners who are on their way to becoming professional educators. It helps them communicate effectively with their students by teaching the most important types of...
Black Hole in Mental Health

Black Hole in Mental Health

Teresa May on the 16thJune 2019 stated the need of more resources to help children and young adult’s mental health services and that every new teacher will be trained in spotting early warning signs. Already overburdened teachers are being asked to spot signs of...
Supporting teachers who are transgender

Supporting teachers who are transgender

About time: Supporting teachers who are transgender or are about to transition. It has been over 50 years since “homosexuality” has been decriminalised; the government have issued apologies regarding its mistakes and Alan Turing is soon to be on a £50 note. Are we...
Learning about autism

Learning about autism

What is autism? Autism or Autistic Spectrum Disorder is a development disability whereby individuals have difficulties in areas such as communication, social interaction, flexible thinking and sensory processing. The prevalence: 1 in 100 of the population have a...