Mood boosting menu ideas

Mood boosting menu ideas

In our previous latest news, we informed you of the importance of nutrients in certain foods that reduce the effects of stress and boost mood as well as promoting sleep. In order to make it super easy for you to make changes and incorporate suggested foods into your...
What to eat for burnout

What to eat for burnout

Nearing half-term and having negotiated challenges that a year ago teachers would not have even dreamt of, your mind and body may be reaching burnout. Sustaining stress over a period of time wreaks havoc on the body due the body’s inability to absorb nutrients,...
10 TOP SIGNS AND TEACHING TIPS ON DYSLEXIA

10 TOP SIGNS AND TEACHING TIPS ON DYSLEXIA

Dyslexia affects 1 in 10 children; it is a genetic, neurological condition which affects how someone processes written and spoken information. It varies for each person, affecting them in different ways and to different degrees in the areas of processing information,...
Teaching Podcast – Pivotal Podcast

Teaching Podcast – Pivotal Podcast

We’ve discovered a great collection of recommended educational podcasts which we’ll be sharing with you each week, here’s the first in our series. Teaching Podcast –  Pivotal Podcast: Paul Dix, behavioural specialist and host Kevin Mulryne provide weekly ‘free CPD in...
Check your teaching pension!

Check your teaching pension!

As news breaks regarding governmental errors regarding teachers’ pensions, we have provided a summary of how and why you should check your pension details and what to do to rectify any errors. Why check your pension now? Your teaching pension is based on your years of...
Planning a holiday or just returned?

Planning a holiday or just returned?

QUARANTINE RULES AND OVERSEAS TRAVEL Planning to go abroad If you are planning to go abroad please advise your Branch Consultant as early as possible, stating both the dates and destination. This will help us not only track your availability but also allow for any...
Supply staff guide to managing anxiety.

Supply staff guide to managing anxiety.

Returning to school this year is going to be new for everyone. You are likely to have concerns about Covid-19 and you may feel anxious because you have been away from the classroom for so long, as well as having new routines to learn. We have devised the following top...
National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day is on the 1st of October 2020, but it is not day bound by one day – it’s a storehouse of limitless ideas and activities free to use all year round, whether at home or in the virtual/actual classroom. Some schools celebrate one day, some celebrate...
Candidate return to school policy 2020

Candidate return to school policy 2020

The Education Specialists policy for all our supply staff returning to the classroom in 2020. It outlines agency procedures and guidance based on government advice regarding Covid-19, offering reassurance to both our candidates and clients. To read our policy, click...
Celebrating National Teaching Assistants’ Day

Celebrating National Teaching Assistants’ Day

http://tessupply.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/TES-TA.mp4 The role of a teaching assistant is key for today’s education and raises the standard of teaching from class groups to individual student support. From the 1960’s, when teacher aides were introduced,...
Ice-breaker ideas

Ice-breaker ideas

As the first week back in the new academic year commences, it’s natural to feel a range of emotions from nervousness to excitement. Due to COVID-19 there are new government rules to follow this year in the classroom. The ‘new normal’ will be different for everyone,...
What to do if a pupil feels unwell

What to do if a pupil feels unwell

If a pupil reports feeling unwell, you will need to take all necessary precautions to manage the person who becomes unwell, in addition to protecting yourself and other members of the class. This means, if any pupil reports feeling unwell to you, they need to be...
General school Covid-19 guidance 

General school Covid-19 guidance 

All schools have a legal requirement to update their risk policies and adhere to government guidance on managing and preventing the corona virus. In order to make sure you familiarise yourself with their management plans specific to each school you have been assigned,...
Erudio’s report on the impact of COVID-19 on schools

Checklist for schools to support full opening

Here’s a checklist for school leaders to support full opening of schools. It details advice on behaviour and attendance of pupils. It is a tool for schools to support the re-engagement of pupils and the return to orderly and calm environments in which all pupils can...
Keeping Children Safe

Keeping Children Safe

Please download Keeping Children Safe Government policy which was updated on 1st September 2020, read it carefully and keep for future reference. What is the status of this guidance for Keeping Children Safe ? This is statutory guidance from the Department for...
Re-engaging with pupils

Re-engaging with pupils

As the September term approaches, at the forefront of everyone’s minds are safety measures and new routines that we all have to adapt to when back in the classroom. However, returning to school also means re-engaging with pupils that have experienced challenges never...
Sir Ken Robinson, sadly missed

Sir Ken Robinson, sadly missed

Sadly, Sir Ken Robinson passed away on the 21st August 2020, after a short illness; we wanted to express our sympathy to his family and take the opportunity to remind people of Ken’s great contribution to education in the UK and around the world. Ken, originally from...
Results are in, but are they final?

Results are in, but are they final?

‘A’ level and GCSE results have been the subject of news over the last few weeks because of outcries of unfairness as well as the dramatic u turn of government decision-making. However, the problem with changing one’s mind as to how to award grades, is that mixed...
Should pupils wear masks?

Should pupils wear masks?

Now that September is getting nearer, the debate about wearing masks in schools continues to be polarised, with the government maintaining that it is not a required safety measure. However, unions feel masks should be a necessary in order to protect teachers and some...
Supply Teacher Guide to returning to school 2020

September start

Following on from our last two latest news which looked at facts about children and Covid-19, along with considerations for re-openings of schools, we have listed practical measures that can be used tin order to be school ready. Practical measures: Layout re-design to...
Erudio’s report on the impact of COVID-19 on schools

School re-openings

When schools re-open in September, local decision-making means being aware of not just what to do but understanding why. The following is a list of considerations, all teachers need to know: Covid-19 has three transmission routes: close-range droplet, surface contacts...
Children and Covid-19

Children and Covid-19

A lot of debate over safety concerns and schools re-opening in September has continued since the start of the pandemic, but what are the latest facts according to research to date, that we can conclude about children and Covid19? The following list is based on...
Re-opening is a priority

Re-opening is a priority

At a national briefing on the 31st July, when some local lockdown measures where announced in East Lancashire, West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, provided reassurance that schools would re-open as planned, stating “I do believe...
Candidate return to school policy 2020

Unions back masks

Unions have requested the government allow teachers and support staff to wear face masks in schools in England in order to protect them and help limit the spread of coronavirus. The government, currently says due to staff and pupils being kept in consistent groups,...
Widening attainment gap

Widening attainment gap

According to a report the by the Data Evaluation and Learning for Viral Epidemics group, the achievement gap between the top and lowest-performing pupils in year 3, widened by 52 per cent after lockdown. It says that although the lockdown has impacted all children,...
STEM teacher shortage

STEM teacher shortage

A latest report published by Engineering UK 2020, indicates an acute shortage of STEM subject teachers and says many young people are unaware of the direction they need to take to become an engineer. The acute shortage of STEM subject teachers in secondary and further...
Ofqual lowers grades

Ofqual lowers grades

According to Ofqual, this year would have led to an unprecedented rise in GCSE and A levels results: 12 per cent at A level, across all grades, and 9 per cent at GCSE – with bigger increases in core subjects. As such a leap has never happened before, the...
Reduced teacher workload research

Reduced teacher workload research

The Education Development Trust charity carried out research which explored the amount of time that teachers spent on marking and feedback, lesson planning, monitoring, data reporting and communication policies. Instead, teachers gave individual feedback in the...
Education Technology publish survey results

Education Technology publish survey results

Last week, we published our very own survey results about returning to schools in September and the attainment gap. The results have been published by Education Technology this week, who have highlighted our surveyed candidates’ views about the attainment gap with...
Widening attainment gap

Behaviour and Attendance checklist

As the government published its  Behaviour and Attendance Checklist last week, notable omissions were identified leading to criticism. Evidence suggests that the teacher-pupil relationship is a key component in managing behaviour and the government has failed to...
Reading gap

Reading gap

A survey of 58,346 children aged nine to 18 in the UK was conducted between January to mid-March 2020 and 4,141 children aged eight to 18 were surveyed between May and early June 2020. The results showed that more girls than boys enjoyed reading in their free time and...
Our very own survey results

Our very own survey results

The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on everyone’s lives but especially for all pupils/students and those who work in education.  As we slowly move from lockdown, plans are underway to open schools to all pupils in September. As an education recruitment...
Regulation Matters

Regulation Matters

Operam Education Group is supporting the Regulation Matters (RM) campaign which is concerned with the registration and regulation of thousands of nannies that work in the UK.RM state that “At the moment, nannies are an unregulated source of childcare in this country...
Eddie Austin, CEO of 2020

Eddie Austin, CEO of 2020

We are delighted to announce that CEO Monthly have awarded CEO of the Year 2020 within the recruitment industry, to Eddie Austin. The latest edition of CEO Monthly features an article highlighting his exceptional leadership skills; congratulations to Eddie. To read...
Candidate return to school policy 2020

New school re-opening guidance

New guidance has been published, offering advice on the re-opening of schools with the expectation that all students will be back in attendance. The following is a list of the areas that the advice covers (you can click below to get a detailed version): Staggered...
Retention and Recruitment 2019

Retention and Recruitment 2019

  The report, released on the 26th June 2020, includes figures up until November 2019 concerning recruitment and retention figures for teachers and teaching assistants. Highlighted facts are: 2018 to 2019 saw an increase of 400 teachers and 1000 teaching...
Gavin Williamson on attendance

Gavin Williamson on attendance

  Plans to get all pupils back to school in September are to be announced later this week, but Gavin Williamson has revealed more today about attendance expectations. The coronavirus outbreak leading to partial school closures, has meant that schools up until now...
The right way to write

The right way to write

  Rosemary Sassoon, one of the world’s leading researchers into how and when a child should be writing before she retired, says that insisting a child writes neatly using the dynamic tripod grip is unfair and damaging. In her recent Tes podcast she says: “I...
Extra funds for new teachers

Extra funds for new teachers

  The Government is to fund a one-year package for up to 3,000 new teachers, in response to disruption caused by the Covid-19 crisis. The rollout of the Early Careers Framework will go ahead as planned, with participating schools receiving £2,200 for every...
Children’s mental health

Children’s mental health

As we start world well-being week, psychologists have warned the government that many schoolchildren will need urgent support post lockdown, because their lives and education will have been so badly disrupted by school closures. Dr Gavin Morgan, who feeds into the...
Education Technology publish survey results

£1 billion catch up for English pupils.

Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, pledges £650 million to help pupils in England catch up on teaching missed during the coronavirus lockdown. It is part of a £1bn package that will also include a separate £350m in subsidies for a one-year national tutoring...
Widening attainment gap

Pupils unengaged with schoolwork

The report by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) says head teachers believe around a third of pupils are not engaging with set work, citing limited or no access to technology as an issue for a quarter (23%) of pupils. The survey carried out in...
No quick fix to attainment gap

No quick fix to attainment gap

  School leaders are challenging the idea that a summer catch-up can make up for pupils’ absence from school under lockdown. Gavin Williamson, education secretary, is to announce plans this week for a ‘huge amount’ of summer catch-up but the NAHT school...
Review Curriculum!

Review Curriculum!

Over 30 politicians have formally requested that education secretary, Gavin Williamson, ask for a re-evaluation of the history syllabus in light of the global Black Lives Matter protests over the killing of George Floyd, as well as the inclusion of racial injustice in...
Gavin Williamson on attendance

Back to school in September

Gavin Williamson has abandoned plans to get all primary children back to school before the summer and is instead concentrating on getting all children back to school for September. The Minister for Education also stipulated that exams will go ahead next year. To read...
Northwest schools delay re-opening

Northwest schools delay re-opening

Many schools throughout the northwest have been advised against re-opening today, due to an increase in the infection rate, known as the R number, of Covid-19. The rate nationally for the R number needed to be under 1 for lockdown measures to be eased, but in the...
Have your say, make a difference!

Have your say, make a difference!

If you are registered with us and have not already done so, please take the time to read the following and complete our online survey. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected everyone in different ways, and we have all had to negotiate new ways of living. As we slowly move...
Children and Covid-19

Helping children out of lockdown

Spain has already opened their school gates to many year groups. Learn what an early years/primary school teacher found useful, as well as ideas for explaining to young children about social distancing etc. To read more click here.
Volunteering: your school needs you!

Volunteering: your school needs you!

As national volunteering week is celebrated from the 1st to 7th June, it offers everyone the chance to say ‘thank you’ to those who volunteer as well raise awareness to encourage others to consider it. In April, we saw a national call for volunteers, asking...
University latest

University latest

Universities quickly adapted to online learning and a latest survey suggested that nearly half of students prefer it as it is more flexible. Lectures are accessed online with questions and answer sessions facilitated via Zoom, minimising learning disruption. It was...
Extra funds for new teachers

Secondary Schools Guidance published

The Government is asking schools to introduce a phased return of Years 10 and 12 pupils by allowing 25% of them to be in school at one given time. Distance learning is to continue. Read more of the Government’s Guidance for secondary school provision from the 15 June...
How not when

How not when

  Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, highlights that throughout the pandemic, schools have remained open for key worker staff and teachers have overnight adapted to their work in order to educate children online. All...
What to do if a pupil feels unwell

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...
Planning a holiday or just returned?

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...
Re-opening is a priority

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...
Retention and Recruitment 2019

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...
Extra funds for new teachers

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...
Ofqual lowers grades

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...