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Update #16 - 12th January

Weekly Update #16!

Hello and welcome back everyone!

I hope that everyone has had a brilliant first whole week back in school!

The great thing about January is that we will all start to see the nights getting lighter and everyone is motivated with New Year’s resolutions and goals for the year ahead! So, hopefully you have all opened your account in 2018 with enthusiasm and motivation to make this year a brilliant one and achieve everything you have set out to do!

So, what’s been going on this week?

Catherine's News

Having got all of the recruitment packs out to schools to start the recruitment campaign for our 2018/2019 tutors at the end of last week, this week has been a week of meetings, meetings and more meetings, whether it be with new tutors coming on board for this year, lawyers or potential franchaisees. It’s great to have the chance to just talk about what we do and what you are all achieving in your schools. It is my favorite topic of conversation and I never tire of talking Yipiyap! In addition to this, I’ve been busy planning our Fit For Future Day in June (sounds like a long time off but it will soon be here!) which has been great. It’s going to be a good one!!!

My weekly reminder that if you know of anyone who has already finished their A levels or may be taking a gap year after their A levels next summer who would make a great tutor remember there is a £50 finder’s fee if you recommend them and they work successfully for us! 

Anne's News

Love ‘em or hate ‘em they’re here to stay (for the next three weeks anyway!) Yes, the Joke of the Day is certainly one to divide the crowds at Yipiyap and I PITY THE FOOL who doesn’t like them!  Top marks for Niamh in Derby who shares them with the rest of the staff in school and brightens up their day too.

Regional Directors' News


I had my first school visit of 2018 this week and it was a brilliant one. It's always lovely to visit our tutors in school and seeing Sam at Stamford Park Juniors was no different! I've also had a request for extra support at a school in Derbyshire so if you know any maths specialists that could get there please do let me know. As you'll know from my emails I've also been working away on the charity challenge and hopefully we'll have gained permission to run our fundraising in school soon. Please do respond to my email to let me know which schools you would like to fundraise in and I can contact them immediately.


Norwich, Peterborough and Derby

Team NPD are giving a warm welcome to Hannah and Tereza who are taking up their roles this term and also to Humaira who will be doing an extra day of Science support at UTC Norfolk.  Very best of luck to you all and remember to keep rating your day on the app as we go along!  I have meetings next week in Derby and further visits to Hull and Norwich planned for later in the month so lots to be developing in our regions this term.


London, Reading and Leicester

A fantastic week this week and a momentous one with three (yes, count 'em - three!) new tutors starting in school. They've all kicked off with hugely uplifting feedback from school (reminding me of the start of the year all over again!) which is just fantastic for me to receive and gives me a whole new lease of life for the New Year. On top of that, I've been in touch with all the schools we support this week and there have been no problems at all getting everyone back up to speed at the start of term after the break - positivity all around! I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday as much as I did and have come back to work feeling energised and ready for a whole new set of challenges and victories this term. I'm looking forward to the RD meeting next week and an opportunity to see you all at work again very shortly.


Cheshire and North Wales

Welcome back! Christmas seems to have gone by so quickly but it's good to get back into things here. There's been a lot to go through these past couple of weeks on pretty much every front. Our new recruitment packs have now been sent out to colleges, but I did have another recruitment presentation this week. I'm sure it would've been a familiar sight for the many of you who met me at a recruitment presentation early last year. Another focus has been some new placements starting up very soon so interviews have been underway for that - new team members joining us shortly!


Yorkshire and the Humber

Welcome back everyone! I hope the first week (for some of you second week) has gone really really well and you’re all back in to the swing of things! I’ve caught up with almost everyone individually so it was great to hear what you’ve all been getting up to over the festivities and really pleased to see you all raring to go again! I’ve been working on a few roles in Sheffield so Zach will have local team mates very soon - watch out for further info!

Wall of Happy

In poll position this week, it's Joss

Wall of happy this week goes to Max who has had one hell of a week! Not only has he started his new job with us (a rather challenging position he shares with Janiel) but also he's found out he's got in to Cambridge to study English! A thoroughly deserved victory for him as his passion for his subject was evident from the very first interview - so passionate he spilled his hot chocolate! Congratulations Max and well done to all tutors in London, Reading and Leicester this week for a cracking start.


Followed by Alan

Kicking us off this week is Fabiana - she is my newest tutor now officially beginning her English placement in school and has settled in very well! Looking forward to my first visit in the coming weeks! Another mention to Jack - following on from a couple others on my team, he is soon off to Cambridge for his university interview. Best of luck!!


On Alan's heels, it's Anne

Team NPD certainly pulled out the stops before Christmas to make our Refresher induction the most brilliant occasion.  We had tutors from all 3 regions getting together in P’boro for our meeting and although it was like Planes, Trains and Automobiles pulling the whole thing together it was more than worth it to get us all in a room sharing our experiences of the first term in school.  It was wonderful to see you all and I knew my team wouldn’t let a few miles put them off!

However my WOH gets even happier as I can reveal the result of our team fundraising for the YCC - between us we (and yes, I was selling Christmas cards too!) raised an incredible £370 for Magic Breakfast!!  The areas all had different events but the effort and enthusiasm was brilliant throughout and we are so proud to make this contribution which represents nearly 1,700 breakfasts - enough for 8 children to have breakfast for a year!!  Totally amazing and we can’t wait to see how the rest of the regions do as well.  Consider the gauntlet well and truly laid down!

Also, a massive congratulations to Lizzie for passing her driving test just before Christmas and recognition for Humayra for giving up her lunch hour to help a student recently - well done both!


Then it's Carrie

For wall of happy I want to give a huge yipiyap welcome to Dean Makowski who of course many of you met at the induction meal. Dean has started his first week with us this week and I’ve received excellent feedback about the great impression he has made and how he has immediately got involved in classes. The same applies to Julian Plunkett who started extra days in a new school this week...huge week down Dean and Julian!


Rounding us off is Jess

A huge thank you to Mo for all of his help with the charity challenge. Your idea is brilliant and I can't wait to see it come to life in schools across the North West!

Also, well done to Sam for his hard work at Stamford Park Juniors. Sarah was singing your praises and it was great to see you looking confident in your role.

And finally, I just wanted to mention the overwhelming response I have had on my Dry January justgiving page. So far I have raised £205 and it's motivating me to keep going! With this in mind, I want to thank Delwar and Javed for their kind donation to the Magic Breakfast fund. We really do appreciate it. Now let’s double our total so far and beat Anne's team!!

Tutor First Aid Course- 24th March-  BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW!


Following on from my email last week we now have a date confirmed for our First Aid Course. You will recall I mentioned last week that we are hoping to repeat our highly successful first aid course again this year. It involves basic first aid training including: action in emergencies; CPR; basic awareness of defibrillation; recovery position; choking and minor injuries. 


To book your place, please go to this link:


Don’t forget to it’s skipiyap season. Here is a link to confirm your participation and this will take you to the Health Screening Questionnaire too. Can’t wait to see those videos!!!

 Lorin’s Tutor Top 10

We have a truly eclectic mix of tunes this week thanks to Lorin. I particularly like Cavatina! It is a song that should be played by everyone who needs to de-stress!!!! Thanks so much Lorin for sharing these brilliant songs with us.

 Here’s the link:


Anyway that’s all for this week folks!! Have a great weekend!


I will bring positivity into school by greeting everyone with a smile.

I will be proactive, looking for ways to help teachers and students and asking for help if I need it.

I’m a role model and will show children how to conduct themselves.

I will be professional at all times, respect staff and value the responsibilities I am given.

There will be times when I make mistakes but I will never stop learning!
— The Yipiyap Mantra