Weekly Update #9!
******* Remember timesheets are due in today*******
How are you all? I hope you have all had a great week and you are all keeping well. It is around this time that we do start to see the effects of those winter bugs starting to creep around but it is possible to get through winter without catching every bug doing the rounds. The most effective way of avoiding these bugs (other than by hibernation!) is by helping your body to defend itself against germs. Here are few simple changes to your lifestyle that will give your body a good chance to stay healthy.
1. Rest up
If you are sleep deprived, your body isn’t as able to fight off germs, so you are more likely to get sick. Allow yourself at least seven hours of sleep each night. This will give your body a chance to rest and repair itself.
2. Eat a rainbow
Enjoy fruits and vegetables of all colours as a way to pack in the most nutrients possible. Getting vitamin C from your citrus fruit is great to protect you from the common cold. Leafy greens are another less well-known way to get vitamin C. While a multivitamin is a good idea, you can get most of what you need from the foods that you eat – so be sure to fill your plate with fresh fruits and vegetables.
3. Get some fresh air
Even when it’s cold and grey, getting outdoors to be active is going to help clear your head, reduce stress and improve fitness levels. This will get your immune system fighting fit. Really great if you could also just slip your trainers on and perhaps go for a little run! It would definitely be my wall of happy to know you are!!! Send me an action picture- make my day!
4. Keep an eye on your drinks
Drink as much water as you can. Remember alcohol can weaken your body’s defences and leave it open to illness so just be mindful if you are feeling a bit under the weather and have a big night out planned.
5. Keep your hands clean
Your hands touch germs every day and these can easily spread disease, particularly in class if someone has been there with snotty tissues on your desk. Wash your hands regularly, especially in school. You might want to invest in some hand sanitiser for when you can’t leave the room.
6. Consider a flu jab
A cold is bad enough, but getting the flu can really take its toll. It used to be the realm of the old and asthmatic but flu jabs are now available for all from most chemists.
So, what’s been going on this week?
Well, it has been busy week for me kicking off last Saturday of course with our Mock Interview event. It was great to see all of the tutors who put themselves forward for this extra practice do so well, coping with the really difficult challenges thrown at them. All of the interviewers were extremely impressed, as were we! I really hope you all found it useful.
Our event was followed by two whole days at Loreto College in Manchester helping with their medics and dentists’ mock interviews. It was interesting to be able to measure their candidates against our team. Sorry I did not get to interview Sarwanna!!!
And as if all those interviews were not enough for 1 week, I had 2 new tutor interviews on Wednesday when I got back to the office!!! Good practice for next years recruitment program!!!!
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 finders fee if you recommend them and they work successfully for us!
As anybody who knows me knows..I love innovation and new ideas and, as usual when we have our monthly meetings with all of our RDs together, it’s been a good week for these. Notably, we’re going to be trialling a new termly Impact Report which will be a proforma for tutors to complete to feedback to school about the work we’re doing. This is something that will be really valued by school and a great opportunity for tutors to develop their professional communications skills. We’ll be trialling it around Christmas and rolling out next year. Watch this space or if you’d like to volunteer to be involved in the trial, please let your RD know!
Regional Directors' News
Another busy and productive week in Manchester. I had school visits to Crompton House and St Antony's earlier on in the week and I really enjoyed getting to see the tutors in action. It was great to meet the new SENDCO at St Antony's too and visit an old tutor who is now fully employed by the school! We also had our RD meeting on Thursday and as usual, lots of brilliant ideas were discussed and lots of coffee was consumed!
Norwich, Peterborough and Derby
Great news this week that Maaria will be able to remain in the placement she has been in at GP UTC for the remainder of the year! We’re looking to pick up another placement for Maaria in a new local school where she can introduce them to the wonderful world of yipiyap and she has impressed so much at the UTC that we don’t think this will be long in coming. Well done Maaria! Also I’m looking forward to my visit to Derby on Wednesday!
London, Reading and Leicester
Great week this week with everything from observations, new placements for tutors and an RD meeting in Manchester. Highlights definitely included observing Riya at Mulberry UTC (subject knowledge, attitude, professionalism and enthusiasm all at 10/10!) and seeing Ramsha taking on new responsibilities and subject areas at Westminster UTC and Nilam proactively working on her timetable to get the best and most effective support in place. Really enjoyed the RD Meeting as usual - always a great opportunity to share news of how well everyone (and I mean everyone!) has settled in to their placements this half term as well as brainstorm ideas for how to make placements and support even better. Really proud of the whole team and looking forward to next round of observations coming soon!
Cheshire and North Wales
This week has gone by so quickly it's hard to believe it's Friday - that said, it's hard to believe it's mid-November! I've been calling dozens of sixth forms and colleges over the last few days, and being able to speak to heads of sixth about the work some of their former students are doing as tutors has been really encouraging. It's also almost that time again when I'm visiting schools to check in with you all before Christmas. By now you're well into the swing of things, but there will always be new situations and if you have anything you want to go over, now is the time!
Yorkshire and the Humber
Hi everyone, I hope you’ve all enjoyed your week! It’s really great to have caught up with everyone and heard some fantastic feedback on how you’ve really settled back into your roles in HT2 – Excellent! I’ve been back over to HQ this week too to meet with Anne, Catherine and the other RDs which was fab and really great to have a catch up about all the positive upcoming plans which of course some of which involve all of you! The induction refresher and Christmas meal date and location have been announced as 20th December - I’ll communicate the finer details to you all this week - remember this is a mandatory event as per your contracts so please all pencil that date in your diaries and let’s get festive!!
Wall of Happy
Jess is first off the mark this week
Thank you Mo for providing such thoughtful and mature comments about the weekly update. I love hearing tutors views on the things we include in the update so do get in touch if you have anything you'd like to add!
Well done to Rajat, Phoebe and Sarwana this week. I felt very well looked after on my trip to St Antony's and Laura had lots of positive things to say about you all!
A special mention to Aisha this week as she has been working hard on teaching herself Physics A Level. A challenging but rewarding experience I'm sure!
Followed by Alan!
A big welcome to our newest member of the team, Karima has taken to her new role in school with a fantastic can-do attitude and has already had some great first impressions, even before my visit to school today. This has been a very quick turnaround from your interview not so long ago, but I'm sure settling in will be second nature, especially given that you're back in your former school with familiar staff!
Then there's Anne
First to Sian and Humayra for writing reports on a number of their students last week for me to present to the school to evidence the impact they are having. These were very thorough and well thought out and I know school will be delighted to have them!
Next to Lizzie, Niamh and Becca in Derby who received great feedback from the Head of the Virtual School this week. Well done guys - you are making such a big difference to your schools and the lives of the Looked After Children you support.
Finally to Tia - I’ve been waiting for a little while for the reveal on this but at induction Tia told us (very modestly) that she makes cakes in her spare time. I asked her to send over some pictures so just look at these!! They are amazing!
Next to Joss
Wall of happy this week is reserved for a special mention to Ramsha and Riya who slogged up to Manchester for MMI mocks this past weekend. Amazing attitude shown by both. In particular, Ramsha had to get the coach the previous night and travel all through the night and into the early hours of the morning to get there on time. Absolutely unbelievable desire to be involved in the activities on offer and your enthusiasm and effort doesn't go unnoticed!
And, finally to Carrie
This weeks Wall of happy mentions go out to Christine who played an integral part in a percussion ensemble for the Hull Music Service, performing at the Music for Youth proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Wedesday! What an amazing achievement. Also a big well done to Yashgin who I have received fantastic feedback from school for. Really great work Yashgin – Well done! Finally to Saul who has headed off all the way to Glasgow today for an interview with a big shipping recruitment company in the hopes of securing himself a cadetship for after his gap year – really well done Saul on grabbing what you want and stopping at nothing to achieve it!
Last but not least, a big happy birthday to Liam who celebrated his birthday on Wednesday! Happy Birthday Liam!!!
IMPORTANT NOTICE - SAFETY AT SCHOOL / SCHOOL TRIPS - PLEASE READ
If school ask you to go on a trip, help with an event or provide in support in any way other than tutoring, please ensure that you tell you Regional Director before you take part. It is absolutely necessary for us to know about any activities you are involved in at school to ensure that you are safe while at school. Appropriate risk assessments have been carried out to assess any risks that you may be exposed to and we need to check that steps have been taken to minimize such risks and we can only ensure this happens if we know what you are involved in so please always let us know.
Top Tips for Successful Support... SMILE!
This is Joss’s favorite tip (along with never saying ‘no’ to a cup of tea!). It is amazing how disarming a smile can be, whether it be to a busy teacher or to a difficult student. People will be more inclined to speak to you because you will look friendly and approachable and your positive demeanour will be appreciated by everyone around you so keep smiling!!!
Haris and Mo’s Top 20 Tunes
This week it’s Haris and Mo’s turn to delight us with their music choices and delighted you will be. It is just a brilliant selection of songs to get your toes tapping! There’s something for everyone here- from chart smashes to calming classical pieces with a dash of country just for good measure! A real treat- thanks for sharing these with us!!!
Here’s the link, enjoy everyone!!!
Educating Yorkshire and Educating Us!!!
And finally, I am going to finish this week with something very special. I received an email from Mo (Rahman) on Wednesday sending me a film that he felt would be really useful to share. He explained how the film demonstrated the influence a teacher can have on his/ her students and more importantly how it perfectly illustrated what can be achieved with a 'Can Do Attitude' which, of course, is the cornerstone of Yipiyap. Being a yipiyap tutor is challenging, there is no doubt about that, and Mo suggests that for anyone who maybe struggling, this video could serve an motivational tool and drive home the importance of what each and everyone of you are doing everyday in school.
I watched the clip and cried. It was extremely moving and inspiring. I would urge you all to have a look as it really does live up to everything Mo said it would.
I would like to thank Mo very much for taking the time to share this with us all and for really ‘getting’ what we do!
On that inspiring note, I wish you all the very best for the weekend and the week ahead!