Weekly Update #10!
I hope you have all had a great week. We are already half way through this half term and I hope that you now feel you are really part of the furniture at your schools!
Only 1 week until the real countdown for Christmas starts (well, in our house at least!) and I am aware that Black Friday and Cyber Monday have dovetailed very nicely with pay day so I will try and be brief with this update so you can deepen your relationship with Amazon and get your Christmas shopping started!!
So, what’s been going on this week?
Having been a bit on the iffy side this week I have worked from home until yesterday but it was great to get back in the office yesterday. But for a few details to sort out we now have the Christmas refresher and meal sorted (see details below). Not sure where I’ll be as yet as I might be in Hull, might be Manchester depending on where my taxiing services are required but wherever it is, I can’t wait to see you!
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!
It was fantastic to have Halyna back in the office and taking control of things as only she seems to know how! Payroll week is always a busy week so thanks Halyna for working your magic as usual! I also went to Derby this week and had a lovely after-school tea and cake with the team. How you get avocado to taste so good in a cake was quite a revelation as Niamh discovered and if you’re feeling adventurous in a culinary way then The Book Café in Derby is the place to be!
Regional Directors' News
This week it was great to have Joss in the office to bounce ideas off. We've been working hard to create a student impact report for tutors to use to show student progress each term so watch this space! It was also lovely to see Fajar in the office on Monday and to hear that all is going well - thanks for coming in! I also had a brilliant trip to MEA to visit Ann and watch her in action. There were a lot of little faces looking very confused as to who the new person was sat in the back of class, one student even asked what lesson I was going to next and was sad when I sad I was heading home. I was under the weather this week so getting to see some of the tutors and have such a positive experience was brilliant and really perked me up.
Norwich, Peterborough and Derby
The Team NPD roadshow went to Derby this week and what a fantastic visit - brilliant feedback for all our tutors, happy children and happy schools. Well done Becca, Niamh and Lizzie - I was so pleased for you to see that all your hard work is so clearly appreciated. I also had two interviews whilst in Derby for new tutors joining the team..watch this space!!
London, Reading and Leicester
Another great week this week - big news is Cynthia has completed her first week at Elutec so we now have a new tutor and a new UTC on board! Really pleased to see the team growing. As well as that I feel like my team's really got in to the swing of things now - communication is excellent from all parties and I can see tutors making really good decisions within school to maximise their productivity and make sure they're seeing the right students for the right time. Shows real maturity and a great can-do attitude! Looking forward to seeing you all in action again soon and introducing another great tutor to the team shortly... watch this space!
Cheshire and North Wales
Another week closer to Christmas! This has been another fast-paced few days, but I'm really looking forward to my next round of visits for half term two. A couple of new faces this time and I'm hoping for even more to join soon, with another handful of applicants and interviews in the pipeline. I'm also picking up on some great feedback from my team and getting our Tutor Tips in the books - expect a call about this very soon! Finally, a quick word of caution to drivers; take extra care when on the roads this time of year. Journeys might take you longer but it's worth it to keep safe, especially as the mornings get darker and colder.
Yorkshire and the Humber
Hi everyone, I hope you’re all well and have had a great week! I’ve had a fantastic week observing in some of your lessons and I have to say I’m extremely impressed at what I’ve seen! The professionalism and ability to keep your cool in sometimes difficult situations has blown me away along with every one of you approaching your intervention sessions with gusto! I also managed to speak to a few teachers and even students this week which has been very insightful! Well done everyone! If I haven’t got to you in your school yet, fear not - I’ll be there in the next week or so!
Wall of Happy
Anne is starting us off this week
It’s a toss up this week between my team throwing themselves into preparations for the Yipiyap Charity Challenge with their ideas for bake sales, collections and charity Christmas cards..and Tia’s pictures of the puppies that came into her school as a wellbeing initiative for the staff – super cute and so cuddly, no one would ever want break-time to end!
Next it's Joss!
Wall of happy this week definitely goes to the fist-pump moment when I found out Nilam passed her driving test today!! Really pleased for her as I know this is something she was really really keen to do - shouted "YEAH!" out loud in the office when I got the message! Well done! My biggest laugh of the week this week came during my conversation with Muhammed who has recently taken up boxing. He described "going absolutely crazy" at his sparring partner during his second bout - the calmness in his voice when he said it really cracked me up. We'll have to declare him as a lethal weapon soon enough!
Then it's Jess
This week my superstar has to be Ann. Not only did she forgive me for getting her birthday wrong (luckily too early, not too late!) but she also really looked after me on my trip to MEA. She was helping a KS3 student with telling the time and her level of patience was really impressive. Well done Ann!
Also, Rajat and Phoebe have been brilliant with making up their time missed in school. It really is appreciated so a huge thank you from me and the students at SACC that still get the same level of support! There are a number of tutors that are brilliant at this so do keep up the good work. Remember, having 100% attendance on your reference will look incredible.
Followed by Carrie
On the topic of observations, you all deserve a massive well done for the great work you’re all doing however, a couple of extra special mentions are going out this week to Liam Wheeler - for delivering his intervention lessons so well that one of the senior members of the English faculty described him as being as good as a young teacher - massive well done Liam! Also, a big well done to Lauren Dennett and Louis Dearing who in the absence of a staff member manned the fort completely on their own in maths intervention for the first 3 days of the week! With a constant flow of students of varying year groups and abilities they have done exceptionally well to handle everything and deliver their sessions in a controlled and professional manner - well done Lauren & Louis!
And, finally to Alan
First off, thank you to everyone for getting in your timesheets without needing chasing; it makes all the difference! Also, the first of what I'm sure will be a string of very good interview news - Cameron's turn this week as she's heading off to Cambridge next month for her university interview - best of luck, Cameron!
Top Tips for Keeping Calm...
Life is hectic, full on and can often feel quite overwhelming, especially at times like Christmas. Here are a few simple yet really effective tips for keeping calm which I really hope might be useful for you.
- Open your mouth- Our jaw is where we often carry stress, which radiates to our head and neck. To loosen the tension, open your mouth wide for half a minute or so, breathing naturally through your nose, then allow your mouth to gently close.
- Work your face- To relax tight muscles in your neck and calm the mind, turn the head to look over one shoulder and tilt the head gently back. Hold for 30 seconds, breathing in and out through your nose. Repeat on the other side.
- Create a personal mantra- we love our mantras at yipiyap! Create your personal mantra to be inspiring and motivating to you so that when you hit a stressful moment it shifts you back into a positive frame of mind and springs you back to sanity. It needs to be a positive, powerful and affirmative statement.
- Listen up and zone out- there’s nothing like a beautiful piece of music to promote a sense of calm. A study at Oxford University found slow music with a 10 second repetitive cycle is relaxing as it syncs with blood pressure rhythm. Try the slower parts of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony or Verdi’s arias.
- Use an app- I know Jess has mentioned this before, and it’s great advice. With guided meditations as short as three minutes apps such as Headspace and Buddhify are perfect for giving you a helping hand when you are feeling overwhelmed. Retreat to your bedroom, close the door and reset your mind……..
REMINDER - Absence Requests
Just a reminder to you all that if you need time off for any reason you need to have this absence approved by your Regional Director. If you do not have the absence authorised, please do not approach school to arrange this independently of yipiyap. Your contracts are with yipiyap and it’s not acceptable to do this.
Christmas Refresher Induction and Christmas Meal
WEDNESDAY 20th DECEMBER
You will all now be aware of the date for the Christmas Refresher Induction and Chrismtas Meal, namely Wednesday 20th December. The Refresher Induction is mandatory so we are looking forward to see everyone there. We will be sending out some documents closer to the time for you to read beforehand. The meal is not mandatory but obviously we would love it if you could all come along and have some festive team time. The Inductions and Meal are all going to be held regionally and also after school time (except Team NPD). If you have to travel far within your region and it is going to be difficult for you to make the induction start time, your Regional Director will arrange with school for you to leave earlier on that day.
The arrangements for each region are:
Carrie’s Team (Leeds and Sheffield TBC)
Induction time: 4.45pm- 5.45pm
Induction Venue: The Endeavour Learning and Skills Centre, Beverley Road, Hull, HU3 1UR
Christmas Meal Venue: Frankie and Bennys, Saint Andrews Quay, Hull, HU3 4SA
Induction time: 5pm-6pm
Induction Venue: Coleg Cambria Yale, Grove Park Road, Wrexham LL12 7AB
Christmas Meal Venue: Frankie and Bennys, Eagles Meadow, Wrexham LL13 8DG
Induction time: 4.30pm-5.30pm
Induction Venue: Yipiyap offices, 20 Railway Street, Altrincham, WA14 2RE
Christmas Meal Venue: Frankie and Bennys, Denmark Street, Altrincham
Induction time: 5pm-6pm
Induction Venue: TBC
Christmas Meal Venue: TBC
Induction time: Approx 12.30 – 1.30
Induction and Christmas Meal Venue: Peterborough TBC
*** PLEASE NOTE THAT NOT ALL REGIONS START AT THE SAME TIME ***
Phoebe and Holly’s Top Tunes
It’s a massive thanks to DJs Phoebe and Holly for this week’s top tunes! Again, some songs that are completely new to me which I will look forward to listening to but given how great the others are I am confident this going to be a great playlist! Thanks so much ladies!
Here’s the link, happy listening everyone!!!
So, on that musical note, have a fab weekend and week ahead everyone!