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Update #20 - 9th February

Weekly Update #20!

Hi there,

How are you? Really well I hope and looking forward to your extremely well deserved half term! You have all worked so incredibly hard, battling in through the cold weather armed with Lemsip and just making it all happen at school! It’s a real testament to you and having the ability to rise to a challenge really bodes well for your futures! Hats off to you all!


So, what’s been going on this week?


Catherine's News

It’s a huge thanks to all the tutors who very kindly provided testimonials about their experience with Yipiyap so far to help with our 2018 recruitment drive. They are all just brilliant accounts of what being part of Yipiyap has meant to you and this will really resonate with Year 13s who are having to make those important choices over the next few months. Thanks for all of your help!

I have propelled the First Aid Course event ad to this section today as I realise that sometimes these updates are quite lengthy and perhaps you have nodded off by the time you get to this, so it has poll position today for obvious reasons…..

First Aid Course - Saturday 24th March

I know I am banging on about this but you have until MONDAY 19th FEBRUARY latest to enrol for our First Aid Course. We need a minimum of 10 tutors to be able to hold this event and not quite there yet. It is just such an incredibly useful course, lots of hands on fun and is great for your CV too. If you have nothing else to do on Saturday 24th March, why not? It would be great to see you!

To book your place, please use the button below:

My weekly reminder that if you know of anyone who may be taking a gap year after their A levels this 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

I love this time of the year as recruitment really gets going.  It’s always a slightly nervy start to the year..will Heads of Sixth remember who we are? Will they tell current Y13s? Will anybody good come forward?  The answer is a resounding YES and the buzz around the place when strong applications translate into positive first interviews is just brilliant. 

The highlight of my week was reading the testimonials Catherine refers to above. Not only are they fantastic to help with recruitment but they make 6 years’ hard work from the whole team 100% worthwhile.  Thanks to everyone who contributed – we’ll be putting them on the website and if you would like to submit a testimonial as well, just let me know.

Regional Directors' News


I don't know about you guys but I've been freezing! I am counting down the days till we get some glorious sunshine. Luckily, I've had plenty of reasons to smile this week and writing the update (especially the 'What's on in Manchester' section) this week has been very enjoyable. We're still working away behind the scenes to introduce some new tutors so keep your eyes peeled. Also, we've had an excellent start to our YCC fundraising so I'm looking forward to announcing our total in a week or so. I managed to raise £270 on my Dry January page and I'm astounded by the response - I was just hoping to reach £100! Thanks for a great week everyone.

IMPORTANT: I will not be in the office on Monday 19th Feb, Tuesday 20th Feb and Wednesday 21st Feb as I will be taking my first holiday in many many years! I'm aware some of you will be back in school then so if you need anything then please contact Anne or Catherine and they'll be happy to help. I'll be sure to show you some holiday photos on my return!


Norwich, Peterborough and Derby

Good news this week when a request for support came out of the blue from a new school in Derby, Da Vinci Academy.  This is where the power of a growing company really amazes me because the leadership team at Da Vinci is the same as the one at Birley Academy in Sheffield so Zach’s great work in Carrie’s team has led to a new opportunity in mine!  Thanks very much to Niamh and Tereza for being so willing to help and to Hannah - I know you’d love to if there were a few more days in the week!


London, Reading and Leicester

I want to start my weekly update this week by thanking my lucky stars that I don't have the flu any more! I still feel a bit ropey but it's a world of change from the lows of last week! Bleurgh! Thanks to everyone in my team who's sent nice messages this week - very heartwarming and much appreciated! It was great this week to see Daniel at work for the first time in Lambeth. He's all set up with a swanky office/classroom and he's got off to such a great start there. The Head of Maths sounded like she wanted to adopt him she was so impressed with his proactivity and impact with their Y12 students! All of this in a subject that he wasn't even intending to be tutoring! Wow! Also been really impressed with Cynthia's attitude this week in trying to facilitate some Half Term support at Elutec. It didn't work out in the end but I was really impressed with her can-do attitude and proactivity in trying to set it up. Overall it's been a great start to the year - everyone working to the best of their ability and nothing but positivity coming back from schools! Well done everyone and enjoy the break - lots of exciting news lined up for our return!!


Cheshire and North Wales

Incredibly, we've passed a milestone this week as we're now more than half way into the academic year - I've no idea how that happened so quickly! This week has been very mixed, and I've been focusing on the next round of recruitment going on, along with a lot of the back-end IT that should keep it all running smoothly in the run up to September. The first sets of interviews and careers fairs are taking place over the next few weeks, and I'm on the lookout for some of the first tutors to form next year's tutor team. That said, if you know anyone who is taking a gap year (either this year or next) be sure to let us know - we're always recruiting and you know better than anyone what makes a good tutor!


Yorkshire and the Humber

Hi team, I hope you’re all well and have enjoyed your run up the holidays! I’ve been doing a lot of chasing for recruitment, current roles and various other bits and bobs this week with my first 2018/19 tutor interviews now well underway, how exciting! (I bet it seems forever ago when you were in the hot seat). I’m still in urgent need of Maths tutors for immediate starts in Hull and Sheffield so again, if you know anyone who may be suitable and interested, pop me their details and there may well be £50 in it for you! I’ll be spending some much needed quality time with my darling daughter Layla Grace next week however, if you need me and it’s urgent please don’t hesitate to call me, otherwise drop me an email and I’ll get back to you when I can. Have a fantastic week guys!

Wall of Happy

First to Anne

This week a mention for Lizzie, Rebecca and Niamh in Derby who are all working with Looked After Children whose carer arrangements are changing and will be moving schools shortly as a result.  When we started these placements we looked at the attachment issues young children in this position face as they move around relatively frequently but it’s also tough for those who work with them when they have to move on.  Lizzie, Rebecca and Niamh, your schools are in no doubt that you have been massively positive figures in these children’s lives over the last few months and they will be so much better equipped to move into their new schools because of the support you have given them.

Also, well done to Tia on having a birthday and passing a driving test in the same week!!

Finally, just to say a great big well done to my whole team for your work in HT3 - many of you are on holiday next week so have a great week off, hopefully relaxing and seeing some daylight!


Next, it's Alan's turn

Usually my go-to content for the Wall of Happy is positive comments and feedback from school staff. As great as they are to read, this week's comments come instead from some of our own tutors about their time with Yipiyap. Needless to say, they were really nice to read through, both those from my own team and others. Coupled with the feedback I had from Callan last week, it shows just how much of an investment this year has been for everyone. So thank you to Adam, Renate, Robyn and Sam!


Now to Jess

This week I wanted to thank Ansab for contacting me and asking for ways he could better his support in school. This is such a brilliant attitude to have towards work and you will develop professionally if you keep thinking this way. Well done!

Also, a huge well done to Farzana for settling in to her new role at Saddleworth over the last few weeks and to Matt for settling in at WW and Broadoak. You've both impressed me so much and I can't wait to hear more.

A few tutors were poorly this week so I wanted to say a huge thank you for doing your best to get back into school. It makes a massive difference and I'm sure you get students asking where you were. They really do miss you when you're not there!


Next to Carrie

I’m starting the WOH with a bang this week as Saul has passed his driving theory test! Huge Congratulations Saul and very well done!! I also have to say a massive well done and thank you to Jasmine as I have received fantastic feedback from both Doncaster College and Longley Park College about the work Jasmine has been doing there. It’s reported that Jasmine has been excellent, very professional and has got on really well at her Colleges along with achieving a great student response to the English sessions she has delivered – very well done Jasmine!


And finally, Joss

Wall of Happy this week has to be finally finding Patrick a permanent home for his Tuesday! Patrick was the first tutor I onboarded this year and he's had two days with us locked in since September but with this pesky Tuesday hanging around unclaimed! Finally after months of pushing and pushing we have found him a permanent home for his extra day and I can finally cross him off my list! Oh - and I don't have the flu any more. Did I mention?

Yipiyap Runs for Magic Breakfast

It’s that time of the year again- the nights are getting lighter, the flowers are in bud and amongst the many glorious sounds heralding springtime can be heard the gentle thud of a Yipiyap tutor’s feet pounding the streets in training! Yes, once again we hope you will run with us to raise awareness of Magic Breakfast, a charity very close to Yipiyap’s heart!

Magic Breakfast is a national charity that provides free, healthy breakfasts to over 16,000 children who would otherwise go without every school day. The charity provides provisions to over 400 schools and supports these schools to set up and run brilliant breakfast clubs in the most deprived communities across the country. Magic Breakfast believes that no child should miss out on their education due to hunger. The statistics around this are really shocking and you can see this for yourselves at their link:

Magic Breakfast is a charity that Yipiyap has sponsored since donating the first £500 profit made by the business five years ago and we now raise money through the Yipiyap Charity Challenge. Having had the opportunity to visit one of the Breakfast clubs ourselves we were able to see just how much the children benefit from the impact of Magic Breakfast, not only giving them the right fuel to start their school day successfully but also giving them a happy, positive start each morning.

It is for the third year running we are inviting you, our inspirational tutors (and ‘the management!’) to put countless hours of training in (well, hum, possibly... !) and will get up extra early on race day to proudly wear our Magic Breakfast t-shirts and run around the British countryside to raise awareness of this brilliant charity.

This year each region will be taking on its own 10k challenge!

  • Peterborough will be running the Run in the Woods (8th April 2018)
  • London will be chasing the sun in the Hyde Park 10k (25th April 2018)
  • North Wales and Cheshire will be running the Llangollen 10k Trail (6th May 2018)
  • Norwich will be running the Norwich 10k (13th May 2018)
  • Derby will be running the SinFin10k (13th May 2018)
  • Manchester will be running the Heaton Park 10k (20th May 2018)
  • Yorkshire and the Humber will be running the Humber Bridge 10k (27th May 2018)

We would love to raise as much awareness as possible and as much money as we can through this run for Magic Breakfast. If you feel moved by this charity’s good work we would love you to join us!

We are not going to pressurise anyone into doing this, it’s entirely up to you. If it is something you would like to do, please note that although many of the runs seem ages away, there are limits on numbers so you will need to ensure you get your entries in on time.  If you do enter, please just let your RD know.

Just to give you a bit of a starting point with it all, I attach a little training guide that will hopefully be useful to you!

What's on in...

As the hols are nigh, your RDs were keen to make sure you all had some inspiration as to what you can do in your regions over the half term should you feel so inclined!

… in Norwich!

Sing-along Sound of Music

Saturday 10th February 2018 6.45- 11pm, Norwich Cathedral

What could be better than a Sing-along Sound of Music with Norwich Cathedral’s resident choir in habits, ‘The Voices’. Ponder the problem with Maria and wonder whether the Mother Superior will ever Climb Every Mountain. Sing your heart out with friends and family and if you have a Nun's Habit or outfit made of curtains, put it on!

For something a little more high brow, but still fun…

Stephen Fry - UEA Spring Literary Festival 2018

Wednesday 14th February 2018 6.30-8pm, UEA

Stephen Fry the actor, screenwriter, author, playwright, journalist, poet, comedian, television presenter, film director and all round national treasure will be speaking at the UEA.  He has had a successful acting career in television and film, including unforgettable roles in Blackadder and the Hobbit trilogy. He has presented several documentary series and has written four novels and three volumes of autobiography.  His latest book, Mythos, is a unique retelling of the Greek myths.

More information about this event can be found on:


… in Derby!

It’s all action over in Derby!

Well, with Alton towers just a half hour bus ride away, I think we really need to start there for some fun for our Derby gang! But if you are more inclined to a indoor event in February, but don’t want to compromise on the fun, how about trying your hand at climbing at the Alter Rock Climbing Centre. Alter Rock has over 600sqm of climbing walls for all ages and abilities! Just don’t look down!!!!

For more details call Alter Rock on 01332 367 200 or visit their website at


…. In Peterborough!

Peterborough Ghost Tours, Peterborough Museum

Tuesday 13th February 2018  7:30 pm

Dare you spend an evening in a haunted building, by candlelight alone? I wouldn’t but if you would perhaps you might like to join in one of Peterborough Museum’s Ghost Tours!!! The museum is reputedly one of the most haunted sites in the city, with many ghosts said to be lurking around the building. This tour sets out to uncover some of their stories.

The tour is led by a costumed guide, who shows visitors around the building by candlelight, explaining the various paranormal happenings at the sites where they have taken place, including the back stairs, where people have reported a ghostly servant falling to her death, a phantom girl seen and heard in recent months, the story of the museum’s most notorious ghost, the ‘Lonely ANZAC’ Thomas Hunter.

To book please call 01733 864 663.


…. In Manchester!

As many of you probably already knew, this week we celebrated 100 years of Suffrage in the UK. Only 100 years ago the first women were given their right to vote so I wanted to research into events that have particular relevance this month. I found an event called Suffragette City: Portraits of Women in Manchester Music. How brilliant does that sound?! Not only celebrating inspirational women, but women from our very own Manchester streets. The event doesn't start til February 23rd but I thought it was worth a mention now in case anyone was interested. Link below:

If you're stuck for things to do over half term, I'm going to attend some mindfulness art sessions at Manchester Art Gallery. If you're interested then take a look at their website and I would probably recommend their Facebook page too.

There's plenty to do in Manchester so really embrace our wonderful city!


… in Cheshire and North Wales!

A couple of things going on over the next couple of weeks but I'll start with Singin' in the Rain! This performance is taking place at Chester's Storyhouse and their final night is tomorrow, Saturday 10th February at either 14:30 or 19:30. The cost is £20 and it runs for roughly two and a half hours - book online at

For something more outdoors (if you can brace the cold) Rode Hall Gardens in Congleton are opening up their annual snowdrop walks. They're open every Tuesday-Sunday (11:00-16:00) until March 4th, and their entry fee is £5 per person. Definitely a more relaxing choice, but be sure to wrap up!

I've been doing a lot of redecorating and tidying out at home these past couple of weeks and brought this idea to mind - the Chester Antiques Fair! This is taking place at the Chester Racecourse from February 8th-11th, open from 10:30-17:00. I'm usually the person to tidy antiques away rather than buy new ones but this could have some interesting items! Admission is £5 per person.


… in Yorkshire and Humberside!

 If you’re after an idea of what to do during next weeks holidays, get yourself down to one of my personal favourite cities in Yorkshire, York for the Jorvik Viking Festival!


There’s always lots to see and do at the Jorvik Viking Festival. From Storytelling to ‘Have-a-Go’ Sword Combat and Archery. Have a look at everything going on during the festival.


… in London!

I can share another of my weird and wonderful London tips this month (after Ramsha attended the National Portrait Gallery drawing classes before Christmas) and this time it's PANCAKE DAY! For some strange reason Pancake Day has been a really big thing in my life since moving to London. At Uni all of the girls were totally obsessed with it (see various Pancake Parties, 2013-16) and now I've caught the bug! One of the best things to do is to go and watch (or partake in) one of the bizarre pancake races that happens around the capital. The most famous one is the Houses of Parliament (get ready for MPs and celebrities making a fool out of themselves... no change there!) but my top tip is the Great Spitalfields Pancake Race.

 This week it's Renate's Tutor Top 10

Well it’s Renate’s turn this week to bring music to our ears and boy is she smashing it?! It’s a rare event these days that I know all the groups/ artists on your playlists and I actually feel quite chuffed when I do know a few but this week, I am over the moon as I know and LOVE  each and every one of these 80s smashers! Can it get any better than this??? If these tunes don’t get your toes tapping then nothing will! Thanks for sharing these with us Renate!!!

Here’s your link to Renate’s 80s classics!

Weekly Update is having a little rest next week so, just to say, have a great weekend and half term to those of you who are off and to those who are in school next week, only a week to go until it’s your turn!!! I hope you all have a really well deserved big fat brilliant time!


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