Weekly Update #27!
The update this week is coming from me (Anne) as Catherine is out in the Yipiyap tour bus visiting Hull and Derby at the back end of the week to put prospective hopeful tutors through their paces at interview. I don’t often get let loose with this responsibility so I have to admit it’s always quite exciting when I do and what better way to kick off my first weekly update in ages than with a message about Tax from Halyna..!
Some of you may have noticed on your payslip that HMRC have started deducting tax from your salary this month. If that’s the case, it’s probably because they are assuming that over the course of the new tax year, your salary will be high enough to take you over the Personal Allowance threshold.
Don’t worry if tax has been unexpectedly deducted from your salary, HMRC do refund any incorrect deductions if you get in touch with them. All you need to do is to give them a call and explain how much you're earning and that you're only working until July, not for the whole tax year. They will then send us a new Tax Code for you, which will trigger a refund for any overpayment. If you have any questions or need any further clarification, do let me know.
So, what’s been going on this week?
It’s been ‘second interview, second interview, second interview’ day in and day out this week! As well as the Zoom interviews I had a road trip to Hull on Wednesday and another one to Derby yesterday! I know every definition of a ‘can do’ attitude from here to Timbuktu! But it’s all good as I can see the teams for each region starting to form and that’s really exciting.
My usual reminder about the £50 finder’s fee if you recommend a friend and they work successfully for us for the next academic year!
I’ve had lots of great conversations with Virtual Schools this week who really see the benefit of our work in the areas where we’ve been working with VSs this year. Well done to all the Oldham and Derby tutors involved in this work – I’m showing your Impact Reports left right and centre!!
Also, lots of activity in North Wales which is really exciting as we’ve been looking to work with more schools in Wrexham and Flintshire for quite some time. Support looks like it will be taking off here in a big way in September!
Finally just a little message to all those revising hard for exams at the moment – The little Morrises 1 and 2 have the double whammy of A-Levels and GCSEs this time so it’s full on at home and I’m certainly with all exam-sitters in spirit just now! Keep going – you’re nearly there!
Regional Directors' News
This week I had a lovely trip to see Matt at the Warrington Wolves ground where he is providing Maths support. It was lovely to sit in on a session and watch his students get to grips with quite a challenging topic. It's also been a busy week in terms of support and recruitment for next year as I've been out interviewing, contacting schools and already forming a very rough plan for who will go where next year. Don't worry though, my focus is still on you guys and supporting you till the very end of your gap year.
Norwich, Peterborough and Derby
Always great to see new applications coming through at this time of the year – we have a quite a steay stream coming through from Derby and Norwich, however, Peterborough tutors, we could really use your help in reaching strong candidates. Please put the word out amongst your social networks and remember the finder’s fee!
London, Reading and Leicester
Lovely week this week with lots going on in school and out - recruitment well underway for next year and the residue of some sunshine in the capital after last week. Our main headline is that we've welcomed Kemi to the team at South Bank UTC - that's 5 (count 'em!) tutors there now supporting right through the week across Maths and English. Massive credit to all there who've been putting in the hard work all yearwinning over the staff there and making this a possibility - here's to you, Ramsha and Patrick!
Cheshire and North Wales
Another week down and I've had a lot of fun talking to plenty of people about Yipiyap. Mainly focusing on Warrington and Wigan, with new interviews in Wales on the way! This week I had my first Q/A sessions with students who just aren't sure what their next steps will be - I'm sure some of you remember that feeling! Meeting with student services and careers staff has been really useful to make sure colleges have Yipiyap front of mind when sixth formers are wondering what alternatives are out there. My next round of school visits are coming shortly, though I've heard a lot of schools are in the middle of mock exams so getting dates booked has been tricky. Anything you want to feedback ahead of my visit, let me know!
Yorkshire and the Humber
It was great to get over to Hull this week and I was really looking forward to catching up with the team but as my day was swiftly filled by Mr Jacobs and Mrs Riseham’s budding candidates there was no time to fit in a get together, having 9 interviews more or less back to back from 9am until 5pm! Both Mr Jacobs and Mrs Riseham asked me to say ‘hi’ to all of their former students and they were just delighted to hear how well you are all doing! I told them both you were very worthy ambassadors for their school!
Wall of Happy
First to Anne
So proud of Rebecca this week for her fantastic blog on mindfulness and working with vulnerable young people which she submitted this week – so sensitively written, I highly recommend you check it out on the website! I especially love the 5,4,3,2,1 idea and I was doing it as I was reading it.
Also, well done to Sian for successfully wallpapering her house!
Next, it's Alan's turn
Good luck to Karima who is preparing for her upcoming interview with ECC. Fingers crossed it all goes well and you find yourself in Japan next year! A reminder to everyone as well that if like Karima you'd like a reference for an interview, just ask!
Also a well done to Adam for some great feedback from the head of maths at Ysgol Dinas Bran. I've asked for feedback from each of my schools while trying to get these next visits booked in, and Adam's was the first back. Specific mention to your punctual and polite behaviour came as no surprise to me, and having that can-do attitude to do whatever needs doing day-to-day is really appreciated by any school - keep it up!
Now to Jess
Well done Matt for running a brilliant session on Tuesday. It was wonderful to see you getting the students to focus and keep on task.
Thank you to Delwar, Sania, Haris and Farzana for getting your timetables to me before the deadline. A trustworthy bunch!
And finally, Joss (who is now reporting for London and Y&H!)
Wall of happy this week very pleased to be in Manchester for the monthly RD meeting. Absolutely vital at this time of year to get our heads together and coordinate our efforts in terms of recruiting both schools and tutors for next year. Couldn't be more pleased with the reactions I've had so far from all of your schools, too, with many already confirming support for next year.
Wall of Happy in the North-East this week goes to those tutors who have taken the initiative and seized opportunities in school - whether that's adjusting their timetable to fit around exams like Josh, putting in extra hours to support individual students like Yashgin or agreeing to help out on a school trip like Lauren. It really shows the can-do attitude that we look for - not seeing these changes as barriers or negatives, but embracing them and rolling with the punches! Well done!
The holy month of Ramadhan is due to start at the end of May and we know that, as fasting is a responsibility as well as an obligation in Islam, it is important that both tutors, and any young people you work with who may observe Ramadhan, are supported while continuing with normal school life. The following guidelines should be followed during this time in respect of students you support:
- Tutors should refrain from suggesting to students to have a 'sip of water’, unless there is a concern that the student is suffering from dehydration;
- Students should not be asked if they are fasting, unless the student presents with a health issue;
- If a student faints or collapses, tutors should alert a member of the school team immediately.
For tutors who are fasting:
If you are unwell and unable to attend school, please follow the normal school procedure for absence. Possible effects may include disruption to normal sleep patterns as well as tiredness and reduced focus. To minimise these potential effects, it is important that tutors eat healthily and are well hydrated during the non-fasting hours as well as adapting their sleeping routine to ensure enough hours of sleep.
In planning how you will manage these challenges, please do let us know if there is any support we can offer.
Finally, if any tutors are going to be absent to celebrate Eid-al-Fitr later this year, please request the leave of absence in advance with your RD; we are able to authorise one day of absence for any day of religious observance.
This week it's Yashgin's Tutor Top 10
And it’s Yashgin’s turn this week to spin the decks for the TT10! Lots of new cutting edge artists names here and Yashgin pointed out that lots of her playlist features Cardi B as she is her favourite artist at the moment. Well, I like a cardi as much as the next person (albeit usually of the M&S variety!) but will listen with interest this weekend to Cardi B and the rest of the tracks as I am taxiing the kids around!
Thank you so much Yasgin for sharing your tunes with us. I am sure you will all enjoy them!!
Have a great weekend!