Weekly Update #29!
Well, what a rare treat we had with the glorious weather over the Bank Holiday! It was so nice to be out and about without thermals! I did manage to get in the garden and we had the anticipated BBQ so my goals for the weekend (albeit set at rather low bar!) were achieved!! We are now only a couple of weeks away from the Whit half term holiday so let’s all hope the weather picks up again for that!
So, what’s been going on this week?
This week has really whizzed by with it only being a 4 day week (could get used to it!). More of the ‘you know what’s’ and I’ve being very pleased with the calibre of candidates I am meeting. I could, however, really do with your help to get more applicants through in all of the regions! While we have a large number of high quality applicants, we are looking to grow the business even more next year and knowing we will lose a few of the current candidates at results day we are therefore looking to employ more tutors than ever before! You are all by far the best placed to know just the sort of people we need and may well know many of this year’s Year 13s in your old schools. If you do, and there is someone you would be happy to recommend, please let me know. You will be entitled to a £50 finder’s fee if they come along and work successfully for us! Thank you in anticipation for your help with this! I really appreciate you spreading the word!
A day off, 2 days in Norfolk and the first round of offers going out to tutors has pretty much summed up the week! Oh and lots and lots of phone calls to new schools in pretty much every area of the country – everyone’s buzzing and this really is the best time of year!
Regional Directors' News
What a week! Considering it was shortened by the bank holiday it feels like it was one of my most productive weeks yet. Firstly I had a really lovely trip to St Antony's on Wednesday and staff spoke so highly of our tutors working there (Phoebe, Sarwana and Fajar) I really couldn't be any prouder. I also had a great visit to St Philip Howard and it was equally as lovely to hear just how well Rose has been working this year. The week then got even better as I confirmed 7 days of support for next year, including both the schools mentioned so thank you for your brilliant work guys! Getting the support in order for next year is an aspect of the role that I find most challenging, but life would be boring without challenges and we would never develop new skills without them so I'm having lots of fun finding my own way of succeeding. I hope you're all feeling the same as I am this week - positive and motivated!
Norwich, Peterborough and Derby
If I ever move away from Manchester, it’s going to be to sunny Norwich! I was there again this week for interviews and a Head’s presentation and it was glorious!! I did a whistle-stop tour of the three Sixth Forms that Alice, Humaira and Tia went to, interviewing a candidate at each for fairness, which was a fantastic way to spend the day (now I know why Catherine is always so happy at work!). Also I had some great feedback about tutors at GPUTC but more of that on my Wall of Happy and Niamh and Lizzie went on school trips. It’s all going on in NPD-land!
London, Reading and Leicester
Everyone's favourite time of year! Sun shining and bank holidays galore! The mood in schools seems really happy - all of my tutors giving me really positive feedback and messages - particularly the team at South Bank UTC. Very pleased to have been in this week to see you all and couldn't be more pleased with the way things are progressing there. The staff are over the moon! I've also checked in with Cynthia this week who once again is finding really positive and productive ways to use her time with the disrupted timetable this term. This is exactly what we ask from you all and really pleased to see the initiative shown. Well done!
Cheshire and North Wales
A shorter week this week but I'm glad to be on the road again. Two school visits down and interviewing my latest applicants from The Queen's School in Chester - it really doesn't seem like it's been a year since I interviewed Milly there! Onward with these Q/A sessions and it's on to Holmes Chapel and The King's School next week where I'll be looking for next year's Fabiana Peers and Sam Barnes - tough shoes to fill!
Yorkshire and the Humber
It was great to interview some amazing tutors from Sheffield this week. We have not recruited from Notre Dame College in Sheffield before but we had two brilliant candidates. Just as well given they will be following in Zach’s footsteps up there.
We are really looking forward to seeing the Y&H team at the Fit For Future event in June. I know Joss will be in touch but it would be great to see you all there!
Wall of Happy
First to Anne
Fantastic testimonial from the Principal of GPUTC about Maaria and Heidi this week saying that he cannot envisage how they would have delivered an effective intervention programme without them this year. High praise indeed, ladies, well done! Also it was lovely to hear Niamh so excited about going to see some piglets with her class after doing a topic about the Three Little Pigs this half term - truly adorable I’m sure! Finally, moment of the week for me was sitting with Alice and Humaira having an ice cream in the park on Tuesday after school - just wonderful to see you and hear all your news and views, thanks for making the time to get together (Tia - you were very much there in spirit and I hope you won your netball match!!)
Next, it's Alan's turn
My first Wall of Happy mention goes to Henry following some pre-visit feedback from staff at Ysgol Treffynnon. School have been thoroughly impressed with your professional handle on certain situations with students. Being "on their level" and working through sessions together (rather than just telling them what to do) will always get a more positive response, even from those students who don't enjoy a particular subject. Keep it up!
Also a mention goes to Milly who had her 18th birthday yesterday! A big milestone so I hope you had a fantastic day and enjoy your celebrations this weekend!
Now to Jess
Firstly I wanted to say thanks to Phoebe for taking the time to talk to me at St Antony's on Wednesday. It was great to hear a positive review of the weekly update and also to have a nerdy conversation about Infinity War with someone (I imagine everyone is probably sick of me bringing it up in the group chat, but I'm still not over it!!). The feedback from school was so positive and because of Phoebe's hard work we will be continuing to work with St Antony's next year. Can't wait!
Also well done to Mo this week for working around a tricky behavioural issue which was dealt in a sensible and mature way.
Elle has settled in really well in her new placement and I received the following comment this week:
Elle is doing really well. I have been impressed by her showing initiative in the way she has. Sometimes I am really busy and she has found things out for herself and generally helped out if something needs doing.
Brilliant start, Elle!
Lastly, I wanted to mention my visit to St Philip Howard as it was lovely to speak to Mike about the work Rose has been doing. Again, thanks to Rose, the support has been extended for another year and we're so pleased to keep working with such a brilliant school.
And finally, Joss
Wall of happy this week has to be my visit to SBUTC. When I was walking up to my office on the fourth floor I was stopped by a member of staff who said "you know, you are sending some REALLY nice young people our way." I was overjoyed! We talk so much about first impressions and attitude to work etc. The fact that our tutors have made somebody feel so warm towards them all just shows how well they've taken all of this on board, and how strong their natural interpersonal skills are. Great feeling on a sunny day!!
Huge Wall of Happy well done to Alex O'Malley this week from the Y&H lot. Attending a casting workshop for the BBC next week! Huge! We've got a star on our hands no doubt. Best of luck, Alex, and I look forward to updating with some good news next week!
One of our beloved alumni Nazgol Mashikhirad got in touch last week. She is currently studying Dentistry and has just finished her 2nd year exams and is taking a few days to relax before she starts actually seeing patients for the first time! Ekk!
Nazgol always does an annual fundraising event. This year she’s decided to do 10,000 ft SkyDive (Is she mad? Answers on a postcard please!!!). She apparently wasn’t nervous until she realised that 10,000ft is TEN TIMES the height of The Shard. Although she’s now questioning her life choices, she is really really looking forward to it and wonders if anyone from the Yipiyap team would like to make a donation. All money raised is going to DentAid. This is a charity that provides dental care for vulnerable individuals overseas as well as here in the UK.
If you would like to support Nazgol and DentAid, please use the button below:
This week it's Karima's Tutor Top 10
It’s a massive thanks to Karima this week for her brilliant playlist! I have to admit, I started to listen to it but felt exhausted straight away as Chandelier is the song we do the heavy hill climb to on max resistance in my spinning class! Had to have a little rest and some water before pressing on with the rest of it! It is a fab selection with some brilliant Sia and Snow Patrol as well as some new artists to me like ‘Panic! At the Disco’ and ‘The Veronicas’ the tracks of both are fab! Thanks so much Karima for taking the time to send these in, particularly in the circumstances. You are a star!
Have a great weekend everyone!