Update #4 - 5th October

Hello everyone,

I hope you have all had a good week. Can you believe it, only 2 weeks to go until half term (for most of you!)? Hopefully you are all getting used to all of the different aspects of your placements now, the travel, the expectations of the schools and the characters you are dealing with. All of your skills, be it communication, confidence, teamwork, time management, etc., will be developing and evolving each and every day so embrace everything that comes your way, be it good or bad, knowing that every single thing is a building block towards for your futures.

So, what’s been going on this week?

Catherine’s News

Well, famous last words! You may recall I preached last week in the update, too much screen time is bad for you!!! This week I was struck down by a what they think is a trapped nerve in the neck and OMG it has been sore. Time to readjust my seat and screen height and stop looking compulsively at my phone!! You will now find me sitting like a meerkat!!

Amidst the feast of painkillers, it has been great to hear all the positive news from the RDs at the monthly RD meeting about their visits to schools over the last few weeks. Amazing stuff all of you! It was great to be part of the Spirit of Manchester award night on Thursday- we did not win but Team Yipiyap did themselves proud. Thanks to Jess and Alan for all of their efforts with the film!!!

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

As well as having responsibility for my own region I sometimes get the pleasure of visiting other people’s patches so I absolutely loved coming over to Hull and Leeds this week to visit 3 of our schools in Y&H.  It was great to see the Hull tutors, still buzzing from the previous evening’s bowling, and hear about the impact they’re already making with their students.  Also to see Sally and Snezana so happy in their placements when we got to Leeds.  Cameron – Joss and I heard great things about you as well – well done on such a fantastic start to your year.  Bradford and Sheffield next time!

Regional News

Norwich, Peterborough and Derby

It’s been brilliant to see my team settling into their roles in Derby and Norwich and I’ve been really impressed with everyone’s communication – you are great at coming back to me whenever I have any questions or requests for info and it’s hugely appreciated. This week we’ve had Hafsah and Simren start in school and have issued contracts to yet more tutors for roles in Derby and ….Peterborough! Watch this space for news of new team members, NPD!



Another great week for Team Manchester! With interviews, award ceremonies, an RD meeting and even more school visits there’s nothing I didn’t face. I visited Ruwaydah at Stretford High on Wednesday and witnessed quite possibly the biggest class size ever. I really enjoyed being reminded how to factorise and expand brackets! I then visited Reddish Vale on Friday and really enjoyed catching up with Lewis and Ore. I have my final visits booked in for next week so I’m excited for another busy one.


Denbighshire and Cheshire

Another great week down and plenty more to go! I have been back out to North Wales to have a discussion about a new school opening in Rhyl, and I'm keeping an eye on this as a potential site for next year! Also checking in on how Emma is getting on in Bolton and of course our monthly RD meeting was a great highlight. A great night followed with the Spirit of Manchester Awards event, but while Yipiyap didn't get the top spot, it was fantastic to have been nominated!

Flintshire and Wrexham

It was great to get over to visit Rebecca and Georgia at Hawarden High School at the end of last week. They both seem really well settled in despite the fact that Georgia only started with us last week. You’ve obviously made a really good first impression as the staff in the office at Hawarden knew exactly who I was talking about on only your second day! I’ve also been talking to other schools in the region about extending their support or bringing new schools in and am looking forward to meeting with senior staff at Ysgol Rhiwabon in Wrexham at the end of next week.

London, Yorkshire and The Humber

Just a quick update this week as it's been a fantastic week for me travelling around - bowling and meetings in Hull and Leeds, Monthly Meeting at the office and then the Spirit of Manchester awards before back to London! Seen so many tutors this week it's been fantastic - feeling so proud of everyone and of Yipiyap for doing so well at the awards! Great work guys and all have a great weekend! Big thanks to James, Charlotte and Jemima for my first ever tour of WHA, too! Appreciate you taking the time to show me around and really enjoyed the day!

Wall of Happy

This week Joss starts us off with his special mentions

Wall of Happy this week is a tough decision but it's got to be the Hull team's bowling social - so much fun! Great to introduce the new members of the team and to get a chance to listen to Dancing Queen just before it was ruined forever by Theresa May! Everyone on the night was showing a real Yipiyap spirit - whether it was James and Olivia's can-do-attitude in their race to bowl the fastest ball or Sasha Macklin's commitment to getting a chicken burger from McDonald's on the walk home - moving stuff.

Next to Richard

A big thumbs-up to Katie who has been super reliable in everything that’s been asked of her so far this year. You are really well thought of by Ysgol Treffynnon and I really appreciate how consistently you respond to requests and use the app to rate your day – it’s great communication. Rebecca also made me smile this week with her ingenious transport arrangement – combining learning to drive with getting to work. Absolute genius!! I’m looking forward to seeing everybody together at Cheshire Oaks next week.


Now over to Jess

Shout out this week to Ruwaydah for throwing everything at her placement at Stretford High. Ghulam was so impressed with the impact you have made on the pupils in such a short space of time. Well done!

Also, it was lovely to see Elle, George and Jake at the Spirit of Manchester award ceremony on Thursday.


Now to Anne

My first mention on the WOH this week is for Faye. Faye is blazing a trail for us working with college GCSE resit students in Norwich - it’s an unusual placement and one which is requiring a lot of patience from Faye as we establish exactly how it’s going to work best but then it will be the blueprint for a whole new strand of Yipiyap support. It will look great on your CV to have established this, Faye, and you’re doing a fantastic job as our ambassador at CCN.

Also, massive thanks to Niamh for all your enthusiasm and patience helping me get set up with the reporting requirements for DANCOP – you make registers seem so exciting! I really could not have asked for more help with this lengthy job and I’m really grateful for all your help.


And, finally to Alan

This week goes to Adam who has been throwing himself into his new role in school. Becoming well known in the department is always an important first step in any placement, and you've clearly done that even before I first came in to visit. And going above and beyond to run a positivity-themed assembly with the students will no doubt put you in great standing for the rest of the year. Keep it up!

Sending Your Message

This is something that came up as part of the icebreaker at this week's RD meeting. Earlier this week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency issued a test message to around 225 million phones across the US. In the event of a national emergency, US citizens will receive a notification as a warning. Though this would be a great way to deliver Anne's January Joke of the Day, it got us thinking what we would want our own messages to be if we had the opportunity to reach that many people. What would you want to send to people, either across the UK or globally?

Yipiyap Regional Bowling – Team Hull kicks us off

One down and the rest of you to go! A good time was had on Tuesday by Joss and the Hull tutors at the first of our Regional Bowling evenings! Hopefully you have all now booked your places with your RD to attend your Region’s event! Here’s a taste of what you can look forward too!!!

The dates for the rest of you are as follows:

  • Team Cheshire and North Wales Thursday 11th October

  • Teams Leeds, Bradford and Sheffield Thursday 11th October

  • Team London Thursday 11th October

  • Team Derby Friday 12th October

  • Team Norfolk TBC

  • Team Manchester Wednesday 17th October

Please liaise with your Regional Director regarding attendance, times and venues.

Mock MMI and General Interviews - SATURDAY 10TH NOVEMBER

Thanks to everyone who has booked their places so far for the MMI/ General Mock Interview Day on Saturday 10th November. For any others who are interested in this unique offering, please ensure you book asap as places are limited. To book, please click on the button below NOW:

Pedagogy Corner

This week’s corner is about something called differentiation. This can encompass lots of different things but essentially concerns itself with making sure that work is pitched at the right level for students you work with.

A few key tips for differentiation would be;

  • Make sure that if you are working with a small group of students you have thought about if they all work at the same level or whether some are stronger/weaker than others.

  • If they are not all at the same level, it is unlikely they should all be doing exactly the same tasks.

  • Don’t spend time repeating the same skills endlessly. Some teachers may ask students to consolidate their learning with practice but it does not require 20 of the same type of questions for example.

  • Think about how you can subtly stretch stronger students e.g. in maths don’t just use whole numbers in problems once students have shown a basic confidence with an idea but include decimals, fractions and negative numbers.

  • Think carefully about how you can support weaker students e.g. in English provide writing frames with partial answers given.

If you want to read some more about differentiation see the blog below with some further ideas.

Claudia’s Top 10 Tunes

And, it is thanks this week to Claudia from Team Derby for her fab top 10. It’s another brilliant mix for you all to tune into this weekend! Thanks Claudia for sharing these especially as you have been poorly this week- get well soon!!!

Kid President says think AWESOME!

Thanks to Jess for sending this motivational video in. He is hilarious!

Have a fantastic week ahead!


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