You are all coming up to the end of Spring Term at school, whether it be next week or the week after (make sure you know your school holidays!), and you will have made it through the toughest term!!! Really well done to you all for digging deep and doing such a great job. The next term is a far more buoyant term at school. Obviously schools can get quite stressy with the exams looming but your support at that time is even more important and relevant and you will be more valued than ever! Next term is also ‘hug alert’ term but we will be giving you lots of advice on how to dodge the hugs and stay safe!
So, what’s been going on this week?
I have been on my travels again this week! On Monday I was in Hull, interviewing at Wyke and Wilberforce and on Wednesday I was in Nottingham interviewing at Bilborough College. In between I did a little interviewing in Manchester. There’s definitely a theme there! Lots of brilliant new tutors for September are in the pipeline and I am a happy bunny. It was great to hear how you all got on with your tutor choice social events. Really glad you have enjoyed them so far- more to come next week! Not quite as exciting as rock climbing or escaping however is the big news in the office- a new hand dryer in the toilets- I cannot tell you how exciting it is. Must get out more, must get out more, must get out more…..
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 know a number of tutors who are interested in the business behind the support we provide at Yipiyap and sometimes there’s a series of events which really do make me realise what an amazing team we have in the office to support the support! The thing that has focused the mind this week has been the work of our wonderful Halyna. You’d think running the monthly payroll would be fairly easy once you get the hang of it and Halyna makes it look pretty straightforward even when it isn't, but once in a blue moon something comes along to make that job a complete and utter nightmare and for the last couple of months Halyna has been grappling with a payroll that just didn’t want to play! I won’t go into detail but just wanted to recognise Halyna’s tenacity and resilience over the last few weeks - you can get back to normal now, Halyna and hope that well-earned smile is around for a long time yet!!
Norwich, Peterborough and Derby
As I’m writing this on Thursday evening I’m getting really geared up for another Yipiyap first - a school visit to Nottingham! Not only am I looking forward to visiting both the Headteachers at our Nottingham schools but really delighted to be seeing Ahkin in action at Nottingham Girls’ Academy. Ahkin, you’ve been very patient waiting this long in the year for me to come in and I’m looking forward to seeing your patch and the students to whom all the names on the DANCOP registers belong tomorrow!
This week we had what I am predicting is our last ‘first day’ at a new placement. Liv started her 3 days of support at St Matthew’s RC High on Friday and will be helping GCSE students on the run up to their exams. Also this week I had a great visit to Saddleworth to check how Fozia is getting on. Charlotte said that you know exactly what you’re doing and you’re really proactive which was great to hear. Finally, I was absolutely gutted to miss out on the social event this week. I absolutely love quizzes but another sickness bug had taken me down and I don’t think I’d have been much use to either team. Well done to the Quizzy Rascals on coming 6th place and to the brilliantly named Quiztastrophe on coming last. I appreciated the regular updates in the group chat and I was glad to still feel slightly involved!
Denbighshire and Cheshire
Coming off the back of my last trips, I've been back out on the road and visiting sunny Wales this Tuesday and Thursday. Amber and Adam - it was great to catch up with you both and it's especially interesting to see the new school build taking shape in Rhyl. It's getting taller each time I visit! More visits planned for next week and before you know it, it'll be Easter! I've also got a new avenue with reaching new applicants from Priestley following a meeting on Friday and I'm hoping to be in college semi-regularly to talk to as many people as I can.
Flintshire and Wrexham
The drive for support requests and to recruit tutors has continued this week with another couple of schools keen to learn about Yipiyap and the opportunities it can provide for their Sixth Form students. I had a really productive meeting with the Head of 6th form at Abbey Gate College which is right on the Wrexham/Cheshire border and will be heading back to talk to their students later in the year, and a similar opportunity has opened up at Bishops’ Blue Coat C of E school who have invited Yipiyap in to talk to their students as well. Beyond that I’ve been working on trying to engage some primary schools to come on board for next year.
London, Yorkshire and The Humber
Thanks first to everyone who turned out for the TEP events in Yorkshire. Was a harder job than expected getting everything sorted but glad you all had fun! Congrats and thanks also to Ramsha who's agreed to take on an extra day's support at SSMWUTC through exams. They were desperate to have her practiced hand back to support their students there and no doubt she'll have a fantastic impact at this critical time of the year. Good luck to everyone who's had renewed interviews/new places at uni come up - well done to Gaurav for getting all 4 of his uni offers! Superstar!
Wall of Happy
This week Anne starts us off with her special mentions
WOH this week goes to the Derby teamsters who were climbing, swinging, dangling and swooping around Clip’n’cllimb in Derby. The pictures were fantastic and it was also really sweet to see you all making sure you got home alright after. Many thanks to Hannah for organising and top marks to everyone for not falling off!
Next to Jess
A massive shout out to Elle again this week for being an absolute life saver at the last minute. She was more than happy to take control of the social event and look after her fellow tutors so thank you very much for helping, Elle!
Thanks again to all of the tutors that attended the social event. It was lovely to see the group chat light up with conversation afterwards so I hope you really enjoyed the quiz. See you all at the 10k!
Now over to Alan
Firstly another birthday this week for my team - happy birthday to Francesca, and enjoy your celebrations this weekend! I also wanted to highlight Amber who has had some great feedback from the Maths department during my visit to Dinas Bran this week. With such a flexible timetable, it's easy to have occasions where you feel your time could be better spent with different sessions or with different students. Being proactive enough to feed back on this and seek out those areas where you're needed most is really valued by school, and it means you're having the most impact on the students. I saw you'd built up a rapport with lots of students in the various classes and that makes you a big part of the staff team - keep it up!
Now to Richard
Some really lovely feedback from schools this week. Firstly from the Head Teacher at Ysgol Treffynnon who wrote about Katie “I really value the work that Katie is doing, particularly the extracted 1:1 or small group work with Y11; it makes a big difference to student confidence as well as progress.” This was followed in close succession by an email from the Head of Maths at Ysgol Bryn Alyn who wrote about Harry “I am more than happy with how he has settled in here and have every confidence in his ability to make a real impact with our pupils”. And then just as I was about to send this Wall of Happy through to Catherine, another lovely email arrived which said “Rebecca has been an absolute star with regards to supporting the GCSE pupils”. I’m already well aware of the great work that tutors do but it’s particularly nice when schools recognise it and pass on their appreciation as well. Good job guys!
And, finally to Joss
Wall of happy this week for the first time is finding fantastic candidates in London for next year! The Y&H candidates have been
superstars so far, but it's great to now find new Young Inspiring People in London to carry on our great work in September and to see the applications coming in from all of your old schools and colleges. As I always say, big shoes to fill, but good to have made a start there!
Here’s a photo of the Hull night out escaping!
I’m going to go slightly high-brow this week and introduce something called Bloom’s taxonomy. This is a hierarchy which orders thinking and cognitive skills into increasing levels of complexity.
Working from the bottom up, the lowest level is based on knowledge acquisition and recall but as you move up through the hierarchy, the skills become increasingly complex. This is not to say that students should spend no time working on lower-level skills. If they don’t learn and recall new knowledge and facts the other skills are pointless anyway! However it would be good when you are planning sessions to consider whether you can ask students to complete tasks which gradually move them up the taxonomy, challenging them to use higher-order thinking skills. You’ll see an illustration of Bloom’s taxonomy below accompanied by examples of command words which could fit with each tier followed by some English specific examples. For the next posts I will do similar for Maths & Science.
Examples of questions at each tier you could ask in English, for example, are;
Remember – Identify the main characters. What colour was the main character wearing?
Understand – Explain how the character felt when … happened. Describe the mood of the setting.
Apply – Can you compare the character of … to a similar person? How would you have handled the situation faced by …?
Analyse – How does the author show ….? Classify the events of the story into realistic and unrealistic.
Evaluate – Decide which character you would like to spend a day with and why. Would you like to be put in this situation? Provide evidence from the passage to support your answer
Create – Rewrite this extract as a diary entry. Imagine you are…
Keep Calm and Carry on Teaching!
It’s getting to the time in the academic year when you’re all starting to reflect on your experiences as a tutor and look forward to what is coming next. You have all made an incredible impact this year and the reward you must be feeling when you leave school every day must be a great one! With this in mind many of you will be considering a future in teaching.
With there being a national shortage of teachers there are many initiatives and programmes in place to support people who want to train to teach. We thought it would be useful to outline some of the routes into teaching to ensure you’re fully equipped to make the best decision.
Route 1: PGCE
Training time: 1 academic year
Location: Numerous Universities/Colleges/Schools across the UK
Cost: £9000 (subject dependent bursaries available)
A Postgraduate Certificate in Education is most typically completed by students who want to continue to teach their degree specialism. It combines school placements with studying the theory behind teaching and learning. At the end of your PGCE you receive your QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) which then requires you to complete a year as a full-time teacher in order to become an NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher). Most courses run early September to July and take nine months to complete if studied full time. If your degree subject doesn't link closely to the subject you intend to teach you may be offered a subject knowledge enhancement course as part of your application. See https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-salary/overview.
Route 2: Schools Direct
Training time: 1 academic year
Location: Numerous Universities/Colleges/Schools across the UK
Cost: £0 salaried by your training provider (start from £15000)
If you’re already working at, or have an existing relationship with a school and want to take the next step, then you may want to consider this route. Trainees on the Schools Direct Salaried programme are recruited and employed directly by schools, and often continue teaching in their school following training. The cost of your training to achieve QTS is covered by the school and the school may also provide a salary. However, make sure you check with your training provider to find out if this training results in a PGCE. Subject dependent bursaries can also be provided through this scheme.
School Direct is different from a PGCE as you are immediately immersed into school life. With a PGCE course you often start with lectures before going out on shorter placements. School Direct allows trainees to participate as active members of staff; working from September through to July - allowing trainees to build lasting relationships with students and colleagues. Despite being thrown in at the deep end, trainees are gradually introduced to teaching through an initial period of observations before starting a timetable of six hours a week and finishing with 18 hours a week. There is also a second placement lasting up to six weeks and a day each week spent at the school’s higher education partner – often a local university.
Route 3: Teach First
Training time: 2 years
Location: Multiple regions across the UK
Cost: £0 - salaried by your training provider (start from £15000)
Teach First is a charity that aims to bridge the gap between income and attainment in education by placing outstanding graduates in challenging schools. Teach First hopes through its Leadership Development Programme that graduates will not only be outstanding teachers, but also great leaders. Their scheme is not for the faint hearted!
Graduates are given a teaching timetable in a school after just 6 weeks of intense training during the summer holidays. During the first year of the programme you’ll gain a fully-funded Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), covering both education and leadership, and worth double the credits of a PGCE, to become a qualified teacher. The PGDE qualification is to be completed in by in-school observations and a series of assignments (usually completed during the school holidays).
Alongside being salaried whilst training to be a teacher and your PGDE being paid for, a huge benefit of Teach First is the support you receive after your two years of training. Teach First provide career and training opportunities inside and outside the field of education alongside a strong network of employers and likeminded colleagues.
Elle and George’s Top 20 Tunes
This week we have our Manchester dream team Elle and George spinning the decks and this is just such a cool selection of songs. So hip it hurts! Both Elle and George have been so enthusiastic about TT20 and I am sure you will all love the songs that they have selected. Thanks both!!
Have a great weekend and thanks for reading!