Update #32 - 7th June

Hi Everyone,

Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely half term and are all back in the swing of things after your first week back and are all raring to go for your last lap with Yipiyap.

This is without doubt the best term! The sun is shining, you are all experts at your roles and you are a hair’s breadth away from your future plans and the next step in your lives. You have all come so far since those first two nervous days at the Induction Course. With only 6 weeks to go, if there is anything else you want to achieve out of your time with Yipiyap, now is the time! We really hope you enjoy this last half term with us!

Once again, good luck to anyone who is doing exams- we have everything crossed for you!

So, what’s been going on this week?

Catherine’s News

Invigorated from some time off, it’s been a great week! I am getting everything finalised for Fit For Future and we just can’t wait to see you all. Brilliant workshops, our Tutor of the Year Awards and Pedagogy Corner’s competition winners!!! I do hope that any of you with journeys to make have liaised with your Regional Directors and have these booked and sorted now. It’s going to be a great day!

I want to just say a huge thank you to the tutors who have written to me over the past couple of weeks saying ‘thank you’ for the weekly updates. It is always great to hear that a. someone reads them (I always wonder if it’s just me!) and b. they are useful! They are a real team effort with Anne and the RDs providing all of their news and regional gossip so I just want to say a big ‘thank you’ to them all for their Thursday evening homework! I also want to thank all of the Tutor Top 20 contributors who have bravely beared their musical souls each week. I love the variety of music you have all brought to the table this year and the enthusiasm with which you have done so. We have 6 more weekly updates to go so I am going throw the doors open to anyone who would like to contribute to send in their Top 10s! Even if you have already provided a playlist, send another one in! I know everyone’s top 10 changes with the wind so now is your chance! Thank you all so much!

Anne’s News - It’s nearly Prom time!

We have raised Hug Alert warnings on a few occasions recently and last week also sent a reminder about social media use. Now, I just want to turn to the matter of Prom as there have been a few questions about these as well this week.

It’s wonderful when tutors are invited to their school Prom and if you’ve been working with Y11 all year, it’s a lovely way to round off the year. It will, however, come as no surprise given all we’ve said all year, that in order to ensure our duty of care to you and so that tutors don’t experience any unwanted repercussions arising from attending Prom, we have clear requirements in this area.

If you have been invited to Prom and would like to attend, please let your RD know and they will advise what to do.

Also, if any of Y11 want to take a photo of you as a reminder of how much you’ve helped them, please don’t be tempted!

Regional News

Norwich, Peterborough and Derby

Rather an unusal trip to Norwich this week to meet the Chair of a local charitable educational foundation who is interested to see our work in action. Thanks to Tia for setting up the visit and it was great to see you in action showcasing our support so brilliantly. Also, I couldn’t come to Norwich without getting to see Carla in her new placement at her old school – being in the staffroom with all your former teachers must be so surreal, glad you’re getting used to it now!



Doesn’t it feel good to be back! It’ll sound strange, but I always struggle with working through half term because schools are closed and I don’t want to bother tutors during their time off. Basically, it’s nice having people to talk to again! After what seems like a flying visit we are saying goodbye to Ben this week as he finished his placement at Lostock. Thanks for all of your hard work – the maths department and all of us here at Yipiyap will miss you! Also, best of luck to the tutors that are sitting exams at the moment. One last push and it’ll be summer before you know it.

Denbighshire and Cheshire

A very warm welcome back to my team. As if by magic, we're suddenly down to the last half term and it's hard to believe it's been 9 months since you started. This week I've been getting back on to Warrington schools looking for some more tutors, and I'm hoping to get back into Priestley College for their upcoming careers event. There's also scope for continued support in one of our North Wales schools so I've been following up with them this week. I've also been putting together some new materials for both the Fit For Future Day and also our September Induction Days.

Flintshire and Wrexham

It maybe shouldn’t come as a surprise me to operating in Wales but there has been a flurry of interest in Welsh speaking tutors over the past couple of weeks which has meant I’ve been back on the recruitment trail. We’re also getting support requests from schools coming back to us again following this year as well as schools we didn’t work with last year, and in some cases never before, all of which is really positive. Lots of meetings and phone calls booked in as well as presentations to Y12 students in a couple of new settings in the diary. It’s been a great few weeks!!

London, Yorkshire and The Humber

Can't believe we're here in HT6 already! All the tutors seem to share the same feeling - where did the time go!? Really looking forward to this term - the sun starts to shine and you can really see the finish line now in July. Such a great feeling about the work we've done in London and Y&H this year so let's finish with one more excellent term!

Shout out to Krish this week who's done his last two days at ATS - making up time that he's missed to the very end! Great attitude all year and that's exemplified by volunteering some extra time to support the A-Level students this week. Well done Krish - you've done a fantastic job! Also shout out to Ramsha who's put in some extra time at SBUTC over the holiday - fantastic attitude from your first week right to the end of your second year - above and beyond - well done!

Wall of Happy

This week Jess starts us off with her special mentions

It’s always nice when a teacher goes out of their way to message us about a tutor doing well. The message below was a definite pick me up in the office this week! Well done Ed.

“Just a quick e-mail to thank you for the quality of the tutor you have provided us this year.

Maths have always known how hard working, diligent and professional Ed is.

It is when he has worked with colleagues in other departments this week and they comment on his professionalism that it reminds us of what an asset he is to the team.”

A huge congratulations to Liv for being offered two interviews next week. I’ll have everything crossed for you, especially during your interview at Man Met!

Next to Anne

Shout out this week is for Maddie - who I can continue to set my watch by, such is the regularity of her DANCOP register coming through every day – who rates her days on the app without fail and must be having the best time as it’s always a 5/5. Your relentless optimism is wonderful to see, Maddie, and I know how much Murray Park value your contribution to school life.

Also I have to mention Mo, who went into school to support his students and scribe for exams instead of celebrating Eid with his family on Thursday. I would never have expected this and hope everyone who celebrated Eid had a wonderful day but I also know that Mo’s practical help will have been massively appreciated at Da Vinci that day. Thanks, Mo!

Now over to Joss

Wall of happy is something from just before the break actually - Zak sent me over some feedback he'd got from WHA thanking him for all of his hard work with the Sociology students. We'd originally only brought Zak on to support English so I'm really glad that we were able to make some Sociology work as well. I know Zak's loved exploring the subject with the students and clearly he's had an amazing impact on them - the magic of Yipiyap! Also happy birthday to Hannah this week and congratulations to Halyna on her anniversary - it's all going on!

Now to Alan

Of course after a nice week off, I hope everyone has had a good break and is raring to go for this final half term - it goes by quicker than you'd think! Following on from the recent news of Emma's continuing placement at Rainhill, I'm pleased to highlight similar news from Francesca! A bit of a different setup as you'll be transitioning schools for the final few weeks, but I'm glad we've been able to get this set up and I'm sure it'll be a nice way to round off the year. We'll get a hand-off date in the diary as soon as possible!

And, finally to Richard

A welcome back to everybody for the final half term of this year but simultaneously a bon voyage to Katie whose placement supporting GCSE students in Holywell has come to an end. You’ve been an outstanding tutor Katie and we wish you all the very best for your summer camp later this year in America and for your future studies in fashion buying!!

Pedagogy Corner

Just a very quick note to say thank you to all of the tutors who submitted an entry to this competition. I genuinely enjoyed reading all of your responses over the last week or so and the standard was incredibly high. I’ll be awarding prizes at the Fit for Future Day at the end of next week so look forward to seeing you all there.

Mo’s Top 10 Tunes

It’s a big thanks to our Derby tutor Mo this week for our music nirvana! Definitely a great start to our summer term of music. Really enjoying a bit of Bruno there! Thanks Mo for sharing your top tunes with us all! Enjoy listening everyone- it’s a great one!

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!


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