Update #34 - 21st June

Hi Everyone,

I hope you have all had an absolutely fantastic week! It has been a great week for all of us here with the Fit for Future and everyone pulling together to get next year’s teams and schools in place before the end of term. There’s even been a little bit of sunshine!!! The only down side is that we only have weeks to go with you as our team but we know that you are all ready to move on and have exciting plans for your next steps in place which is great!

So, what’s been going on this week?

Anne’s News

I just want to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to everyone who made last week’s Fit For Future event the brilliant success it was. All our tutors who came from far and wide to land in Altrincham for 10am and bring so much fun and energy to the day - you’ve all been really generous with your appreciation and it was wonderful to see you there. Also to the YY team who’ve done so much to pull it together, helping with travel arrangements and all the usual lifting and carrying that’s needed before an event. Particular shout out here to Alan with whom the success of the event on the day lives or dies - if those microphones or presentations don’t work all heads turn to Alan so, needless to say, all ran like clockwork but only because of the preparation on his part to ensure a smooth show! Finally of course to Catherine for all her amazing work booking in the speakers, setting the agenda, briefing everyone, organising food and generally being the driving force behind the best FFF yet!! Enjoy seeing the pics and well done everyone!

Wall of Happy

This week Richard starts us off with his special mentions

From me this week a congratulations to Rebecca on completing your exams and welcome back to the world of work after a couple of weeks away. I’m really pleased at how pro-active Rebecca has been in making a plan to catch up the time she has missed and how positive she is about a busy end to the term. Great attitude!!

Next to Jess

My special mention this week goes to Kiran ahead of the park run tomorrow morning. I’m looking forward to coming along and it’s great that Mo will be coming along too! Kiran has had her name down to take part in the run since her first interview many moons ago and I’m delighted to see that she is still as committed as ever.

If anyone is interested in coming along last minute here is the link to the details: https://www.parkrun.org.uk/southmanchester/

Now over to Anne

First mention this week has to go to Ahkin who was awarded Yipiyap Tutor of the Year at FFF - well done Ahkin!

Second a shout out to Claudia in Derby. The class teacher she supports gave me some wonderful feedback in which the phrases ‘delight to have in class’ and ‘a real godsend’ were just two that stood out. Well done Claudia on a great year at Roe Farm.

Finally to Alice who just wrote a review for her year at Yipiyap on Glassdoor and made my day!

Now to Joss

Just wanted to say a massive thanks to everyone from my team who made the trip to FFF day. It was a long journey for every single one of you, but it was fantastic to have you there. Being willing to make that trip to be involved demonstrates the can do attitude and commitment that you've had towards work all year - no wonder you've all done such a fantastic job!

And, finally to Alan

So three shoutouts I'd like to give this week. Firstly to April who has just finished her final day at Beamont Collegiate Academy and so rounds off a very successful year at Yipiyap. You've really had a great impact on the students over the last several months and no doubt have learned a lot yourself, especially from the students you've been supporting at the Warrington Wolves site. So best wishes for the future and do let us know if you need anything.

Speaking of the Warrington Wolves site, I'm pleased to mention Francesca who is continuing on April's work for the remainder of the year after a sudden request from school. You'll see it's not your average placement but a really positive environment nonetheless and I hope you enjoy it for these next few weeks.

Finally a big shoutout to Adam for his Tutor of the Year nomination at this year's Fit for Future Day. Congratulations again!

Fit for Future Roundup

It was just so brilliant to see all of the tutors who attended our 3rd Fit For Future Day on Saturday! We really hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! If anyone has any specific feedback they would like to give to me about it I would be really interested to hear it!

Yipiyap Tutor of the Year Awards

Tutor of the Year
Ahkin Bautista (NPD)

Tutor of the Year Runners up:
Kiran Nawaz (Manchester) and Gaurav Bhardwaj (Y&H)

Ramsha Ahmad (London)
Zak Macklin (Y&H)
Adam Hodges (North Wales)
Carla Hill (NPD)

Pedagogy Corner Awards

For those tutors unable to make Fit for Future we awarded two joint first prizes to Elle Craig & George Gordon, both well deserved winners. There was also a special mention for Alice Malbon as a runner-up and a certificate is in the post for Alice.

As part of the awards I read through their top tips for tutors of the future as well as reflections on teaching & learning approaches that had worked well for them and will be feeding some of these back through Pedagogy Corner in the final few weeks. In the meantime if you have any top tips or reflections of your own we’d love to hear your stories to inspire Yipiyap’s next generation – please send them to me at richard@yipiyap.co.uk.

Yipiyap Summer Playlist

Inspired by all of your excellent playlists and the ray of sunshine we have enjoyed today I thought I would seize the moment before it starts to rain again and do a summer playlist. I now know how hard it is to whittle down the list- it was almost impossible as there are just so many amazing summer songs. But, undeterred by the enormity of this task, I have done my best and hope I have come up with something that will make you all walk on sunshine!

Here’s the link- hope you like them!

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and thanks for reading!!


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