Can you believe it?? Only 2 weeks to go before the end of term! I hope you are all enjoying that lovely the end of term buzz and all of the positivity at your schools. This is the time to reflect on all hard work you have done over the past 11 months and appreciate the benefits you have brought to your students! You should be so proud of what you have achieved this year. You are amazing!
A gentle reminder that your final timesheets will be due next Friday 12th July so make sure you get them in on time!!! Thanks!
So, what’s been going on this week?
Well, this week I have been busy with interviews, finalising the Welcome Pack for our new tutors to browse through over the summer hols, prepping schools for Results Day and getting the new cohort ready to go! Lots and lots of questions about what, when and where- I am sure you remember all of that!
A huge ‘thank you’ to my little recruitment helper Niamh who will be trotting off next week to a Careers Fair in Nottingham for me. You will be great!
It’s been a great week at work and an amazing week on Love Island!! Anyone who follows this nonsense (and I assume that includes a solid half of your staffrooms) will know it has been a magnificent display of emotion – tears, laughter, shock, raging – up there with the top dramas all week. You can’t beat a bit of Casa Amor in your life and what will Curtis do NOW!?!
However, despite antics in the villa, my usual cheery demeanour has been somewhat clouded by a highly disappointing WOU (Wall of Unhappy!) for me this week. An event which has been dissected and debated at length in the Morris household and generally left all the superfans therein feeling very downbeat. Three words. Toy. Story. Four.
Norwich, Peterborough and Derby
Had a great day in Derby this week introducing our soon-to-be RD, Niamh, to the Headteachers in 2 of the primary schools we will be working with in September. One Head even ran off the sports day field (pretty much with egg and spoon in hand!) to say hello to us. Watching Niamh tell of her time supporting as a tutor the words ‘duck’ and ‘water’ came to mind and it was brilliant to make some lovely new connections in the Derby area!
After a big push over June to get placements confirmed for next year it feels quite quiet in comparison this week. We’re still receiving requests of course, most recently for English support at Broadoak, so we’re still keeping busy! With lots of new placements confirmed for next year we also need lots of new tutors so please do let me know if you have friends or family that are considering a gap year. As I reminded you recently, please do remember to email me if you recommend someone otherwise I may not know and you will miss out on £50!
Denbighshire and Cheshire
This week has gone by very quickly and with yet more focus on preparing for next year. I'm looking forward to an upcoming interview with our latest applicant, our new Welcome Pack for next year's tutors is just about done, and we're still developing our use of digital advertising. We're also preparing our recruitment leaflets to hit colleges at some point next week, don't forget that if you know anyone who would value a gap year with us, let us know! Not forgetting our current team, you should have all received emails detailing your tutor completion bonus - certainly not a bad way to finish the year! As the email states, let me know by Friday 12th July if you have any bonus queries.
Flintshire and Wrexham
This week for me has been a final push towards trying to book in support for next year. I’ve had some productive conversations with some business managers and I’m hoping that this may even lead to me supporting my own school of almost 30 years ago at some stage in the near future.
London, Yorkshire and The Humber
The sun continues to shine on us this week and I've been having an appropriately upbeat time! Sometimes the end of the year does throw up a few issues but we've had totally smooth sailing this week (touch wood!!!) Massive congrats to everyone in the team for their professionalism at this time. Just goes to show how invested you all are in your placements - my advice is make the most of these last 2 weeks because you'll miss it when it's gone!
Wall of Happy
This week Alan starts us off with his special mentions
Another word of praise today when I was checking in with schools about some end of year feedback. Elliot, I was admittedly unsure whether placing you in your former school would make the place feel too familiar and keep you from properly settling in the role. I'm glad that's turned out not to be the case, and the responses I've heard from both Gavin and Ella how well integrated you've been and working extra time to help individual students and creating resources along the way. Whether the first week of September or in July, it's always nice to hear how well things are going! Two more weeks so keep it up!
Next to Jess
A shout out this week to some of the extra work that Rebecca has supported Ysgol Bryn Alyn with. At this time of year when things can be a bit quieter and there aren’t always students to get to support its lovely to help your department in different ways and Rebecca has been putting her fine artistic talents to good use in helping school get some displays ready for next year – they’ll be delighted with your help on this as a fresh environment is always great for students to go back to in September.
Now over to Richard
Thanks to everyone that got back to me about your plans for after your gap year. We’ve got such a diverse range of destinations and I’m already excited to keep in touch next year and to hear how you’re getting on!
Now to Anne
It’s been a little while since we had a DANCOP mention so I wanted to bring a highlight this week from the DANCOP team who let us know that in June we completed another 1001 learner engagements. Continued brilliant performance from everyone in school with major support from Ruwaydah of course – what a team effort!
Also, I was very touched to read a comment from the Head of Maths at CODA who is planning a special thank you lunch from his department for the Yipiyap tutors. His remark ‘They have been so golden’ says it all. Alice, Louie and Hafsah, you know who you are!
Finally two little mentions for Hannah and Tia this week – Tia has battled on with a really sore ankle from a netball injury for a couple of weeks now (doing a fab job in school and really deserving to go on the school trip to Alton Towers this week!) and Hannah had a tricky situation that she handled with complete professionalism as always. Well done both.
And, finally to Joss
Wall of Happy this week reserved for something that didn't quite make it in in time last week - more praise for Zak! Love that Zak shares the great feedback he gets from school it always gives everyone a big lift to read it as we don't tend to get much back from schools at this point in the year. Gail from WHA told Zak 'we are going to miss you BIG style next year. You have a natural ability for supporting and inspiring people and I for one very much appreciate you and all that you do!' What a write-up! We know how she feels...
Here is the second in a series of top tips from our current tutors. Next up this week is a selection from Alice which will resonate with us all I’m sure!
Smile and be positive. Going into a workplace with a smile and positive attitude can have a really big impact on the students that you are teaching or people you are working with. If they see that you are being positive and enthusiastic, it is more likely to rub off onto them, and motivate them. Especially being positive towards things that are known to be difficult. e.g. in maths, vectors is a very tricky topic, but if you go in and be really enthusiastic and positive towards the topic and really break it down to start with, the students will find that it isn't as hard as it is made out to be.
Realise you can't change everybody. There will be some students that will seem to not respond to you at all, no matter how enthusiastic you are with them, or how interesting of a lesson you plan. Don't take it personally some students are difficult to crack and there is not an awful lot you can do about it beyond keep trying to get them involved, ensure they are on task and keep a positive attitude. Eventually, if you stick with them, they may come round, it just takes a bit of time.
Finally, don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it. If you're struggling with an aspect of your work, such as how to teach a topic or a tricky group of students, talk to the head of your subject or intervention leader. They may have good ideas and advice as to how to approach these issues.
Fantastic - thanks Alice!
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 email@example.com
This week it’s Halyna and Hannah’s Top 20
Having run out of tutors to ask for the TT20 this week I have turned to the unsung heros of Yipiyap- the people that oil the wheels and make everything run along smoothly, keeping us on track and PAID!!!! It’s Halyna and Hannah’s turn to delight us with their playlists. There is definitely something for everyone here, an eclectic mix if ever there was one. From Coolio to Kylie and Professor Green to Paloma Faith! This is not one to miss! Thank you ladies!!!
Here’s the link, enjoy!
As always, thanks for reading and have a great weekend!