Update #04 - Bowling Event, Mock Interview Sessions

Hi Team,

How are you all? I hope you have had another great week. Have you still got your voices after all of the talking you’re doing? Make sure you stock up on the Hall’s Soothers (other brands available from reputable chemists of course!!) You will get used to it!


***Today is your first payday– please check your account***

For those of you who have another job, you may find the following information helpful. If you ticked box C on your P46 to indicate that this is not your only job you will have been taxed in this role at the basic rate. This is done automatically by the government but don’t worry, you now have three options:

  1. Do nothing. Tax will be deducted each month but in April you will get most if not all of the tax back automatically. A good way to save and no effort.

  2. Tell your tax office that this is now your only job if this is the case. Tax will not be deducted from when we receive your new tax code.

  3. Tell your tax office that you would like your other job to be taxed at the Basic Rate instead of this role. If you have two jobs, you cannot avoid one of them being taxed at the BR but if you earn more in this role than in your other job then there will be less of a deduction each month if you make this request. As before you will get most if not all back in April automatically.

News - what’s been going on this week?

Catherine’s News

Another great week for me!! The first awkward dances from the celebs on Strictly (a must in the Birkett household!!), more interviews with potential new tutors and lots of planning around the Mock Interview Day we have coming up on 9th November. How good can it get?!!

Thanks to all of the tutors who have already registered their interest for the interview sessions and I look forward to more of you coming too.

I cannot stress enough the benefit of having a professional review your performance in advance of the all-important Uni interviews. The feedback received in previous years has been a real eye opener to many who have taken part and this gives everyone the opportunity to refine techniques and iron out issues that may have been identified. Everyone focuses on what they want to say and completely forget about the basics such as a good handshake, eye contact and interview etiquette! If you haven’t registered yet, I really urge you to do so!

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

It’s been a really busy week this week just helping things that have not started yet to get underway and keeping on top of all the placements across all the regions! Hats off to all of our amazing RDs for doing such a brilliant job over these first few weeks – they really do go above and beyond to make sure tutors have a really good start in school.

However, my main shout out this week goes to Halyna. Entering the Starter Checklist details and bank details for all of you onto our systems ready for your first payday is hugely time-consuming and requires attention to the fine detail. Halyna always does an AMAZING job of this and I’m so grateful for her making sure everything payroll-related happens as it should. Thanks and enjoy a good rest this weekend, Halyna!!

Wall of Happy

Niamh’s Highlights

Yet another Brilliant week with the DSN Team!

We had Alex and Shanaia go into David Nieper on Tuesday and really being a great representation of Yipiyap! The Dynamic Duo of Derby! We also had Zara head into Oakwood Secondary in Rotherham for a meeting on the Monday to go and discuss what she can offer to the school and did a wonderful job. The ‘Can Do Attitude’ really shone during the phone calls I had with Zara beforehand! The school clearly were impressed as they asked for her back to start this Thursday!

My visit to Nothingham yesterday was truly brilliant - loved hearing all of the amazing feedback and seeing how settled they have all become in the schools.

My team never fail to impress me! Keep up the hard work everyone, you are all incredible representatives of what this company is all about: keep inspiring!

Tia’s Highlights

Really positive week this week for me and my team! I had a visit to one of the schools I used to tutor at in Norwich to see how George, Anna and Louis were getting on and the school were really impressed with what they have seen so far which was really great hear! And also in London, we had LDE confirm that they would like to keep Abbie and Lais on permanently for the rest of the year, so really well done to those two (and Paige!) for making such a good impression during their short time there!

Adam’s Highlights

Happy ‘international Happiness at Work Week’ everyone. I hope you have all had a great week. I have a few people who I want to give a shout out to this week. I want to thank Jade, Jacob, Olivia M, Emily S and Rebecca U. The 5 of you have been waiting so patiently for placements over the past couple of weeks, and now you are FINALLY in school!!! To top it off, both schools really enjoy having you!

Jess’ Highlights

This week has really kept me in good spirits because I managed to get across to a few different schools to see the wonderful work my team are doing. First on my list was a trip over to Broadoak, where Dan and Kai are working this year. It was Kai’s first day and he didn’t seem nervous at all when we caught up with each other over lunch! It was also wonderful to see Dan so settled into the role within the Maths department and the feedback from staff was brilliant for both tutors. Next on the list was a trip over to MHA to visit Prevish, a school I love dearly because it was the first school I worked in as a Yipiyap tutor all those years ago. Funnily enough I still get lost to this day so thanks Prevish for keeping me safe! And finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for, here’s me walking an alpaca!


Richard’s Highlights

How did we get to the end of September already? Seems like minutes ago we were all together in Altrincham singing along to Roar!

A shout out from me this week to Anna who has made a great start back at her old school Hawarden, so much so that they’re already tweeting about the work she is doing which is fantastic! I’m looking forward to visiting you next week.

Also, a shout out to Olivia who I visited at Ysgol Treffynnon. The headteacher was really impressed with the start she’s made and couldn’t say enough good things about her!!

And finally a very uplifting quote from one of my team who I won’t name but I thought was lovely “I can't thank you and Catherine enough for this opportunity, I'm so grateful to have a job I can look forward to getting up for in the morning!” 😊

Mock Interviews - Saturday 9th November
Book your place NOW


Just a reminder that this is a one day event and places are limited. We are running MMI interviews for the Medics and Dentists in the morning and General Interviews in the afternoon. It is ‘must have’ experience in anticipation of the real things!

We need final numbers by 11th October so we can organize the session groups so if you are interested please book your place by clicking on the button below:

If you are unlucky enough to be ill…..

Just a reminder, if you are unlucky enough to be ill and unable to go into school, you MUST CALL your Regional Director by latest 7am on the morning of your first day off. Please DO NOT TEXT OR EMAIL as these may be missed and it is imperative for your Regional Director to be able to contact school urgently so that they can make alternative arrangements for your absence. Thanks!

Regional Bowling Evenings


Yeh! The regional bowling event is nearly upon us and the chance to catch up with everyone else in your team as well as your RD for some R&R!! We really hope that you can all make it. Please read carefully the arrangements for each Region below as there are different dates/ times/ venues for all different teams’ events.

  • The Hull Tutors event will be held on Monday 14th October at Superbowl UK, Hull Princes Quay Shopping Centre, Hull, HU1 2PQ. Please arrive for 6pm.

  • The Leeds Tutors event will be held on Tuesday 15th October at Tenpin, 13, Merrion Way, Leeds, LS2 8BT. Please arrive for 6pm.

  • The Norwich Tutors event will be held on Tuesday 15th October at Hollywood Bowl, Riverside Please arrive for 4:30pm.

  • The Manchester Tutors event will be held on Wednesday 16th October at All Star Lanes, Great Northern, 235 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4EN. Please arrive for 7pm.

  • The Cheshire and North Wales Tutors event will be held on Thursday 17th October at Tenpin Cheshire Oaks, Coliseum Leisure Park, Coliseum Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 9HD. Please arrive for 7pm.

  • The London Tutors event will be held on Friday 18th October at Bloomsbury Lanes, Tavistock Hotel, London, WC1H9EU. Please arrive for 5pm.

  • The Sheffield / Rotherham Tutors event will be held on Thursday 17th October at Hollywood Bowl, Valley Centertainment Sheffield Leisure Park, Broughton Ln, Sheffield S9 2EP. Please arrive for 6pm.

  • The Derby / Nottingham Tutors event details will be confirmed ASAP.

Please let your regional directors know you will be attending by Friday 5th October!

Tutor Blogs

I know for a fact that when you applied for your positions at Yipiyap you all had a good look at our website to see what sort of company we were. I know this not because I am psychic or anything quite as intriguing as that but because it’s one the questions we ask at first interview. I also bet that for many of you the tutor blogs on the website were very influential in your decision to choose us as your gap year option.

We know that ever tutor has their own gap year story but many facets of those stories resonate with others. As such we are always keen to expand our tutor blog section. Jennifer kindly kick-started this years’ with her blog on the induction course and we would love to hear from the rest of you with your thoughts on anything you think would be interesting. It could be your journey to University (obvs not in the bus/ train sense!), how you are challenging yourself to do something or it might just be about your hobby that you are getting back into over your gap year. Anything to do with your year out and you basically! Don’t be shy, everyone has a story and every one of them is interesting.

If you would be happy to do this, please would you let your RD know.

Pedagogy Corner

As many tutors will be starting their work extracting students, I thought it would be useful this week to give some pointers and reminders with regards to planning your sessions.

The key thing is to make sure you know your students. By that I don’t just mean who they are (although that will obviously help!) but try to get some information in advance about what their strengths and weaknesses in your subject are, how they tend to work in lessons and whether they have any special learning needs (SEN). In addition, think about these points;

  • Are you covering a topic/skill for the first time or should a student have some pre-existing knowledge?

  • What are the objectives you want to achieve in a session? Be realistic and don’t try to cover too much in a superficial way. It’s better to get under the skin of something and get students to develop a deep understanding as it is more likely they will be able to recall what you have worked on.

  • Plan how long you think an activity/task will take to cover so you know if you are on track in your session – be flexible with timing if you need to be but try not to let things drag on.

  • Focus on learning by asking three key questions. What do students need to learn? How will you know they have learnt what you want them to? How will you get them to that point?

  • Keep a brief record of what you have done before and after a session, so you know where you are up to. If you’ve got 10 different students/groups to work with it is easy to lose track of who has done what.

If you are looking for resources, I would recommend you sign up to TES (Times Education Supplement). It’s free to register and is the place to go to for teacher shared resources. Most resources are free although recently some resources have started to become paid for ones.

Stand up and think of meerkats!

Manual labour used to be the main cause of back pain but these days it is more likely to be due to long hours spent sitting down. Sitting for eight hours a day leads to muscle weakness which may make us more prone to injury when we do actually do something physical. We are really conscious that you are all pretty sedentary during the school day and while the advice you will often hear is to stand up and move around every 20/30 minutes this not really practical if you are in a class with your students. There are other simpler tweaks that can be made to minimize the impact of sitting for long periods and we would recommend you try these.

  1. Make sure you arrange your workplace/ desk so your feet are on the floor with hips higher than your knees and your stomach close to your desk so you are not reaching forward to lean on the desk.

  2. Your head should be aligned with your neck and spine so your chin isn’t dipping forward which pulls you out of position.

  3. Stand up whenever you have a chance and have a good stretch. Nothing too strenuous required, just some small back twists to keep your muscles mobilised.

And it’s not just in school! Nowadays we spend so much time worshipping our phones in the head forward position tilting our spines into a ‘C’ shape. When we finish with our screens we rarely restore our heads/ bodies to the proper position. A head weighs between 10-14 pounds and looking down therefore puts a tremendous strain on our back and neck muscles. To help correct this- think of a meerkat! This little creature will remind you to lengthen your neck upwards and the rest of your spine downwards whilst releasing your shoulders down and outwards. Have a go!

Have a fab weekend and a successful week ahead everyone!


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