Candidate of the Term Autumn 2016 – The Winners Are….

Who are the winners of the Axcis Candidate of the Term Autumn 2016 awards? And what did they do to go above and beyond the call of duty for the schools they are working in?

cot-autumn-2016The nominees

We had lots of lovely nominations from the schools we work with. These were all published on our blog for anyone who missed them. Selecting two winners wasn’t easy, and all nominees received a certificate of appreciation for the hard work they do, but after much deliberation, our winners were selected, and seemed very surprised when their Axcis consultant showed up at their schools to present them with their awards and shopping vouchers!

And the winners are…

As usual, we had two winners – one for our London office and one for our Regional offices – here is a reminder of their reason for nomination, as well as what they thought about winning their awards:

Begum’s nomination:

Begum in particular should be commended.  She threw herself into a 1-1 role with a child with severe SLCN and volunteered to continue teaching her phonics lesson even when she was redeployed elsewhere.  She attended the child’s annual review and made helpful and constructive suggestions.  She has also taken on 1-1 roles with two other KS1 pupils with EHCPs for global developmental delay and other undiagnosed, but very challenging needs.

Begum, Candidate of the Term winner

Begum, Candidate of the Term winner

How Begum felt about winning

 ”I am very highly honoured by the Candidate of the Term Gift/Award by Axcis Education Recruitment. As a child adolescent mental health / psychiatry practitioner who aims to gain valuable and different experiences in SEN Teaching Assistant field, from the beginning up until today, Axcis has been an ultimate guide and the support received through the staff & team members is foremost. Thus, as a candidate, it is possible to share my gratefulness regarding the perfect match between one’s experiences/goals and the children (client) & school profile that the agency offers. All in all, it is a pleasure to be an employee under Axcis with guaranteed job satisfaction, fulfilling and enjoyable work experiences. ”

George’s nomination:

We would like to nominate George. his class team are telling me he is ‘amazing’ and ‘great’ and supports the students and also is supportive of the staff he works with. He has been working with two different classes and, due to the skills he has shown, he is now working with a particularly challenging class of boys very effectively. We are very pleased he has chosen to seek employment with us and will be joining us from Axcis

George with his certificate, alongside his class team.

George with his certificate, alongside his class team.

soon. So its also thanks to Axcis for positioning him with us. We are very happy to nominate George for candidate of the term.

How George felt about winning

Here is George with his award! He was literally jumping for joy that he won, was bouncing off the walls! He is here with his class team who all said how amazing he is and how hard he works and that he truly deserved to win. He was so proud and said he couldn’t believe he was a nationally nominated EA (TA) of the term let alone the winner, his class team aren’t going to hear the end of it 🙂

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Do you have a fantastic member of staff from Axcis? Nominate them today! Credit Flickr CC

Do your Axcis staff go the extra mile?

If your Axcis contractor goes the extra mile and you’d like to nominate them for a Candidate of the Term award, don’t forget to keep an eye on our blog for when nominations open next term. Or if you’d like to hire one of our fantastic teachers or support staff, why not get in touch with your local office or email us your vacancy today?

Posted in Candidate of the Term, News, Winners

Christmas Classroom Craft – A card design for all ages and abilities

Make this pretty card with your class this Christmas

Make this pretty card with your class this Christmas

Are you planning on making Christmas cards with your class this December? Do you need a simple yet effective design to try out? This one uses basic, low cost materials and looks great – why not give it a try?!

What you’ll need

  • A piece of white card
  • Brown paint
  • Red paint/pen/glitter/felt (anything red really!)
  • Black felt tip pen

Instructions

1. Fold the piece of card in half
2. On the half which is to be the front, do three finger prints in brown. These will be your heads. Helpful hint: soak the brown paint into a sponge for less-messy finger painting!

 

brown-paint3. Once the paint has dried, use red paint (or anything red!) to create a red nose on each fingerprint. Helpful hint: we used a cotton bud to create nice, round red noses!
red-nose4. Use the black felt tipped pen to add details

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Customisation ideas

If you want to add to your cards, why not use red glitter to spice up Rudolph’s nose? Or use a pretty stencil/stamps or stickers to say something Christmassy? The options are bounded only by your imagination, so ask your class to get creative, and send us pictures of your finished cards – we’d love to see them and share them with other readers!

Do you have a job for January?

If you’re current work placement is coming to an end and you need work for January 2017, why not get in touch or register with Axcis today – we’d love to help you find teaching or support work with special needs children near you!

Posted in SEND Resources

ATL says “Ofsted is right to highlight escalating teacher shortage”

Whether Nick Gibb chooses to acknowledge it or not, teacher recruitment and retention is in crisis in England.

 

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The teaching profession is worryingly understaffed in the UK. Credit Flickr CC

Commenting on Ofsted’s annual report, Dr Mary Bousted, ATL’s general secretary, said: “Ofsted is right to highlight the escalating teacher shortage, and the damage this does to educating pupils, particularly in disadvantaged areas. Sir Michael rightly emphasises that the quality of a nation’s education system rests upon the quality of its teachers. Whether Nick Gibb chooses to acknowledge it or not, teacher recruitment and retention is in crisis in England.”

 

“We are pleased that Ofsted has warned about the difficulties of recruiting senior leaders. The lack of training, multiple accountability pressures – including from Ofsted, and challenge of running schools on a shoestring are making the role increasingly undo-able and unattractive.”

 

“It is good to hear Ofsted acknowledges that the quality of education in England is improving and is the strongest that it has ever been. Teachers and school leaders know the improvements are due to their unremitting efforts to do their best for every child and young person, whatever their background, and despite the relentless changes to the curriculum, tests and exams, imposed by the Government, that have added to their workload over the past few years.”

 

“But, as we know, all is not well in England’s education system. Ofsted confirms ATL’s analysis that the further education (FE) area reviews have been chaotic, and are likely to result in poor decisions which will have long-term negative effects. The Government needs to understand the FE sector better and resist the compulsion to impose constant structural change which leaves turmoil in its wake and makes it hard for staff to focus on the quality of teaching and learning provided to students.”

 

“Schools and colleges need a period of stability, and opportunities for teachers and leaders to take part in professional development which helps them improve how they work rather than just training to deliver the next new policy. We are hopeful Justine Greening recognises this and is acting accordingly, and setting a higher bar for policy development and implementation.”

 

How are we battling the teaching crisis at Axcis?

Members of the Axcis team will be on hand to help with your SEND staffing matters

We have been attending careers fairs all over the world to help combat the teaching shortage here in the UK

At Axcis, we are working hard to attract trainee teachers to the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) part of the education sector. We are attending careers fairs at home and abroad as well as encouraging support staff to apply for on-the-job teacher training schemes. We are also asking mainstream teachers to consider their options before they leave the profession, as there are a lot of different types of school and teaching role out there. We can’t afford to lose teachers – especially when not enough are training to enter the profession. If you’d like to discuss your options doing teaching or support work in a range of mainstream and specialist SEND settings, why not get in touch or register with Axcis today?

Posted in News

Axcis December Giveaway: Teaching Mindfulness in Schools (resource pack)

The Axcis December Giveaway is to win: “Teaching Mindfulness for Schools: Stories and Exercises for All Abilities”. We think that you’ll agree that Christmas can be a rather over-stimulating time for children. Help to bring your class back down to Earth in January by teaching mindfulness as part of your New Year’s Resolution.

About this fantastic resource pack

Win this fantastic resource pack in the Axcis December Giveaway

Win this fantastic resource pack in the Axcis December Giveaway

You might have seen a previous article on our blog which talked about how to Establish a calm classroom in 5 simple steps: Mindfulness for Schools. Now you can add to your mindful toolkit with this fantastic resource pack.

 

Teaching Mindfulness in Schools is a practical teaching toolkit for educators and all professionals concerned with the social and emotional wellbeing of children. The book offers clear introductions to the many aspects and benefits of mindfulness for young people, as well as a wealth of practical guidance and tools to support the teaching of mindfulness in the classroom. Key features include:

 

  • a range of stimulus materials including artwork and poems to read one-on-one with a child or for whole-class teaching;
  • lesson plans, worksheets and colouring sheets to support a huge range of activity types including physical, creative and sensory exercises so that there is material to suit all the children you work with;
  • audio recordings of guided mindfulness exercises for use in the classroom, narrated by the author and available to purchasers via the Speechmark website.

How to enter the Axcis December Giveaway

If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning this great prize, why not enter our giveaway? all you need to do is follow THIS LINK and select how you’d like to enter. It takes just a few seconds and is entirely FREE of charge. So why not take a peek now and get yourself entered into this month’s Axcis Giveaway?

Register today and work for Axcis

If you’re not already registered with Axcis, but would like to seek a SEND teaching or support position, why not get in touch or register with Axcis today and find out how we can assist you? We have offices nationwide and a team of expert consultants who have proven relationships with specialist and mainstream schools in your area, so if you need work, why not register now?

 

Terms and Conditions are applicable to all giveaway entrants.

Posted in Giveaways

Axcis Overseas Giveaway: Sensory Music Kit

Enter our Axcis Overseas Giveaway here for a chance to win a fantastic Sensory Music kit to use at home or school.

Sarah Stickland, Axcis Overseas Consultant

Sarah Stickland, Axcis Overseas Consultant

About Axcis Overseas

Axcis Education is the foremost supplier of special needs staff to schools and specialist units in England and Wales. We pride ourselves on our charitable partnerships and belief that “to do well, we must do good.” Our Overseas team is passionate about finding the best teachers and support staff from across the world and are often seen attending college and university recruitment fairs. Sarah, Axcis Overseas team leader has a wealth of experience in this area, and can support you through the process, from registration to moving and working for Axcis. Find out more about working for Axcis Overseas here.

What’s on offer

This fantastic Sensory Music Kit provides a range of instruments as well as other sensory sensory-music-kittoys. We have talked previously about the benefits of music and the benefits of sensory/fidget toys for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Now you can combine both in one great resource pack! Enter today for your chance to win.

How to enter

For a chance to win this fantastic prize, simply click on this link and be taken to our Giveaway page on Facebook. (You don’t have to be a Facebook user to enter). Here you’ll be given the entry options (which are all completely FREE of charge).

Terms and Conditions are applicable to all giveaway entrants.

 

 

Posted in Giveaways, Overseas Trained Teacher Support

Worksheet Wednesday: John Lewis Free Christmas Resources

This week, for Worksheet Wednesday, we bring you a selection of FREE Christmas resources courtesy of John Lewis. There are a lovely selection of activities and printable support materials for children to use in the run up to Christmas. There is even a competition you could get your class involved with, so why not take a look?

More about the free Christmas resources

John Lewis are famous for their Christmas advert. This year, it features a lovely Boxer dog on a trampoline. If you’ve not seen it, you can catch it here:

 

 

To support their Christmas campaign, John Lewis have made a selection of high quality resources available for use at home or school. These include lessons about science (forces – make your own trampoline!) and wildlife/art – mask making. There is plenty to do, and we think it’s well worth looking at these while they are available.

Follow this link to see what free Christmas resources are available

A dog is for life…

News reports have been telling us that there is a surge of interest from families wanting to buy a Boxer dog as a result of the John Lewis Christmas advert. If this is something you’re considering, make sure you learn all about the breed first (note: they need about 2 hours exercise a day.. make sure you’re ready for the commitment!) After all, none of us want to hear sad stories of dog rehoming centres full of Boxers come Easter…

Are you seeking teaching or support work?

Register with Axcis and become connected to a network of special and mainstream schools in your area for work. If you are looking for school based work and are not already registered with Axcis, why not get in touch or register today and find out how we can assist you? We have offices nationwide and a team of expert consultants who have proven relationships with specialist and mainstream schools in your area, so if you need work, why not register now? It’s free and takes just a few minutes – what do you have to lose?

Posted in SEND Resources

Candidate of the Term Autumn 2016: Nominations

cot-autumn-2016Who has been nominated and why for the Axcis Candidate of the Term Autumn 2016 awards? Find out here…

Bisan – working for Camelia in our London office

We would like to nominate Bisan. She is very flexible, uses her initiative, communicates well with teachers and all other staff, very good with the children, calm – I could go on and on..

Carol – working for Louise in our London office

I nominate Carol Joseph for her dedication and commitment to the children at our primary school. Carol is up for a challenge and is open to changes and new experiences. She is a real team player!

Priscilla – working for Louise in our London office

If she sees something needs to be done she takes care of it without being asked, relates well with other members of the team, parents and has a great empathy SEN pupils, has already formed deep and effective relationships with students,  actively interested in extending her knowledge and soughing other people’s opinions and advice about students’ needs,  willingness to step out of their usual role and take on things like extra-curricular work, works extremely hard to ensure the students in a very challenging group engage with the work we aim to complete.  The students in this group have made exceptional progress since starting the Drama intervention sessions, though this would not have happened without the enthusiasm and support these members of staff bring to the session.

Nicola – working for Sorcha in our London office

We would like to nominate Nicola for the following reasons; She is adaptable/flexible, always willing to go the extra mile, has excellent communication skills, takes direction well but is also proactive, has built good relationships with mum and child, has a kind and friendly manner and gets on well with the rest of staff here. She also has good interpersonal skills and is a fantastic member of the team. She has a difficult role and handles it very well.

Ediz – working for Louise in our London office

Ediz relates well with other members of the team, parents and has a great empathy SEN pupils, has already formed deep and effective relationships with students, willingness to step out of their usual role and take on things like extra-curricular work, works extremely hard to ensure the students in a very challenging group engage with the work we aim to complete.  The students in this group have made exceptional progress since starting the Drama intervention sessions, though this would not have happened without the enthusiasm and support these members of staff bring to the session.

Anna – working for Camelia in our London office

I would like to nominate Anna. She is doing an amazing job and is always smiling and willing to help!

Fedele – working for Louise in our London office

Fedele is proactive, patient, punctual, relates well with other members of the team, parents and has a great empathy SEN pupils, has already formed deep and effective relationships with students, actively interested in extending her knowledge and soughing other people’s opinions and advice about students’ needs,  willingness to step out of their usual role and take on things like extra-curricular work, works extremely hard to ensure the students in a very challenging group engage with the work we aim to complete.  The students in this group have made exceptional progress since starting the Drama intervention sessions, though this would not have happened without the enthusiasm and support these members of staff bring to the session.

Patience, working for Halael in our London office

Patience from Reception Class is our nominee! She is very caring, helpful and always willing to go an extra mile.

Alice, working for Helena in our London office

She’s just so lovely – always so proactive and friendly.

Ruben – working for Halael in our London office

I just wanted to email you to say how much I appreciate Ruben being in Rainbow. He is conscientious and proactive – he has bonded with all the children in the class and always tries hard.  I know I can trust him to work with students and he is a positive presence in the class.  At lunchtimes and break times he interacts with all the students; noticing those who are not engaged and finding something to do with them.  Ruben is a fabulous part of my team and it is an absolute pleasure having him in Rainbow. Please leave him in Rainbow!

 Afroditi – working for Halael in our London office

I would like to nominate Afroditi Petridou. She consistently goes out of her way to be supportive and helpful to all. Afroditi is very observant and picks up on sometimes small but important student  issues  – she will use staff email to voice any concerns she has. Equally she is very proactive in finding, suggesting or making resources that she thinks will be useful.

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Do you have a fantastic member of staff from Axcis? Nominate them today! Credit Flickr CC

Nominations are now closed

Nominations for Candidate of the Term Autumn 2016 are now closed. However, if you have an Axcis contractor who has gone above and beyond the call of duty, why not get in touch with us to nominate them for next terms awards? We appreciate every nomination, and so do our candidates! Winners for the summer term awards will be announced soon – so watch this space!

Posted in Candidate of the Term, News, Nominations

Candidate of the Term Autumn 2016: Nominations

cot-autumn-2016Who has been nominated and why for the Axcis Candidate of the Term Autumn 2016 awards? Find out here…

Mizanur – working for Louise in our London office

Mizanur relates well with other members of the team, parents and has a great empathy SEN pupils, has already formed deep and effective relationships with students,  willingness to step out of their usual role and take on things like extra-curricular work, works extremely hard to ensure the students in a very challenging group engage with the work we aim to complete.  The students in this group have made exceptional progress since starting the Drama intervention sessions, though this would not have happened without the enthusiasm and support these members of staff bring to the session.

Begum – working for Andrew in our London office

Begum in particular should be commended.  She threw herself into a 1-1 role with a child with severe SLCN and volunteered to continue teaching her phonics lesson even when she was redeployed elsewhere.  She attended the child’s annual review and made helpful and constructive suggestions.  She has also taken on 1-1 roles with two other KS1 pupils with EHCPs for global developmental delay and other undiagnosed, but very challenging needs.

Maria – working for Andrew in our London office

Maria. She has shown incredible willingness to support children with additional needs and great flexibility in adapting to new requests.  She is quick to ask for support if they need it and provide children with a calm, consistent approach.

Luisa – working for Andrew in our London office

Luisa is always coming up with new ways to support the pupil she works with and deals with demanding situations with a smile. The pupil she supports is non-verbal and thanks to Luisa’s great work, has recently started to use words in school, which is a huge achievement! Luisa is kind, caring and reliable.

Eleni – working for Andrew in our London office

Eleni is always calm and patient with the pupil she works with. She is challenging the pupil to achieve more this year and we are all pleased with her progress. She helps with all aspects of the classroom preparation and is always willing to pitch in and be part of the team!

Cendrine – working for Helena in our London office

She’s so efficient. If you ask her to do anything, it’s never too much trouble, and always completed in good time. She’s one of the best candidates we’ve ever had.

George – working for Emma in our Manchester office

We would like to nominate George. his class team are telling me he is ‘amazing’ and ‘great’ and supports the students and also is supportive of the staff he works with. He has been working with two different classes and, due to the skills he has shown, he is now working with a particularly challenging class of boys very effectively. We are very pleased he has chosen to seek employment with us and will be joining us from Axcis soon. So its also thanks to Axcis for positioning him with us. We are very happy to nominate George for candidate of the term.

 

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Do you have a fantastic member of staff from Axcis? Nominate them today! Credit Flickr CC

Nominations are now closed

Nominations for Candidate of the Term Autumn 2016 are now closed. However, if you have an Axcis contractor who has gone above and beyond the call of duty, why not get in touch with us to nominate them for next terms awards? We appreciate every nomination, and so do our candidates! Winners for this terms awards will be announced soon – so watch this space!

Posted in Candidate of the Term, Candidates, News, Nominations

Twitter Chat: Autism and Education, 29th Nov, 4pm

Network Autism, exclusively sponsored by Axcis, will be hosting a Twitter Q & A with Sarah Hendrickx on the 29th November at 4pm (#autismedchat). The session will focus on autism and education and is FREE to participate so if you have a burning question and would like to take the opportunity to ask an expert for their guidance, get a diary reminder set NOW!

Axcis are proud to sponsor Network Autism

Axcis are proud to sponsor Network Autism

About the Twitter Q & A

Our partners at Network Autism will host the discussion on their @networkautism account between 4-5pm GMT on 29 November. This Q&A is being run as part of a series of four education focused twitter Q&A’s in partnership with us here at Axcis. This first Q&A will focus on giving advice and support to professionals on autism and education. You can follow and take part in the discussion by using the hashtag #autismedchat.

 

This a great opportunity for you to gain some valuable insights and tips in supporting autistic pupils and colleagues in school. You can tweet questions in advance using the hashtag #autismedchat, or if you’re not on twitter, email them to networkautismsupport@nas.org.uk and they will put your questions to Sarah during the Q&A – you’ll be able to catch up with the responses in the archive they compile on Storify after the event.

How do I join in?

#autismedchat will be the hashtag used for those who have joined in with these before and understand how they work. If this if your first Twitter chat, read on for guidance on how to join in.

 

1 – Sign up for a free Twitter account – First of all you need to be a member on Twitter. If you’re not already, it is simple and free to join. Fill out your profile, add a picture and follow at least the leader of the Twitter chat you want to participate in (and Axcis of course!) Be sure to follow the chat hosts, guests and browse the posts on previous chats to see who else may interest you.

2 – How to see the questions/answers – You can simply click on the hashtag on a tweet to see all of the recent tweets around that hashtag. If you try to follow the chat from your own timeline on the Twitter web site you can, but if it’s a big chat you can quickly lose the thread of the conversation. Fortunately there are a number of sites that allow you to follow the chat only and participate more easily.

 

 

You can also follow a hashtag in your Twitter client like Tweetdeck or Hootsuite. Just set up a search for the hashtag and all of the tweets with that hashtag should show up in the search results. These apps range in difficulty and also in update speed. I suggest you pick one of these options, drop in a hashtag for an upcoming event and see if it works for you.

Twitter chats can be a fun way to talk about a topic, meet some people interested in the same thing as you are, grow your own network and have some fun. Give it a try!

Are you seeking teaching or support work?

Register with Axcis and become connected to a network of special and mainstream schools in your area for work.

Register with Axcis and become connected to a network of special and mainstream schools in your area for work.

If you are looking for school based work and are not already registered with Axcis, why not get in touch or register today and find out how we can assist you? We have offices nationwide and a team of expert consultants who have proven relationships with specialist and mainstream schools in your area, so if you need work, why not register now? It’s free and takes just a few minutes – what do you have to lose?

Posted in NAS and Network Autism, News, Training & Events

Why we need EU trained staff in our schools

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As many as 50% of UK teachers are thought to be planning to say goodbye to teaching in the next decade. Credit Flickr

There is a well recognised recruitment crisis within the education profession in England and Wales. The government recently told us that there are now 15,000 more teachers in the profession than there were in 2010. However, this figure is less impressive when you consider that there are 363,628 more children, too! So, how can EU staff help us with the teaching shortage here in the UK?

Teachers are leaving, too!

In addition to the growth in student numbers, news reports have cited that as many as 50% of our current teachers in post want to leave the profession within the next decade. So, who will teach our children?

Government incentives to train

The government does offer a range of incentives for students to take up teacher training. However, not enough are being enrolled onto courses, and we still have an issue of those wanting to leave the profession at the other end. Teaching is currently like a giant leaky barrel – more staff seem to come out of the bottom than we can add to the top. So, where else can we top it up from?

 Teaching is currently like a giant leaky barrel – more staff seem to come out of the bottom than we can add to the top.

Overseas staff

AWR Regulations help to bring the UK into line with the rest of Europe.

We must attract teaching staff from all over the EU to support UK schools.

While we are figuring out how to incentivise more people to train as teachers here in the UK, we must look to other possible sources of staff for the profession. Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and Ireland are popular choices for overseas recruitment, since many people in these countries speak English as a first language and their education systems are not terribly dissimilar to our own. However, there are visa and qualification issues to overcome, and these can sometimes create a situation where a staff member simply can’t stay on in a job, despite them being great teachers! The solution – EU trained staff who (currently at least!) do not suffer from these issues for the most part.

But what about Brexit?

Brexit created a lot of uncertainty about the job market for EU trained staff. However, it should be remembered that Britain leaving

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Brexit caused a lot of uncertainty in the UK job market for EU citizens. Credit Flickr

the EU is more than likely still quite a long way off – and there are some indications that it may not happen at all. In addition, it is looking likely that free movement of people from other EU countries into and out of the UK for work and pleasure will not be restricted by much, if at all. So, working in England still represents a great opportunity for EU citizens.

How good does your English need to be?

When teaching, there is a lot of verbal and written communication involved. For that reason, spoken and written English skills must be of a high standard. However, if you have specialised skills – particularly with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), these can sometimes be more important than a high standard of English, so it can still be worth applying for jobs in the UK.

So are EU trained teachers and support staff the answer to the UK teaching crisis?

The answer is no. Not on their own. But it is important that we do all we can to attract staff from ALL possible sources. Until the profession here becomes OVER staffed, we cannot afford to bury our heads in the sand and ignore well trained staff from wherever they come! We must support our own recruitment efforts, we must attract staff from overseas – and most importantly of all – we must do what we can to make teaching an attractive and well respected career choice, not only to attract new trainees, but to encourage those already in post to stay!

Register with Axcis and become connected to a network of special and mainstream schools in your area for work.

Register with Axcis and become connected to a network of special and mainstream schools in your area for work.

EU trained school staff – our doors are open to you!

As a company which understands the importance of the above, we invite teachers and support staff from all countries and backgrounds to register or send us their CV. We work with mainstream and special schools across England and Wales and we know that everyone has something to offer. All schools are different, and all people are different. We are about finding the right match – see if we can find yours today!

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