Candidate of the Term Summer 2017: Winner

Who is the winner of  “Axcis Candidate of the Term Summer 2017”? And what did they do to go above and beyond the call of duty for the school they are working in?

Candidate of the Term - Summer Term 2017The 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 a winner wasn’t easy, and all nominees received a certificate of appreciation for the hard work they do, but after much deliberation, a candidate was selected as the winner….

And the winner is…

 Abi – working for Karolina (Axcis London)

Nomination: Abi has never treated the student she teaches any differently even through the students we work with have been excluded from mainstream schools. Abi always goes above and beyond to ensure that the students get a fair chance of achieving their academic goals.  Abi, has taken students within this cohort to the next level in terms of offering GCSE’s for the Y11s.  We have students doing more than 6 GCSE’s. Students are based in the Brent Civic Centre Library daily with other members of the public studying as if they are already in college. For Abi to achieve this award would mean so much to our little service as it would show the team that she works alongside that hard work always pays off.

 

How Abi felt about winning:

Abi was speechless about winner her Candidate of the Term award with Axcis!

Abi was speechless about winner her Candidate of the Term award with Axcis!

When Karolina visited the school earlier this week to tell Abi she’d won, Abi was absolutely speechless! She was over the moon and said that she has never won anything before!

 

We asked Abi for a quote, but she was really shocked and couldn’t get her words out! Her Supervisors told us how amazing she is, how she supports them all the time and never refuse to help anyone. Abi, we salute you! Thank you for all your hard work and please accept our gratitude for all you have done on behalf of Axcis, and the school you’ve been working at for us. Have a fantastic summer – you deserve it!

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

End of term checklist for Axcis contractors

Axcis contractors – don’t forget to go through our end of term checklist to ensure that your work placement ends smoothly. And thank-you for all your hard work!

1 – Mark and hand all work back

Thank you for all your hard work, Axcis staff - don't forget to go through our end of term checklist

Thank you for all your hard work, Axcis staff. Don’t forget to go through our end of term checklist to ensure that your work placement ends smoothly.

Check, then double check that you have marked (where appropriate) and handed all work back to your line manager at school. It can be extremely stressful for the school or for the children concerned if you fail to return their work to them before you leave at the end of your contract. So even if you’re sure you have returned everything, have a good check through your desk/home/car just to be on the safe side.

2 – Ensure any handover paperwork is completed

It’s of paramount importance that you do a thorough handover of your work with the member of staff taking over your role. If this is not possible, talk to the HOD/HOY and give them your notes. This will ease the transition for the students from one member of staff to another. Your notes might include where they are in the syllabus but it may also involve comments about behaviours, triggers, medications etc.

3 – Return keys/door cards and any other school property

Never walk away from your assignment with a set of keys as this can cause a huge cost to the school if they have to replace their locks as a result. Text books, laptops and any other material you have been lent needs to be given back promptly as failure to do so could impede the transition for the new member of staff as well as the students concerned, as well as being a nuisance to the school (who you will want to provide you with a good reference!)

4 – Don’t forget to make a final timesheet check before you finish!

The last job you should do before you complete a contract with a school is to double-check that your timesheets are all in and up to date. You can do this via your consultant, or by checking your online timesheet portal. It’s easier to sort out missing timesheets now than it is to chase them in a few weeks time when you realise you’re missing some pay!

5 – Update your CV and availability with Axcis

Don’t forget to also let your consultant at Axcis know what your availability for your next assignment is, and send in an updated CV. That way, when the new term starts, there won’t be any delays finding your next job with Axcis!

 

If you are seeking teaching or support work in a SEND setting and are not currently registered with Axcis, why not do it today? It’s free and takes just a few minutes to register on our website – what do you have to lose?

Posted in Axcis contractor resources

SEN South West – Unmissable for everyone working with children with Special Educational Needs.

Integra Schools will be holding the 2nd regional SEN conference in Bristol on September 21st

Come and see us at the Axcis stand for recruitment advice. Or just an Axcis goodie bag!

Come and see us at the Axcis stand for SEND recruitment advice.

Highlights this year include:

 

  1. Creating Great SEND provision in Schools – David Bartram, OBE, Director for SEND at the London Leadership Strategy
  2. Everything you need to know about children with fatigue – Professor Esther Crawley University of Bristol
  3. Pupil Premium Learning Centred Leadership: Creating a Climate for Excellence to Flourish – Rob Carpenter, Senior Executive Headteacher of the Inspire Partnership
  4. What do Effective SENCOs do? Helen Curran Bath Spa University

And much more…

  • Inspirational keynote talks and informative seminars from national experts.
  • Free exhibition, DFE and Ofsted
  • Extensive exhibition offering great learning resources and ideas to support you.
  • Flexible format that allows you to choose your own pathway through the conference. Stay for one session or stay all day.

 

This conference is sponsored by NASEN, Axcis, Nessy, and Bath Spa University.

 

What did last year’s delegates say?

Great opportunity to meet other professionals

 

Very inspirational- lots of ideas, my whole school needs to hear

 

Really useful seminar sessions, very practical and useful. Some of the best I have ever been to.

Book your place today

If you’d like to find out more or book your place for SEN SW, click here!

Why do Axcis sponsor SEN SW?

As leaders in special educational needs and disabilities recruitment, at Axcis we take our responsibility to the sector seriously. We care enormously about sharing good practice and enhancing knowledge and understanding in order to improve the way we work with young people with SEND. This is why we sponsor many key SEND events throughout the year. Check out our website to find out more, or register online now if you’re looking for special needs teaching or support work. Or if you’re attending this event, why not pop by the Axcis stand for a chat about how we can help you?

Posted in Clients, News, Training & Events

Candidate of the Term Summer 2017 – nominations

Candidate of the Term - Summer Term 2017Who has been nominated and why for the Axcis Candidate of the Term Summer 2017 awards? Some of the lovely nominations we have received are listed here. Why not take a look?

Oliver, working for Louise (Axcis London)

Since starting at Winsor Primary School Oliver has shown his commitment through his excellent attendance and outstanding punctuality. He regularly checks in to give feedback and seek advice. He shows initiative and has become a valued member of our school community. The children he works with are making good progress and his approach is calm and methodical. Thank you for your dedication to our school.

George, working for Nicola (Axcis London)

George has fit in so well (and very quickly) at Strathmore, it is clear that he has made a commitment to the class and school as a whole. He is wonderful to work with, always polite and has such a positive up-beat attitude. He has made wonderful relationships with both the pupils and staff. We consider him a part of the Strathmore team!

Kathy, working for Louise (Axcis London)

Kathy is an exceptional SEN teacher. She is calm, flexible and caring to our students.  Kathy has a wonderful sense of humour and just gets on with it, whatever the day brings! Her lessons are well planned to suit the learner with sensory components that student love. We need more Kathys!

Olena – working for Camelia (Axcis London)

Olena, working at Hartley Primary, has made an outstanding contribution in her short time here, working proactively with her charges, taking on all advice and showing an instinctive understanding of her pupils’ needs. More than one member of staff has asked if we can keep her on, but sadly budgetary restraints prevent this.

Tanya – working for Camelia (Axcis London)

Tanya, also working at Hartley, has been highly instrumental in the huge progress her pupil has made. In particular, she has been running very successful language support groups under the guidance of our speech therapist, who is very complimentary about Tanya.

 Abi – working for Karolina (Axcis London)

Abi has never treated the student she teaches any differently even through the students we work with have been excluded from mainstream schools. Abi always goes above and beyond to ensure that the students get a fair chance of achieving their academic goals.  Abi, has taken students within this cohort to the next level in terms of offering GCSE’s for the Y11s.  We have students doing more than 6 GCSE’s. Students are based in the Brent Civic Centre Library daily with other members of the public studying as if they are already in college. For Abi to achieve this award would mean so much to our little service as it would show the team that she works alongside that hard work always pays off.

Nominations are now closed

Nominations for Candidate of the Term Summer 2017 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

We found some GREAT resources at nasen Live 2017…

We were very proud to sponsor nasen Live 2017 last week – the day was a great success all round, with plenty of seminars and talks, loads of useful resources, products and services – and all the tea and biscuits we could handle! Here are some of the highlights if you didn’t make it this year…

Professor Stephen Hawking CBE talking DME

Professor Stephen Hawking CBE opening the conference

Professor Stephen Hawking CBE opening the conference

Professor Stephen Hawking CBE opened this years event by giving an introductory speech via video link. I think I speak for everyone present when I say we all felt privileged to hear from such a highly respected individual. He spoke about DME (Dual and Multiple Exceptionalities). This was the overarching theme for this years event. DME is when a child experiences high learning potential alongside a special educational need because of a learning difficulty or disability. This introduction was followed up by a talk later in the day from Professor Diane Montgomery who explored practical guidance for practitioners around DME.

SEMH and Inclusion

Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs are high on the agenda at the moment, with news articles cropping up almost daily around the issue. Debbie Simmons from PLACE2B gave an insightful talk about some of the key issues in mental health and well-being for school leaders. Issues around mental health were also echoed by Professor Barry Carpenter when he talked about Autism in Girls later in the day. Dr Rona Tutt OBE, Natalie Packer and Kate Browning also talked about Inclusion, giving some practical strategies for secondary practitioners, as well as a discussion around making assessment inclusive for all SEND learners.

ITIDE – FREE SEND resources not to be missed!

ITIDE - take a look for invaluable SEND resources

ITIDE – take a look for invaluable SEND resources

Later in the day, there was a launch of the new ITIDE resources. The ITIDE is a three year project (2014-17) led by Leeds Beckett University. It is a €400k strategic partnership involving organisations from five countries. Their remit was to develop a suite of SEND Training Materials for teachers of learners with severe, profound and complex learning difficulties. These materials are now available for all to see/use. Find out more on their website, where you can choose suitable modules for any particular areas you need support in, or you can plan an entire study route using their simple tools. They have also released their training materials via an app which you can download to your smart phone or tablet. This really is an essential set of resources for all staff who work with SEND, so do make sure to take a look.

 

Get ITIDE for Android here

Get ITIDE for Apple here

Useful products and services

The exhibition hall was, as usual awash with interesting and useful SEND products and services. From phonics books and practical

Mat and Sara were busy on the Axcis stand

Mat and Sara were busy on the Axcis stand

classroom resources to SEND training courses and consulting services, there was surely something for everyone. Delegates moved from talk to talk with arms full of leaflets, mugs and goodie bags, and of course the odd Axcis Andy Bear! Mat and Sara on the Axcis stand spoke to lots of people about how we could help with their SEND recruitment needs, and many people dropped by the stand with their completed crossword – keep an eye on our social media pages where we will shortly announce the winner of the £100 shopping voucher!

 

All in all it was a great day and we look forward to being involved again when nasen Live 2018 comes around!

 

 

Posted in NASEN, News, SEND Resources

OUTSTANDING LIVERPOOL VACANCIES!

Find your next SEND job with Axcis

Find your next SEND job with Axcis

Please see below a list of outstanding vacancies for Liverpool, Wirral and surrounding areas. Schools are looking to sort ASAP so please don’t delay in getting in touch if you’re interested!

1:1 Support role – Y4 pupil South Liverpool

A specialist school is looking for 1:1 support for a pupil with PSB. The pupil is in Y4 and successful candidate will have experience in Mental Health support work, PSB and SEMH. For more information please click here.

1:1 Support roles x 2 – Reception pupils South Liverpool

A specialist school is looking for 1:1 support for 2 refugee pupils who are struggling with health difficulties and MLD. They are experiencing developmental delay and both have glaucoma. Experience with sensory difficulties and MLD beneficial. For more information click here.

SEND TA for Resource Base North Liverpool

Mainstream primary school in Liverpool looking for an SEND specialist to provide morning cover in their specialist resource base and afternoon intervention work for those returning to mainstream class. Experience in ADHD, ASD and MLD beneficial. For more information please click here.

ADHD 1:1 TA – Y1 or Y4 North Liverpool

Mainstream primary school in Liverpool looking for 1:1 TA for pupils with ADHD struggling in class. Experience with MLD and ADHD, pupils will predominantly be Y1 or Y4. For more information please click here.

Severe Needs 1:1 LSA – Reception Wigan

Mainstream primary school in Wigan looking for 1:1 TA for a reception pupil with complex needs, but no official EHCP. Experience with ADHD, MLD and developmental delay, as well as previous work in foundation stage. For more information please click here.

1:1 Speech and Language TA – Reception North Liverpool

Mainstream primary school looking for 1:1 speech and language support for a pupil in reception. Pupil not working with any specific programme, but previous experience in similar capacity essential. For more information please click here.

1:1 SEND TA – Primary – ASD/Cerebral Palsy Skelmersdale

Mainstream primary school looking for 1:1 support for a pupil with ASD and cerebral palsy. Experience with these SEND is essential, as is working within a primary environment. For more information please click here.

SEBD Maths Teacher North Liverpool

An Alternative Provision in North Liverpool is looking for an experienced Maths Teacher to start full-time in September. They are ideally looking for someone with SEBD/PRU/AP experience. For more information click here.

 

Not seen a vacancy you like the look of but interested in work in the Liverpool area? Then why not register or get in touch with Axcis Liverpool today so you can hear about new positions as soon as they become available?

Posted in Candidates

Introducing… Jay (Axcis London)

Axcis is continuing to grow as more and more schools hear about us and start using our services. As a result, Axcis London has a new consultant, so if you’re seeking work (or staff) in the Barnet or Enfield areas, why not get in touch with Jay? Find out a bit more about him here.

About Jay

Jay - Axcis London Consultant for Barnet and Enfield

Jay – Axcis London Consultant for Barnet and Enfield

Before joining Axcis, I was a School Business Manager for an SEN FE College in London. As a result, I believe that I understand the budgetary constraints which schools must contend with, as well as the need for well qualified and experienced staff. In my role at Axcis, I am proud to offer schools the sort of service I would want to receive myself.

 

I have a strong conviction that everyone – regardless of their gender, race, religion, sexually or disability – should be treated equally. This is something I live by in my personal and professional life. I think that, in the SEND sector, we must work together to provide the best possible learning experiences and outcomes for the students in our care. In my role at Axcis, I always try to understand the needs of my candidates and clients in detail so that I may offer the very best service possible.

 

In my spare time, I enjoy watching and playing Sports (Liverpool, England Rugby & Lewis Hamilton!) I also enjoy socialising and seeking out new experiences…London is a gold mine for this!

 

I am also a ‘Big Brother’ figure to a young adult with Autism. I am helping him to navigate his way into adulthood through listening, sharing my own experiences and helping him to improve his social skills. I find this experience to be both enjoyable and rewarding.

Would you like to work with Jay?

Jay covers the following areas for Axcis: Barnet and Enfield. If you are seeking work (or staff) in these areas, then get in touch with Jay today to see how she can help. Or if you’re seeking work in any other area, register online and we will put you in touch with your personal consultant for your local are

Posted in Individuals, Meet The Axcis Team, News

How to teach children with ADHD – guest post

Do you need some tips on supporting children with ADHD in the classroom? If so, then this guest post is a must-read!

 

Countries around the world may differ in their GDP, religion, or lifestyle. What I noticed, though, during these many years of teaching in both rich and poorer parts of our planet, is that the education systems mostly require children to: Sit still. Be quiet. Listen carefully. Follow instructions.

 

If you’re a teacher, you know that respecting these rules can be difficult for any child from time to time. They all get fidgety and chatty sometimes, but it mostly takes just a gentle nudge from the teacher to make them get back to work.

 

However, if you’ve encountered a child who exhibits symptoms of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), then you’re familiar with the serious challenges both you and the child face. Their inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity can be frustrating. You know that the brainpower is there and you want the child to perform as best as they can, but they can’t seem to focus. Also, their behaviour can be quite disruptive for the whole class.

 

To empower, not control, children with ADHD and to overcome problems their behaviour may cause, try these methods that brave and patient teachers have been discovering for many years. They deal with three major components:

1 – Classroom accommodations

Children with ADHD often have difficulty determining what is important and focusing on their assigned work. As they are so easily distracted, many of them benefit from accommodations that reduce distractions in the classroom environment and help them to stay on task and learn.

 

One of the most common accommodations concerning children with ADHD is determining where they will sit. Three specific seating assignments may be especially useful:

 

  • Seat the child near the teacher. This seating assignment provides opportunities for you to monitor and reinforce your student’s on-task behaviour. The child should be away from windows or doors.
  • Seat the child near a student role model. This may provide opportunity for children to work cooperatively.
  • Provide low-distraction work areas. Remove all distracting objects near the child. If the space permits, make available a distraction-free room or area for quiet study time and test taking. Always direct the student to this space discreetly and let them know that they’re not being punished.

 

Also, there are some instructional tools teachers use when working with children with ADHD:

 

  • Pointers: Teach the child to use a pointer to help visually track written words on a page. For example, provide the child with a bookmark to help him or her follow along when students are taking turns reading aloud.
  • Clocks or timers: Note for the children the starting and ending times of the lesson.
  • Classroom lights: Turning the classroom lights on and off prompts children that the noise level in the room is too high and they should be quieter. You can also use auditory cues.
  • Proper furniture: The desk and chair used by children with ADHD need to be the right size; a child should be able to put his or her elbows on the surface of the desk and have his or her chin fit comfortably in the palm of the hand. You can also provide resistance bands on chair legs to help satisfy the need to move.

2 – Information delivery and teaching methods

Keeping in mind the short attention span of ADHD students, you’ll need to adjust your teaching methods and tests.

 

  • Give instructions one at a time and repeat as necessary. Establish eye contact. Simplify instructions. Repeat them orally for the ADHD student and give them to the child in writing as well.
  • Use visuals. These can be charts, pictures, colour coding.
  • Break long assignments into smaller chunks. Give frequent, short quizzes. Test the student with ADHD in the way he or she does best, such as orally or filling in blanks.
  • Let the student do as much work as possible on computer.
  • Include different kinds of activities. Vary the pace. Many students with ADHD do well with competitive games or other activities that are rapid and intense.
  • Summarise key points. If there’s homework, have a few students repeat what it is, then have the class say it in unison, and write it on the board.
  • Accept late work and don’t grade neatness.

3 – Behavioural interventions

You need to prevent behaviour that takes time from other students and also help the child with ADHD perform the best they can. These tips may help you in achieving that:

 

  • Define the appropriate behaviour while giving praise. Praise should be specific for the positive behaviour displayed by the student, and not for avoiding the negative.
  • Give praise immediately
  • Establish warning signals. Work out some warning signals with the ADHD student. This can be a hand signal, a gentle shoulder squeeze, or a sticky note on the student’s desk.
  • Ignore mildly inappropriate behaviour. As long as such behaviour is unintentional and isn’t disruptive, ignore it.
  • Allow for short breaks. Let him or her squeeze a rubber ball or tap something that doesn’t make noise.
  • Discuss proper behaviour with the student. You should always do this privately.
  • Ask for help. If the school has a psychologist or a pedagogist, consult them. Also, ask your colleagues for some good ideas.

 

Teaching children with ADHD can be a challenge indeed, especially if the school doesn’t provide the necessary tools, space, and support. However, as teachers, we must always adjust, find new ways of dealing with problems, and learn patiently as we go. This only makes us more confident as teachers and makes our students perform better.

Dimitris Vlachos

dmitris guest postDimitris works as a full stack marketer at Movinhand. Movinhand helps educators get the salary they deserve. We promote teachers around the world and get them the best possible offer within 10 days of signing up.

 

 

Posted in Guest posts, SEND Resources

Robert Goodwill MP – the new minister for SEND

Robert Goodwill is the new minister of State for the DfE, which means that he has replaced Edward Timpson as the person responsible for SEND. But what is his background and what can we expect from him?

About Robert Goodwill:

The Government tells us the following about Robert Goodwill on their website:

Education

Robert was educated at the Quaker Bootham School in York, and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture in 1979.

Political career

Robert was elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 1999, serving in Brussels and Strasbourg until the 2004 European election. He was Deputy Leader of the Conservative MEPs during his term. He was elected to the House of Commons at the 2005 general election for Scarborough and Whitby.

 

After spending 18 months as a member of the transport select committee, he was appointed as a government whip in 2006 and promoted to the post of Shadow Roads Minister in the transport team in 2007. He was re-elected at the 2010 general election and appointed to the government as a whip with responsibility for HM Treasury and Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs business.

 

Robert Goodwill served as Minister of State at the Department for Transport from December 2015 until July 2016. Robert was previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport.

Career outside politics

Robert has been a farmer (since 1979) of 250 acres of land near Malton, which has been in his family since 1850. He has been the managing director of Mowthorpe Ltd since 1995, which offers environmentally friendly burials in the North Yorkshire countryside.

Personal life

Robert is married and has 2 sons and a daughter.

What our friends at nasen have to say about his appointment:

In a recent article, our friends at nasen said:

It has been decided to combine the position of minister for vulnerable children and families with part of Caroline Dineage’s previous position as minister for women, equalities and early years. This makes Robert Goodwill the minister for early years and childcare as well as vulnerable children and families.

 

This could have some potential benefits, including a more joined-up approach between early years and SEND; if this works well, then it could help to improve the early identification and support of children’s needs and may mean that funding is more focused on the crucial early years. However, it does mean that Robert Goodwill has a very large remit, with the danger that SEND is not at the top of the list, especially as the entitlement to 30-hours free childcare comes in this September.

 

Robert Goodwill’s background is in the European parliament, in the Department for Transport and the Home Office. We hope he takes the time and trouble to listen to experts both within and outside of the Department for Education.

 

We look forward to seeing how things progress with our new Minister for State – good luck Robert!

Posted in News

Introducing… Vicki (Axcis Midlands)

Axcis is continuing to grow as more and more schools hear about us and start using our services. As a result, Axcis Midlands has a new consultant, so if you’re seeking work (or staff) in the Birmingham or Worcester areas, why not get in touch with Vicki? Find out a bit more about her here.

About Vicki

vicki chapman

Vicki Chapman

Before joining Axcis, I worked in engineering and industrial recruitment. This experience honed my ability to respond to the needs of my clients quickly, and match only the most appropriately skilled contractors to their (often very specific) requirements. I feel that this practice has given me excellent grounding for a career move into education recruitment.

 

I joined Axcis because I am passionate about supporting children, and in particular those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). I love working with teachers and support staff who care deeply about what they do every day, and are proud to make a difference to the lives of some of our most vulnerable children.

 

I thoroughly enjoy visiting the schools I work with because it provides me with an insight into their needs and what sort of staff fit in there. I find it highly rewarding when a client calls to tell me how well my chosen contractor is getting on and I hope to achieve this with most, if not all of my placements.

 

In my spare time I enjoy yoga, reading, baking and visiting new places. I very much enjoy setting goals for myself. I recently completed my first obstacle race “the suffering” which was 14k. I also took a trip by myself to Dubai to experience travelling alone.

Would you like to work with Vicki?

Vicki covers the following areas for Axcis: Birmingham and Worcester. If you are seeking work (or staff) in these areas, then get in touch with Vicki today to see how she can help. Or if you’re seeking work in any other area, register online and we will put you in touch with your personal consultant in your local office.

Posted in Individuals, Meet The Axcis Team, News