Top Safeguarding Tips for Supply Staff

Safeguarding is always a hot topic for education professionals. But how can you make sure that you are meeting your responsibilities with regard to safeguarding while working at schools on a supply basis?

1 – Pay close attention during your registration interview

Your consultant will run through the company safeguarding policy and also give practical advice for when you are in school. All Axcis staff are then safer recruitment tested at interview and offered further training where needed.

2 – Undertake further training

At Axcis, we take our training responsibilities seriously and are pleased to offer Level 2 Safeguarding to our list of training courses on offer. If you’d like more information on the course, have a look at this article.

3 – Read the government guidance on safeguarding

The DfE issue guidance on keeping children safe in education. All school staff should be familiar with this document so if you’ve not read it before, you should take a look.

4 – Be aware of the school child protection policy and staff behaviour policy

When you are new to a school, they should provide you with a copy of (or access to) the child protection policy and the staff behaviour policy. You should take the time to review these documents at your earliest convenience, as they may vary from school to school. However, we would always advise new members of staff to behave with caution and defer to experienced staff members if there are difficult situations, especially when you are new to a school.

5 – Be aware of who the designated safeguarding lead is

If you are not informed as to who the designated safeguarding lead in a school is, you should always ask. This is the person who you should approach if you have any cause for concern or questions regarding safeguarding or child protection while in school, so it’s important you know who they are.

6 – Reflect

Part of the “Safeguarding Trilogy” is to “reflect”. This is because simply the act of receiving a disclosure or being involved in an incident can be traumatic for all parties. The ‘reflect’ section includes both personal and professional issues: thinking about how you might deal with the situation in future or improve your practice to avoid incidents, and also making sure that you’re OK by talking to friends and family, and even your Axcis consultant if you’re feeling vulnerable.

7 – Be aware of early warning signs

All staff, whether on supply or not need to be aware that they are on the front line where safeguarding is concerned, and they are responsible for reporting signs of abuse or neglect to the designated safeguarding lead – there is an excellent support document provided by the NSPCC.

8 – Remember to inform your Axcis consultant

As an Axcis employee, it is advised that you keep your consultant in the loop if you experience any safeguarding concerns while on supply at one of the schools we work with. At Axcis, we want to ensure that you receive the appropriate level of support and training to ensure that your experience of working for us is a positive one. Remember, if you have questions or concerns, your consultant is always just a phone call away.

Refer a friend or apply to work for Axcis

Whether you are already registered with us for SEND work or not, you can recommend a friend to Axcis. We offer a generous referral system, offering up to £250 in vouchers once we place them in a job. Alternatively, if you’re seeking work simply register online and take a look at the range of fantastic SEND jobs you can apply for at one of the schools we work with across England and Wales.

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Axcis Annual Charity 2020: Sky Badger

At Axcis, we are proud long-term supporters of the National Autistic Society and nasen (the National Association for Special Educational Needs). But from 2020, we are also nominating an additional annual charity to support with our fundraising efforts. To kick off this campaign, we have selected Sky Badger. But who are they and why have we chosen to support them?

Why does Axcis support SEND charities?

As leaders in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) recruitment, we feel that it’s important to demonstrate our commitment to the sector. That’s why we have long-standing relationships with the National Autistic Society and nasen and have supported other charitable organisations and events on and off over the years. We do this because we know how vital the work these organisations do is for young people with SEND as well as their families and the wider community – and they can’t do this without financial help. That’s where we (and of course their other sponsors) come in.

Why Sky Badger in 2020?

We chose Sky Badger because we want to support a smaller charity alongside the national organisations we are already working with. We are aware that the bigger charities often attract the lions share of the attention when it comes to fundraising and public attention. So when we found out about Sky Badger and the wonderful work they are doing, we felt that this was a smaller charity that we could not only support financially, but help to put a spotlight on in 2020, too.

Who are Sky Badger?

Sky Badger is a charity which finds help and adventure for disabled children and their families all over the UK. They do this by building bridges between disabled children and the charities and services available to help. They find everything from disabled sports clubs to sibling groups to ‘make a wish’ charities and tell families about them though their website, social media platforms, videos, information packs and helpdesk. We recently posted a guest article from Naomi, their CEO – you can read it here and find out more about how Sky Badger came to be and why they are a brilliant charity.

What will Axcis be doing to support Sky Badger in 2020?

We will be doing a range of internal fundraising activities aimed at raising money for Sky Badger throughout 2020. From bake sales and dress-down days to bucket collecting, meme the boss competitions, draws to win free lunches (on the company of course) and much, much more. The aim of the game is to get each team actively involved in activities to raise funds, as well as awareness about the charity. Axcis will then DOUBLE the amount raised at the end of the year before presenting Sky Badger with what we hope will be a sizable cheque!

Make your own donation or get involved

If this is the first time you’ve heard about Sky Badger and you’d like to get involved or make your own donation, you can do so via their website: https://skybadger.co.uk/

Are you seeking SEND work or staff?

If you’re looking for a SEND teaching or support job in England or Wales, why not register with Axcis, the SEND recruitment specialists? Or perhaps you need to recruit staff for your school or provision? If so, why not take a look at the Axcis Website, or get in touch today to find out how we can help?

Students and graduates – why work for Axcis?

Are you a student or recent graduate considering teaching or support work? Find out here why Axcis could  be the perfect place to find your ideal graduate job.

A simple 2 minute form could end up leading to your dream job - so come and find us at the fair!
Students at a recent careers fair who are keen to work with Axcis

Who are Axcis?

We are a specialist recruitment company offering temporary and permanent assignments. We work with mainstream schools and alternative provisions to find staff who can teach and support children who have a range of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). We sponsor the National Autistic Society and nasen, as well as other national SEND charities and organisations. We do this because we believe in the work they are doing and want to play a part in ensuring that children with SEND receive the very best educational experience possible – after all, don’t all children deserve the best start in life?

What sort of teaching and support jobs do Axcis offer?

We offer a range of teaching and support jobs for graduates, to include:

  • Flexible part-time/term-time school support work
  • SEND Teaching Roles
  • NQT Jobs
  • Mentoring Jobs
  • Teaching Assistant Jobs
  • Learning Support Assistant Jobs
  • Occupational Therapy Jobs
  • Speech and Language Therapy Jobs
  • And many more!

Why not take a look at our jobs page?

What’s the catch?

There is no catch! Schools ask us to find them the best SEND staff possible because they either don’t have the time or resources to find their own staff. Our service is entirely FREE of charge for candidates and we have access to many vacancies which are not on the open job market. Registering with Axcis will gain you access to these jobs, as well as all the other fantastic things we offer.

What else do you offer?

We will help you to find work, but that’s not all. At Axcis, we will also offer you:

  • Friendly support and advice to help you with your CV, job hunt, interview technique etc.
  • FREE or discounted training and continued professional development opportunities, see our events diary or our training page for more information.
  • FREE giveaways for fantastic SEND resources and shopping vouchers
  • FREE SEND resources via our blog and social media pages to help you develop your professional practice
  • Regular news and updates from the SEND sector to help you stay up to date with developments
  • Candidate of the Term Awards – we think it’s important to recognise the hard work our staff put in, so run Candidate of the Term awards towards the end of each school term.
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.

How do I get a job with Axcis?

It’s as easy as 1,2 3….Register online – this is an easy process that takes most people around 10 minutes to complete

Meet your consultant – once registered online, your consultant will get in touch to discuss your own personal situation and work needs. We don’t like to waste your time, so will invite you in for a meeting only if we feel we can assist you with your search for work.

Compliance checks – when you come in to meet your consultant, you’ll be asked to bring along some paperwork so that our vetting team can perform standard compliance checks. (References, DBS etc). Once these are clear, you can start working for Axcis – this could be as soon as the next day!

How do I know if working for Axcis is right for me?

At Axcis, we pride ourselves on being open and honest with our candidates. We don’t want to get a poor reputation by telling people we can find them work if it’s not true! So, if you are not sure whether we are the right company for you, the best solution is to give your local branch a call. Once you speak with one of our consultants, you should get a clear idea of how we can assist you based on your personal situation. See our Facebook reviews page or our Google business pages for recent feedback on our service – we are thrilled to receive comments such as:

If you are in any way involved in SEN, either as a parent, teacher, carer, assistant or someone who wants to better understand their own condition, the information on the Axcis Education page is gold.

An excellent agency to work with compared to all the other agencies I signed up with .
I would highly recommend Axcis ! Thank you Martin K /London office / and the team for making my time working there both enjoyable and fulfilling. Thank you so much

Brilliant agency, so reliable and the consultants are so helpful and professional.

Register or get in touch today!

So, what are you waiting for? Register online, or get in touch today and you could be working for Axcis before you know it!

Free resources with the Big Schools Birdwatch

It is widely recognised that getting outdoors and experiencing nature is great for children, so why not get your class involved in the Big Schools Birdwatch? It’s running from the 25th until the 27th of January, so take a look at the FREE resources which have been made available by the RSPB, do something fun and help this fantastic organisation at the same time!

The Big Schools Birdwatch – what is it?

Quite simply, the Big Schools Birdwatch asks children to spend an hour identifying and counting the birds which visit their outside space. The results are then sent back to the RSPB.

What resources are available to help?

Bird identification poster

Once you register to take part, you’ll be sent a bird identification poster. You can use this to teach the children how to recognise the different birds which come to visit.

Counting Sheet

Get involved with the Big Schools Birdwatch!

To help children to keep track of which birds they have seen, and how many, download this excellent counting sheet.

Parts of a bird worksheet

Use it to prepare for your bird watch, or as an extension or homework task. This parts of a bird worksheet could be used in several different ways. Download it here.

Make a pine cone bird feeder

Sitting and counting for an hour might be challenging for some students, so this practical activity is a great idea for children who enjoy something a bit messier! Get your instruction sheet here.

Other resources

There are lots of other bird-based activities on the RSPB website, so why not take a look and see what else you can use to enhance your lessons?

Are you seeking teaching or support work?

If you’re looking for a SEND teaching or support job in England or Wales, why not register with Axcis, the SEND recruitment specialists? Or perhaps you need to recruit staff for your school or provision? If so, why not take a look at the Axcis Website, or get in touch today to find out how we can help?

Candidate of the Term: Winter 2019 Winners

Who are the winners of the Axcis Candidate of the Term Winter 2019 awards? And what did they do to go above and beyond the call of duty for the schools they are working in?

The 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 winners wasn’t easy, and all nominees received a certificate of appreciation for the hard work they do, but after much deliberation, winners were selected…

And the winners are…

Becky, working for Cassie, Axcis North Wales

Reason for nomination:
I would like to nominate Becky for this award because of her work-ethic over this term. She very quickly settled into a busy additional needs department in a often challenging environment.
Her role has involved working with our most vulnerable and challenging learners across key stage 3 & 4. She has worked with a number of learners from Traveller backgrounds who are often difficult to mange in the classroom environment and whose attendance is often sporadic. She has managed their behaviour very well within the classroom environment and during break and lunch times. These learners respond well to her and know that they are able to come to her if they have a problem. They will work in lessons to please her and try their best on work, which is a huge achievement! 
Becky is able to work with the learners when they are having a difficult day and support their social and emotional needs. She is often able to discuss issues with them and support them to re-engage with their learning. 
As well as her great work with Travellers, she has supported other additional learning needs learners within small group intervention, on a one to one basis and within lessons. She has had a huge impact on a number of EAL learners who joined the school this term with very little English. She has helped them to settle into the school and learn school routines. She has supported them using a range of resources to help them to communicate with peers and staff and has taken a small group to develop their literacy/communication skills. It has been amazing to see how the confidence of these learners has increased in a short time.  It has been a pleasure to have Becky with us this term. She has developed a good relationship with many learners and the ALN team. 

A note from Cassie, Becky’s Consultant:

I am delighted that Becky has won the candidate of the term award. It is such a pleasure to work with her, she is always flexible and consistently hard working, she never lets us down and the feedback I receive from clients is always a positive, she goes above and beyond.

What Becky said about winning:

I was so pleased  to be nominated for the Axcis Candidate of the Term Award. To then find out I had won was absolutely amazing. I would Iike to thank, Cassie from Axcis Education and also the ALN team within the school, they have all been very supportive throughout my time there. I hope to return again very soon.

Sian, working for Gemma, Axcis South West

Reason for nomination:
Please can can I nominate Sian for the candidate of the term.  She has slotted into school life seamlessly and is always willing to go the extra mile.  Her role involves having to work in a variety of settings within the school and she manages each of these brilliantly, nothing seems to phase her.  This week Sian has been exceptional.  All our SEN staff have been out and she has stepped up to manage our ASC room with no fuss.  She has been really proactive in contacting me in the evening to find out about planning when she realised the room lead was out and offered to increase her hours to ensure the pupils had a familiar face.  Today she has had to manage a team of supply LSAs unfamiliar to the school to ensure all the children are getting the sight support.

Sandra, working for Blake, Axcis London

Reason for nomination:
The reason I would like to nominate Sandra is that in the year she has worked with her client she has enabled him to make more progress with his communication and life skills than the previous 3 years at a very expensive independent special school specialising in ASD.  As I understand it she has made a huge difference to not only his life but the lives of his family as he can now communicate with them and can engage in activities he enjoys including sports and cooking.

A note from Blake, Sandra’s consultant:

When I told Sandra she had one she was stunned to silence and overwhelmed with joy, even though she knows she is doing a good job its always nice to get recognition for her efforts and she is even more happy that she is making such a difference in the young persons life she is working with day in day out.

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?

Axcis January Giveaway: Be Your Best Self (Signed Copy)

Regular readers of the Axcis blog will be aware that Paralympic Gold Medalist, Danielle Brown MBE has recently co-authored a book entitled “Be Your Best Self”. Find out more about this book and how you can be in with a chance to win a signed copy here.

About the Book

For those not already in the know, Danielle wrote this book with a young boy – 9 year old Nathan Kai. The aim was to produce a sort of “self help” book for children, inspiring them to be the best they can be. You can read all about the project in a recent guest blog Danielle wrote for Axcis. In this blog, she explains how the project came about and why she chose to work with Nathan on it.

About Danielle Brown

Danielle Brown MBE started archery on her fifteenth birthday and three years later she was on the Great Britain team, jumping in as World Number 1 and hanging onto that position for the rest of her career. Danielle won gold at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games and retained her title in London 2012, as well as winning 5 World Championship Titles. She became the first disabled person to represent England at the Commonwealth Games (and win gold) as an able-bodied athlete. Danielle works as a keynote speaker, trainer and coach. We are also thrilled that she has agreed to become an Axcis Ambassador – an initiative we will be launching this year – so watch this space!

How to enter the Axcis Giveaway

Our giveaways are always free to enter, no strings attached! We offer several entry methods so you can either take a quick peek at our Facebook page, Tweet us or sign up on our website for work and you’ll be in with a chance to win. Follow the link below and you’ll be sent to our third party giveaway page (run on there to keep things fair and square) – where you can choose your method of entry and get your name in the hat for this great prize!

ENTER THE FREE GIVEAWAY HERE

Are you looking for SEND work or staff?

If you’re looking for a SEND teaching or support job in England or Wales, why not register with Axcis, the SEND recruitment specialists? Or perhaps you need to recruit staff for your school or provision? If so, why not take a look at the Axcis Website, or get in touch today to find out how we can help?

Term dates 2020 plus get your FREE Axcis wall calendar

Get your FREE Axcis Andy and Lionel the Lion wall calendar, plus find out what the 2020 term dates are in your area.

Download your free 2020 Axcis Andy and Lionel the Lion wall calendar here

Add 2020 term dates to your calendar

The 2020 term dates listed below are not necessarily correct for your area as they can vary between different local authorities and schools (which is why we didn’t put them in the calendar for you) – to check dates for your area, go to: https://www.gov.uk/school-term-holiday-dates

Andy and Lionel hope you enjoy their 2019 calendar

Spring Term

Starts: Monday 6th January 2020

Half Term: 17th – 21st February 2020

End of Term: Friday 3rd April 2020

Summer Term

Starts: Monday 20th April 2020

Half Term: 25th – 29th May 2020

End of Term: Friday 22nd July 2020

Winter Term

Starts: Monday 1st September 2020

Half Term: 26th – 30th October

End of Term: Friday 18th December 2020

Do you need a job for January?

If you’re current work placement is coming to an end and you need work for January, 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!

Top Blogs of 2019

What were our most popular blogs of 2019? Find out here and see if you missed any of these little gems!

Andy and Lionel bring you our top blogs of 2019 – enjoy!

Do Winnie The Pooh characters really represent different mental health disorders?

There are various reports on the web suggesting that each character in Winnie the Pooh represents a different mental disorder, but what are they, and is it true?

Challenges I face while working as a TA and how I overcome them

We asked our teaching assistants what sort of challenges they face while working in the classroom, and how they overcome them. The answers were so useful and insightful that we felt they would be great for anyone who is currently a TA, or thinking about becoming one.

What’s it like to work in a PRU? Find out and apply here

What is a pupil referral unit (PRU)? What is it like to work in one? How do you get a PRU job? And how do you know if it’s the right setting for you? Find out the answers to these questions and more here.

5 Tips for being a successful education recruitment consultant

Thinking about becoming an education recruitment consultant? Want to know more about it? Here is my top 5 tips on what it takes to be great at the job.

4 Bits of behaviour management advice I’d give my NQT self

Graham Chatterley is an assistant head at a school in Warrington for pupils with a range of SEMH needs. He has 4 children, the youngest 2 of which have varying ASD needs. One being very high functioning with some social and understanding difficulties, however managing well in Mainstream Primary. The other having significant ASD, ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder needs requiring an SLD setting. This has put Graham in an unusual position of experiencing both sides of Special Education Needs which has aided his understandings of both. He has kindly provided this guest post for the Axcis blog.

10 Tips for an autism friendly classroom

Autism is prevalent in our mainstream as well as special schools. If you need advice for supporting those on the spectrum while at school then look no further – our top ten tips will get you well on your way.

Children with high functioning autism in SEMH settings. Are they failing at education or is education failing them? (Guest post)

An SEMH school leader, Graham Chatterley has become a regular guest-blogger for Axcis. In this post, he discusses the suitability of an SEMH setting for students with high functioning autism, and what mainstream settings can do to better support children on the spectrum.

Top tips for new TAs, from experienced TAs

We asked our teaching assistants what advice they would give to those who are new to the profession and this is what they had to say…

Refer your friends to Axcis and earn up to £250 in shopping vouchers

Refer your friends to Axcis, and not only will you be helping them to find work, but you will also earn up to £250 in shopping vouchers* – everyone’s a winner!

Moving into special needs teaching and need to ace a trial day/lesson?

Are you in the midst of moving from working in mainstream schools to special needs schools? Do you need advice on how to perform well at a sample lesson/day? If the answer is yes, then this article is for you.

Are you seeking SEND work in 2020 in England or Wales?

If you’re looking for a new challenge in 2020 and would like the opportunity to work with children or young adults with special educational needs and disabilities, why not register with Axcis, the SEND recruitment specialists? From short-term/flexible supply work to long-term and permanent contracts, we have opportunities available at a range of levels – from entry level teaching assistant jobs to specialist teaching, therapy and leadership posts. Register on our website or email us a CV and we will be in touch to discuss how we can help.

Merry Christmas from Axcis Education

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope you are having a wonderful, well earned and restful break

Merry Christmas from Andy, Lionel, Elfin and all at Axcis Education Recruitment

Are you seeking SEND work or staff for January?

If you’re looking for a SEND teaching or support job in England or Wales, why not register with Axcis, the SEND recruitment specialists? Or perhaps you need to recruit staff for your school or provision? If so, why not take a look at the Axcis Website, or get in touch today to find out how we can help?

South London Special School Students Design Axcis Christmas Cards

We asked the students at Highshore special school to design and produce some Christmas cards for us to use during the festive season. See the fantastic designs they came up with here.

Why ask students to design Christmas cards?

You might have read one of our other blogs which talks about local special needs students designing greetings cards for us . This was such a huge success that we also commissioned them to make our Christmas cards. The students came up with a range of designs and sent them over for us to choose from before putting three of them into production. This was fantastic experience for the students who learned about taking a brief, coming up with designs and then fulfilling an order. Great business studies and art links!

The chosen designs

Last week, our order was delivered and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome. We are sure you’ll be impressed too – this is what the students came up with:

Andy and Lionel are loving the 2019 Axcis Christmas Card designs!

Would you like to work with Axcis?

If you’d like to work for an agency which genuinely values it’s relationships with both candidates and clients alike, why not register online or get in touch with your local Axcis office today to find out how we can help you? We have offices across England and Wales and a team of expert consultants who would love to assist you.

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