Autism articles from our partners at Network Autism

Have you missed the latest articles from our partners at the National Autistic Society? If so, you can catch up here! From advice for teachers to the latest autism research, there is sure to be something here of interest to everyone. So, why not take a peek?

The Axcis/NAS Partnership

Mark Lever, Chief Executive.The National Autistic Society's Professional Conference 2017, Harrogate International Centre.

Mark Lever, Chief Executive.The National Autistic Society’s Professional Conference 2017, Harrogate International Centre.

Axcis has been in partnership with the NAS since 2011, and we are proud to be their single biggest corporate sponsor. Since the start of this relationship, we have worked together on a range of initiatives, from developing FREE online webinars about autism, to live Twitter and webchats with top autism researchers and professionals as well as many training events, seminars and conferences. Axcis also sponsors Network Autism, the NAS’s vital online service created to bring autism professionals together across over 12 professional sectors and from 90 countries. In 2015, NAS also launched their MyWorld campaign with the support of Axcis Education to enhance autism awareness, training and resources in schools. Axcis have become a regular fixture at the NAS Professional Conference,  which we are thrilled to support and sponsor. Axcis also sponsor an “Autism Professionals Award” to recognise the fantastic work being done to support those on the spectrum. We are extremely proud of this partnership with the NAS and hope that it will continue for many years to come.

March articles from our friends at Network Autism

Below you’ll find a list of the articles published in March by our friends at Network Autism. Each title is clickable and the link will take you to their website where you can read the full piece.

 

 

Do you want to work with Children with autism?

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

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

If you’re not already registered with Axcis, but would like to seek an autism teaching or support position, 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.

Posted in NAS and Network Autism, News, SEND Resources

What do our staff say about working for Axcis #2

We asked our staff what they thought about working for Axcis and this is what they said:

Sarah, Axcis Manchester

Sarah, Axcis Manchester

Starting out my career as a SEND consultant at a large corporate company was a great grounding for my career. It taught me so much, some really positive things, and some ‘how not to do it’s’.  After a successful career as a consultant and team leader I decided I wanted more from my working life and started to speak to other companies.  I was certain I didn’t want to work for another ‘corporate machine’ but found myself quite nervous about the idea of a smaller agency. I was approached by Axcis and I immediately knew this was the company I wanted to work for.  Spending my career so far as a SEND specialist in a team of people who didn’t understand SEND was one of my biggest frustrations, I may be biased but I truly believe to be successful in this market you have to have a real passion for the end result-helping children with additional needs to succeed. It was clear from the very first contact with Axcis that this was at the heart of everything they do, and it is great to be working with not just a team but a company of like minded people.” Sarah, Axcis Manchester

 

My name is Tom and I used to be a Primary and SEN Teacher before I moved into recruitment. I have only worked for Axcis for a few months but in the short time that I have been here I already feel like a valued member of the team. The strong ethic of collaboration and support from everyone within the company has helped me settle in and feel at home very quickly. There is always a positive atmosphere in the office with a focus on celebrating achievements and recognising success, with weekly awards going to those who have excelled that week. When I moved into recruitment I expected a cut-throat, sales-driven experience, however working for Axcis is not like that; Axcis has a focus on it’s employees and the leadership team here do their best to train and support you to get you where you want to be. I can easily say that working for Axcis has been a hugely positive experience so far and I am looking forward to growing within the company in the years to come!” Tom, Axcis London

 

Amanda, Axcis Manchester

Amanda, Axcis Manchester

“I have been working in education recruitment since 2013 and prior to this, I worked for over a decade in commercial recruitment, progressing from trainee consultant to branch manager. During this time, I feel that I have gained a strong understanding of the process of recruitment, as well as the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) sector. I am passionate about supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities because I feel that all children, regardless of their personal situation, should receive the best level of learning, care and support possible to ensure they develop well and get the best start in life. Having experienced and worked with two other education agencies, and having been forced to work in a really aggressive environment/way in the past, totally against my personality and selling style.  I now feel over the moon,  to have a career with Axcis. Axcis are totally different to other agencies I have worked for.  Friendly and not at all pushy in their approach to sales and clients.  Axcis are supportive, friendly with a real family feel, difference is, they actually care about their employees.  Pay and commission is one of the best in the area. Having worked in both the Liverpool and more recently in the Manchester branch, I enjoy the fun, relaxed atmosphere, its work but its fun at the same time.  I would sincerely recommend other consultants to work for Axcis, it’s a career and not ‘just a job’.”Amanda, Axcis Manchester

 

Victoria, Axcis Bristol

Victoria, Axcis Bristol

I joined Axcis nearly two years ago after working as an English teacher for five years and in the initial teacher training department of a local university for three so I was used to working in, and liaising with schools, but the extraordinary world of special needs has been a wonderful discovery! I love working for Axcis as we genuinely offer a service like no other. The UK leader in SEND recruitment, we hire TAs, teachers, SENCOs, therapists and psychologists with experience or training in SEND, and work with a wide range of clients from tiny community provisions to national charities and academy chains. Our investment in the CPD of our candidates, as well as INSET for school staff, is second to none and I’m hugely proud of our partnership with the National Autistic Society and the work with do with numerous SEND charities including nasen. Our office, like every Axcis office, is happy, lively and fun. Working alongside education and recruitment professions is rewarding for all of us and the many varied experiences we bring complement each other brilliantly. The one thing we all have in common is how much we care about what we do and the reward we receive from assisting fantastic mainstream and special schools and alternative provisions with dedicated and professional staff with whom the former teachers amongst us would have been pleased to share our own classrooms. Just like the heart with which we work, everything else about Axcis is, simply put, really generous. From the commission structure to the working hours, the in-house training to the career progression of staff, everyone is cared for and nurtured by the senior management team and it really feels like a family in which our hard work is recognised and our successes are celebrated.  All in all, it’s a lovely place to work!” Victoria, Axcis Bristol

 

Tessa, Axcis London

Tessa, Axcis London

My name is Tessa and I have been with Axcis since July 2013. I started off as a graduate recruitment consultant and was quickly promoted after a year. My role started to change in where I was given more responsibility every time I was promoted which has landed me in the position I am in today – as one of the Team Leaders at Axcis Education.  I currently run a small team of 2 and couldn’t be happier. I made it clear to my managers from the beginning that eventually I would like to manage a small team and with, hard work, training and coaching, we made it happen!  I can honestly say I am happy working for Axcis Education and if I wasn’t I wouldn’t be here!” Tessa, Axcis London

 

Do you want to work for Axcis?

If you’re interested in working for this fantastic company, why not take a look at our internal vacancies? As a growing company, we are always on the look out for fresh talent – whether you are a sales person, administration professional or simply looking for a change, we’d be interested in hearing from you. We are also always on the look out for teaching and support staff for the schools we work with, so if an office role isn’t for you, why not register for work in one of the schools we support?

 

If you liked this, see our other staff testimonials blog here.

 

Posted in News, Recruitment Industry Blogs

Axcis SEND resources overview

Support and professional development is important to us here at Axcis – that’s why we  work hard to bring you useful resources and training guides to support your professional practice. Here is a summary of our SEND resources – all completely FREE for you to use.

SEND resources Axcis training

Your professional development is important to us – find our what SEND resources we have for you here.

ADHD resources

Assessment

Autism (ASD) resources

Attachment disorder resources

Chromosomal disorders resources

Down’s Syndrome resources

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FASD) resources

Fragile X Syndrome resources

General SEND resources

Guest articles

Literacy

Numeracy

Premature birth resources

Science

Seasonal

Sensory Impairment resources

Smoking/Drug use during pregnancy resources

Social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) resources

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.

Specific learning difficulties resources

Are you looking for SEND work?

If you are seeking work in a specialist or mainstream school and you’re not already registered with Axcis, why not do it today? Registration is free, simple and takes just 5 to 10 mins. Once complete, you will be matched immediately to suitable vacancies in your area. What do you have to lose?

Register with Axcis now!

Posted in News, SEND Resources Tagged with: ,

Candidate of the Term Spring 2017: Winners

Who are the winners of the Axcis Candidate of the Term Spring 2017 awards? And what did they do to go above and beyond the call of duty for the schools they are working in?

The nominees

COT - spring 2017We 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, two candidates were selected to win an award and prize – here are the details:

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:

Marina – working for Emma in our Bristol office

Nomination: “Following a very thorough and helpful discussion with Emma from the Bristol office, Marina was suggested to support two pupils at our school who were finding learning and social interactions particularly challenging. From day one, Marina brought experience, compassion and consistency which has really made a difference in the school. Her relationship with our pupils is outstanding and they have great respect for her. As well as supporting these pupils with their complex behaviours, she delivers

Marina with head teacher, Andy

Marina with head teacher, Andy

good learning and social experiences through an alternative curriculum which involves working closely with teachers, senior leaders, support staff members and external contractors such as Occupational Therapists and Forest School Leaders. Marina, who has a great sense of humour, really complements our team and we love having her work with us. She has helped us to turn our challenges into success and I am grateful to her for all that she does. Definitely ‘Candidate of the Term’ if not the year!”

 

How Marina felt about winning: “I felt honoured and appreciated.  I’ve worked with Axcis in various schools since 2014 and it was such an incredible surprise to recieve such a commendation and generous gift.  My experience at St. Mary’s has been wonderful.  All the staff are lovely.  They all work as a unified team to support each child, whatever their needs may be.  It has been a pleasure to work with the staff at St. Mary’s.  It will be difficult to leave!”

Urszula – working for Louise in our London office

Nomination: “I would like to nominate Urszula for candidate of the term as she has shown an exception level of skill in how she has enabled learning for a group of young children with complex ASD. Urszula has taken a lead in how children are taught to complete tasks at their workstations. She has worked as part of a small team to develop the learning environment, using advice from a range of professionals and the internet. However she has personalised it for the children in the class. Urszula is proactive in

Urszula with her certificate

Urszula with her certificate

how the work of the team develops, always offering ideas. The approach she takes with the parents enables them to feel informed and happy that their children are safe, cared for and learn. The children Urszula works with have all made progress from their starting points.”

 

How Urszula felt about winning: “I would like to thank Axcis Education agency and Ripple Primary school for awarding me as Candidate of the term. I am extremely privileged for being highlighted and I am very pleased to have an opportunity to work as a Teaching Assistant with Special Needs children. Moreover I am grateful that my devotion and hard work has been appreciated.”

https://www.flickr.com/photos/115089924@N02/12212474014/in/photolist-pMWSFu-pvrimc-pMCURB-jBb83N-68a8H1-549KVm-7FmGQU-ev5cEj-7MzCK1-jYkGws-evgcoU-9GM8Jr-jd7XCG-jd5AEG-jd3rSX-hkRaa6-4Ycdys-8u66e1-fytCXC-73HDQq-am9eCe-9ggo1q-hitUWT-37Pu4a-7NYnX4-r5m1iV-6YDYer-6CPtgU-pW5Nhc-8u66yN-8u2ZVt-8u66rb-ck5b9A-8u2ZND-9mkPLz-7M1PPu-6dJjL3-h8xcGa-e3jnGq-jXm12V-h8xrCW-fwcjzG-7TmDJd-7TmDJq-7gWZ9Y-4ad1MM-kthhL3-cvGB2W-9ojEHh-9ogCQa

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

WAAW in pictures with Axcis

As the single biggest corpporate sponsor of the National Autistic Society, we take our responsibility to support World Autism Awareness Week (WAAW) seriously! Find out what our teams got up to with these fantastic pictures!

team pic

The Axcis London team in their onesies

Axcis Andy got his cake on!

Axcis Andy got his cake on!

fiolming

The NAS were in the office filming our antics!

Onesie twins!

Onesie twins!

Even those working from home took part!

Even those working from home took part!

Team Midlands got involved too.

Team Midlands got involved too.

The guys really got into the spirit of things.

The guys really got into the spirit of things.

The London office total raised. That's more than we got together for the boss' birthday present by far!

The London office total raised. That’s more than we got together for the boss’ birthday present by far!

Do you want to donate?

If you missed World Autism Awareness Week, but would like to make a donation to support those with autism or their loves ones, find out how via our friends at the National Autistic Society today.

Are you seeking work with SEND children? Axcis can help!

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

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

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 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.

Posted in NAS and Network Autism, News

Top 10 tips for new teaching assistants

At Axcis, we help many people to find work as teaching assistants in schools. But if you’re new to the role, it may seem a little daunting at first – so what tips can help you? Find out our top 10 tips for new teaching assistants here.

What is the role of the teaching assistant?

Teaching assistant https://www.flickr.com/photos/115089924@N02/12212474014/in/photolist-pMWSFu-pvrimc-pMCURB-jBb83N-68a8H1-549KVm-7FmGQU-ev5cEj-7MzCK1-jYkGws-evgcoU-9GM8Jr-jd7XCG-jd5AEG-jd3rSX-hkRaa6-4Ycdys-8u66e1-fytCXC-73HDQq-am9eCe-9ggo1q-hitUWT-37Pu4a-7NYnX4-r5m1iV-6YDYer-6CPtgU-pW5Nhc-8u66yN-8u2ZVt-8u66rb-ck5b9A-8u2ZND-9mkPLz-7M1PPu-6dJjL3-h8xcGa-e3jnGq-jXm12V-h8xrCW-fwcjzG-7TmDJd-7TmDJq-7gWZ9Y-4ad1MM-kthhL3-cvGB2W-9ojEHh-9ogCQa

Perform like a star with our top 10 tips for new teaching assistants.  Credit Flickr CC

Our article, “Special Needs Teaching Assistant Job Profile” is a great place to start if you are new to teaching assistant work. It outlines the key roles and responsibilities of the teaching assistant. For example:

Special needs teaching assistants help children with a range of learning, physical or behavioural difficulties. You may work in a special school that supports children with a range of moderate, severe or complex special educational needs, or with an individual pupil or small group of pupils in a mainstream class.

Top 10 tips for new teaching assistants

Here are our key tips for new teaching assistants – if you follow this guidance, you’re sure to perform like a star TA!

 

  1. Be friendly and approachable – this might sound obvious, but you need to be friendly, supportive and approachable. This applies to both fellow staff and students. After all, if you turn up to school in a grump, or sit in the corner like a shrinking violet, just think about the impression you are creating… being approachable and proactive is a huge part of being an effective TA.
  2. Find out about the students you’re working with – to be an effective teaching assistant, you’ll need to find out as much as possible about the students you are supporting. This might include reading their EHC Plans, speaking to class teachers and the SENCO to figure out what motivates them, what stresses them and how you might best provide support
  3. Enhance your SEND knowledge – if the students you work with have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND – and it’s likely that they will), then make sure you understand the conditions they are dealing with. There is lots of information out there about types of special needs and how to effectively provide support so read up if you want to do the best job possible. Our SEND resources section of the blog is a great place to start! At Axcis, we also run regular CPD training events which may help you. Check out our events diary to find out what is coming up.
  4. Find out about the school behaviour policy – if you are supporting children who exhibit challenging behaviour, you’ll need to be familiar with the school policy on behaviour management. There may be a whole-school approach which you should be using. It is also worth speaking with the classroom teacher about this to find out what their advice is.
  5. Work closely with parents and carers – guidance regarding EHC (Education, Health and Care) Plans tells us that parents, carers and other healthcare professionals should be working closely together to support children with SEND. You should make a point of finding out how your role plays into this and communicate with other professionals and parents as appropriate about the progress and development of the children you are working with.
  6. Be prepared to help with personal care and medical needs where necessary – some teaching assistants will support children who have personal care and medical needs. This might include helping with feeding, going to the toilet or administering
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/chicago2016/3276422923/in/photolist-duCkXY-8hVZyc-duCkT9-bBWdsu-5RAWcq-5ZAGQf-5ZAHpC-5ZAJ6h-5ZAH7q-5Zwwop-5ZAHd1-5Zww1p-5ZAHFj-5Zww6R-5ZAGYd-duCkZu-duCm2q-aEQSHC-bqR1hD

    Some children may require help with medical needs. Credit Flickr CC

    medication. Staff members who turn their noses up at providing such support are not  likely to be seen in a positive light, so do your best to go into school with the mindset that you’ll tackle any task required with positivity and enthusiasm (even if it’s a part of the role you’re not keen on!)

  7. Attend meetings and training – schools may ask you to sit in on meetings or attend training sessions. Even if you feel that this is outside of your contracted hours/job description, you should try to attend these sessions. Not only could they provide you with useful skills and information to enhance your own career, they could also help you to ultimately provide better, more effective support for the children you work with.
  8. Be flexible – although a school may hire you with a specific child/group of children in mind, you could be asked at any time to alter your remit and help elsewhere in the school. You’ll need to remain positive when faced with changes like this as schools are under constant pressure to deploy staff in the most effective way possible, and this may include moving your around on a moments notice.
  9. Go above and beyond – doing things outside of your contracted hours, such as helping with sports clubs, school plays or musical performances are what will make you stand out from the crowd – so if you want to be seen as a valuable member of staff, you should make a point of getting involved in things which are above and beyond the call of duty.
  10. Stay calm! The last tip I’d like to offer is to remain calm. Schools can be stressful environments at times, and it can be easy to allow yourself to become stressed. This can negatively affect both your own performance and the progress of the children you work with. So do your best to keep calm – you may find articles and videos online which can offer you some useful tips for this if you are a bit of a stress-head!

 

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

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

If you follow the tips above, you should quickly make yourself an invaluable member of staff no matter what school you work in!

 

Are you looking for a teaching assistant job?

If you’re seeking TA work, take a look at our jobs pages – we have plenty of vacancies available for you to apply for. Or if you know someone else seeking this sort of role, refer them to Axcis and earn yourself some shopping vouchers as a thank-you!

Posted in News, SEND Resources, Teaching Assistant Information

Refer a Consultant to Axcis and earn £1000*

We are offering a HUGE £1000 bonus payment* if you refer someone to us for a consultant role. So take a look below and get your thinking cap on – you could earn  a grand for helping a friend to get a job with us! 

Refer a friend to Axcis

Refer a friend to Axcis for a Consultant role and you could earn £1000

Finding skilled recruiters can be hard because it’s a deceptively tricky job, as I explained in my blog “5 tips for being a successful education recruitment consultant“. However, if you know someone who you think would fit the bill, and  you send us their details, you could grab yourself a grand! 

How does it work?

It’s as easy as 1,2,3:

 

  1. Get your friends permission to pass their contact details along to us
  2. Email our HR team with their name and contact information (ideally phone and email – even better if you have a CV for them you can include) as well as which office they’d be interested in a role at.
  3. If they get a Consultant job with us, they’ll need to pass their 6 month probation in order for you to be eligible for your £1000 payment. Once they pass this simply get in touch and claim your payment!

 

Where do we have jobs available?

Axcis have offices nationwide and we are always on the lookout for fresh talent. We are a growing company so new roles are springing up constantly. Check out our website for further information regarding the location of our offices.

 

What do we look for in the staff we hire?

There are many valuable attributes we look out for – the main ones are:

 

  • A friendly, outgoing personality – we make no bones about it, recruitment involves being a sales person so you need to be confident talking to people both on the phone and in person and you need to be friendly and supportive at all times.
  • Some knowledge or understanding of SEND – although Axcis provides excellent training and support, you’ll need to have some idea about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to work for us. This could come from personal experience with friends or family members or paid or charitable work experience, or of course from college or university education.
  • Resilience and tenacity – recruiters face a lot of knock-backs and we need to stay positive and support one another in the face of this, so negative Nellies need not apply! 

 

So, if you think you know someone who fits the bill, why not send them this blog and ask if they’d be interested in being referred to Axcis by you? There’s nothing to lose, but potentially a grand to gain (and who doesn’t need that in the current financial climate?!) We look forward to hearing from you!

 

*Terms and conditions apply

Posted in Job Seeking Resources, News

3 Free SEND support courses and quizzes

NDNA, supported by the Department for Education (DfE), has created a selection of free online courses and quizzes for childcare professionals, to develop your knowledge of SEND provision. Why not enhance your skills by doing these fantastic modules?

Be like Andy! Enhance your skills by doing these online courses.

Be like Andy! Enhance your skills by doing these online courses.

What FREE courses are available and what do they cover?

1 – Courageous Conversations

By the end of this course you will:

 

  • Explain what is meant by a ‘Courageous Conversation’
  • Discuss the most effective communication skills to use when holding courageous conversations
  • Predict what it’s like for a parent
  • Outline how to effectively manage a situation where parents are non-accepting of the situation.

 

2Education, Health and Care Plans

By the end of this course you will:

 

  • Learn about legislation linked to education, health and care plans
  • Increase your knowledge and understanding of education, health and care needs assessments and plans
  • Know when and how to request an education and health care needs assessment
  • Increase your confidence levels of being involved in the education, health and care needs assessment and plan process
  • Understanding how to work in partnership with all those involved in a child’s education, health and care plan.

 

 

3 – Working with Parents

By the end of this course you will:

 

  • Explain key points from legislation and research regarding parents involvement and rights in the SEND process
  • Explore how to build positive relationships with parents and how to overcome barriers to engagement
  • Reflect on what it’s like to be a parent in the SEND process
  • Investigate the benefits of two-way information sharing and effective communication skills in working with parents
  • Illustrate how to help build parents confidence in the planning and decision making process.

 

Are you seeking work with SEND children? Axcis can help!

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

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

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 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.

Posted in News, SEND Resources, Training & Events

Axcis April Giveaway: 5 Fidget Cubes

Our April Giveaway is to win a set of 5 Fidget Cubes. To understand why toys like this can be such useful tools, it is first necessary to understand a bit about sensory processing disorder.

Sensory Processing Disorder – what is it? 

This is a condition in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information received through the senses. People with sensory processing disorder are over or under sensitive to things in their environment. For example, a soft item of clothing may feel itchy or chafe the skin. A light in a room which many people would consider appropriate might be far too bright and overstimulating for a person with sensory processing disorder. On the other hand those with the condition may also respond in the opposite way to stimulus. For example, a fire alarm may send most people running from the building, but some individuals with sensory processing disorder might barely notice it, and may fail to respond at all.

 

In addition, individuals with sensory processing disorder may:

  • Be uncoordinated
  • Bump into things
  • Be unable to tell where their limbs are in space
  • Find it difficult to engage in conversation or play

 

Sensory processing problems are usually identified in children. But they can also affect adults. They are commonly associated with conditions such as autism.

How can “fidget” toys help? 

Win a set of 5 of these funky fidget cubes in our April giveaway.

Win a set of 5 of these funky fidget cubes in our April giveaway.

Many children with special needs experience issues with sensory processing. When things start to become difficult to deal with, these children will typically start to “act up“. This could manifest in a wide range of ways. For example, children might get up from their seat in the classroom and start to disrupt the learning of others, or they might start screaming or shouting to block out whatever is causing the upset, or running from the room altogether and hiding somewhere they feel safe. The reaction of one child can be wildly different to that of another with the condition, so it is impossible to generalise too much. However, one thing which seems to be common is the need to fidget. When things start to become difficult, it is typical that a child with sensory processing disorder will start to play with objects nearby, or their fingers, hands, clothes – literally anything within arms reach could suddenly gain their intense attention. If a parent, teacher or practitioner can recognise these early warning signs and intervene it can prevent the situation from escalating. This is where fidget toys can really be helpful.

 

If a child is given an appropriate toy to divert their attention to when things become too much for them, they will be able to channel their anxious energy into playing with it, rather than disrupting others or escalating their feelings until an inevitable “meltdown” takes place. It might take some trial and error to find out which type of toy will “fit” the individual child best, but once this is worked out, it can be incredibly therapeutic for a SEND child to play with bendy arms and legs (for example) or a ball which lights up and flashes when played with. Of course, sensory toys come in all shapes and sizes. And to some extent, all toys are sensory because they can be physically held, heard, explored etc. However, toys labelled as being sensory toys for special needs children have usually been tried and tested and are known to be effective for children with SEND. This month, we are giving away a set of 5 “fidget cubes” – these are handy little cubes you can add to your classroom kit and try with any students who you feel may benefit from using one during your lessons.

How to enter the Axcis April 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 with Axcis and become connected to a range of specialist and mainstream schools in your area for work.

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

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, News

What do our staff say about working for Axcis?

We asked our staff why they like working for Axcis and this is what they said…

 

Louise

Louise

‘’I worked for a large corporate education agency for 13 years and always swore I would never work for another agency, it was always a case of  ‘the grass isn’t greener on the other side!’ However, I was growing increasingly unhappy in my role and heard about an opportunity at Axcis so decided to make the leap. It was, without a doubt, the best decision I made! I’ve been here for 2.5 years now and in that time have progressed from account manager to branch manager to training and HR manager.

 

So, what do I love about working for this brilliant company? I could mention the excellent bonus scheme, that when they say candidates are as important as clients they actually mean it, the reduced working hours during school holidays, the training and coaching available, the annual company party, the fact that Axcis, in a sea of competition, actually has a genuine USP  (we are the only special needs education agency out there and are offering something that no other agencies are) but one of the main reasons would have to be the people and the supportive senior management team. Many people within the company have worked here for 10 years or longer and are supportive, approachable and passionate about providing a great service. SMT set realistic and achievable margin and KPI targets and are not afraid to  pick up the phone to join in on sales hour or go out on visits with consultants (is there anything worse than a manager who thinks they can do your job yet haven’t made a sales call in months?!) Our partnership work with NAS and our training and seminars that we regularly run for our clients and candidates give you so many reasons to call your schools and recruit the best candidates.  

 

Having worked in education recruitment for over 15 years now I can honestly say that I’ve never been happier!’’

Louise, Bristol

 

Tim would love to hear from you if you're seeking SEND teaching or support work in the midlands.

Tim

There are a few reasons why I enjoy working at Axcis:

  1. I have been challenged and supported to develop my administration and multi-tasking skills. In my last role, my work was almost entirely reactive-listening to and supporting requests for support as they came on a minute-to-minute basis. I liked this, but always felt that I was on the back-foot and unable to plan ahead. I now feel much better equipped and skilled in responding to inquiries or questions in a way that is quickly developing structure and order.
  2. I’m using organisation and communication skills which have not been stretched or challenged since my Officer’s course in the RAFVR(T)
  3. I feel that my skills and experience from over 15 years in SEND are coming to the fore. They are a common ground between myself and my clients upon which I can work to build good relationships. I had reached a point in my career where I didn’t know how to bring together my communication and management skills with a wider audience. I now feel like I can continue to develop a good reputation in the SEND sector which will help us to become more widely known and respected as a company. I have said before that I felt I got an excellent and informed service when I was a customer of Axcis. I’m proud to have brought my skills and knowledge across to the company, and I feel it is working so far.
  4. I have a sense that I can progress here, and I can’t wait to find a way to further develop my leadership skills and perhaps to carry on sharing my knowledge and expertise to this specialised sector of recruitment.

Tim, Midlands

 

Hayley

Hayley

When I started in recruitment five years ago, I began with a large corporate company where I worked for just under 2 years. I didn’t enjoy this role (at the time) so when I was approached to interview for Axcis I thought why not?! And thank god I did. I have now been with Axcis for coming up to 3 years, I have gone from consultant to Liverpool Team leader!

 

Since working for Axcis, I have learnt to love my job within recruitment again. No day is ever the same! We have a great team in Liverpool and throughout the company we work as a team to help & motivate each other on a daily basis. There are so many benefits of working for Axcis; We are the ONLY SEN agency in the UK (what better way to sell Axcis) AMAZING commission scheme, the annual company party, reduced hours in school holidays, wide range of training & coaching (which I am currently doing and thoroughly enjoying) fantastic teams and management, plus so much more! It’s a company where management are so helpful and supportive – in fact not scared to pick up the phone and do those sales calls with us as my manager Susanna always shows when here in Liverpool.

 

I couldn’t imagine working for another agency and hope to spend a long time building my career with the great team at Axcis!

Hayley, Liverpool

 

emilyHaving worked for Axcis for over a decade, I have always been grateful for the opportunities given to me. I first interviewed for the company when I left the teaching profession and made a conscious decision to give recruitment a try. I never expected my recruitment career to last more than a few years – my plan was to get on the housing ladder and then return to teaching. But I never realised I’d find my calling with Axcis! I progressed from Junior Consultant to Senior Consultant within a couple of years under the support and guidance of my managers. From there I became an Executive Consultant with responsibility for developing training and support materials and continued to run a successful desk. I then took on HR responsibilities and developed our graduate recruitment programme before going on maternity leave in 2014. I hadn’t expected to return after having my son, but again Axcis showed me a level of support that I never expected. I now work from home on a part-time basis and focus on marketing and communications work for the company.  I am eternally grateful for the continued support I receive from Axcis and hope that my career with the company continues for many years to come.

Emily (home based)

 

Do you want to work for Axcis?

If you’re interested in working for this fantastic company, why not take a look at our internal vacancies? As a growing company, we are always on the look out for fresh talent – whether you are a sales person, administration professional or simply looking for a change, we’d be interested in hearing from you. We are also always on the look out for teaching and support staff for the schools we work with, so if an office role isn’t for you, why not register for work in one of the schools we support?

Posted in News, Recruitment Industry Blogs