Introducing – Nicole, Axcis London

I’d like to take a few minutes to introduce you to Nicole – a new consultant with Axcis London. Nicole was kind enough to tell us a bit about herself:

 

Nicole, Axcis London

Nicole, Axcis London

After spending time travelling the world, I returned to the UK with a strong desire to find employment in a sector which would allow me to support young people. Having heard many stories in the news about how schools struggle to recruit special educational needs and disabilities staff, I felt that working in this area was a strong option for me.

 

I researched what made a good recruiter, and decided that my understanding of special needs along with my friendly and supportive personality would stand me in good stead. So I approached Axcis and since joining the team, have not looked back!

I feel that it is really important to understand the individual needs of the schools I work with before attempting to find staff for them. This is because I want to do my best to get it right first time, and reduce any disruption to the pupils at the schools I recruit staff for.

 

In my spare time, I enjoy dancing, cooking and traveling. I also take part in charity work, and supported many NGOs while abroad for animal welfare and children from less fortunate backgrounds.

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time for advice regarding your personal recruitment needs. I’d be happy to help in any way I can.

Would you like to work with Nicole?

Nicole covers the following areas for Axcis: Kingston, Lambeth, Merton, Richmond and Wandsworth. If you are seeking work (or staff) in these areas, then get in touch with Nicole 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 area.

 

Posted in Individuals, Meet The Axcis Team, News

Teaching Assistants – are you losing your jobs due to funding cuts? Be like Bob (or Wendy!)

Wendy helps Bob get a job

This is Bob

bob happy

Bob is a Teaching Assistant who has just been told by the school he works for that they can no longer afford to keep him on due to funding cuts. Bob is sad )o:

bob sad

Bob has bills to pay and needs to find another job ASAP.

bob bills

Bob gets a phone call from a friend called Wendy. Wendy has recently registered with Axcis and has been offered lots of work in schools near her. She tells Bob that he should register with Axcis, too. When he gets work, she will even get a referral bonus of shopping vouchers which she can buy lots of lovely things with! She might even treat Bob to something off his wish list.

bob on phone to wendy

Bob isn’t so sure. But he decides that if Wendy thinks it’s good, then it might be worth a try, so he spends 10 minutes registering online.

clock

The next day, he wakes up to a phone call from Axcis. That was quick! The friendly voice on the other end of the phone tells him that there is lots of work in his area and that he should come into the office and complete his registration. Bob is sceptical, but he’s not working at the moment, so thinks “why not? I’ve got nothing to lose!” So he goes along to the Axcis office.

bob bed

The consultant he meets is really friendly and the whole process is easy. They even had jobs to offer him for that very week! Bob is surprised and impressed! He starts work a few days later. Bob is happy!

bob interview

After a couple of weeks of doing day to day supply work in schools, Bob is offered a long-term supply role at a school which has a new student who needs one to one support. Bob is even happier!

bob happy

A few weeks later, a parcel arrives for Bob. It’s a gift from Wendy! She got sent some shopping vouchers by Axcis for referring Bob to them, so decided to buy him a gift with some of her bonus.

bob gift

Bob and Wendy are both happy!

bob and wendy happy

Be like Bob – register with Axcis today and see if they can find you work, too.

Or

Be like Wendy and refer your friends to Axcis – you never know if you might get some shopping vouchers, too!

Axcis are leaders in SEND recruitment and sponsors of the National Autistic Society, nasen and NASS.

Posted in Candidates, Job Seeking Resources, News, Teaching Assistant Information

Nasen SEND news – May 2017

The latest nasean SEND news and articles – brought to you by the Axics/nasen partnership.

Nasen news update

Axcis are thrilled to support nasen - now in it's 25th year.

Axcis are thrilled to support nasen – now in it’s 25th year.

Below you’ll find a list of some of the latest SEND news, compiled by our friends at nasen. Each title is clickable and the link will take you to their website where you can find the full story.

  1. Independent SEND report out now
  2. Results of EHC parent survey out now
  3. Children and young people’s mental health – the role of education
  4. EEF publishes database of measurements for essential skills and non-academic outcomes
  5. Introducing nasen’s first series of webcasts
  6. Child health events project
  7. CEO Dr Adam Boddison features on BBC Radio 4 Live

Are you seeking work with young people with SEND?

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 special needs 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.

The Axcis/nasen partnership

The National Association of Special Educational Needs (nasen) is the UK’s leading organisation supporting those who work with or care for children and young people with special and additional educational needs and disabilities. Nasen supports all staff including SENCOs, leaders, teachers, governors and teaching assistants in meeting the needs of the pupils in schools and other settings through promoting education, training and development.

 

Axcis has been supporting nasen for a number of years and our relationship has gone from strength to strength. From sponsoring key events and exhibitions to contributing to publications and the SEND Gateway, a valuable online resource for SEND professionals, Axcis is pleased to be affiliated with an organisation doing such great work.

 

Posted in NASEN, News

Autism news update – May 2017

The latest autism news and articles – brought to you by the Axics/NAS partnership.

Autism news update

Mark Lever, NAS CEO (right) with Catherine Friel, Senior Director of Axcis at a recent NAS Conference.

Mark Lever, NAS CEO (right) with Catherine Friel, Senior Director of Axcis at a recent NAS Conference.

Below you’ll find a list of some of the latest autism news, compiled by our friends at Network Autism. Each title is clickable and the link will take you to their website where you can find the full story.

 

  1. Autistic people in prison
  2. Glasgow aims to be first autism-friendly city in the UK
  3. Professor Simon Baron-Cohen webchat
  4. Updated autism guide for police officers
  5. Heightened hearing in autism could be a strength
  6. Sex and relationships for autistic people
  7. “I’m One” general election campaign launched
  8. Autism and suicidality
  9. Education and girls with autism Q & A with Sarah Wild (Storify)
  10. International society for autism research annual conference 2017

Are you seeking work with young people on the autism spectrum?

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.

The Axcis/NAS partnership

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 chats 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.

Posted in NAS and Network Autism, News

Axcis staff “Abseil for Autism”

As proud partners to the National Autistic Society, Axcis staff are always looking for ways to get involved with fundraising for this worthwhile charity. Last weekend, two of the ladies from our London office took part in the Abseil for Autism challenge – find out more and see their incredible photos here! 

Axcis London ladies freefall abseil 262 feet!

Karolina (left) and Simi (Right) prepare for their big day!

Karolina (left) and Simi (Right) prepare for their big day!

On Sunday, Karolina and Simi from our Axcis London team went along to the Olympic park in east London to take part in the NAS Abseil for Autism challenge. On scaling the ArcelorMittal Orbit, they were greeted by panoramic views of the London skyline before undertaking the UK’s highest freefall abseil which is a dizzying height of 262 feet. 

How did they feel about their day?

The lovely Axcis ladies had a fabulous time. Karolina, who has done it before and really enjoys abseiling said that she loved every minute of it and would do it again in a heartbeat. “It’s great to feel alive”, she said.

It’s great to feel alive!

Simi was a little more apprehensive but said that once she got over her initial fear, it was lovely to take in the sights of London and see the city from a view that few of us get to see. Plus there was a West Ham game going on at the time, which they got a sneak-peek at!

The scary bit

Mid-abseil!

Mid-abseil!

Simi, who is a bit newer to abseiling told us that:

When you initially start the abseil you are required to lean back over the edge and walk down the side of the orbit before freefalling, with a 5 minute briefing of how to use the rope, you could imagine my fear!! My legs wouldn’t move!! So it did take me a while to snap out of this panic and fear, before I could actually begin to enjoy it.

 

Overall – What an exhilarating and fun experience! Would I do it again- hell yes!

How much did they raise?

So far, Simi and Karolina have raised over £500 for the National Autistic Society, and donations are still coming in!

 

Simi and Karolina share the winners podium!

Simi and Karolina share the winners podium!

If you would like to donate, here is a link to their fundraising page.

Would you like to work with Simi or Karolina?

If you are looking for SEND teaching or support work, why not get in touch with Simi or Karolina at Axcis London today to see how they can help you? They are always on the look out for people with a passion for supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities so don’t delay, call today!

 

 

Posted in NAS and Network Autism, News

Refer a school to Axcis and earn up to £250 in shopping vouchers!

Schools – if you know any other schools which struggle to recruit special needs teaching and support staff, refer them to Axcis today and earn up to £250* in shopping vouchers.

Refer a friend to Axcis

Refer a school to Axcis and earn up to £250 in shopping vouchers for your school.

How does it work?

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Get in touch with your Axcis consultant/office
  2. Pass along the name and contact details** for the recruitment manager at the school you’d like to refer to us
  3. After they have booked 20 days of supply we will get in touch with you to pass along your referral vouchers***

 

There is no limit to the number of schools you can refer, so this could be a great way for you to earn some extra money for the school you work for.

You will receive:

  • £100 for your first referral
  • £150 for your second referral
  • £200 for your third referral
  • £250 for any further referrals

 

Simply call or email your local office with your first referral today to get the ball rolling!

 

We look forward to hearing from you.

 

*We advise that you check that making such referrals and receiving vouchers for the school for making these referrals does not breach the anti-bribery terms in your school’s code of conduct.
**Always seek permission before passing along the contact information for a third party.
***Schools referred must not already be using Axcis for their supply needs.

Posted in Clients, News

Schools – could Car Boot Sales be a possible solution to your funding gap?

There is no doubt about it – schools have less funding per pupil now than they have had in a fair few years. And while some schools are making cuts, others are looking at ways they can increase revenue to meet the shortfall. But rather than begging, stealing and borrowing, could something as simple as running a car boot sale be the answer for many schools?

 

Axcis Andy

We all love a bargain – and during difficult financial times, tracking down great deals has become an occupation for many families. More people than ever before are turning to food banks and bargain hunting in order to provide for their families. This means that car boot sales and charity shops are more popular than ever before – so could schools cash in on this to help their dwindling budgets?

How much money could schools really make from running a car boot sale?

Let’s consider a few facts:

 

  • Stall holders usually pay about £10 for a pitch
  • Many car boot sales charge a 50p or £1 entry for those wanting to come and have a look around
  • Organisers of car boot sales can offer refreshments. Selling cups of tea, coffee and bacon butties can provide a potential tidy profit in this respect
  • Organisers can also run their own charity stall, selling off things the school no longer needs/uses while putting some pennies in the bank at the same time
  • Organisers can also run a tombola or any other charitable fundraising activity at their own car boot sale, adding to their profits
  • A well organised and popular car boot sale can have as many as 500 stalls… now do the maths… that’s a HUGE amount of additional revenue for the school!

 

So, if you can establish a car boot sale at your school which attracts a decent number of stall holders and visitors, it could  be a fantastic way to boost school funds. But what are the rules? Can you just advertise and start running your own car boot sale?

What are the rules for starting your own car boot sale?

Rather annoyingly, the rules for running a car boot sale can vary a lot from borough to borough, so we can’t give a definitive answer. Some councils will allow a certain number of car boot sales (around 14 a year) before a licence is required (which can be costly so you should try and avoid this) and some allow unlimited boot sales provided that all proceeds go to charity (PTA organisations can register as a charity – find out more here). So our advice is to contact the local council for clarification on this.

What do you need to run a car boot sale?

You’ll need the following things to start your own car boot sale:

 

  1. Permission from whoever owns the school or land.
  2. Permission from the council (see above – you’ll need to find out what the rules are in your own borough)
  3. Space for stalls – even schools with no playground or field could use their hall or even classrooms to set up stalls
  4. Parking – although you can get away with running a small car boot sale without parking, it is highly preferable to offer this
  5. Toilet facilities – unless you want people peeing against your school fences/buildings, you’ll need to provide toilet facilities (and clear signs to find them)
  6. Refreshments – most schools have a canteen, so maximise the use of this by offering hot dogs, bacon butties and drinks – they are a car boot sale staple and a great money spinner!

Promoting your car boot sale

How will people find out about your car boot sale? If you want to establish a successful car boot sale which will make you a reasonable amount of money to add to the school purse, you’ll need to ensure that you promote it adequately. To do this, you might:

 

  • Put a large, clear sign outside the school stating when the next car boot sale will be
  • Publicise it on local Facebook groups
  • Add a listing to a car boot sale website/database
  • Put a note in the school newsletter
  • Make some posters to put in local shop windows
  • Advertise in local newspapers

Staff and clean up costs

In order to make sure you end up in profit, and not loss as a result of running your car boot sale, it would be a good idea to make sure any staff you need for directing traffic, taking pitch fees or cleaning up after the event are local volunteers. The PTA should be in a position to help out and you could even ask senior students to get involved as this will be good volunteer/charity experience for their CV and will help them to find paid employment later on. Failing this, you could even ask parents if they are prepared to help out – after all, many of them would probably rather do this than be asked to set up a standing order for a regular donation to the school themselves (which is what many schools are now doing!)

The 3 keys to making your car boot sale a huge success

if you want to develop a large and popular car boot sale, the main 3 things to consider are:

 

  1. Space to grow – the more space you have available for pitches and parking, the more potential you have to grow your car boot sale
  2. Regularity – the most popular car boot sales are the ones which run every week in summer or all year if indoor/undercover pitch space is available. Failing that, keep them regular so people know when they are on.
  3. Good promotion – you can’t expect to put a small note in the school newsletter and suddenly have a huge, popular car boot sale – keep promoting it and you’ll build a loyal customer base. You could even run special offers like free or reduced fee pitches for the first few events in order to build up interest.

 

If after reading this post you decide to have a go at setting up a car boot sale at your school, we’d love to hear how it went! To do this, or further help and advice, feel free to leave a comment below.

 

Axcis are a leading SEND recruitment company, so if you are seeking staff for special needs teaching or support roles, why not get in touch and find out how we can help?

 

Posted in Clients, News

25 Tips for working with children with ADHD

Do you work with children who have ADHD? Do you need some advice on how to effectively provide support? Our partners at nasen have published this excellent resource – take a look and let us know what you think of it.

About Axcis and nasen

Axcis are thrilled to support nasen - now in it's 25th year.

Axcis are thrilled to support nasen – now in it’s 25th year.

The National Association of Special Educational Needs (nasen) is the UK’s leading organisation supporting those who work with or care for children and young people with special and additional educational needs and disabilities. Nasen supports all staff including SENCOs, leaders, teachers, governors and teaching assistants in meeting the needs of the pupils in schools and other settings through promoting education, training and development.

Axcis has been supporting nasen for a number of years and our relationship has gone from strength to strength. From sponsoring key events and exhibitions to contributing to publications and the SEND Gateway, a valuable online resource for SEND professionals, Axcis is pleased to be affiliated with an organisation doing such great work.

What is ADHD?

The NHS tells us that:

 

adhdAttention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a group of behavioural symptoms that include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Symptoms of ADHD tend to be noticed at an early age and may become more noticeable when a child’s circumstances change, such as when they start school. Most cases are diagnosed when children are 6 to 12 years old. The symptoms of ADHD usually improve with age, but many adults who are diagnosed with the condition at a young age continue to experience problems. People with ADHD may also have additional problems, such as sleep and anxiety disorders.

25 tips for teachers of ADHD children

  1. Seat the pupil near the teacher but include him/her as part of the whole class
  2. Place the child up front with his/her back to the rest of the class, keeping others out of view
  3. Allow him/her to use objects to manipulate when sitting (fidget toys) – aids concentration
  4. Surround the child with good role models, preferably those seen as significant others
  5. Encourage peer tutoring and cooperative learning

 

See the rest of these 25 tips here

 

Are you looking for work with children who have ADHD?

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.

As the leading specialist in SEND recruitment, Axcis have jobs in a range of different schools and alternative provisions. It’s free to register and takes just a few minutes, so why not see how we can help you to find your next SEND job?

Posted in NASEN, News, SEND Resources

5 Tips for preventing heat stress in children with SEND

We all know that we should keep children (and ourselves) cool in summer to prevent heat stress or any other heat related problems. But what can you do as a parent, teacher or carer to ensure your children enjoy the heat, but don’t suffer because of it? Here are our top 5 tips.

Tip 1:  Understand Your Child’s Medical Conditions and Medications

Preventing heat stress is essential for all children, but especially some with SEND. Some medial conditions can increase the risk of dehydration or can affect electrolyte balance. If you’re not sure whether your children are at risk from this, you should check with your GP or specialist as this is something you should be well informed on so that you can be prepared during hot weather. For example, some neurological conditions can interfere with appropriate sweating or the body’s ability to regulate temperature. Children with medical conditions such as anhidrosis (lack of ability to sweat) or hypohidrosis (reduced ability to sweat) can become severely overheated very quickly at temperatures that might feel mild to you. Some medications might also affect metabolism, appetite or urination (for example if the medication acts as a diuretic), so you should be aware of how any medications might affect your child’s ability to cope with hot weather.

Summer holidays AXcis

Enjoy the sun and prevent heat stress with our handy tips. Credit Flickr CC

Tip 2: Use sunscreen, and often!

Even mild sunburn (you can tell if this is happening if the skin appears pink and warm to the touch) will hinder the body’s efforts to keep a child cool and maintain fluid balance, so make sure you use plenty of sunscreen. Even on cloudy days (did you know that 80% of UV rays can still penetrate cloud and reach your child’s skin?) you should make sure you apply sunscreen BEFORE sun exposure and often during time outdoors. Darker coloured clothing also helps to prevent sun exposure to the skin (because light coloured fabrics allow UV penetration). Keeping children indoors during the middle of the day when the sun is at it’s most intense is also a good idea. Try to encourage your child to wear a hat and sunglasses and do your best to provide shade. Remember that shade alone does not prevent UV radiation from reaching your children unless the fabric is treated specially for this purpose.

Tip 3: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate, then hydrate some more!  

Preventing heat stress can be helped by staying as hydrated as possible. Even if they don’t seem to be sweating much, lots of fluids will be lost through water vapour escaping through the mouth and skin. Milk is actually one of the most hydrating beverages you can provide, because it’s electrolyte content allows the fluids to be easily absorbed by the body, so make fresh milkshakes with fruit – you can even involve your children in making them to encourage them to drink readily! Failing that, offer frequent water or diluted fruit juice and do all you can to ensure that your child stays hydrated. Parents, teachers or carers can also help by setting a good example and doing the same!  If your child is tube fed, ask the GP or specialist for guidelines on how much and what type of extra fluid you should give if your child will be exposed to hot weather. If your child cannot communicate his needs or you know there will be problems surrounding making him drink extra fluids then create a hot weather hydration plan with a physician or therapist.

 

Peeing less often, dark or strong smelling urine, or crying without tears are warning signs of dehydration.

 

Tip 4:  Cool Off Often

If you are having a long day in the sun, make sure you have access to shade – this could be a beach tent, sitting under trees or going for lunch somewhere with air conditioning. Giving the body a chance to cool off will help with preventing heat stress on the body. If your child needs to wear compression garments then these will trap heat and prevent sweat evaporation, so removing them frequently may help. You can also get hold of cooling garments which help to keep the body cool. It’s a good idea to check with your GP or specialist first before investing in these though. Portable fans are useful for keeping cool, as are water sprays/misters if your child will tolerate you using them! The most effective way to cool down quickly is to get the body wet, and then introduce wind (a fan is fine). This will cause evaporation which will remove heat from the body quickly.

Tip 5:  Monitor Water Sports

Playing in water is not the same as drinking water.  This is a good thing since water = toilet to many children!  Frequent hydration breaks are still necessary. Water reflects UV rays, even on cloudy days.  Sunburn happens more quickly in and near the water. Wet clothes are less effective at blocking UV rays than dry clothes, and most swim suits do NOT contain UV filters – so this is something to be aware of – your child will need sunscreen on UNDER their swim suit as well as on exposed skin. If the water temperature is less than the air temperature increased urination and dehydration can occur, even on a hot day or while wearing a full or partial wetsuit.

 

Preventing heat stress is important – enjoy the sun, but do it safely

 

Posted in News, SEND Resources

Take the “Happiness Challenge” with your class today with this free workbook

This week, we bring you this lovely (and FREE) happiness workbook. Bring a little sunshine into your classroom and help your students to understand what makes them happy and how they can affect their own happiness. 

 

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Use this FREE Hapiness Workbook with your class today! Credit Flickr CC

At Axcis, we are always on the lookout for new and useful classroom resources – especially free ones which we can share with our teachers and support staff! Although this workbook was originally published in 2011, it is just as useful and relevant (if not more so) today. Help your students to understand what makes them happy, how they can make others happy and how they can control their own emotional state using some of the ideas, activities and techniques suggested in this lovely workbook. Although it’s more suited to secondary aged students, the ideas in here could easily be adapted for use with younger pupils. Take a look and let us know what you think of it!

Take me to the workbook

Are you seeking teaching or support work?

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

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

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

Posted in News, SEND Resources