SEND News Roundup from our partners at NAS and nasen

At Axcis, we are thrilled to be associated with the National Autistic Society and nasen. Each month, we bring you the latest news highlights from our partners, so if you’d like to know what’s been happening with these great organisations and in the world of SEND, read on.

NAS News

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. Get the latest SEND news here with Axcis

    Get the latest SEND news here with Axcis

    Autism and pain sensitivity linked, study suggests

  2. Improving airports for autistic travellers
  3. More funding for mental health support in England
  4. GPs urged to keep register of autistic patients
  5. The National Autistic Society’s Autism Hour
  6. Specialist law service for autistic clients
  7. An autistic person’s experience of dating
  8. Catatonia may be a measurable feature of autism
  9. Parental concern may impact on autism test scores
  10. School exclusion may lead to poor mental health

Nasen News

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 the latest SEND news from 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. 17% of secondary pupils with SEN are unhappy with their life
  2. Do you work in a school in London?
  3. SEN Support: a survey of schools and colleges
  4. Please contribute to a consultation on digital child health records
  5. Autism with Attitude
  6. SEN data from the January 2017 census is released
  7. EPI report: ‘The system continues to fail to meet the needs of certain children including those with SEND.’

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.

Posted in NAS and Network Autism, NASEN, News

Summer reads for SENCos (guest post)

Walking out of the Head’s office feeling excited about having just been appointed as a SENCO is quite a buzz and the weekend of celebrations are soon over and the new role begins a few weeks later, so where to start? What to tackle first?  There will inevitably be a full in-tray and it’s easy to get sucked into writing a provision map, a set of individual lesson plans, etc. but what to read to get ideas, support?  Where do you turn to learn what works and what to ignore? How are you going to shape and plan the support you and your team of teaching assistants can offer?

 

It might be sometime before you are sent on the NASENCO training course but there are plenty of books to read in the meantime, so here are 10 titles we’d recommend you to take a look at:

1 Rita Cheminais’ Handbook for new SENCOs (2014)

Rita Cheminais handbook for sencosSEND provision has its own statutory code of practice which you can download from: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-code-of-practice-0-to-25 but reading regulations is a rather dry activity and often you’ll need guidance as to how to interpret and make sense of the guidance which is where Rita Cheminais comes in. Rita was a SENCo herself and a leader in SEN support so she understands that new SENCos need context to understand how the rules fit with other legislation and other issues teachers have to consider.

2  The SENCO Handbook (6th Ed. 2015) Elizabeth Cowne, Carol Frankl and Liz Gerschel

senco handbookBecoming a SENCO often means managing other teachers and a number of teaching assistants who may work part time or only with a handful of pupils with complex needs. Elizabeth Cowne and her fellow writers will give you ideas on building the capacity of class and subject teachers to better meet the needs of SEND pupils. There is a special section on the graduated response and how to track and record progress.

3 Beating Bureaucracy in Special Educational Needs (3rd Ed, 2015)

beating bureauJean Gross was Communication Champion for two years and worked across government to work to improve services for children and young people with speech, language and communication issues and promoted the SEAL approach to developing the social and emotional well-being of children. Her skill in supporting vulnerable SEN children will be give you invaluable insight and her best-selling book is packed with forms, ideas of how to plan the workload, curriculum planning and so much more.

4 A Quick Guide to Special Needs and Disabilities (2017), Bob Bates

Quick Guide to SeND bob batesIn every school there will be young children who don’t yet have a diagnosis, who you are pretty sure have special needs so you’ll need a way to identify what the key issues are for these children and how best to help them. It is possible the parent(s) of some of the children will have an idea too. This handy reference guide describes over 60 different Special needs from syndromes with complicated medical names through to range of communication related difficulties.

Getting it Right with SEND, Beccie Hawes and Becky Hawkins

Getting It Right with sendGetting the provision right and supporting the maximum number of students are key to good SEND provision. You will no doubt have a head of SEN support and inclusion in your borough, city or county and these teams although thin on the ground can be a valuable source of local knowledge and have ideas of what works with provision that is available in your area.  Beccie Hawes is a leader of a support service and her colleague Becky Hawkins runs the autism support in Walsall.  Together they have written Getting it Right with SEND which is  packed with ideas and charts and helps you measure the effectiveness of your service, the quality of the support for every pupil on the register and much more.

Provision Mapping and the SEND Code of Practice (2nd Ed 2015), Anne Massey

provision mapping 2ndMany students will need a detailed individual support plan and in some schools not all that support will be available in-house. So setting out what you and your team can provide and who to and when is critical in making best use of your time and supporting the maximum number of students.  So mapping the provision given, the support offered, what is working, what needs looking at again is key to good planning. It is also the key to good self-evaluation and school improvement.

 7 Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants (2nd Ed 2015), Rob Webster

maximising TAsHandling a team of teaching assistants maybe a new task but it is critical to the success of many interventions and the success of students. So taking a look at how the staff are deployed, who they are working with and how often will yield valuable information to improving the quality of the provision you are responsible for.

8 Total Teaching: Raising the achievement of vulnerable groups (2015), Neil MacKay

total teaching neil mackayMany ordinary class teachers, particularly those new in post may lack confidence when supporting vulnerable pupils with a range of different learning styles. So what skills will they need, how will they master the complex matrix of needs in a class of 30+ students. Neil MacKay offers a range of strategies to build into a class teacher’s repertoire that can give confidence to vulnerable pupils, particularly those without a label who might not be on the SEN register but who are clearly still struggling in lessons.

9  Teacher’s guide to SEN (2017), Natalie Packer

natalie packer bookWhen delivering training to teachers across the school you’ll probably be asked to focus on areas of need, working in partnership or delivering high quality teaching to a range of pupils with different needs. So for ideas to build into your training of colleagues, this is an invaluable book.

10 Inclusion for Primary School Teachers (2016) https://notsoordinarydiary.wordpress.com/

Finally, keeping up to date and current is always a challenge and you may have time only to read a short article from time to time. So there are a number of teacher blogs across the internet one such blog is ‘The Diary of a Not So Ordinary Boy’ which is written by Nancy Gedge.  Her son has Down’s syndrome and Nancy herself is an SEND specialist in Gloucestershire so her work combines the powerful insight of a mum and a teacher.  She has written a book, too, especially for primary school teachers to help make sense of inclusion.

Thanks to Colin Redman from SEN Books for this article.

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.

 

Posted in Guest posts, NASEN, News, SEND Resources

Why SEND teachers should be using Engagement Profiles

What is an engagement profile, why should SEND teachers be using them, and where can you get free training on them? Find out here.

Why look at engagement?

The Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Research Project tells us that:

Engagement is the single best predictor of successful learning for children with learning disabilities (Iovannone et al., 2003). Without engagement, there is no deep learning (Hargreaves, 2006), effective teaching, meaningful outcome, real attainment or quality progress (Carpenter, 2010).

engagement profile

The Engagement Profile and Scale is a classroom tool developed through SSAT’s research into effective teaching and learning for children with complex learning difficulties and disabilities. It allows teachers to focus on the child’s engagement as a learner and create personalised learning pathways. It prompts student-centred reflection on how to increase the learner’s engagement leading to deep learning.

 

Engagement is multi-dimensional, and encompasses awareness, curiosity, investigation, discovery, anticipation, persistence and initiation. By focusing on these seven indicators of engagement, teachers can ask themselves questions such as: ‘How can I change the learning activity to stimulate Robert’s curiosity?’ ‘What can I change about this experience to encourage Shannon to persist?’

 

The adaptations made and the effect on the student’s level of engagement can be recorded, together with a score on the engagement scale. Over time, it is possible to chart the success of interventions and adjustments, and the effect this has had on the student’s levels of engagement.

Where can I get training on using an engagement profile and scale?

This website offers fantastic training materials which cover the following areas of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND):

 

  • Severe learning difficulties (SLD)
  • Profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD)
  • Complex learning difficulties and disabilities (CLDD)

 

engagement profiles screen shotThey are presented in 16 modules within four subject groups and look into topics such as communication and interaction, the context of specialist teaching, insights from neuroscience, working with families, and the legislation around SEND.

 

However, if you are keen to jump straight to the section on engagement, you can do that – simply select module 3.2 and work your way through the training materials. You’ll find them easy to follow, insightful and very well put together. Before you know it, you’ll be telling all your colleagues at school to do this training, too!

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.

 

Posted in Candidates, News, SEND Resources, Training & Events

Recruiters – how to build trust with your candidates in 5 simple steps

As a recruiter, it’s important to understand how to build trust with your candidates so that you can ensure a productive long-term relationship with them. But how do you do that? Here are 5 ways:

1 – Start with a chat – and LISTEN

There is nothing worse than a recruiter who starts ramming jobs down a persons throat before they have even asked a candidate what they are looking for.

The process of building trust starts with the very first conversation you have with a candidate.

The process of building trust starts with the very first conversation you have with a candidate.

When a great CV drops into your inbox, it’s tempting to start doing a mental-match to any number of current vacancies you’re working on. And that’s not a bad thing because it’s always good to have a few options in mind when you first speak to a new candidate. However, until you pick up the phone and speak to this person, you won’t have any idea of what is going through their head. Start with an open conversation and demonstrate that you are interested in hearing about their current situation. Make sure you ask about when they are available, what they don’t like about their current job, what they’re looking for and what’s important to them in their job search. By doing this, you instantly put yourself in a better position to match them to suitable jobs, but you also demonstrate that you are a person who listens and is taking what THEY want into consideration. There is nothing worse than a recruiter who starts ramming jobs down a persons throat before they have even asked a candidate what they are looking for. If what the candidate says matches one of your current roles, then great – go ahead and run it by them, but make a point of matching job characteristics to some of their “want” list (which they should have just outlined). In this way, you will start to build trust immediately.

2 – If your job is not a perfect match, be honest

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Demonstrate that you’ve listened to your candidate and never try to shoe-horn them into a job they don’t want. Credit Flickr

Sometimes if a candidate is not currently working (or is desperate for work), they will consider vacancies which are not ideal but would be OK for a short-term or temporary contract. As a recruiter with over a decade of experience, my advice is to be honest when this is the case. Never try to convince someone a job is perfect for them if it clearly is not – this is called shoe-horning and it’s not a good idea. In these scenarios, you can continue to build trust by demonstrating that you have listened to your candidate, and you appreciate that this role isn’t their ideal match, but that you’d suggest they consider it – and give a plausible reason. Perhaps their ideal role doesn’t come along very often and you’ll continue looking for it for them, and agree that you’ll pull them out of this other job if something better comes in (if you make that promise try not to be tempted to break it, and make sure it’s not going to put your client out!), or offer them a higher rate of pay or some other sort of compensation for them putting themselves out of their comfort zone for you. If you want to build trust, this can be a good way to do it because it’s a great chance to demonstrate both honesty and that you’ve listened to what your candidate is looking for.

3 – When things go wrong, help

I’ve seen consultants go out after the office closes on a Friday evening to meet a candidate who is having a pay delay so that they can put a cash advance directly into their hands. Now that’s a trust-building service!

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Help your candidates when things go wrong and you’ll help to build trust in your relationship. Credit Flickr

In the world of recruitment, things often go wrong. Candidates might be struggling to sort out their timesheets and hence could be experiencing pay delays. Or they could be having issues with the client you’ve placed them with. Or perhaps they need a letter from you to help with something going on at home – a landlord or banking problem perhaps. If you want to continue to build a trusting relationship with your candidates, you need to respond quickly, efficiently and be as helpful as you can be in these scenarios. In fact, the best time to build trust with your candidate is when they need help with something which is actually outside your remit. Instead of washing your hands of it and saying “not my problem“, if you help out in this situation, it will go further in building rapport than when you do something you’re obliged to do anyway! In my time as a recruiter, I’ve seen consultants go out after the office closes on a Friday evening to meet a candidate who is having a pay delay so that they can put a cash advance directly into their hands. Now that’s a trust-building service! And guess what, that candidate is usually willing to help out in future when their consultant asks them to do a job for a few days which they would never usually consider doing!

4 – Negotiate hard for your candidates

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Negotiate hard for your candidates and this will help to build trust with them. Credit Flickr

Many agencies put their consultants under pressure to achieve high margins. That is, to charge clients the highest rate possible, and to pay candidates the lowest rates they can get away with. In that way, recruitment companies can maximise their profit. But at what cost? In an industry where you wouldn’t exist without reliable, trusting candidates and clients this can be a dangerous game to play. Far better that you take a squeeze on your margin to ensure that candidates are well looked after and that clients are also getting a fair charge rate. So next time a candidate asks you for a pay rise, do all you can to make it happen and that trust-o-meter will see another rise! There is also nothing wrong with explaining to a candidate how hard you’ve had to work to get them this pay-rise. If they understand that you’ve had to do this to get it for them, then it will go even further in the trust stakes!

5 – Don’t stop them leaving

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Don’t stop your candidates from leaving a role if that’s what they really want and you’ll show that you care about them as an individual. Credit Flickr

This is a tricky one because all agencies want to retain good staff. So when a great contractor wants to leave a role, don’t try to stop them. That’s not to say that you can’t explore the reasons they want to leave and see if you can help resolve those issues first, but if all else fails and your contractor still wants to go, don’t give them a hard time about it. Ask yourself what advice you’d give a friend or partner and make sure you follow this with your candidates. In my time as a recruiter, I’ve seen consultants switch from being as nice as pie to their staff, to hurling abuse down the phone and threatening not to ever offer them work again if they leave a role (I’d like to add that this wasn’t at Axcis!) The problem with doing this, is that even if it works and that person stays in their job, once it comes to an end the trust with that consultant has been ruined and the candidate is likely to go elsewhere for their next assignment anyway. Short-term gain can be long-term loss. And that’s never a good thing in the world of recruiting.

 

If you’re a recruiter who identifies with these values and would like to work for a company which does too, why not check out our internal vacancies  and apply for a role with Axcis today?

 

 

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Is Axcis the best agency to work for? We think so! Here are 5 reasons why

Is Axcis the best agency to work for? If you’re a special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) teacher or member of support staff, we believe that the answer is a resounding YES! Here are 5 reasons why.

1 – Competitive rates of pay

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We believe in offering the best rates of pay we can at Axcis. Credit Flickr

We want to offer our teachers and support staff the best rates of pay we possibly can. And although we are limited by what we can charge schools, we always try to keep our margins as low as possible. Doing this allows us to negotiate the most competitive daily rates for the people who work for us. This, in turn, means that our staff stay in their jobs for longer and schools get greater stability for their students when they hire an Axcis contractor. That has to be a good thing all round!

2 – Training and Development Opportunities

One of the things we have worked hard to develop at Axcis is our CPD offerings to our candidates. Although there is no legal requirement for us to offer this, and it can cost us a lot of time and money to set up training events for our candidates, we feel that it is

Our last Team Teach course was a huge success!

Our last Team Teach course was a huge success!

another factor which helps us to stand out from the crowd. We currently offer a range of different courses, from Team Teach and Autism Awareness, to Behaviour Management and Moving and Handling, among others. We feel that candidates working through an agency should have professional development options open to them just as permanent school staff do.

3 – Consultants who care

Agencies are essentially people selling people to people – so it’s an industry which relies almost completely on relationships. With this in mind, at Axcis we recruit only consultants who we feel can offer a service which is second to none. It’s not just about sales skills, it’s about understanding the industry, being an excellent listener and being able to pay close attention to the needs of candidates and clients and respond accordingly. Many Axcis staff are ex-teachers or support staff who understand the sector they are recruiting for – and schools repeatedly tell us that this makes all the difference. We are NOT interested in pressure-sales techniques or being creative with the truth in order to convince candidates to take a job which isn’t suitable for them – it’s about clarity, understanding and honesty because this is the key to strong long-term relationships. We also understand that we are ultimately supporting some of the most vulnerable children in our society with the staff we hire – and we take that responsibility extremely seriously.

4- Great Feedback

It’s all very well listening to us blowing our own trumpet, but the real proof of a good supply agency is the feedback received from candidates and clients. For example, here are some of the comments we have been given on Facebook, which we believe helps to show just how great our service is:

 

Love working for Axcis, very supportive and helpful consultants. Training courses available with them aswell.

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.

Highly organised and methodical in approach. Guaranteed job satisfaction

5 – Charitable partnerships

Axcis Awrd for Individual Acheivement of an Education Professional winner: Sharon Coles from STARS (Middle right, sponsor Emily Marbaix middle left). NAS Award Ceremony, Harrogate 2017.

Axcis were proud to sponsor an Autism Professionals Award with the NAS this year.

We are immensely proud of our partnerships with charities and partner organisations. As the largest individual corporate sponsor of the National Autistic Society, we put our money where our mouth is! Sure, we could have still advertised that we are partners with the NAS with a much lower sponsorship package, but it’s not just about looking good – we believe that our funding is making a real difference to those whose lives are touched by autism, and we are extremely proud of the support we give. Not only that, but Axcis also sponsors nasen,  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. We are also affiliated with the REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation) and continue to seek further opportunities to expand our support to the SEND sector.

 

So, with these 5 reasons in mind, what are you waiting for? Register, check out our jobs pages or refer a friend to Axcis today!

 

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

School holiday jobs with Axcis

Are you looking for work during the school holidays? As the leaders in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) recruitment, if the answer is yes, then Axcis can help!

What jobs can Axcis offer during the holidays?

Find school holiday jobs with Axcis

Find school holiday jobs with Axcis

At Axcis, we work with lots of different SEND establishments, from day and residential schools to alternative provisions such as pupil referral units, hospital and young offenders institutions. Many of the special schools we work with run holiday clubs and many of the residential schools we provide staff for are open during the school holidays. So, if you are looking for some short or long-term work during the school holidays (or in term time), then Axcis can help!

What skills and experience do we look for?

As we have a lot of residential work available during the school breaks, training such as MAPA or NAPPI is useful. If you have experience working in the care sector, this is also an advantage. However, we also supply staff for summer schools and other daytime play schemes, so if you are interested in doing some SEND work during your school break, the best thing you can do is register online or contact your local Axcis office to discuss what you’re looking for. We don’t always require specific training and experience for the roles we have available, but we do look for a positive attitude and a willingness to roll up your sleeves and get involved. If this sounds like you, why not give us a call and find out how we can help you!

What locations do Axcis have school holiday jobs in?

Each of our offices cover a different geographical area – to find out more, click on the office closest to you below and you’ll be taken to a page outlining which specific areas we have vacancies in:

 

 

Why should I choose Axcis for school holiday jobs?

Axcis are the leaders in SEND recruitment in England and Wales. We have over a decade of experience recruiting staff for special needs schools and alternative provisions. As a result, we have excellent relationships with a broad range of SEND organisations. Our consultants are specialists in the sector, so are perfectly placed to guide you through the process and ensure that your skills and experience are used to maximum effect with one of our loyal clients. We also offer competitive rates of pay and CPD training opportunities which are second-to-none. But don’t take our word for it, see what our staff have to say about working for us here. Then decide if you want to register with Axcis or apply for one of our current vacancies today!

 

Not looking for holiday work yourself but know someone else who might be interested in working for Axcis? Refer them to us today and earn up to £250 in shopping vouchers as a thank you for your referral.

Posted in Candidates, News

Axcis CPD – summer programme

Axcis staff – are you in need of some summer holiday CPD training? Check out our summer holiday programme and sign up for a course near you today!

 

Team Teach in June with Axcis

A recent Team Teach course with Axcis

At Axcis, we are proud of our training offerings. From seminars and practical training sessions to online Twitter Chats and Webinars, we try to provide something for everyone. So why not take a look at what we are running over summer below and see what will enhance your employment prospects for the new term?

 

What’s on?

An introduction to communication for children with SEND (Manchester)

Location: Axcis Manchester Office

 

Date: 1st August 2017

 

Time: 10.30am – 1pm

 

Cost: £6.25 + VAT (£7.50 total cost)

 An introduction to communication for children with SEND (Liverpool)

Location: Axcis Liverpool Office

Date: 2nd August 2017

Time: 2pm – 4.3opm

Cost: £6.25 + VAT (£7.50 total cost)

Moving and Handling Training (Liverpool)

Location: Axcis Liverpool Office

Date: 10th August 2017

Time: 9am – 5pm

Cost: £50 + VAT (£60 total)

Team Teach (London)

Address: The Bridge School, London

Date: 14th and 15th August 2017 (2 day course)

Cost: £41.66 + VAT (£50 total)

An introduction to communication for children with SEND (London)

Location: Axcis London Office

Date: 16th August 2017

Time: 1.30pm – 4pm

Team Teach (Warrington)

Address: Birchwood School, Warrington

Date: 22nd and 23rd August 2017 (2 day course)

Cost: £50 + VAT (£60 total)

Team Teach (London)

Address: The Bridge School, London

Date: 29th and 30th August 2017 (2 day course)

Cost: £41.66 + VAT (£50 total price)

Team Teach (Bristol)

Address: Bristol Gateway School

Date: 31st August and 1st September 2017 (2 day course)

Cost: £41.66 + VAT (£50 total

Online training opportunities

If the courses and seminars listed above are not suitable for personal training needs this summer, why not take a look at some of the online SEND training offerings we have provided, sponsored or found? They include:

 

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.

 

Posted in Axcis contractor resources, News, SEND Resources, Training & Events

Schools – try these 5 clever ways to boost your funding

At a recent conference, I went along to a funding formula workshop. One thing that was abundantly clear was the fact that school funding is simply not sufficient. Funding per pupil is lower than it has been for quite some time and schools need ways to make up the shortfall. We have come up with these 5 ideas which may help.

1 – Apply for charitable funding

 

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Charitable grants could be a way to boost your school funding. Credit Flickr

Some schools are able to gain the support of a local or national charity in order to obtain a bit of extra funding. If you want to try this for your own school, you’ll need to think about specific needs and how charitable funding could fit in. This article from the Princes Trust is an excellent place to start. It gives guidance on some support which is available through charities, such as the Children Today Charitable Trust which supports children and young people with disabilities under 25. Grants are available for up to £1,000 to provide vital, life-changing specialist equipment, such as wheelchairs, walking aids, trikes, educational toys, communication aids, lifting and posturepaedic sleep equipment and specially designed sensory equipment like fibre optic sprays.

 

Although gaining charitable grants could involve a fair bit of form filling and going through the application process, this is something your school could really benefit from so it is well worth a try.

2 – Run a car boot sale

Most schools run summer and Christmas fairs so will be familiar with setting something like this up, but if you can establish a popular and wide-reaching car boot sale which regularly attracts large numbers of stall holders and visitors, you could create your own little gold mine! Some schools have been so successful with this that their car boot sales have paid for things like the building of a new

Axcis Andy

Axcis Andy promoting the local car boot sale!

sports hall or computer suite. If you’d like more information, why not take a look at our article giving advice on how to set up your own car boot sale?

3 – Apply for business funding

Many academies will already be in receipt of some corporate funding, and it’s becoming more and more commonplace in our school system. Getting large corporations to support your school might be a long and time consuming process, but could yield a large payoff. However, you can also consider small-scale support from businesses to help your school. For example if your I.T. suite has a handful of broken PCs which need sorting out, you could simply try approaching a local PC repair shop and ask if they will overhaul or replace them for free or at a discounted rate. In exchange, you could promote them in your newsletter home to parents and send a press release out to local newspapers thanking them for their efforts and making them look good to the local community. It’s a win-win scenario. The main thing to consider is that you’ll need to be able to offer something in return for receiving support – even if it’s just an opportunity for them to place some advertising on the school site or some good PR in the press.

4 – Rent out your premises

When schools close for the evenings, weekends and school holidays, all those classrooms and facilities sit idle when they could be generating cash for the school. From dance groups in need of a hall to cookery schools and art clubs, the possibilities are endless! You’ll need to consider a range of factors before you start to offer your premises for hire – this article is a fantastic place to start!

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Schools should encourage, and support parents to apply for free school meals. Credit Flickr.

5 – Encourage parents to apply for free school meals

Pupil premium funding is based on the number of pupils on roll who qualify for free school meals. This means that the more children a school has on roll who qualify for free school meals, the more funding they will receive. It therefore makes sense for head teachers to ensure that their parent community knows how to apply for free school meals, and to encourage them to do it if they fulfil the criteria. Why not run a workshop one evening, or have an information stand about it at your next parents evening? For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals

 

 

This post is brought to you by Axcis Education Recruitment. If you need help to find skilled special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) teachers or members of school support start, why not get in touch with your local office today? Our service is completely free until we find you a person you want to hire, so what do you have to lose?

 

Posted in Clients, News

SEND News roundup from our partners

At Axcis, we are thrilled to be associated with the National Autistic Society and nasen. Each month, we bring you the latest news highlights from our partners, so if you’d like to know what’s been happening with these great organisations and in the world of SEND, read on.

NAS News

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. Get the latest SEND news here with Axcis

    Get the latest SEND news here with Axcis

    Study looks at eye contact avoidance in autism

  2. Impact of residential care on peoples’ rights
  3. Calls to improve support for disabled children and families
  4. NAS autism information survey
  5. Mentoring project for autistic adults launched in Scotland
  6. Progress report on the adult autism strategy in England
  7. Delays in autism diagnosis leading to self-harm
  8. Autism Professionals Awards 2018
  9. David Mitchell on what his son’s autism taught him
  10. Study explores SEND in secondary schools
  11. Autistic girls may have more difficulties with daily tasks

Nasen News

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 the latest SEND news from 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. Whole School SEND project challenges schools to improve their TA Deployment
  2. Essential reading: a study into SEN in secondary schools is published
  3. Your last chance to comment on Bercow: Ten Years On
  4. 17% of secondary pupils with SEN are unhappy with their life
  5. SEND Reforms Survey
  6. 83.6% increase in the number of pupils with SLCN as the primary area of need

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.

Posted in NAS and Network Autism, NASEN, News

Candidate of the Term Summer 2017: Winner

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

Candidate of the Term - Summer Term 2017The nominees

We had lots of lovely nominations from the schools we work with. These were all published on our blog for anyone who missed them. Selecting a winner wasn’t easy, and all nominees received a certificate of appreciation for the hard work they do, but after much deliberation, a candidate was selected as the winner….

And the winner is…

 Abi – working for Karolina (Axcis London)

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

 

How Abi felt about winning:

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

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

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

 

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

Do your Axcis staff go the extra mile?

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

Posted in Candidate of the Term, News, Winners