How to get noticed and promoted in your job

Fed up with being passed over for promotions? Not sure how to get noticed and promoted in your job? Try these ideas and watch your work life flourish!

1 – Be reliable

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This one is a no-brainer. Employers are paying you to work for them, and they won’t be impressed if you are late or frequently taking days off for the mildest of sniffles. So stock up on vitamins or get the flu jab in winter, make sure you plan enough time for your journey to work and show your manager that you can be relied upon. You’ll score even more points if you make it in to work on a snow day when many other staff are absent, and if you’re seen to be one of those people who do their best to come in, even when they are feeling a bit rubbish. However, don’t milk it too much! You don’t want to come in vomiting and make the rest of your team sick, so use a bit of common sense with this one!

2 – Don’t run for the door the moment you finish for the day

Nothing says “I don’t want to be here” more than a staff member who leaves a trail of dust behind them the minute they clock off for the day. However, it’s not necessarily a good idea to get into a competition to see who can stay the latest, either – we all need our rest and recuperation time, and many of us also have responsibilities outside of work. It’s more a case of assessing the situation. Is there a backlog of work that needs to be dealt with? Or do you have a colleague who is stressed and trying to finish something urgent? If so, then taking the time to stay on and help out will definitely help to get you noticed. After all, wouldn’t you want to hire people who are conscientious enough to ensure that they are not leaving tasks half complete at the end of the day?

3 – Go above and beyond the call of duty

Are you one of those people who looks at the floor when you have a team meeting and the boss asks for help with something which isn’t really in your job description? If the answer is yes, then it’s time to have a re-think. The members of staff who put themselves out there are the ones who get more seriously considered for promotions. So, next time your manager needs help with a task why not volunteer, even if you’re busy or it’s not really your remit?

4 – Notice areas for improvement, and offer to help

It’s easy to turn into a robot at work, mechanically doing what is required of you each day and not really thinking outside the box. But are there parts of what you do that would be more efficient if they were done a different way? Could you see ways to improve your department? If so, put them forward. Managers and Team Leaders are usually people who are good at problem solving and taking the initiative, so if you want to get promoted, demonstarating these qualities will certianly help. However, be aware that if you are constantly undermining processes that your own boss has put into place, this could also go the other way and start to irriatate them, so make sure you approach your suggestions with sensitivity!

5 – Be realistic and put in the ground work

I’ve worked with many staff members who, after a few months, start to complain that they deserve a pay rise and/or promotion. It’s not usually a realistic expectation to want this within a few short months of starting a new job, so put in the ground work, do some of the things mentioned above and bide your time. You WILL get noticed and you WILL get promoted, but you need to understand that it doesn’t happen overnight. My first promotion came about two years after starting in recruitment and I didn’t make Team Leader or take on management responsibility until  I had been with Axcis for about four years. But now, I am a senior manager in the company, have had the privilege of helping to manage and re-shape many of the functions in the company and I’m thrilled to say that I’ve been very well looked after as a result. I’m now in my 13th year with Axcis… patience and hard work pay off!

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Are you looking for a job?

At Axcis, we are always on the lookout for hard working and conscientious people. whether it’s for an internal vacancy, or to take on a SEND job with one of the schools or alternative provisions we work with, we’d love to hear from you!

5 Reasons to consider teaching SEND instead of leaving the profession

Are you thinking about leaving the teaching profession? Have you thought about teaching special educational needs instead? If not, here are 5 reasons why it could reinvigorate your love for teaching.

1 – You want more 1-1 time with each of your students

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A common complaint from many mainstream teachers is that they simply don’t get enough one to one time with many of their students. Larger class sizes and busier timetables means that this is an unfortunate pitfall of the profession. However, in special schools, or specialist units in mainstream schools, the class sizes are usually very much smaller. This means that you’ll have more one to one time with your students and will have the opportunity to really hone in on their development and offer more support than you have ever been able to before.

2 – You want to be more creative with planning and assessment

While planning, preparation and assessment form a part of every teachers job, and there is always room for creativity, taking smaller classes means that you’ll often spend less time marking work, freeing up more time for researching creative activities, planning great lessons and working with your support staff to ensure that they are delivered with maximum impact.

3 – You want to broaden your skill set

Many mainstream teachers who look to make the move to teaching in special educational needs environments will need to broaden their skill set in order to do so. This may include researching/understanding specific types of special need, or different assessment styles. The good news is that schools are often prepared to help you, and at Axcis, we offer training such as Team Teach, Autism Awareness, Non-verbal communication and many others. In short, there is support for the teachers who want to make the transition to SEND.

4 – You want to be a more rounded education professional

Staying in mainstream education is fine for many teachers, but whichever way you look at it, you are going to come across special needs at some point. Whether your school has a

At Axcis, we provide lots of training opportunities to help you transition to working with SEND.

specialist unit or not, there will be children with EHC plans which must be catered for appropriately. By taking on a SEND teaching role, you will better your understanding of this part of the sector immensely – making you a much more rounded teaching professional. This is especially useful for those looking at progressing into leadership, as SEND becomes higher on the agenda for many of the required professional standards.

5 – It’s rewarding!

Teaching is always heralded as a rewarding profession. Of course this is true, regardless of the environment in which you do it. However, there is something really wonderful about working with children who have SEND and seeing their joy at being able to achieve their goals as a result of the work you’ve put in. Many children with additional needs have communication difficulties, and as social beings, being

able to communicate is key to our success in society. Imagine that breakthrough moment when a non-verbal child starts to use language for the first time – what could be more rewarding than that? Many SEND teaching positions also carry additional salary points, so you’ll be rewarded on this level, too!

Apply today!

If you have read this and thought that you’d like to consider working in the SEND sector, why not register or check out our jobs page now? It’s FREE to find work with Axcis and we’ll also offer you plenty of support, training and advice – so what do you have to lose?

5 Questions you should ask when you register with an agency

Make sure you get the best out of your agency experience by making sure you ask these 5 key questions when you attend your registration interview.

 

If you are registering with an agency to seek temporary work, it’s likely that you will have to either send in your CV or register on their website first. You’ll then be asked to come along to an interview so that they can get you to complete all the legal paperwork as well as checking relevant documents. But remember, the interview is also the perfect time to make sure you get to grips with the answers to these 5 key questions, too.

1 – Is there a charge for your service?

The vast majority of agencies will not expect you (as a candidate) to pay anything for the service they provide. Their remit is to find you employment and the employer will pay any fees relevant to hiring you. So if an agency tells you that you should be paying them for the privilege of letting them find you work, my advice would be to look for another agency. However, there may be small costs involved. These might include your travel expenses for attending an interview and paying for any compliance checks which are relevant to the sector you work in. For example, at Axcis, we recruit staff for schools, so all candidates who register with us need to either have a current DBS check, or be prepared to pay for a new one. Similarly, you’ll have to keep up your subscriptions for professional bodies, unions etc. independently.

2 – Shall I call you, or will you call me?

Will the agency call you or should you call the agency?

This is a key question to ask because you may find yourself sitting at home, waiting for the phone to ring without realising that the agency is waiting for you to call in and tell them that you’re available at the other end. The result – you don’t end up with any work – not ideal! The interview is an ideal time to seek clarity on the best way forward. Should you call in once a day? Once a week? Once a month? Or will they call you? How long should you wait at home before you remind them that you’re available if they say they’ll call you?

3 – How do timesheets and pay work?

There is nothing more frustrating than getting your first day of work and then realising a week or two later that the pay for it hasn’t gone through. You call the agency, only to be told that they are waiting for you to send your timesheet! It’s therefore of crucial importance that you fully understand what it required of you with regard to timesheets and pay, and that you follow up on this as directed once you start work. Any reputable agency will give you clear guidance on this anyway, but if they don’t, be sure to ask.

4 – What do I do if there is a problem?

If you encounter a problem while out on an assignment, who should you tell? What should you do? Many staff members may automatically defer to the organisation they’ve been placed with for guidance. Although this may be an appropriate course of action, you should usually keep the agency in the loop as well. This is because they may need to take action, or provide you with guidance that you need to follow, so be sure to check on this when you’re having your agency interview.

5 – Is there anything else you need from me before I can start work?

This is a CRUCIAL question! Imagine this scenario – you have taken the time to send in your CV and then to attend a face to face interview with an agency. You’ve completed all the relevant paperwork and you are now sat at home waiting for a call about work. You wait, and wait. Several weeks go by and you think you’d better check in and make sure they know you’re available.. The staff member you speak to says that they can’t send you out for work because they are still waiting for your proof of address! You could have been out working for the last 3 weeks if you had sent this document in so you’re very frustrated – and understandably so! While most agencies will be proactive and will chase you up for outstanding paperwork, it may take time for their vetting process to pick up on it, so be proactive and make sure you know if there is anything stopping you from being called for work before you leave your interview – it could save you time and hassle down the line.

Are you seeking SEND work?

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At Axcis, we are always on the lookout for caring people who want to work with children. Whether you’re a qualified teacher, a teaching assistant, care worker or therapist, or simply someone who would be interested in getting into this sector, we’d love to hear from you. Why not take a look at our website or register your details with us to find out more?

Learn to de-stress and enjoy your break with these simple strategies

Are you so used to feeling stressed that you’re struggling to unwind and enjoy the school holidays? Or perhaps you’re worried about your workload come September and are spending the break lesson planning and trying to prepare for the term ahead? Here are some reasons why you need to make time to de-stress, and some ideas for how you might go about it.

Why is relaxation important?

How about a bit of meditation on the beach?

It is important to remember that taking time to relax is not being lazy. It’s a crucial part of maintaining your personal health and wellbeing. We all know that we should eat well and take regular exercise, and we don’t feel guilty if we make time in our schedule to do those things. We should therefore treat relaxing in the same way. The teaching profession is one which is  fraught with pressure and stress, so we must make time during the holidays to unwind and recharge if we want to do a good job when term starts again.

 

Taking time to de-stress improves mental health, releases muscle tension (which often we are not even aware of until we start to experience chronic pain, which in turn can cause long-term problems). Relaxing has also been shown to lower blood pressure, improve digestion and other maintenance and repair processes in the body.

What can you try to de-stress?

Axcis Andy loves to get out in the garden and relax!

There is no “one-size-fits-all” answer to this question, but there are a host of activities which have been shown to reduce cortisol (the stress hormone) levels in the body, and can help to promote the feeling of relaxation. They include (but are not limited to):

 

  • Massage
  • Exercise
  • Meditation
  • Tai Chi
  • Yoga
  • Reading
  • Gardening
  • Craftwork
  • Baking/cooking

 

Choose something that you enjoy, that gives you a sense of satisfaction and that you feel best relaxes both your body and mind.  We are all different, so some of the things on this list may actually stress you out more! Others may help you to feel relaxed – why not try some out and see how you get on if you’re not sure which will work for you?

But I have kids to look after, so can’t relax!

As a mother of a young child myself, I can entirely relate to this sentiment! Trying to sit and meditate while someone screams “Mummy, mummy, mummy, MUMMY” at you just doesn’t work! So you must plan your relaxation time accordingly. You could try getting up early before anyone else in the house is up, or waiting until everyone else is settled for the evening if your relaxation method is a solitary, quiet one. Or you could opt for something which you can actually get the little monsters involved with, too! After all, relaxing is an important life skill, and you’ll be helping to make sure that your children are better equipped to deal with the stresses of life if they understand how to relax, too. So, why not pick something from the list which you can do together?

Are you seeking work?

Find your next SEND job with Axcis

At Axcis, we are always on the lookout for caring people who want to work with children. Whether you’re a qualified teacher, a teaching assistant, care worker or therapist, or simply someone who would be interested in getting into this sector, we’d love to hear from you. Why not take a look at our website or register your details with us to find out more?

 

 

Would teaching assistant work would suit me?

Being a teaching assistant can be a fun and rewarding job, but how do you know if you’d be well suited to it? Find out more here.

What does a TA do?

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The role of the teaching assistant can vary a lot from school to school. This is one of the reasons you could be suitable for this sort of work without even realising it. There are an awful lot of different types of schools out there, and the variety of students who require additional support is equally diverse (if not more so). It’s more about matching your skills, experience, interests and personality with a school/student(s). At Axcis, we have a vast amount of experience matching candidates to schools so can help with this. In the meantime, here is a list of typical duties that a TA might be expected to do:

 

  • Working one-to-one or with small groups of students – such as listening to children read, helping those who struggle to understand tasks get to grips with their work or supporting those for which English is not their first language (so if you speak their mother-tongue this can be extra-useful).
  • Supporting children with special needs or disabilities – this could be full or part-time, group or one-to-one support and could include a range of duties. For example, students with moderate learning needs might need you to explain the work to them in more detail. Children with more complex special needs might need you to assist with meal times and going to the toilet as well as class work.
  • Preparing the classroom for lessons and helping to keep it tidy – this could be anything from helping with display work, to photocopying worksheets or putting materials away at the end of the day.
  • Helping with school trips and events – this is an aspect of the role most people thoroughly enjoy. Although a school trip can mean a long day – it can also mean a fun outing to popular destinations such as museums, theme parks and farms.
  • Assessment and record-keeping – you may be expected to assist in assessing or maintaining records for the student(s) you work with. Most schools will provide training on what is required if you are expected to help with this.

What qualifications does a TA need?

Teaching Assistant work can be hugely rewarding.

There are no nationally specified requirements for becoming a teaching assistant. However, schools and local authorities may have their own requirements. Many colleges offer NVQ L2 or 3 courses in supporting teaching and learning. While these courses will further prepare you for working with students, they are not a legal requirement. At Axcis, we often find that it is more about basic skills, attitude and work ethic than it is about what credentials you can offer a school. For more profound special needs, sometimes specific training is required. For example, non-verbal students may need a teaching assistant who can sign or use a picture-based communication system so you’d obviously not be suited to these roles unless you could offer the specific skills required. But just as every child is different, so is every teaching assistant role. However, what is essential is that you have excellent written and spoken English skills and a good level of numeracy since these are key areas students usually require support in.

What does Axcis look for in a TA?

At Axcis, we are always on the lookout for candidates with experience in the classroom. However, this is not essential as we can provide support, advice and training. Other qualities we look for include:

 

  • A confident, positive outlook – “We love how grumpy your candidate looks all the time” is NOT something we ever hear from schools! As a rule, the schools we work with look for support staff with a positive, friendly attitude. This is because you need to be able to build rapport and trust quickly with the children you work with.
  • A can-do approach to your work – schools may take you by surprise and ask you to do things that you feel are outside your remit. But remember, you are a teaching assistant – you are there to assist so – within reason – always help out where you are needed. You can always call us at the end of the day to check if it’s appropriate for you to be doing any of the tasks you have been asked to do.
  • A basic understanding of working with children – while we can provide training, it is useful if you have SOME experience working with children. This could be anything from raising your own, to coaching the local football team or working with a club, charity or any other organisation where you have exposure to children.
  • Reliability – this should really have come higher up the list. Never underestimate the importance of being reliable. Being on time for work, and turning up regularly are ESSENTIAL. Remember, many children who need extra support need to know you will be there for them. Staff who regularly turn up late, or not at all can be very disruptive to the learning and development of the children they work with.

Would teaching assistant work suit me?

If you’re not sure whether you’d be suited to teaching assistant work or not, why not take our short quiz? Simply answer these 10 questions – it only takes a few minutes!

What are the benefits of TA work?

There are quite a few benefits to doing TA work – some of which are:

 

  • Working school hours – this has obvious benefits for any candidates who have children at school – child care bills can be expensive!
  • Flexible work – if doing TA work through an agency, you can pick and choose the days you are available for work.
  • Personal and professional development – many schools will offer you access to their staff CPD training, so you are likely to improve your practice in areas such as behaviour support, ICT, Literacy and Numeracy as well as being kept up to date with developments in education. On a personal level, TA work can be very rewarding and supporting children is a very enriching activity for many adults. There is nothing quite like seeing that “lightbulb” moment when a child grasps a concept you have been working on with them.
  • Competitive rates of pay – although this is dependent to some extent on the school you work in, the hourly rate for TAs is usually well above the national minimum wage. For an entry level position with the benefits outlined above, this sort of work is far preferable to many other entry level positions in other industries.
  • Career Progression – there are various avenues open to you when you are a TA. For example, you may want to become a senior (or Higher Level) Teaching Assistant. Or you might want to become a Learning Mentor or even a Teacher. Many schools will support you in undertaking further training and will often retain your services once you increase your qualification or skill level.

Is work available in my area?

We have teams covering London and the Home Counties, South West England, The Midlands, South Wales, Manchester, Liverpool and North Wales. As a result, we work with all sorts of schools in many far-flung villages as well as city centres. So, if you are interested in seeing if you could be a teaching assistant for Axcis, why not fill in our simple online registration form and speak to your local consultant today?!

 

Fun things to do at home on wet days with your children

Fed up of planting your child in front of a screen when it’s wet? Looking for something fun to do at home on wet days with your children during the weekends or school holidays? Here are 5 suggestions to get you started.

1 – Build a sensory den

If you’re looking for something fun to do, why not build a sensory den together?

We all have tables, chairs, books and blankets that can be turned into a den, and most children love a bit of den building! Once you have a completed shell, why not add some of the following ideas and turn it into a sensory den?

 

  • Disco/coloured lights or lamps
  • Water/lava lamp
  • Music – either playing songs on a device, or why not introduce some instruments to your den?
  • Soft fabrics/craft materials – you could even dangle some from the ceiling!
  • Soft toys
  • Any other sensory toys you might have – think of things that turn, click etc. (fidget spinner anybody?!)

 

Once you have built your den, you could make a sign to go above the door – there’s another art and craft activity you can add on! Then, if you’re allowed in, why not sit and read some books together? Or simply explore the items in the den together and make up a story about them all. Or you could sing along to some nursery rhymes/favourite songs.

2 – Teddy bear tea party

Are you dreading another monotonous lunch/tea time where you’ll spend half of your time trying to get your child to sit nicely and eat their food? Why not have a teddy bear tea party instead? By getting your child involved in making the things for the tea party, not only are you doing another activity together, but they are also more likely to want to eat what

Your teddy bear tea party could even include play food!

they’ve made, too! Win, win! Here are some ideas for simple things you can make together:

 

  • Finger sandwiches – you’d better find out teddy’s favourite flavour first, though!
  • Popcorn – who doesn’t love the smell of fresh popcorn? It’s healthier and more fun to pop your own, too.
  • Carrot/cucumber/fresh fruit pieces – the more attractive the presentation, the more likely children are to eat it, so why not get creative and see what shapes you can make things into?
  • Home made cakes or biscuits (or both if you’re greedy like me!) If you aren’t much of a baker, it doesn’t take much effort to melt some chocolate and mix it with rice krispies or corn flakes to make a simple but yummy pudding!
  • Jelly – use little shot glasses or bowls for teddy bear size portions – children love it.

 

If you host your own teddy bears tea party, we’d love to see your pictures! Tweet us @axcis or tag us on Facebook @Axciseducationrecruitment.

 

3 – Balloon Disco

Most children love balloons and dancing, so why not blow up a dozen balloons, turn out the lights, shut the curtains, put on a disco light (if you have one), clear some space, crank up the tunes and just have a good old boogie together? You’ll be burning plenty of calories and getting some good exercise, too. You could even add to the fun with a bubble machine if you have one, but be careful as floors can get quite slippery if you use them inside.

 

Another way you could add to the fun is to see who can come up with the craziest disco outfit – time to get the face paints and dress-up box out!

4 – Puppet Show

Create your own puppets and put on a show! Credit Flickr

If you have some puppets in a box, then great! If not, then you could spend some time decorating some old (but clean!) socks to create your own (check out our guide to making puppets here).  Then you need a stage – the dinner table or the back of the sofa will usually do. You can spend some time coming up with a story or just having some free-play with your puppets together. Or take it in turns to put on shows for each other. You could even video some on your phone or camera to show friends or relatives later. Many children love to see themselves on video, especially if it’s with something they have made or done.

5 – Stopwatch Challenges

This one is good if you are entertaining more than one child. It can them how to play fairly as well as how to be a good winner or loser! All you need is a stop watch or timer (sand timers are great because they are very visual – root through your board games to see if there is one in there perhaps?) Then you just need a piece of paper to be your score sheet and away you go. Some ideas for challenges you could do are listed below – but you can also create your own depending on what equipment you can find hanging around, or get the children to come up with some of their own challenges:

 

  • How long can you stand on one leg for?
  • How long can you bounce a balloon in the air for before it touches the ground?
  • How long can you balance a book on your head for?
  • Pull silly faces at each other and see who laughs first.
  • How many times can you throw a ball in the air and catch it before it drops to the floor?
  • Who can go the longest without moving/speaking (my mum used to love this one!)
  • Who can use a straw to blow a paper football across the floor and into a goal the fastest?
  • How many balloons can you pick up and put into a bucket in 30 seconds? (Make it harder by putting the bucket across the room and telling them they can’t use their hands!)

 

I’m sure you’ll have plenty of ideas of your own – why not share them in the comments section below?

Are you seeking work with children?

Find your next SEND job with Axcis

At Axcis, we are always on the lookout for caring people who want to work with children. Whether you’re a qualified teacher, a teaching assistant, care worker or therapist, or simply someone who would be interested in getting into this sector, we’d love to hear from you. Why not take a look at our website or register your details with us to find out more?

What really matters to children and how can you make their summer holidays memorable without spending much?

Are you moaning that you can’t afford a decent holiday this year and are worried that your child will be missing out on wonderful summer memories as a result? Find out what really matters to children here and how you can give them some magical days to remember over summer without spending a penny.

 

This morning I was laying in bed reading over my social media feeds and trying to find the energy to get myself up and going for the day. It’s a scene that I’m sure many people reading this blog are familiar with. I came across this article, which seems to have gone viral. It’s about a palliative care doctor in Cape Town called Dr. McAlpine. His job is to ease the suffering of children who have limited life remaining, and to help them to have the most joyful final days possible, as well as a dignified and pain-free death.

 

Dr. Mcalpine decided to do an informal survey with his patients. He wanted to find out what really mattered to these children. The results are not particularly surprising, but they act as a poignant reminder that expensive holidays are certainly not the be all and end all to enjoyable summer days in the eyes of our young people.

What mattered most to the children?

Dr McAlpine posted his results in a series of Tweets, which you can see below:

So, What is a perfect day for a child?

In his final Tweet, Dr McApine tells us that, as parents or carers, we should simply:

OK, so we are not all fortunate enough to live near a beach, so it won’t constitute a free day out for everyone reading this. But there are also lovely parks spread far and wide with fantastic water play areas. There are rivers, lakes and streams to play by, so get a packed lunch made, take the kids out and play with them. Put your phones away, and don’t rush your way through the next bedtime story. Summer is about making memories that you and your children will cherish forever, so make them while you can because we never know what’s around the corner.

 

Find your next SEND job with Axcis

Are you seeking work with children?

At Axcis, we support many children who have special educational needs and disabilities, and are always on the lookout for caring staff who want to make their educational experience a special one. Whether you’re a qualified teacher, a teaching assistant, care worker or therapist, or simply someone who would be interested in getting into this sector, we’d love to hear from you. Why not take a look at our website or register your details with us to find out more?

School holiday SEND jobs with Axcis

Are you looking for SEND 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 teams cover a different geographical area – to find out more, click on the one 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.

Axcis Company Day 2018 a great success

Company Day has become a bit of a tradition at Axcis. Each summer, we get all the teams together from across the country for a day of fun and togetherness. Find out all about Company Day 2018 here.

Company Day 2018

Team Axcis enjoyed letting their hair down at our 2018 Company Day in London.

Company Day 2018 was held in London. As it was during the World Cup, our organisers made sure that the venue would have a TV available for the football! Staff came together from every team in every office across the UK for a day of fun and relaxation, as well as celebration of another successful year supporting schools and SEND provisions up and down the country. The day began with a brilliant ice-breaker – a quiz all about fun facts related to our very own staff… Who has 3 kidneys? Who has kissed Gino Di Campo? Who in the company has written and recorded a song? It was great fun and definitely an effective way to get people talking!

Prize Giving

Cat (left) and Cassie (right)

Company day is not just about getting together for a few drinks and a bit of fun – it’s also a chance to celebrate our success. This year, lots of staff members were given awards for a host of different reasons. They included; Cassie for the most conversions, Cat was our best all-rounder and Andrew, Holly, Tessa and Rebecca A also won awards for a job well done. Of course, Paul, our illustrious leader also extended his thanks to everyone because it’s team work which keeps us going a the end of the day!

 

What did our staff have to say about the day?

“The  best part of company day was getting together with the Axcis Family, everyone being on such great form, its nice to meet other branch team members, loved the quiz and was overwhelmed to win vouchers for converting most schools – in fact was over the moon. The food was fab and the location too.  I had the best work do ever, over any other company I had worked for. ”

“I think it’s really important for companies to offer days like this – its always good to see other team members face to face, nice to put faces to names I also think its nice to see the SMT present and I was vey impressed that the MD knew all the names and also where your desk was at.”

 

Some of the London team letting their hair down.

“The best part of company day for me was the quiz – it was a fun activity and I’d love to do more of this sort of thing at future events!”

 

“It’s nice to bring all the offices together and you realise that all offices have the same daily struggles.  Plus meeting the people who support you on a daily basis is lovely as you put a face to a name.”

 

“The best part of company day was meeting everyone else in the company as you speak on the phone and there is sometimes cross overs between the offices so it is nice to get to know everyone. I think company day is a great way to bring everyone together. It is a good way to celebrate the years success from individuals and the company as a whole. It is a day to celebrate but it is also really motivating for the year ahead.”

 

 

Gorgeous girls!

“I really enjoyed the quiz, learning about the other consultants and being in teams with new people from across the company! I think days like this are important because they give you a sense of togetherness. ”

 

 

“For me, the best part was the free drinks! And getting to see everyone from the other offices. Also I think it is good to do awards each year to make people feel appreciated. I definitely think things like this are important as we speak to everyone on the phone on a daily basis and only get a chance to meet on company day.”

 

“Company day is the opportunity for us to all let our hair down and enjoy the success of the year. The best part for me was seeing my colleagues face to face who I speak to on the phone and via email on a daily basis and having a laugh.”

 

Are they Axcis staff or the latest girl band?

“For me the best part was Pauls speech. I do think its very important especially since we have different offices so a chance to meet everyone and it makes you feel like more of a family than a company.”

 

“Getting to know colleagues was the best part. It’s important because it’s good to have a good working relationship with staff and it helps establishing that through bonding out of work hours.”

 

Would you like to work for Axcis?

Whether you’d like to register for work as a SEND teacher or member of school support staff, or whether you’d be interested in one of our internal vacancies, your local Axcis office would love to hear from you, so why not get in touch today or visit our website for more information?

 

End of term checklist for Axcis contractors

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

1 – Mark and hand all work back

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

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

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

2 – Ensure any handover paperwork is completed

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

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

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

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

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

5 – Update your CV and availability with Axcis

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

 

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

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