Axcis CPD: Team Teach (South West)

As part of our commitment to provide high-quality training to our schools and candidates, Axcis South West are pleased to offer this two day Team Teach Course on the 27th and 28th December 2018.

Team Teach in June with Axcis

A recent Team Teach course with Axcis

Course Details:

Address: TBC (will be a Bristol location easily accessible by public transport)

Date/time: 27th and 28th December, 9.30am – 4pm

Cost: FREE (with £50 returnable deposit)

How to book: Please call Holly Zammit on 0121 516 3024 to confirm your place on the course or email holly@axcis.co.uk). Places are limited and very popular and due to this, there are no refunds if you cancel after the 27th November.

What is Team Teach?

Team Teach is a training course which explores the verbal and non-verbal aspects of behaviour management. The course explains what is meant by terms like “reasonable force” and when it is appropriate to use physical intervention. In addition to this, delegates are trained how to use restraint techniques. It should be made clear that this is considered a last-resort and the Team Teach course aims to give candidates a tool kit of strategies and techniques they can use before force should ever be considered. Team Teach aims to actually REDUCE the overall need for restraint or use of force in schools – not to promote it.

Why does Axcis offer Team Teach training? 

We are often contacted by schools who require Team Teach trained staff. This is because in many SEND schools, it is an unfortunate reality that advanced behaviour management training, and very occasionally restraint training can be required. We want our staff to be able to do this in a consistent, safe manner as is reflected by the schools we work with. Team Teach can be an expensive course to attend (up to £200 for the two days depending on the provider). This can be prohibitive for teachers and teaching assistants due to the cost, but also the term-time days on which many training courses are run. At Axcis, we regularly offer the course at a hugely discounted price (we simply aim to cover the cost of the venue and training materials) and in school holidays. Training is usually run at our client schools, which can be a huge benefit to those who have worked there as they already know their way around (as well as how to get there!) It should be noted that once you receive Team Teach training, the certificate awarded is only valid for 2 years. After that you must undertake a refresher in order to continue using the techniques you learn.

Is this course right for me?

At Axcis, we pride ourselves on offering high quality, relevant training which will genuinely enhance your employment prospects. We run numerous Team Teach courses throughout the year as part of our candidate CPD programme. To be considered for a place, you should be registered with Axcis (or about to register) and want to work in a long-term supply position at a school where these techniques will be necessary.  This generally means you must have an interest in working with students who are likely to exhibit challenging or confrontational behaviour, potentially escalating to a need to physically intervene. Your consultant can advise you on whether they feel the course will benefit you or not if you are not sure whether it’s right for your own personal CPD pathway.

 

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Candidate registration day – Swindon Jobs!

Are you based in the Swindon area and looking for a job in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)? Axcis are holding a special candidate registration event on 23rd October – find out more and book your place here! 

Kate needs you! Register with Axcis South West today for help to find your next SEND job

Event Details:

Date: Tuesday 23rd Octoberr 2018

Time: 10am – 4pm

Location: Swindon Central Library, Regent Circus, Swindon, SN1 1QG

How to book a place: Email Kate Fisher in our South West office, or call her on: 0117 373 6127

What do Axcis look for in the staff they recruit?

At Axcis, we need staff with a great attitude and willingness to learn. Of course, if you have existing skills, qualifications and knowledge related to special educational needs and disabilities, then this is a bonus. However, Axcis can also provide support and training for those who are passionate about SEND and want to work in the sector. If you’re not sure if you are suitable or not, feel free to give your local Axcis office a call for a quick chat – our consultants are very experienced and will be happy to advise you.

How should I prepare for my registration meeting?

If you are not already registered on our website, it is extremely helpful to do this prior to your meeting, as it will save you a lot of time and form-filling on the day. You’ll also need to bring some documentation (such as qualifications and ID) with you – we will confirm exactly what you need once you have booked your interview slot – please make sure you bring all paperwork as required as this will help to complete your registration more quickly and efficiently.

Can I bring a friend to register too?

Yes! We’d love for you to bring a friend! Axcis are always on the lookout for new staff, and we even offer a generous referral bonus for introducing a friend, so if you know anyone else who would be interested in working with us, feel free to bring them along to your meeting, or tell them to get in touch to find out more (but make sure they tell us you referred them!)

Nasen SEND awards

Axcis are thrilled to sponsor a nasen SEND award – find out more here!

 

The nasen awards seek to recognise and share the best practice which, ultimately, really benefits children and young people with special and additional educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

 

Axcis are thrilled to sponsor an award again this year. The award we are sponsoring is the Excellent Practice in Special School or Provision Award. This prize is for any special school, setting or provision who have improved outcomes for children and young people with SEND through their outstanding outreach work. We can’t wait to find out who has won and what for (nominations are now closed).

About the event

This year’s nasen Awards ceremony will take place on Friday 19th October at The Waldorf Hilton Hotel. Those shortlisted to win an award will be invited to the black-tie ceremony which will include dinner and drinks.

What are the other categories?

School and organisational categories

  • Excellent Practice in Early Years Award
  • Excellent Practice in Post-16 Education
  • Excellent Practice in Primary School Award
  • Excellent Practice in Secondary School Award
  • Excellent Practice in Special School or Provision Award
  • Exceptional Parental Engagement Award
  • Effective Technology or Resource Award

Individual Categories

  • Young person/Youth achievement Award
  • Inspirational Teacher Award
  • Inspirational Leader Award
  • Learning Support Staff Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

Who won  last year?

Last year’s event was a huge success, celebrating the hard work and achievements made by many organisations and individuals within the SEND sector. To find out more, take a look at the nasen webpage dedicated to last year’s winners here.  If you want to learn how to improve your personal or professional practice, or if you’d simply like to stay up to date with developments in the SEND arena, don’t forget to book your place for nasen Live 2019 – early bird tickets go on sale soon, and Axcis will be sponsoring this key event again next year, too.

Are you seeking SEND work or staff?

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

If you’re not already registered with Axcis, but would like to seek a SEND teaching or support position, why not get in touch or register with Axcis today and find out how we can assist you? We have offices nationwide and a team of expert consultants who have proven relationships with specialist and mainstream schools in your area, so if you need work, why not register now? Alternatively, if you are a school or alternative provision in need of SEND recruitment help, why not contact us and find out how we can help you today?

 

 

SEND News Roundup

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.

 

Get the latest SEND news here with Axcis

  1. Lack of support for autistic pupils in Scotland
  2. Exhibition explores human rights and autism
  3. Autistic children in Scotland are missing out on their right to education
  4. Parents plan legal action against SEND cuts
  5. Film explores the experiences of autistic pupils
  6. Use of physical restraint rises
  7. Working in autism diagnosis, a frontline experience
  8. Is Transforming Care working?
  9. Survey explores people’s attitudes to autism
  10. Assessment of health and social care in England

Nasen News

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. Participate in the SENCO Workload Survey 2018
  2. Nasen SEND awards – October 19th 2018
  3. Get your early bird tickets for nasen Live 2019!

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.

 

Nurture their passion and they might indulge yours! (guest post)

An SEMH school leader, Graham Chatterley has become a regular guest-blogger for Axcis. In this post, he discusses the importance of involving children with music and creative arts. Especially if we want them to “behave”. At his school, some of the students came together to produce a song and music video and this is what happened…

 

First of all, if you only have a few minutes and it’s a choice between listening to me waffle on or watching the video, choose the video! Watch it and share it:

 

 

However if you do have some time then I can give some context of how it came to be and why I struggle to hold it in whenever I listen to it. This is because as brilliant as it is as a stand-alone song performed by a group of talented kids, I know that it means so much more than that.

 

Sadly, I had no involvement in the production, I am unfortunately talentless when it comes to music, but I know the work we have done has played a part in bringing them together and giving them the belief to get to where they are. Nearly every child who comes to our SEMH school does so because they are deemed a failure and they have been rejected by their mainstream school. It can be sugar coated in a managed transfer or an inability to meet needs but in the eyes of the child it’s a rejection and probably not the first of their lives. Whether it’s teachers, parents or peers, being rejected and not being good enough is the internal working model (IWM) for most of our children and we have to overcome that.

 

How do we do it? How do you overcome non existent self belief and get a child to challenge their IWM and vulnerability?

 

Axcis Andy loves a bit of music!

By finding their passions and nurturing them, by finding their talents and using them to show they have plenty to offer. I get driven mad by schools that complain about classroom behaviour, saying ‘he’s only interested in football’ or ‘she’s forever drawing in her book ‘. Use these things – they are your hook! They tell you the interests of the child to build a relationship, they tell you a potential reward or incentive they can be offered to improve engagement but most importantly they show you what the child believes they are good at and a vehicle to build self belief and a way to engage that child, a way to get a child to take a risk they never would have before.

 

Don’t see a child’s passion as a distraction from written work! Incorporate that passion into written work!

 

Don’t view art, music or sports as less important. They are not a reward to be taken away if they haven’t done their maths. I know it happens – I taught PE for years.

 

I’ve sat in meetings doing outreach and listened to pages and pages about what a child’s behaviour has been like and I asked them what he’s good at?

 

They replied ‘we’ve been told he’s a good singer’

 

My response was ‘great how have you used that?’

 

To which they replied ‘oh, he hasn’t earned music yet!’

 

I’m just going to let that sit there for a minute!

 

The educational entitlement, the hook to build a relationship, the escape from constant  failure and the vehicle to build his self confidence must be earned! How big an effort would it be to flip it and use music to drive everything else?

 

The list of needs, social difficulties, failures, and behaviours of the children we work with (and which are in this video) is too long to list. They are on the floor in terms of confidence when they arrive (at our school) but those same children walked into school 10 feet tall after this video came out! They have craved belonging their entire life and now they are part of a group and other kids are telling them positive things. You cannot put a value on that.

 

Progress 8, chronic underfunding and other pressures on the curriculum – I get it, I really do – but not every child is academically able, not every child has the skills to cope in the classroom and not every child is willing try something that they aren’t interested in just because they should.

 

But I promise you that if you share and nurture their passion with them they will love you for it, and whatever your subject, they will at least indulge your passion for it and give it a go.

 

Every child has one, it is the key to unlocking relationships, building confidence and overcoming the fear of failure. That’s when things like this video can happen.

 

The result is that children who hide their vulnerability will put it on show, children who can’t socialise come together and children who won’t write in class pick up a pen to write some of the most powerful lyrics I’ve ever heard. I can’t explain the pride and emotion I feel every time I listen to this because I’m on the journey with them and I’ve seen where it started.

 

They call themselves Eskape because that’s what music was to them and they called their song Stronger because that’s what they are now. Any part we have played in that journey is why we do the job.

Are you looking for SEND work or staff?

Axcis are the leading company specialising in SEND recruitment, so if you are looking for a job, why not register on our website today? Or if you’re a school seeking a member of SEND teaching or support staff, contact us today to see how we can help.

 

Simple Halloween Craft Ideas with Forest School and PE links!

Halloween is coming

At Axcis, we are always on the lookout for simple, fun craft ideas which you can do with your classes. We’ve found a selection of simple Halloween craft ideas which you could try in the run up to October 31st.

 

These Halloween craft ideas are especially good if you have a forest school or like to do woodland crafts with your classes. Using mostly natural materials, you can create some great decorations. This can be combined with a lovely woodland walk to gather the materials, too!

Hazel Broomstick

Broomstick craft!

All you need for this activity is a length of hazel (or any other wood) about 4 feet in length plus some bunches of thinner sticks/bushy off-cuts. You may need to use a saw to cut lengths down (cue: adult help!) and you may also like to use some secateurs to trim your broom head to an even length once you finish. The only other item you’ll need is some twine or string and you’re good to go!

 

Simply bunch your twiggy sections up around one end, tie on tightly with string and trim. Be careful with this activity as swinging sticks can easily whack into other children but provided there is enough space and adequate adult help/supervision, this is a fantastic activity to do with children at Halloween. Oh, and you could even tie in some PE and have some broomstick races after!

 

Conker Spiders

Conker Spider

You’ll need to pre-drill some holes in conkers for this activity, but once you have done that, most children will love choosing pipe cleaner legs for their little eight-legged friend! Add some googly eyes and a string to hang it from and voila! you have a conker spider. Such a simple, fun and engaging activity for children to get involved with – why not give it a try?

 

Pine Cone Bats

Pine cone bat

Our third and final idea for some Halloween craft activities is a pine cone bat. Once you have collected a decent range of pine cones, either provide pre-cut felt/paper shapes, or give children a template to use and they can get decorating! You can also tie some string around if it you’d like to hang this (but remember that bats sleep upside-down, so if you’re making a sleepy bat, why not curl it’s wings around it and hang it upside-down?)

 

Are you looking for SEND work or staff?

Axcis are the leading company specialising in SEND recruitment, so if you are looking for a job, why not register on our website today? Or if you’re a school seeking a member of SEND teaching or support staff, contact us today to see how we can help.

 

 

Axcis CPD: Team Teach (Manchester)

As part of our commitment to provide high-quality training to our schools and candidates, Axcis Manchester are pleased to offer this two day Team Teach Course on the 13th and 14th October 2018.

Team Teach in June with Axcis

A recent Team Teach course with Axcis

Course Details:

Address: Parrs Wood High School, Wilmslow Road, East Didsbury, M20 5PG.

Date/time: 13th and 14th October, 9.30am – 4pm

Cost: FREE (with £50 returnable deposit)

How to book: Please call our Manchester Team on 0161 507 9397. Places are limited and very popular and due to this, there are no refunds available if you do not attend.

What is Team Teach?

Team Teach is a training course which explores the verbal and non-verbal aspects of behaviour management. The course explains what is meant by terms like “reasonable force” and when it is appropriate to use physical intervention. In addition to this, delegates are trained how to use restraint techniques. It should be made clear that this is considered a last-resort and the Team Teach course aims to give candidates a tool kit of strategies and techniques they can use before force should ever be considered. Team Teach aims to actually REDUCE the overall need for restraint or use of force in schools – not to promote it.

Why does Axcis offer Team Teach training? 

We are often contacted by schools who require Team Teach trained staff. This is because in many SEND schools, it is an unfortunate reality that advanced behaviour management training, and very occasionally restraint training can be required. We want our staff to be able to do this in a consistent, safe manner as is reflected by the schools we work with. Team Teach can be an expensive course to attend (up to £200 for the two days depending on the provider). This can be prohibitive for teachers and teaching assistants due to the cost, but also the term-time days on which many training courses are run. At Axcis, we regularly offer the course at a hugely discounted price (we simply aim to cover the cost of the venue and training materials) and in school holidays. Training is usually run at our client schools, which can be a huge benefit to those who have worked there as they already know their way around (as well as how to get there!) It should be noted that once you receive Team Teach training, the certificate awarded is only valid for 2 years. After that you must undertake a refresher in order to continue using the techniques you learn.

Is this course right for me?

At Axcis, we pride ourselves on offering high quality, relevant training which will genuinely enhance your employment prospects. We run numerous Team Teach courses throughout the year as part of our candidate CPD programme. To be considered for a place, you should be registered with Axcis (or about to register) and want to work in a long-term supply position at a school where these techniques will be necessary.  This generally means you must have an interest in working with students who are likely to exhibit challenging or confrontational behaviour, potentially escalating to a need to physically intervene. Your consultant can advise you on whether they feel the course will benefit you or not if you are not sure whether it’s right for your own personal CPD pathway.

 

Whole School SEND Consortium covers all of England with SEND Expertise (Guest Post – nasen)

Our friends at nasen have made the following announcement, which we are thrilled to share with readers of the Axcis blog:

 

Whole School SEND is delighted to confirm the appointment of Regional SEND Leaders for every Regional School Commissioner area across the country.

 

The new appointees are all based in schools and will bring a wealth of experience in special educational needs to support the Whole School SEND Consortium to deliver the Department for Education-funded Schools Strategic Support to The Workforce In Mainstream And Special Schools contract 2018-2020.

 

The project will build on existing work undertaken by the Whole School SEND Consortium to train over 500 practitioners in the use of the SEND Review and will see a number of school improvements and specialist organisations come together to build on an existing community of practice of more than 4000 schools, which aims to reach at least 10,000 schools over the next two years through the creation of eight school-led regional hubs across England.

 

The Regional Leaders will build networks of best SEND practice in their local areas and form links between mainstream and special schools to share knowledge and resources, as well as ensure that SEND provision is prioritised within school improvement plans.

 

Whole School SEND Regional Leaders will meet with headteacher networks, SENCo forums, teaching school alliances and other groups. The Regional SEND Leaders will highlight regional priorities for SEND provision improvement, share good practice, and signpost to SEND expertise, resource, training and research – so that every educational professional can increase the knowledge and confidence around SEND provision.

 

The Whole School SEND Consortium brings together schools, organisations and individuals who are committed to ensuring that every child and young person with SEND can achieve their potential at school.

 

Anne Heavey, National Director of Whole School SEND, said, “I am delighted that we have appointed such strong teams across England. Our Regional SEND Leaders will together drive best practice in their areas and are all well placed to make a difference for children with SEND.”

 

Joining the team are:

 Esther Brooks Regional SEND Leader for East of England and North East London Headteacher Chestnut Park Primary School
Cormac O’Neill Deputy Regional SEND Leader for East of England and North East London Assistant Headteacher and Trust Executive SENCo Beacon Academy Trust
Geraldine Grady Deputy Regional SEND Leader for South East England and South London Director of Teaching School Alliance Whitefield Academy Trust.
Caroline Parker Deputy Regional SEND Leader for South Central England and North West London Acting Deputy Headteacher and SENCO Gloucester Road Primary school.

Axcis can help with your SEND recruitment needs

Are you looking for SEND work or staff?

Axcis are the leading company specialising in SEND recruitment, so if you are looking for a job, why not register on our website today? Or if you’re a school seeking a member of SEND teaching or support staff, contact us today to see how we can help.

Introducing our new Axcis London Consultant

Axcis are pleased to announce that our London Team has a new consultant – Kam Hundal, so if you’re seeking work (or staff) in the London area, why not register online or get in touch with Kam? Find out a bit more about her here.

We asked Kam to tell us about herself:

 

Kam Hundal, Axcis London

Prior to joining Axcis, I worked as a recruitment consultant for two years with another education company. During this time, I looked after early years settings as well as primary and secondary schools. As a result, I have gained a great insight into the way each age group works, the varying needs of the children and the types of staff who work well in these environments.

 

My interest in supporting individuals who are in an alternative provision stems in part from the fact that my husband is a teacher within a maximum security remand prison. It is a challenging environment, where many students have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). Through my husband, I have developed an understanding of how such environments impact students and teachers, and this helps to reinforce the importance of finding teachers and support staff who are well equipped to perform well in their respective settings.

 

I pride myself on listening carefully to the needs of both my candidates and clients, and getting the match between them right first time. Knowing that I am making a difference to the quality of support and learning for such vulnerable students is extremely rewarding, and something I take great pride in.

 

In my spare time, I enjoy relaxing with friends and family, reading, listening to music and travelling. My husband and I often need to re-charge our batteries, so we love getting away – even if it is just for a long weekend!

 

Would you like to work with Kam?

If you are seeking work (or staff) in the London area, then get in touch with Kam 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 in your local office.

 

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Challenging Education – Exclusive Promotional Discount Code for Axcis Readers (Guest Post)

Clare Edmondson is director of Changing Behaviour UK LTD. In her guest post for Axcis, she tells us about her teaching journey and how she came to run her own specialist company. She has also kindly offered our readers an exclusive 20% discount for her next conference which is running in May next year. Find out more here.

 

Clare doing her thing!

My experience has been really varied since training to be a teacher – I realised I wanted to specialise in working with students with complex behaviour after teaching at my first school. It was a school that was in a tough area. The school had a high proportion of SEN pupils, a high level of deprivation and a plethora of behaviours that challenged staff.

 

Despite the challenges, I absolutely loved this school – it taught me the simplest, yet most useful trick of behaviour management; relationships rule the classroom.

 

I also have worked in a high achieving girls school, an autistic setting, a residential mental health setting and also – pupil referral units (PRUs). I set up my training company Changing Behaviour UK LTD to help staff manage the very challenges I faced in these settings. As well as running training for schools, I still teach excluded children one day a week at a PRU in west London – as much as a like training adults, the greatest high for me is always from connecting with young people and overcoming the challenges they present to me and themselves.

 

These different (and challenging environments) have taught me many things over the years. One of the most important things I have learned is the fact that – working in education is challenging. It should be. That’s the beauty of being a teacher; the challenges it presents.

 

We often see that word ‘challenging’ as pupils showing us challenging behaviour – but if we just focus on behaviour, we forget about the challenge that a lesson should offer. I can reflectively look at some of my lessons that have not gone so well (terribly!) and I can conclude that the behaviour I perceived as ‘challenging’ was actually my students not being challenged enough, or to put it another way: they were bored.

 

That’s why a Dutch colleague (Drs Eleonoor Van Gerven) and I have set up our Challenging Education Conference. We want to help teachers and practitioners working in education with not only managing complex behaviour, but we also want to help them to gain practical strategies to help them challenge their high potential learners who also may have special educational needs.

 

Giftedness is Eleonoor’s speciality – she has published many articles and books on the topic of high potential learners and dual exceptionality (gifted students with SEN). I have already learned so much from her.

 

Eleonoor and I have selected topics that educational establishments are struggling with at the moment – exclusions and students suffering with mental health difficulties. Laurie Cornwell and Dr Asha Patel are running these topics for us at the conference.

 

To add to this, we also have secured exciting international speakers from the USA covering topics on Able learners and ADHD (Dr Debbie Troxclair), opportunities for differentiation (Dr Tracy Ford-Inman), overcoming underachievement (Prof Dr Diane Heacox) and autism in the mainstream classroom (Dr Claire Hughes Lynch).

 

On top of this, we have talks on behaviour change (Dr Anne Marie Rattray) and also the influence of learning quotient (Kevin Hewitson) and challenges in raising gifted children – (Julie Taplin). I will be running a workshop on coping with meltdowns and also trying to ensure with Eleonoor that the day runs smoothly. That will be a challenge!

 

So often, when we talk about challenging behaviour we forget about learning – this international conference gives delegates the skills to challenge their students and themselves.

 

I can’t wait!

 

Axcis readers will receive a 20% discount if they use this discount code at checkout: Axcis20

 

Challenging Education Conference

Wednesday May 1st 2019 – 9.00am – 4.30pm

Easthampstead Park

 

Clare Edmondson is director of Changing Behaviour UK LTD

changingbehaviouruk@gmail.com

Twitter: @change_beh

Facebook: changingbehaviouruk

www.changing-behaviour.co.uk

Are you looking for a SEND teaching or support job?

If you’re not already familiar with Axcis, we are the leading supplier of SEND staff to mainstream and specialist schools across England and Wales. So, if you are looking for a new job, why not register for free on our website today? Or if you’re a school in need of help to find good quality, well trained SEND staff, why not get in touch today and we will put you in touch with your local consultant for a no-obligation chat about how we can help you. (Our service is totally free until we find you someone you want to hire, so you have nothing to lose!)

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