Candidate of the term – this weeks nominations are…

Logo_candidate of the term_v8At Axcis, we are extremely proud of the fantastic work our SEND teachers and support staff do every day in the classroom. We know that being a supply worker isn’t easy; often you are thrown in the deep end with challenging classes and little time to read up on school policy or procedure and your work could end at any given moment. And yet, we hear so much fantastic feedback about our candidates that we feel it is high time we start to run a “Candidate of the Term” award. Here are a few of the nominations we’ve had this week:


Emma – working for Amelia in our London office

“Emma has done a very good job with us this year and I would nominate her. She has been reliable and professional. She has made a genuine difference with the child she has been working with who has made very good progress this year. She comes to meetings with me with relevant questions about how to improve what she is doing to get the best progress. She takes on board suggested strategies and resources and is able to get on independently with implementing these. She keeps me informed and updated about any relevant developments or concerns. The boy she has worked with this year has formed a very good relationship with her which has supported him very well through Year 6. He lacks confidence and has significant difficulties with communication and needs someone who can be patient and take the time to get to know him and draw him out of his shell. Emma has done this really well. I know the class teacher has been impressed with her from early on as she asked me to try and make sure that she stayed with us! So I am very pleased she has stayed with us all year and really appreciate all her efforts.”


Roxana – working for Louise in our London office

“I would like to formally nominate Roxanna  for your award. She has been a wonderful SEN support for a severely Autistic child who this time last year was nearly looking at being transferred. He may still need to go to a different school if they can provide something better, but in the meantime Roxanna came along and supported him. He still has his crisis points but generally he is much calmer and he is beginning to learn and make some progress. Roxanna is calm and gentle and gives him constant praise and reassurance in return he seems to be very responsive to her.”

Hyacinth – working for Helen in our Midlands office

“I am head of Centre at Ashborne. We have had Hyacinth working with us on a long term placement. For the first couple of weeks Hyacinth was quite quiet, but was just using this time to build relationships with the staff and children. Our environment requires great adaptability and Hyacinth works well in a range of very different classrooms. She is always willing to help and looks for extra ways to support and does things without being asked. We are lucky to have Hyacinth on the team and thecc children benefit from her calm, assured way of working.”


Edward – working for Helen in our Midlands office

“He extremely hard working, adaptable to everyday circumstances of working with the most challenging secondary age pupils of Walsall. Edward remains professional and upbeat when dealing with difficult pupils and parents, he always ensures that positive outcomes for the young people are at the heart of his everyday approach. He is a champion of pupils with considerable special needs that have been excluded from mainstream educational settings.”

Sarah – working for Helen in our Midlands office

“Sarah is excellent wherever she teacher in school. She has covered a maternity leave post with Year 9 pupils, and now a very challenging class of pupils who are six and seven years old for two days each week. She also covers day to day supply, and cheerfully moves around the school, supporting pupils with challenges to a very high level. Her organisation and planning are excellent, and she is an excellent team player. She gains respect from teaching assistants by showing professionalism, but also by stepping in when problems arise. She has taken an active part in staff meetings, training,annual reviews, PEP/LAC meetings, the Easter Play and special assemblies; always going above and beyond. Sarah has many talents, and recently introduced an Art project to a group of lower ability pupils, writing this up in detail to enable them to gain accreditation from it. I sometimes moan about the quality of some of the supply staff that come into our school, but Sarah is an asset and deserves to be recognised for her exceptional hard work.”


Natalie – working for Amelia in our London office

“I think it would be fair to say we have been enormously impressed with Natalie!”


Joyce – working for Louise in our London office

“Having received feedback from our Senco I would like to nominate Joyce. Over time we have employed many LSAs to support with some of our more challenging pupils and very often they don’t even want to return to the role after a few days. Joyce has been a great help to our existing team, she is calm, positive & deals with difficult situations without any hesitation and in a very professional manner. In addition she has also integrated well with our staff and is always very pleasant and cheerful.”


Alex – working for Jack in our London office

“Alex started to work for Axcis almost immediately after registering. He has done Team Teach training and received really positive feedback. Alex is now going to the Institute of Education in September to do his PGCE in English. He has never been absent and always completes all administration required on time. We feel that he’s a really strong candidate.”


Christopher – working for Bobbie in our Midlands office

“Christopher has worked for us as a supply teacher from Axcis since December 2013. Chris has been a great asset to the team and has fitted in fantastically well. He has a great rapport with staff and pupils. Chris is professional and always willing to go the extra mile for our pupils, some of whom require a lot of extra attention and have additional needs due to their health conditions. Chris has excellent attention to deal and great knowledge in his field of work. Chris is good communicator and with his self-motivation and energetic approach to teaching it has been a pleasure to have him working here at James Brindley School, I wish for him to be considered for a candidate award.”

Do you have an Axcis staff member you’d like to nominate? There’s still time! Credit Flickr cc

There is still plenty of time for more nominations!

Simply email if you have an Axcis contractor you’d like to nominate for our Summer Term Award. There are two awards available – one for London, and one for our Regional offices. The prizes are £75 in shopping vouchers – intended for the winners to treat themselves to something nice for the summer! The deadline for entries is Friday 3rd July, with winners to be announced on the 10th July. When you contact us, you’ll need to state the name of the contractor, along with the name of the school they are working in. We’d also like a short statement on why they should be considered for the award – it doesn’t need to be an essay – just a brief paragraph or two.

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