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!)

Get rid of nits!

Has your child come home from school with a note to check them for head lice? Or perhaps you’re working in a school and need to make sure you don’t bring the little visitors home with you. Find out how to get rid of nits here, as well as what measures you can take to prevent them from coming back.

 

Axcis Andy is helping his friend to get rid of nits!

Are you scratching your head yet? For me, the mere mention of nits sets me off! We’ve had it a few times at home (I have a young child who regularly seems to bring them home). It’s a problem that can’t be given the “ignore it and hope it goes away” treatment. If you suspect that you or anyone in your household has nits, it is essential that you carefully check every head and treat as appropriate.

What are nits?

Most people refer to nits as the small egg of a head louse which is attached to the base of a hair on the human head. When they hatch, they become known as lice.

How to get rid of nits

There are lots of methods used for removing head lice/nits. A couple of popular options are:

 

  1. Over the counter treatments, which usually involve some sort of solution which needs to be applied to the hair to kill lice as well as a fine comb for removing any remaining eggs, as well as the dead lice once the treatment has been completed. However, these can be expensive, so it might be worth trying something else first.
  2. Hair conditioner is also thought to be an effective treatment. Simply thoroughly wash the hair, apply plenty of conditioner. Leave it in for 5-10 mins and then carefully comb the hair through with a nit comb.

REPEAT!

About 3-4 days after the initial treatment, it’s really important that you re-check hair to ensure that it is clear of nits. Just a single egg left behind can put you back to square 1 – so remember to repeat your nit checks after a few days.

Prevent them from returning

You can’t simply hang a sign that says “nits not welcome here” and hope that they go away. But there are a few measures you can take to help prevent them from returning. Some of the things you can try are:

 

  1. Teaching your children not to share hats or touch heads with other children. Nits can’t jump to other heads (contrary to popular belief) so you can only get them through direct physical contact with other nitty heads! By explaining to your children that they can stop the nits from getting onto their heads by keeping their hats to themselves, and by not leaning their heads against other children’s heads, you can help prevent them from spreading.
  2. Wash hats! After ridding your child of nits, wash hats, pillow cases etc – anything that their head has prolonged contact with that might just have an egg or two left behind in it. While it’s not as likely that you’ll get nits this way, it is still possible so it’s worth doing a through vacuum or washing any textiles that might harbour eggs.
  3. Spread the word. Group treatment is really the key here. If just one individual in a class fails to check for nits and treat them as appropriate, an infestation can take hold again in no time, so make a point of mentioning to other parents at pick up/drop off time in case they didn’t see the note that was brought home by their child.

 

What if my child hates having their hair washed?

If you have an anxious child who doesn’t like to have their hair washed, or who is freaking out about the idea of having insects living in their hair, you may need to approach the situation with a more well thought out plan. You could try turning it into a game (who wants to play hair dressers?!) Or you could talk about what is going to happen and what reward is on offer if your child lets you treat them without making a big fuss. You know your child best, so will have a pretty good idea of what might work for them, so sitting down and coming up with a plan before you launch into treatment could help to reduce anxiety all round. (I let my child have a “late night” and watch his iPad with a lolly pop while I did his and it worked a treat – he sat still and let me get on with it for about half an hour!)

Are you looking for a teaching or support job in a school?

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Hear From the Nominees of the nasen Awards

Axcis are thrilled to sponsor a nasen award again this year – find out more about these brilliant awards, who has been nominated and how they feel about it here.

About the awards

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. But who has been nominated?

Nominees for the Axcis award are:

  1. Fiveways Special School, Inclusion for All
  2. Ladywood School and Outreach Service
  3. Landgate School, The Aspire Federation, Sensory Provision and Support
  4. Oxfordshire Hospital School

What did the nominees have to say?

Here is what some of the nominees for the Axcis award have to say about being nominated:

Ladywood School and Outreach Service

Staff at Ladywood School are thrilled to be nominated for their award

At Ladywood our motto is “Believe and Achieve”. This underpins all the work that we do and is the core philosophy that drives our whole team. We are a School for 130 pupils with complex learning needs. Our Outreach Service supports approximately 1,000 young people in mainstream schools across Bolton LA. In 2012 we became a National Teaching School providing a wide range of professional development opportunities for schools. We strive to encourage excellence in teaching and learning and supporting pupils with SEND. We are hugely proud of being shortlisted for this prestigious award. Our staff work so hard, going above and beyond to achieve outstanding outcomes for young people. Yvonne Heywood, Ladywood School

Fiveways Special School, Inclusion for All

The children at Fiveways Special School having some parachute fun!

As a forward thinking special school, we endeavour to promote inclusion opportunities for all pupils with SEND within our local area. To this end, we have established an outreach support service designed to share our expertise; this is offered through specialist training, professional development and opportunities for us to work alongside pupils and staff in mainstream schools. We are committed to working with schools to increase their confidence, skills and knowledge of appropriate strategies and resources to enable them to effectively support, and fully include pupils with SEND within their own settings. Our inclusion and outreach programmes also have a long and proud history of enabling pupils with SEND to access provision in both mainstream and special schools as well as participating in activities within the local community.

 

We are delighted to have been shortlisted for this year’s Nasen awards, a platform that acknowledges and celebrates the extensive inclusive opportunities that we have developed in our area of the southwest. Ian Baker, Fiveways Special School

What are the other awards and who has been shortlisted?

A full list of the awards and shortlist can be found on the nasen website. We asked if anyone would like to share something about their provision/how they feel about being shortlisted – here are the responses we received:

Batchley First School

In 2016, Batchley First School successfully tendered a bid to open an Early Years Speech and Language Class for Redditch, alongside our Early Years Specialist Nursery Class.  It became evident that other areas of Worcestershire did not have provision either, so we set up 2 more in Kidderminster and Bromsgrove.

 

With the support of Speech and Language Therapy as well as the host schools, we are delighted with the outstanding progress that the children in our classes make during their pre school year.  In some cases, it means the difference  between attending a specialist placement or a mainstream school.  We currently support 75 pre-school children and their families across the county in their pre-school year from 4 settings and we hope to expand this in the next few years.

 

We are absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted for the NASEN award.  Everybody has worked so hard to ensure the success of this exciting and worthwhile project, which we hope to continue to offer for many years to come. Sarah Wykes, Batchley First School (Nominated for Excellent Practice in Early Years Award)

 

Derwen College

Derwen College Leadership Team

Derwen College, in Shropshire, is delighted to have been shortlisted in the NASEN Awards ‘excellent practice in post-16 education’ category.

 

The national specialist college near Oswestry prides itself on its vocational training and supported living accommodation for young adults aged 16-25. It provides inspirational learning, development and care and enables the achievement of aspirations which transform lives.

 

Meryl Green, Derwen College Principal, said she was very pleased to have been shortlisted in such an expansive category. She said: “Everyone at Derwen College works hard to ensure that each of our students gets the best chance possible to reach their potential and achieve their aspirations for the future.  We are delighted that our efforts have been recognised by NASEN. It is truly a team effort which couldn’t be achieved without the commitment and creativity of our dedicated staff, it is also testament to the talents and hard work of our amazing learners.” Eluned Watson, Derwen College (Nominated for Excellent Practice in Post-16 education Award)

Gilbrook School

Gilbrook School Leadership Team

As a Leadership Team, we are thrilled to be nominated for this award…part of our core belief in the power of research and the impact it can have on education, and the vulnerable young people we support, is that you have to be able to measure the difference you can make to lives of the most disadvantaged families.

 

When our families tell us:

“Gilbrook has changed my son’s life. Before he came here he wouldn’t join in class properly and his education was suffering. He has come on leaps and bounds here. Gilbrook feels like an extension of our family, the warmth and love felt during school assemblies is lovely. My son coming here really has improved all of our family’s lives and I would recommend it to anyone in a heartbeat.”

 

We know we are making that difference and that our compassionate approach to education changes lives. Sarah Long, Gilbrook School (Nominated for Excellent Practice in Primary School Award

 

Two Rivers High School

I was very surprised to learn that I had been nominated for the NASEN award and even more shocked to be shortlisted.  I am the Head of School at Two Rivers High School, a generic special school for students aged between 11 and 19.  Students have a wide range of needs with most students having cognition difficulties or delay in their learning.

 

Music has been an important part of my life and as a Head Teacher I still understand the benefit of Music in education and have done everything I can to ensure that Music is offered to all.  Students with special needs often find school challenging either socially or due to the pressures of learning crucial literacy and numeracy skills.  I realise the importance of helping students to gain confidence and Music has been a wonderful source to make this to happen.  I forged links with Make Some Noise over 5 years ago and have gathered charity support to ensure that we can have excellent Music practitioners in school to continue this passion for Music.  It has been wonderful to see the change in students who at first were nervous, would not attend lessons or felt tentative gradually brighten as they could see their personal achievement. Students learnt to play music through Percussion, Ipads, and Keyboards, until, through the Level Up project, they finally built their own pop group with students playing bass and electric guitar, drum kit and vocals.  There have been numerous public performances over the years and it has been amazing to see students with mental health issues smiling and wanting to perform to a packed audience. The success has been tremendous and I am very proud of our students for taking on these challenges and succeeding. Gail Brindley, Two Rivers High School (Nominated for the Excellent Practice in a Secondary School Award)

Discovery Acacemy, Family Footings

The Discovery Academy Family Footings Team

Discovery is a specialist academy in Warwickshire for 80 children and young people with an autism spectrum condition or an identified social, emotional or mental health need. Engaging families is a core focus of our work summed up in the motto of our Trust: Putting Children and Families First. Our approach is non-judgmental and personalised – working in a way that is compassionate, facilitative and flexible to get the best outcomes for each young person. The whole school works closely with families to see their children reach their potential and overcome some of the barriers that have previously held them back. In addition, we have a Family Footings team who add capacity to our engagement with families particularly around supporting key transitions in school life and support for the family. We’re delighted to have been nominated for this award because we are proud of the way we work with families and can’t imagine working any other way! Susan Camps, Discovery Academy (Nominated for the Exceptional Parental Engagement Award)

Whitefield Schools

Whitefield Academy Trust  In North East London encompasses two schools:  Whitefield Schools has a national and international reputation for its work with children and young people with autism, learning difficulties and complex needs. Joseph Clarke school offers education and support for pupils with vision impairment and additional needs, including autism.

 

‘Employability’ has been at the heart of our Post-16 provision for many years and for the last 5 years our Project SEARCH Supported Internship Programme has formed a core part of that mission. Project SEARCH provides the opportunity to have supported placements in large employers, assistance in finding full-time paid work and then subsequent support for both graduates and employers once they are in work. This is our sixth year coordinating the Project SEARCH programme in North East London in partnership with Barts Health NHS Trust. Offering training and job placement in two local hospitals. We have maintained an very high success rate of interns who complete the programme, moving into full-time paid employment. The programme has proven so successful that it now takes special needs students from many other schools and colleges in Waltham Forest and the neighbouring boroughs.

 

Jamie Bargeman, Whitefield Schools Post-16 manager who coordinates Project SEARCH calls it “the most successful thing I’ve done in my teaching career, seeing the opportunities and outcomes for young people that just weren’t there before”. I am delighted by the nomination: For the whole team; the Young people, Directors of the Whitefield Academy Trust, tutors , job coaches, , mentors and all the people at Barts Health NHS Trust. The recognition that comes with a nomination is very significant. The nomination has given us a chance to be recognised for what  the young people and the Project Search Team have achieved so far in the field of employment and disability.” Jamie Bargeman, Whitefield Schools (Nominated for Excellent Practice in Post-16 education Award)

 

Whitefield Primary School

Whitefield Primary School is a mainstream primary school based in one of most economically and socially deprived areas of Liverpool. Our whole school approach is based around inclusion, aspiration and achievement. We have developed from a failing school in 2009 to one with sustained high levels of attainment and progress.

 

Whitefield is highly inclusive and holds National Inclusion Flagship status Learning is highly personalised and matched closely to needs. This is done through detailed Pupil Progress meetings which include classroom teachers, support staff and senior leaders. We follow a model of evidence based early intervention, reducing and addressing needs as the children move through the school. We can then continue to meet more specific learning needs in Key Stage 2.

 

We stay at the forefront of the latest methods and strategies to support SEN pupils. For example, we are using a Social Thinking approach to develop the social awareness and group collaboration skills of all SEN pupils. We use this cutting edge approach alongside LEGO therapy as the best possible package of support for our pupils who may have difficulties with social interaction, learning, communication, group-working, attention and concentration and mental health. The Social Thinking approach is new to the UK and is starting to be more widely known in speech and language therapy services but not yet schools.

 

Our staff are highly trained in responding to children with emotional and mental health difficulties and we run an increasing number of high quality interventions to support these children including yoga and mindfulness, LEGO therapy, Pet therapy, Music therapy, Time to Talk and Think Yourself Great. Our staff have also been trained in understanding issues around attachment, trauma, the neurological responses to stress and how to have conversations with children about emotions and so respond to the development needs of the child rather than the behaviours they are displaying.

 

All this is underpinned by our values of Courtesy, Care and Confidence help children to develop the skills and attributes they need to have successful futures.

 

Staff and children at Whitefield are thrilled to have been nominated for this award and also so proud that their Inclusion Manager, Natalie Menagh has been nominated as Inspirational Leader. Marie Beale, Whitefield Primary School (Nominated for Excellent Practice in Primary School Award)

Phoenix School

Veronica Armson with some students at Phoenix School

Phoenix School is a well-established special school, which offers a unique service to the children of Tower Hamlets.  We offer a rich and stimulating curriculum, which is individually tailored reflecting good practice in an environment that supports the pupils’ learning. The school offers a range of sensory and therapeutic interventions and a multidisciplinary approach to pupil needs. The school has developed a holistic approach working in partnership other agencies, parents and families to have their needs met from one centre. There is a strong focus on maintaining good relationships between home and school. We encourage respect for others, good manners and tolerance.

Parents are an integral part of Phoenix school. Their commitment to and support of the school is essential to ensure their child has the best outcome. We have therefore developed programmes that enable parents to participate and feel welcome in school. We have a successful Parent Autism Support Group that runs training once a month promoting parent participation and offering time to talk to each other. Friends of Phoenix meet once a month and work together on projects within the school, often cooking or making resources. This is a social group and well supported by our home school liaison officer. There are also weekly courses for new and existing parents to support them with their understanding of autism. These larger groups are then split into smaller focused training on areas that are more specific to parent needs.
Parents are taught strategies and communication techniques by attending 1 to 1 sessions in the classroom with their child. This is alongside trips out with classes and sharing events within school so we build good relationships with the whole family.

Stewart Harris

Parents have access to our multi-disciplinary team that consists of a social worker, educational psychologist, clinical psychologist, doctor, nurse and occupational therapist and can arrange meetings which provide support at home and strategies in school.

 

Important links with parents are formed from the very beginning. Parents visit the school and once their child is accepted they are supported with two visits to school and a planning meeting to establish the relationship with Phoenix. We offer an induction for all new parents to ensure expectations and training is agreed and obvious for all.
The community that has been established with parents is supported with excellent home school liaison and training. A clear understanding of every child’s needs and parent well-being is also assured. Alongside all the training, parents are encouraged to support themselves by attending English language classes and social groups.
We value our parents and feel privileged to involve them in every aspect of school life. Veronica Armson and Stewart Harris, Phoenix School (Nominated for Exceptional Parental Engagement Award)

Oxfordshire Hospital School

Telepresence robot at Oxfordshire Hospital School

We are delighted to have been shortlisted for a nasen award in the category for Excellent Practice in Special School or Provision. The Oxfordshire Hospital School is an Ofsted Outstanding community special school with a mission to deliver the highest quality, personalised education to children across Oxfordshire with physical and mental health conditions that prevent them from attending their usual schools.

 

Our outreach work with Oxfordshire schools, supporting them to support their pupils who are unable to attend school due to their medical conditions, has recently been enhanced by the use of telepresence robots. This innovative use of technology has enabled pupils undergoing cancer treatment to access their home school remotely. Thought to be the first use of this type of robot in a UK school, they allow their users to see, hear, move around and interact in real time with their classmates and teachers, despite not physically being there. The child operates the robot from their home or hospital bed, and can watch and take part in lessons through a camera and speaker. Classmates and teachers can see and speak to the pupil on a live screen feed, and the pupil can move the wheel-mounted robot around the school, between lessons and to the dinner hall, for example, to spend time with their friends. 13-year-old Adam Bennett has said “Personally I think that my robot is an essential part of my education at the moment”. The project was featured on BBC Breakfast NewsBBC South TodayBBC Radio Oxford with stories in The Times and three local newspapers.

 

For more information about our work as a school have a look at our termly newsletter BESPOKE. James Shryane, Oxfordshire Hospital School (Nominated for the Excellent Practice in Special School or Provision award).

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Find SEND staff with Axcis

At Axcis, we work in partnership with SEND provisions across England and Wales. Our remit is to source the best possible teaching and support staff to meet the individual needs of the clients who work with us. We are an agency with a conscience and would love to hear from you if you need help to find suitable day-to-day, long-term or permanent SEND staff. Our team of friendly consultants have expert knowledge and would be only too happy to visit your provision and discuss your needs in greater detail, so why not get in touch with Axcis today to find out more?

Axcis October Giveaway: Space Puzzle and Book

October is Science Month here at Axcis. We have national space week to look forward to from the 4th until the 10th of the month, so we thought we’d celebrate by offering a solar system floor puzzle and book about space for our October prize. Find out more here including how to enter for FREE!

About the prize

We have a double prize on offer this month – the two items we are giving away to help you create some fun space-themed lessons are:

1 Melissa & Doug Solar System Floor Puzzle

Children will need lots of ‘space’ to assemble this puzzle! A generously sized 60 x 91 centimeters when assembled, this floor puzzle features big, extra-thick pieces that are easy for little hands to handle. The easy-clean surface keeps the puzzle looking new, so children (and adults!) can have fun building it time and time again. As they do, they’ll also be developing hand-eye coordination, matching, fine motor, and problem-solving skills. Featuring beautiful full-colour illustrations of the planets, the sun, the moon, and more, this 48-piece floor puzzle encourages kids to think cosmically. The detailed original artwork will help them learn about the solar system and the names of the planets while promoting curiosity and a sense of exploration.

2 Little Kids First Big Book of Space

This beautiful book is the latest addition to the National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book series. These colourful pages will introduce young children to the wonders of space, with colourful illustrations by David Aguilar and simple text that is perfect for beginning readers or for reading aloud. The book will explain basic concepts of space, beginning with what is most familiar to kids and expanding out into the universe.

How to enter the Axcis Giveaway

It’s completely free to enter, simply click on the link below and choose your preferred entry method:

Axcis October giveaway

Register today and work for Axcis

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?

 

Terms and Conditions are applicable to all giveaway entrants.

Introducing our new Axcis Manchester Consultant…

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

We asked Dom to tell us about himself:

Dom Ormerod

Prior to joining Axcis, I worked for three years in other areas of recruitment. This included placing support workers in drug and alcohol, domestic abuse, homeless and social housing organisations as well as in more commercial settings.

 

This experience drove an interest in the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) sector, and ultimately led me to apply for a role with Axcis. I feel that the understanding of SEND is moving forwards in leaps and bounds, but there are always children and young people who need well trained and experienced staff to support them. It gives me great satisfaction to know that I am making a difference on this front.

 

I understand the importance of building lasting relationships with both my clients and candidates and endeavour to put both at the forefront of everything I do. I always take the time to listen and take in everything that each individual requires, and to use my recruitment skills to find them the perfect solution to fit their individual needs.

 

In my spare time, I love a bit of football! As a Blackburn Rovers season ticket holder (for my sins), I enjoy going down to watch them home and away whenever I can. I’m also massively into music so I’ll often be out at a live gig watching local bands or planning my next gig!

 

 

Would you like to work with Dom?

If you are seeking work (or staff) in the Manchester area, then get in touch with Dom 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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What Teacher Personality Type are You?

What kind of teacher do you think you are? Reluctant? Parental? Wizard? Take 5 minutes out of your day, enjoy a cuppa and take this fun quiz to find out.

 

What is your teacher personality? Find out here.

At Axcis, we are always scouring the web for interesting, useful and fun resources for you. Today we came across an article from Venngage infographic maker which explores teacher personality types and thought that it might be something fun you’d like to take a look at.

What are the personality types?

The article breaks down personality types into these six sub categories:

 

  1. The Sergeant Teacher – If your personality fall on the authoritarian side of the spectrum, you may be a Sergeant Teacher.
  2. The Parental Teacher – This teacher personality type has a strong nurturing instinct. They genuinely want their students to succeed and are willing to invest a lot of time and energy into helping them.
  3. The Aloof Teacher – Don’t confuse their stoic demeanour with indifference–Aloof teacher personality types love their jobs. They just don’t want to coddle their students.
  4. The Reluctant Teacher – OK, so teaching wasn’t everyone’s first choice for their career. Sad but true.
  5. The Wizard Teacher – Some people seem like they were born to be teachers. They’re real wizards at their jobs. See where I’m going with this?
  6. The Buddy Teacher – Buddy teachers see themselves as just that–friends to their students. This teacher personality type is the extreme on the “personability” side of the spectrum.

What teacher personality type are you?

Why not take this quiz and find out which personality type you are? You can also find out more about each of the teacher personality types on this page. Enjoy!

Are you looking for a teaching position?

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

As leaders in SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) staffing, we can help you if you’re looking for a new job, or if you know anyone else who is (we offer a generous referral bonus!) Registration on our website is simple and free of charge, so what do you have to lose?

Candidate registration day – Jobs in Sutton

Are you based in the Sutton area and looking for a career in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)? Axcis are holding a special candidate registration event in Sutton on Wednesday 26th September – find out more and book your place here! 

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.

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday 26th September 2018

Time: 9am – 5pm

Location: Morrisons Café, 1 Cheam Road, Sutton, SM1 1SN

How to book a place: Email Blake Simpson, or call him on 020 7580 2956

 

What does Blake look for in the staff he recruits?

Blake needs 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. Get in touch with Blake if you’d like to discuss your suitability for his roles before registering with Axcis.

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!)

Candidate Registration Day – Slough Jobs!

Are you based in the Slough area and looking for a career in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)? Axcis are holding a special candidate registration event on Tuesday 25th September – find out more and book your place here.

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.

Event Details:

Date: 25th September 2018

Time: 9pm – 2.30pm

Location: Holiday Inn  Mill St, Slough SL2 5DD

How to book a place: Email Rebecca or call 0208 580 2956

 

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!)

Teaching Assistant Jobs Near Me – We can help you find work!

Are you seeking a teaching assistant job in your local area? Find out which areas Axcis cover and how we can help. We have a trained team of expert recruiters on hand to help you, and our service is entirely free of charge, so why not give us a try?

Who are Axcis?

Find a teaching assistant job near you with Axcis

We are a dedicated special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) recruitment company, working hard to find excellent staff for specialist and mainstream schools in England and Wales. We offer candidates flexible work, fair rates of pay, excellent training opportunities and we are proud to support a range of charities and SEND organisations, including the National Autistic Society (NAS) and the National Association of Special Educational Needs (nasen). We have worked hard to become known as an ethical, hard working team who have the best interests of both our candidates and clients at the heart of our values.

Teaching Assistant Jobs Near Me – What areas do Axcis cover?

If you’re looking for a teaching assistant job near to you, you’ll want to know where our offices are based, and what areas we cover. The good news is that we cover most of England and Wales. We have offices in:

 

  • London – covering all London boroughs and the home counties/South East
  • Bristol – covering the South West and South Wales areas
  • Manchester and Liverpool – covering the North West areas of England as well as North Wales
  • Birmingham – covering the Midlands areas

 

We have yet to branch out in some of the further regions East of England. However, we do get enquiries from schools in this area, so if you’re looking for work in East England, it’s still worth getting in touch to see if we can assist.

What other jobs can Axcis offer?

In addition to teaching assistant jobs near you, we can also offer teaching, therapy and leadership positions. We also occasionally get asked for lunch cover, exam invigilators and – well, any other people you can think of who might work in a school!

I’m interested – what next?

If you are not already registered with us, this is usually the first step to seeking work. It’s a quick, online process and doesn’t tie you in to any agreements with us at all. In fact, if you register and then decide that we are not the right company for you, there is no obligation at all to proceed. We can simply remove you from our database if required. However, we are pleased to report that the vast majority of candidates who complete our registration process feed back to us that they are very happy with us and the work we find them.

 

After completing our online registration, the next step is to attend a face to face interview. This part of the process is unavoidable as we have a legal responsibility to ensure that all paperwork is checked and that we are fully compliant with all legal requirements before any staff are sent to work in a school. Don’t worry if our nearest office is not close to where you live – we often run registration events in other areas in order to make it a bit easier for candidates who do not live on our doorstep.

Refer a friend and earn up to £250 in shopping vouchers

If you have friends who are looking for employment, why not refer them to Axcis? If we place them in a school or alternative provision for at least 20 days, you can earn up to £250 in shopping vouchers as a thank-you. You’ll earn £100 for your first referral, £150 for your second, £200 for your third and a massive £250 for your fourth and any subsequent referrals (please note that any referrals made who do not complete 20 days work will not be counted). Find out more about this scheme here.

Any other questions?

If this article has not answered all of your questions, why not give your local office a ring or email us? Our dedicated consultants will be more than happy to have a chat with you and help with any other queries you might have.

We look forward to working with you!

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. Calls for autism-specific schooling in Northern Ireland
  2. Autism in women and girls conference
  3. New book explores the experiences of autistic women
  4. Autism introduced within teacher training
  5. Autism and ageing in the United States
  6. Nominations open for Autism Professional Awards
  7. NHS staff in England to receive learning disability training
  8. Gender bias in autism diagnosis
  9. Easy read guide to registering to vote

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. Damian Hinds responds to Dame Christine Lenehan’s report into residential special schools
  2. Useful guide for young people aged 16-25 on resolving SEND disagreements
  3. ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ is updated
  4. nasen response to NAHT ‘Empty Promises Report’
  5. Hereward College is recruiting to its governing board
  6. Inclusive Alliance SEND CONFERENCE Friday 19th October 2018
  7. The National SENCO Workload Survey
  8. Northern Ireland Advisory Group Vacancies

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.

 

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