Rachel from Principal Resourcing started her Takeover Thursday bright and early, with those supply teacher members waiting for a call, and was still going strong as I went to sleep! Rachel asked about what CPD supply teachers would like their agency to run, and what their views on guaranteed work schemes were. Later in the day she was joined by at least 4 colleagues in the group asking and answering questions within their specialist field. I had a couple of messages from supply teachers who felt that the questions asked were not only relevant, but important and were impressed with the openness and honesty displayed by the agency. With offices in Hull, Scarborough, York, Lincoln, Leeds, Bradford and Sheffield, Principal Resourcing are well-placed to help find positions for supply teachers in the Yorkshire, Humberside and Lincolnshire regions.
For the first official Takeover Thursday of 2015, we had the pleasure of welcoming Liz Elder of Reed Education to the Supply Teacher Network. Reed Education place teachers and support staff across the key stages in school around the country. In fact, this year sees big expansion plans for this specialist department of Reed. Liz took time to point out a common confusion that many people may have about Reed Education and the Reed jobs website: they're all part of the Reed group, but are separate companies. Reed Education is made up of specialist consultants, who focus exclusively on the education sector in their local area, so have relationships with hundreds of schools, and loads of expertise in the options and opportunities available to you, whatever you're looking for.
Liz asked the group for their top tips for NQTs, what CPD they would like to undertake through their agency, and if they feel comfortable raising concerns with their agency. Many supply teachers would rather ask the group first, or sweep concerns under the carpet until they grow too big to hide anymore, so Liz wanted to know what their agency could do to help ease the process.
With an early 'big up' for the international division from one of our members, Hays Education were off to a great start during their Takeover Thursday!
Dominic and Rebecca were on hand to answer any questions that arose, also posing questions throughout the day. What do members love (or not love!) about supply teaching was a hot topic, as was my favourite question of all the Takeover Thursdays so far: money aside, what would attract you to work with an agency?
For me it was interesting to see what the supply teachers wanted in terms of CPD from their agencies once again... the same areas of development keep popping up each time CPD is mentioned, as well as some structured learning such as RWI. New to this session however was a surprising number of teachers asking for CPD on level-less assessment.
Hays Education Recruitment has a team of around 170 specialist consultants working with over 4,000 schools, colleges and nurseries across the UK.
Emma and Philip from PK education started Takeover Thursday off with a bang - a giveaway!
In the spirit of the Festive Season they are compiling "12 Top Tips for Supply Teachers" and asked the Supply Teacher Network members to get involved and share their top tips for supply teachers. They were after answers to: "What would be your most valuable tip for a new supply teacher? What behavioral strategies work really well? How do you break the ice breaker with a new class? What’s your best strategy for working with challenging classes?" etc., and had High Street Vouchers at the ready for fantastic suggestions. Three of our lovely members were delighted to be chosen as winners, just in time for a Christmas spending spree!
Emma also asked what expectations and / or improvements do our members have when it comes to supply agencies, and what can schools and agencies do more effectively to help supply teachers have a successful first day in a new school. Fantastic discussion questions Emma! Thank you!
PK education have offices covering the North East, North West and the Midlands: Birmingham, Sheffield, Wakefield, Nottingham, Newcastle, Manchester, Warrington and their surrounding areas, all placing supply teachers and school support staff in both short and long term vacancies.
ESS Wales, or Education Staffing Solutions Recruitment & Training, joined us for a Takeover Thursday with a very specific theme: Induction for short term supply in Wales. Based in South & West Wales, they have been established for 11 years with 5 offices Cardiff, Carmarthen, Vale of Glamorgan, Neath Port Talbot, Swansea and were very excited to announce that they will be opening a new branch early 2015 in Herefordshire. Alison (Swansea) and Celine (Cardiff) talked us through how NQTs can, in Wales only, complete their induction years through supply, being assigned a mentor, and clocking up their hours worked!
Key points on Induction in Wales from their information were:
• 380 sessions to evidence meet all the PTS or 3 complete terms working full time
• A session is a morning or afternoon
• All periods of teaching of half a day or more count towards induction
• Sessions must be signed off by a headteacher or senior professional of the school where the sessions took place
• No time limit to completing the 380 sessions but must provide evidence of meeting all the PTS by completion of 380 sessions
• External Mentor allocated after 50 sessions
Key Aspects of the Process
• NQT must register for induction with the GTCW
• Supervision and assessment against PTS
• Support will be provided by External Mentor and Appropriate Body
• NQT must gather evidence that they meet all the PTS. Short term supply teachers are able to evidence all of the practicing teacher standards
• External Mentor will monitor, review progress and verify sessions
• External Mentor will make recommendations
• Appropriate Body will make the final decision including considering the evidence provided in all parts of the Induction Profile
Now why can't this happen in England?
Thank you both ladies, for an excellent Takeover. For me it was the most informative one yet with plenty of food for thought for our NQT members!