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Are you a supply teacher or teaching assistant looking for some help and advice? If so, you are in the right place. Our blogs offer tips and tricks on everything from classroom management to interview tips and support, along with day in the life case studies from real supply teachers, ECTs and cover supervisors. They also give you an insight into what working for Smile is like, the ways which we support local communities and charities and the training and events that we offer. 

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News - 05-06-2024 - - 0 comments
New School Joins Shireland Multi Academy Trust

Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust, who are one of our partners at Smile Education, have welcomed Newfield Park Primary School in Halesowen to its family of schools.

Tips and Tricks - 15-05-2024 - - 0 comments
Moving More for Your Mental Health

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week! 2024’s theme of the year is “Move More for Your Mental Health”, and we’ve asked the Smile team about what this means to them.

Mowbray Education Trust News - 03-05-2024 - - 0 comments
Mowbray Education Trust: How to Encourage Reading for Pleasure

We all know how important reading is for children. For some children, reading is an enjoyable activity, but for others, it can feel like a chore. This is why it’s so important for schools to instil a love of reading in their pupils, as this can encourage children to read for pleasure, and in turn, read more.

Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust News - 02-05-2024 - - 0 comments
Thorns Collegiate Academy has been Praised by Ofsted for 'Improvement'

We’re over the moon to hear that one of our partner schools, Thorns Collegiate Academy, has been praised by Ofsted for its improvement since its last inspection. As a result, the Academy is no longer considered to be in special measures by Ofsted.

Tips and Tricks - 18-04-2024 - - 0 comments
Cover Supervisor Jobs: What to Expect

You might never have considered becoming a Cover Supervisor, but if you don’t yet have QTS and are looking to build your experience in the classroom or shift your working pattern to a more flexible, day-to-day schedule, this role might be the right choice for you.

Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust News - 02-04-2024 - - 0 comments
Shireland CBSO Academy is Officially Opened In Special Ceremony

Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust were delighted to welcome His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh to the official opening of Shireland CBSO Academy in West Bromwich.

Tips and Tricks - 22-03-2024 - - 0 comments
Neurodiversity Celebration Week: Could Your School Be More Inclusive for Neurodiverse Pupils?

Did you know that approximately 15-20% of the population has a neurological difference? This week is Neurodiversity Celebration Week, and there’s no better opportunity for schools to explore how they could extend this inclusion to their neurodiverse pupils.

Tips and Tricks - 14-03-2024 - - 0 comments
Competency-based Interview Questions: Our Top Tips

Congratulations on getting an interview! You’ve researched the most common interview questions, but are you prepared for some of the more specific competency-based interview questions you might receive?

Mowbray Education Trust News - 05-03-2024 - - 0 comments
Our Latest Partnership: Mowbray Education Trust

Smile Education has partnered with Mowbray Education Trust to provide short and long-term supply across the Trust.

Tips and Tricks - 16-02-2024 - - 0 comments
How to Ace Your Next Teacher Interview

First of all, congratulations on landing an interview! You've tackled the first hurdle, but the biggest challenge is just over the horizon. If you're an ECT looking for your first teaching job, you might be more nervous than excited right now. Don't just wing it - go in as prepared as you can be with our top interview tips for teachers.

Endeavour Multi Academy Trust News - 07-02-2024 - - 0 comments
Multi-Academy Trust Launches New Partnership to Boost Jobs in the West Midlands

Smile Education has announced it will be the new managed service provider for the recruitment of Endeavour Multi-Academy Trust’s supply and permanent staff.

Registering with Smile - 31-01-2024 - - 0 comments
Teaching Assistant Jobs: Everything You Need to Know

Teaching assistants are hugely important in helping students to feel safe, understood and supported in achieving their potential. Could it be the perfect job for you?

If you're considering a teaching assistant or SEN teaching assistant job, we're here to help. In this blog, we've explored everything you'll need to know before you get started. This includes information about different TA levels, qualifications you'll need and more.

Registering with Smile - 19-01-2024 - - 0 comments
Supply Teaching: Is It Worth It?

Wondering if now is the time to take the leap into supply teaching? Whether you've been teaching decades, or even if you're just starting out, supply teaching might be the perfect next step for you.

Sure, since we're a supply teaching recruitment agency, you might call us biased. However, because we're passionate about matching the right people with the right roles, we're an honest bunch. So, we've put together a realistic list of some of the benefits of supply teaching.

Tips and Tricks - 20-12-2023 - - 0 comments
Christmas Break: Tips on Looking After Your Mental Health This Winter

The festive season is upon us. While cinemas and Netflix screens are filled with uplifting movies, TV adverts are depicting joyful family gatherings and social media features endless snapshots of people who seem to be having a brilliant time, all too often it’s one of the hardest periods of the year for many. 

News - 14-12-2023 - - 0 comments
Smile Christmas Card Competition 2023

This year, we thought we’d celebrate the talents of the children at our schools by hosting a Smile Christmas card competition! Take a peek at some of our favourite entries in this blog...

News - 13-12-2023 - - 0 comments
Our Partnership with Sheffield Wednesday FC Community Programme

Have you heard the news? We have teamed up with Sheffield Wednesday FC Community Programme to organise Soccer Stars football tournaments for SEN students across South Yorkshire.

Working at Smile - 24-11-2023 - - 0 comments
A Day in the Life of Our East Midlands SEN Consultant, Rosie

I’m Rosie, the SEN consultant for the East Midlands. I’m a 360 consultant, so I do both the client and candidate side of things, including business development, sourcing candidates, interviewing candidates, and more.

News - 14-11-2023 - - 0 comments
Smile Education Celebrated as One of the UK's Leading Recruiters by Financial Times

Smile Education, a leading education recruitment agency based in Birmingham City Centre, has shared news of their inclusion in the first list of the UK’s Leading Recruiters, in a report released by the Financial Times.

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New Partnership Benefits West Midlands Academies

With a partnership launched this month, Tudor Grange Academies Trust has teamed up with Smile Education as their managed service provider for supply and permanent roles.

News - 27-10-2023 - - 0 comments
We’re Now Supporting Teachers in Sheffield and South Yorkshire!

We have some fantastic news to share: Smile Education, an award-winning education recruitment agency, has expanded its horizons to South Yorkshire! With our head office rooted in the heart of Birmingham and our recent expansion to the North West, we're thrilled to continue our journey northward by opening an office in Sheffield

Community and Charity Work - 24-10-2023 - - 0 comments
Donating Uniforms to Schools in Need

Smile Education has donated hundreds of items of uniform to local schools across the West Midlands since the beginning of September.

Tudor Grange Academies Trust News - 10-10-2023 - - 0 comments
Our Partnership with Tudor Grange Academies Trust: 5 Questions for the CEO

We caught up with Claire Maclean, CEO of Tudor Grange Academies Trust to discuss the current education landscape, the lasting effects of the pandemic on the sector and what the future holds for the Trust. 

News - 04-10-2023 - - 0 comments
We’ve Achieved 100% in Our Latest APSCo Audit!

We’re so proud to announce that we’ve achieved 100% in our latest APSCo Compliance+ Audit!

Community and Charity Work - 28-09-2023 - - 0 comments
Help With School Uniforms During the Cost of Living Crisis

In today's rapidly changing world, the topic of school uniforms has remained a subject of debate. With some calling for them to be banned altogether, others find plenty of perks for uniforms, such as cost-effectiveness and equality. One of the biggest concerns that often comes with the topic is the cost of school uniforms and how this can affect children and their parents, especially during the cost of living crisis.

Tips and Tricks - 20-09-2023 - - 0 comments
Cover Supervisor Jobs: Our Most Frequently Asked Questions

Are you thinking of entering into the world of teaching and want to develop your classroom experience? Working as a Cover Supervisor might be an excellent place for you to start, especially if you’ve just recently graduated.

Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust News - 13-09-2023 - - 0 comments
Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust Opens New School

Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust, who have recently partnered with Smile Education to add value to their recruitment process, have welcomed their first student cohort to the new Shireland CBSO Academy.

Working at Smile - 04-09-2023 - - 0 comments
2 Promotions in 9 Months: Ellie’s Career Story

Since joining us in October 2023, Ellie has achieved two promotions and is on track for a massively successful future at Smile Education.

We sat down with her to learn more about what led her to change career paths and enter the world of recruitment, and some of the advice she’d offer those who are looking to join the industry.

Tips and Tricks - 31-08-2023 - - 0 comments
Back to School: 7 Tips for Teachers This September

Whether you’ve been teaching for decades or if it’s your first leap into the real world of education, it’s understandable to find returning to work quite daunting. To help you feel a little better, we’ve drummed up a few reminders to reassure you in time for your return.

Working at Smile - 17-08-2023 - - 0 comments
From Graduate to Leader: Olivia's Career Story

Meet Olivia, who started Smile Education as a graduate in 2013. Since then, she has gone on to achieve promotion after promotion.

Working at Smile - 07-08-2023 - - 0 comments
From Graduate to Director: Kash’s Career at Smile Education

From joining us as a graduate in 2015, Kash’s career has flourished, so much so that he’s now leading our newest regional division in the North West. We spoke to Kash to find out exactly how he did it, as well as talk about some of the advice he’d give to someone looking to enter the world of recruitment.

Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust News - 01-08-2023 - - 0 comments
New Partnership to Boost Job Opportunities in Education in the West Midlands

Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust have partnered with Smile Education as their managed service provider for supply job roles starting from September 2023.

 

News - 18-07-2023 - - 0 comments
Smile Education Have Won SWAP Employer of the Year!

Halesowen College has awarded Recruitment Resourcer Chelsea and Smile Education “SWAP Employer of the Year” in this year’s Employer Awards.

A day in the life - 12-07-2023 - - 0 comments
A Day in The Life of Recruitment Resourcer, Georgia

 

Ever wanted to know what it’s like to work in Recruitment? With so many different roles to choose from, there’s a lot of scope for flexibility if you’re looking to work within the industry. 

If you’d consider yourself a people person and are passionate about supporting candidates in achieving their dream job, but aren’t too sure about getting involved business development – you’re in luck. You could find a job as a Recruitment Resourcer.

 

Tips and Tricks - 30-06-2023 - - 0 comments
4 Reasons Why Art is Important for Children’s Learning

 

When it comes to education and learning, it can be easy to forget about art and creativity in favour of other subjects. However, creativity has been shown time and time again by research to be intrinsically linked with the motivation to learn. As a result, the creative nature of art is an essential part of children’s learning.

 

A day in the life - 23-06-2023 - - 0 comments
A Day in the Life of Our Compliance Manager, Louise

The team at Smile Education is expanding, and with so many different roles within the recruitment sector, we thought we’d shine a light on what you can expect when you become a part of APSCo's Recruitment Company of the Year (hint - that’s us!).

 

Tips and Tricks - 13-06-2023 - - 0 comments
How to Become a Teaching Assistant

 

With progression opportunities, flexible hours and the chance to change a student’s life, becoming a teaching assistant means choosing a role where no two days are the same.

 

Tips and Tricks - 01-06-2023 - - 0 comments
Our 8 Top Tips for ECTs

Are you starting your first teaching job this September? Tackling your first few months as a teacher might sound daunting, but that doesn’t mean you have to go through it alone. Remember, there are so many people in the same boat as you, and everyone starts somewhere!

Community and Charity Work - 23-05-2023 - - 0 comments
Smile’s Katy and Kash Smash Fundraising Targets After Charity Runs

 

This month, our Managing Director Katy and our North West Director Kash took on their first half marathons in aid of charity – and they both smashed it!

 

Tips and Tricks - 15-05-2023 - - 0 comments
ECT Jobs: Everything You Need to Know in 2023

Are you graduating with a QTS in the next few months? If you’re looking for your first teaching job after qualifying, it doesn’t have to be as scary as it sounds.

News - 03-05-2023 - - 0 comments
We're Now Hiring Teachers in Greater Manchester!

We've got some great news! Smile Education have expanded, and are now hiring for Teaching Roles, Teaching Assistant Jobs and more across Greater Manchester.

 

Tips and Tricks - 10-02-2023 - - 0 comments
Frequently asked questions about DBS

Got questions about the DBS? We've done our best to answer all your questions about the Disclosure and Barring Service. 

Tips and Tricks - 03-02-2023 - - 0 comments
Supply vs. Permanent Teaching - What Are The Benefits?

There’s no one-size-fits all when it comes to teaching roles. Depending on your experience, flexibility or career goals, there are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to finding out what's best for you. Here, we've outlined some of the differences between both supply teaching and opting for a permanent position.

Tips and Tricks - 03-02-2023 - - 0 comments
5 Reasons to Love Teaching

As with any job, being a teacher certainly comes with its challenges. For the most part, the good parts outweigh the bad. With Valentine’s coming up, love is in the air and so there’s no better time than the present to focus on the positives of being a teacher; all the reasons why you love doing what you do. 

Tips and Tricks - 02-02-2023 - - 0 comments
How to keep your students safe on the internet

 

Even though the internet creates better opportunities for research and communication it can be dangerous so, with today being Safer Internet Day we wanted to share a few ways you can help keep your students safe when they use the internet.

News - 11-01-2023 - - 0 comments
Why the East Midlands is a great place to teach

The East Midlands is home to thriving cities and picturesque country views making it a great place to not just teach but live too.

News - 09-01-2023 - - 0 comments
Now supporting schools and school staff in the East Midlands
With the New Year comes new ventures and we are really excited to announce that we’re branching out. It’s only fair that we give more schools and school staff the chance to benefit from our expertise! With that said, we are proud to announce that we’ll now be supporting schools and school staff in the East Midlands too.
Tips and Tricks - 14-12-2022 - - 0 comments
Positive people to follow on social media

Some positive people to follow on social media to help raise your spirits. 

Tips and Tricks - 13-12-2022 - - 0 comments
Talking about mental health

Talking about mental health, isn’t always easy but having an open dialogue about mental health can really help and ensure that people find the help that they need. 

Tips and Tricks - 08-12-2022 - - 0 comments
Unwind over the Christmas break - 5 tips for switching off

Our mental health champion, Louise, gives her some advice on how to switch off and unwind during the Christmas break (or any break for that matter!).

Tips and Tricks - 07-12-2022 - - 0 comments
Christmas Luxuries for Teachers

Even though teaching can be extremely rewarding school staff still love their time off for many reasons, so we asked our school staff what their top reason for looking forward to the holidays were and put together a list of what luxuries teachers get to enjoy over the holidays…

Tips and Tricks - 07-12-2022 - - 0 comments
Making Christmas Inclusive for All

With Christmas being such an exciting time of year it’s easy to get swept up in the celebrations and everything Christmas, but not everyone in your class will be able to do the same. 


For those with different religious beliefs, who don’t celebrate Christmas or might find this time of year emotionally difficult, it can feel a bit isolating so we wanted to share a few ways you can help everyone in your class feel included.

Tips and Tricks - 30-11-2022 - - 0 comments
Mental health helplines

Mental health is just as important as physical health. Don’t suffer in silence. Here are some helplines below which offer support and advice on a variety of different topics to support you.

Tips and Tricks - 30-11-2022 - - 0 comments
What teachers would like to ask Santa for

Christmas is just around the corner and both students and teachers are beginning to write their Christmas lists so we wanted to share what is on the top of our teachers' Christmas lists.

Registering with Smile - 28-11-2022 - - 0 comments
What is a resourcer?

You may have heard of recruitment consultants but what are recruitment resourcers? Charlotte, one member of our growing resourcing team, explains more about the role that resourcers play in recruitment. 

News - 28-11-2022 - - 0 comments
How to support human rights without boycotting the World Cup
Like many of our school staff and schools, we’ve been watching and enjoying the World Cup 2022. In fact, we even had the pleasure of taking an extended lunch to watch England’s first match aga
Tips and Tricks - 26-10-2022 - - 0 comments
Teaching Kindness in the Classroom

Anti-bullying Week will take place from the 14th to the 18th of November and we wanted to do our bit to support our teachers and teaching assistants. We strongly believe that every child deserves to feel valued and comfortable in their classroom and one of the best ways to do this is to create a culture of kindness amongst your students. We’ve collated our tips from our school staff and shared them below. 

Tips and Tricks - 26-10-2022 - - 0 comments
Tips on how to Prevent and Tackle Bullying

Everyone working in education is all too familiar with the problem of bullying within schools, from the 14th to the 18th of November it’s National Anti-Bullying Week, coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, so we wanted to share some tips on how to tackle bullying in your school.

Tips and Tricks - 26-10-2022 - - 0 comments
Free CPD Training with the Anti-Bullying Alliance

In this blog, we wanted to honour National Anti-bullying Week by sharing the free CPD online anti-bullying training offered by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA).

News - 06-10-2022 - - 0 comments
Changes to Right to Work Checks

From October 1st 2022, the way we are required to conduct right to work checks has changed. We’ve detailed the new changes and how this may affect you when registering or re-registering with us.

Tips and Tricks - 30-09-2022 - - 0 comments
How to celebrate Black History Month in your classroom

 

Black History Month is coming up and it’s the perfect time to acknowledge and celebrate the black people in your community’s culture, history and achievements with your class.

Tips and Tricks - 30-09-2022 - - 0 comments
Should schools ban Halloween?

For many of us in the Smile office, some of our favourite memories at school are fun-filled days with parties, dress up and celebrations so, of course, we were a little surprised about the recent decisions some schools have made to ban Halloween.


With such a difficult decision we thought we would share some of the reasons we found for and against banning Halloween so you can decide for yourself!

Tips and Tricks - 30-09-2022 - - 0 comments
How to keep learning alive this Halloween

Seeing your students get excited about the upcoming celebrations is one of the best parts of teaching but it can be distracting when it comes to your little ones learning. We asked a few of our teachers and they have suggested a few ways you can keep learning alive during Halloween.

 

News - 27-09-2022 - - 0 comments
We're APSCo's Recruitment Company of the Year 2022

We are so proud to announce that we are the winners of Recruitment Company of the Year 2022 at the APSCo Awards for Excellence.

Tips and Tricks - 02-09-2022 - - 0 comments
Why your students should learn a language.

Speaking more than one language opens up a world of possibilities, from being able to communicate with a variety of different people from different cultures and countries to having an advantage when it comes to future career prospects, we believe every student should learn a language, here are a few more reasons why…

Registering with Smile - 30-08-2022 - - 0 comments
What is APSCo Compliance+ and how does it impact you?

What is APSCo Compliance+ and how does it impact you? Find out more.

Tips and Tricks - 30-08-2022 - - 0 comments
Resignation Dates - what you need to know

As we head into a new academic year, we felt it was important to reminder all of our school staff about the upcoming resignation dates and offer some advice on what to do and how to go about it.

Tips and Tricks - 17-08-2022 - - 0 comments
What you need to do to pass your ECT years

As a lot of ECTs tend to choose short-term supply work to complete their ECT years with us, we know what schools are looking for and what you need to do to pass you ECT years.


With so much knowledge it would be selfish to keep it to ourselves so we wanted to give you a few pointers on how to pass with flying colours!

Training and Events - 25-07-2022 - - 0 comments
Smile Soccer Stars with the West Bromwich Albion Foundation

We’ve had the pleasure of working with the Albion Foundation since 2018 to bring football to children in primary schools across Birmingham. This year was no different and we had 15 schools join us for some football fun. 

Training and Events - 21-07-2022 - - 0 comments
SEN Football Festival with the Aston Villa Foundation

We recently had the pleasure of working alongside the Aston Villa Foundation, the charity behind professional football club Aston Villa to organise, not one but two special needs football festivals. 

Tips and Tricks - 05-07-2022 - - 0 comments
Books with LGBTQ+ themes for your students

We understand that your time is precious and researching age-appropriate, LGBTQ+ inclusive books isn’t going to be on the top of your to-do list. This is why we have asked our school staff for their top recommendations for various school ages.

Tips and Tricks - 05-07-2022 - - 0 comments
What schools are looking for in their ECTs

We work with many ECTs and know how daunting the application and interview process can be so we wanted to make it easier for you with this list of what schools are looking for from our schools themselves.

Tips and Tricks - 01-07-2022 - - 0 comments
Our Pride Party

Our fabulous (and very hardworking) diversity and inclusion team organised our very own Pride party this month as part of our Pride 365 celebrations!

Tips and Tricks - 23-06-2022 - - 0 comments
Our Diversity and Inclusion Training

Diversity and Inclusion is one of our main priorities as an education recruitment agency and that is why we have given our school staff access to free Diversity and Inclusion training through our online training platform.

Tips and Tricks - 17-06-2022 - - 0 comments
Elisha's story - working with diabetes

As it is Diabetes Awareness Week we wanted to share Elisha's experience working in recruitment as someone with Type 1 diabetes.

Tips and Tricks - 10-06-2022 - - 0 comments
We've answered all of our frequently asked questions!

We recently asked our Instagram followers for any questions they may have about supply teaching with Smile. 

After getting a few questions in we thought what better idea than to pop our answers in a blog for you all, this way they’re extra-accessible for those that do have the same questions. 

 

Here are our answers…

Tips and Tricks - 26-05-2022 - - 0 comments
How To Speak About LGBTQ+ Issues With Children.

With all of the Pride flags and celebrations over the next few weeks, your students will be curious about the history and significance of this month. As their teacher, you might be unsure about how to answer all of their questions so we have come up with a few tips on how to do so.

Tips and Tricks - 26-05-2022 - - 0 comments
Handling Stress and Pressure as an ECT

We understand that working as a teacher, although rewarding, can come with stress and pressure, especially when you are just starting out. This is why we have asked a few of our teachers, who have been there and done it, and have come up with a few tips on how to handle stress and pressure as an ECT.

A day in the life - 19-04-2022 - - 0 comments
Sophie's Graduate Academy Experience

Sophie joined our Graduate Academy in January and started doing roles such as exam 1:1 reading/scribing, cover supervisor and general TA support. She has just since secured an English academic coach role from April-July through us to continue to gain experience in a more specialist role. 

We asked her a few questions to help others who may be considering joining make a more informed decision. This is what she had to say.

A day in the life - 19-04-2022 - - 0 comments
Victoria's Graduate Academy Experience

Victoria graduated university during the pandemic and found the current job market challenging with many roles requiring experience that she wasn't able to obtain due to the restrictions in place. Our Graduate Academy has given her the skills necessary and the experience needed to find a job in the field of her degree; psychology.

We asked her a few questions to help others who may be considering joining make a more informed decision. This is what she had to say.

Community and Charity Work - 14-04-2022 - - 0 comments
Our HHHO Fundraising Plans

We're fundraising! Our Charity of the Year, Help Harry Help Others, does so much for those affected by cancer in our local area so we wanted to help them by raising money.

Community and Charity Work - 14-04-2022 - - 0 comments
Our Easter Hamper Fundraiser

Our secondary and SEN teams came together and decided to create an Easter hamper and have a raffle to raise money for Help Harry Help Others. It was a huge success with school staff, our colleagues and family members all getting involved!

Tips and Tricks - 14-04-2022 - - 0 comments
The Benefits of Short Term Supply as an ECT

There are so many benefits of working in supply as a newly qualified teacher so we asked a few of our ECTs why they chose supply work.

Tips and Tricks - 12-04-2022 - - 0 comments
If Marvel superheroes were teachers...

As an education recruitment agency, we work with real-life superheroes every day. Teaching children isn’t an easy feat but the world depends on it and teachers are here to help. This got us thinking, if Marvel superheroes were teachers what would they teach?

Tips and Tricks - 08-04-2022 - - 0 comments
Understanding and Celebrating Diversity

While working in schools you will meet students from all walks of life. You’ll support students of different ethnicities, religions, abilities and sexualities. As a teacher or teaching assistant you have the responsibility to ensure that students feel heard, safe and accepted and to ensure that students are prepared to collaborate with others regardless of their differences. This is why we have compiled a list of ways you can embrace diversity in your classroom.

Tips and Tricks - 05-04-2022 - - 0 comments
Was Yoda a good teacher?

With May 4th being the official Star Wars day it got us thinking, was Yoda a good teacher?

Tips and Tricks - 31-03-2022 - - 0 comments
How to Accept a Job Offer

Once you have been offered a permanent role in one of our partner schools you might be wondering how you should go about accepting the job offer. As we have 13 years of experience in education recruitment, we know that it is always a good idea to formally accept a job offer so here are a few tips on how to do so.

Tips and Tricks - 23-03-2022 - - 0 comments
Invisible Disabilities in the Classroom

When working in a school environment, knowing and understanding invisible disabilities is key to ensuring your student's success. We hope this blog can help you be as supportive as possible for those in your class with invisible disabilities!

Tips and Tricks - 21-03-2022 - - 0 comments
Inspiring teachers with disabilities

We work with a variety of SEN schools and see how important it is to share positive representations of people from all walks of life this is why we wanted to share some teachers from around the world that have succeeded despite their disabilities and now inspire students and their communities to achieve their own goals.

Tips and Tricks - 21-03-2022 - - 0 comments
Easter activities your students will love

With Easter just around the corner, teachers and teaching assistants may be scrambling to think of some new and exciting Easter crafts for their students, if you’re looking for something new, these activities are no yolk!

Tips and Tricks - 21-03-2022 - - 0 comments
Celebrating Easter in the classroom

Easter is always an exciting time of year regardless of your age (we personally can’t wait for our Easter chocolate this year!). So it’s no wonder you would want to bring some Easter fun into your classroom this April. To help get you started we have asked some of our teachers for their favourite activities to get your class egg-cited for Easter!

Tips and Tricks - 08-03-2022 - - 0 comments
Female educators who worked hard for women's education

Did you know that March is Women’s History Month? The month is dedicated to highlighting the achievements of women throughout history. As we’re an education recruitment agency, we wanted to focus on some of the amazing women who’ve had an instrumental role in ensuring that women across the globe have access to education. 

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Female teachers that changed the world

We couldn’t let Women’s History Month go by without mentioning some of the incredible female teachers who have changed the world. 

 

 

A day in the life - 03-03-2022 - - 0 comments
A day in the life of SEN Graduate TA Tia

Meet Tia! She’s a graduate teaching assistant who has been working in one of our SEN primary schools. Tia is a valued member of Graduate Academy and joined us upon completing a degree in Counselling at the University of Coventry

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How we celebrated LGBTQIA+ History Month

Working in education means we deal with a variety of different people every day and are passionate about promoting and celebrating diversity. This is why we couldn't help but get involved with LGBTQIA+ History Month. 

A day in the life - 22-02-2022 - - 1 comments
Completing the SCCB intro to teaching assistant course

Say hello to Ferida who completed our Introduction to Teaching Assistant Course with South and City College Birmingham back in September 2021. Find out how she found it and what she's been up to since completing it.

Tips and Tricks - 22-02-2022 - - 0 comments
Key Policies those working in schools should know

If you work with children in a school, nursery or another setting there are a number of policies you’ll need to be aware of, so we have highlighted the key policies you should know.

Tips and Tricks - 22-02-2022 - - 0 comments
Fun Extra-Curriculars for your school

Offering to run an extra-curricular activity, even if only once a week, can really help you stand out in school (for all the right reasons!). Below we’ve shared some ideas of extra-curricular activities that you could run and how they’ll benefit the students.

Tips and Tricks - 22-02-2022 - - 0 comments
Things every teaching assistant needs in their bag

Some teaching assistants will work with one teacher, however, most will spend their day changing between different classrooms and age groups and if you’re on supply you might be visiting different schools too! This is why the contents of your bag are so important if you want your day to be smooth sailing.

Tips and Tricks - 16-02-2022 - - 0 comments
Get inspired for British Science Week

We couldn't let British Science Week go by without mentioning some of Britain's most influential scientists and giving a shout out to our amazing science teachers.

Tips and Tricks - 16-02-2022 - - 0 comments
5 ways to get your kids excited about Shakespeare

English teachers - hold on to your feathered, silk hats - it's Shakespeare Week.

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