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Calling all NQTs

If you are a newly qualified teacher and have not yet secured a teaching position for September 2016 then you need to come and register with us!  We are an agency with a difference!

Through our close links with Headteachers in primary and secondary schools across Wirral and the Northwest we will be able to showcase newly qualified teachers who are registered with us in a more focussed and direct way than through the normal channels of responding to general vacancy advertisements.  

This is a highly competitive market and you need to stand out from the rest! When you register with us you will immediately start to benefit from our mentoring support and guidance.  We were founded by a former "Outstanding" (Ofsted) Deputy Headteacher and Headteacher who have over 30 years' experience of working in schools.  There is no agency like us!

We understand the education sector and most importantly we understand the challenges you are likely to face on your journey to securing that first significant role.

We can also offer you short term supply work which can prove invaluable for your own development and experience.

We genuinely don’t believe there is a better agency out there to assist you through your NQT Induction year than ourselves.

We are also committed to:

  • Professional and knowledgeable support in writing your letters of application and interview techniques.

  • Provide you with FREE Continuous Professional Development including behaviour management, Ofsted familiarisation etc!

  • Provide you with FREE ‘wrap around care’ and mentoring; we will be there through the good days and the bad (thankfully there are not that many)!

If you would like more information, an informal chat or to book in to register with us then call us today on 0151 336 8454 or 0151 336 4842.

REC Membership - 100% Compliance!

We are delighted to confirm that we now have REC membership.

We successfully passed their assessment criteria with 100% compliance which has now given us full member status.

REC is recognised as the professional body for recruitment.  They share our passion for quality and like us are totally committed to maintaining the highest level of compliance and integrity in all that they do.  Other aspects of REC are:

  • Recruitment's biggest lobbying voice
  • The source of recruitment knowledge
  • Committed to raising recruitment standards
  • Dedicated to developing successful careers in recruitment
  • Striving to exceed members' expectations through business support.
  • Serves members through a wide range of benefits, divided into the REC’s five pillars of membership.

At Red Apple Education we are totally committed to ensuring that our processes and procedures are rigorous and robust and we pride ourselves in having systems in place that support the needs of our schools both from a regulatory and operational perspective.  Our REC membership is evidence of our ongoing commitment.

If you are looking to work with a recruitment business with a difference, one that is school centric with over 30 years direct experience of working in schools, then you should not hesitate to give us a call.

Back to school…what happened to the summer??

The summer break is over and most schools across England and Wales; Primary and Secondary, return today either for an INSET day or the start of term.

The shared view, and perhaps the first point of conversation, is how fast the summer break appears to have passed and also, what a washout our summer was! Focus then quickly turns to the new term, the curriculum, the classroom, the pupils and the workload!

Some staff may have enjoyed almost all of the full six weeks away from school, other staff may not have been so lucky! In most cases staff will either have worked part (or in the case of support staff most) of the holidays so returning today is just another day for them, although the school population will have increased significantly compared to the previous weeks, and I can guarantee what follows hand in hand is the volume of queries. For those staff returning after an extended period away today is great to meet and catch up with colleagues whilst for new staff starting it is the chance for them to familiarise themselves with the school, their new colleagues and the surroundings. For SLT, today presents a great opportunity to provide whole school training and to address all staff collectively, preparing them for the new term and sharing any changes (curriculum, regulatory etc) as well as any new procedures or processes. In Secondary schools Faculties will also have a chance to meet to ensure that they are ready for the new term.

The aroma of fresh paint, cleaning products and, if you are lucky (budget permitting) perhaps the smell of a new carpet and furniture will welcome staff back today. It is a great feeling when you return to your school and even better if it has been refurbished. The smallest amount of repair and maintenance can make a difference!

The walk back into school feels like you have never been away! If you are a member of middle management or SLT it is likely you haven’t, or at least not for a prolonged period! The pressures and the anxieties return quite quickly but they are met with the rush of adrenaline that makes you what you are, and it is this adrenaline that makes the school environment the right place for you!

The start of term for me was always a stressful time largely as part of my responsibility was the building work that would have been commissioned throughout the summer. Making sure the work was completed on time, specifications met and snags addressed was a challenge but we always ensured that when today arrived, the school looked fantastic and was ready for the return of our staff and our pupils.

For me personally the six week holidays was less frantic and pressurised than in term time naturally, through the absence of staff and pupils. However it was not my favourite time of the year largely because six weeks is a long time when you are used to working flat out with high levels of stress and pressure, all of which I enjoyed I might add! During the summer break your body clock would change slightly, the pressure and stress was not as extreme and as such you adjusted accordingly. You are never quite sure how much you have adjusted until the new term starts!

With most staff, the first week without doubt is about survival and adjustment- getting yourself back up to speed and organised, ensuring your working environment is sorted, meeting new pupils and getting to chat with current pupils, finding out what they did over the summer.

I always enjoyed welcoming our new pupils to the school. They would arrive with trepidation and excitement in equal measure and usually with half their household content stored away in what always appeared to be an oversized holdall! Parents and carers would wave from the school gates long enough to reassure themselves that their son/daughter would be fine but no longer as they will have been warned by their child before arriving at school not to embarrass them! I valued chatting to the new pupils and putting them at ease and doing the same with the parents. It is a difficult and emotional time but parents should rest assured that their children are in the hands of equally caring people who only want the best for them!

By the time the second week arrives it is all systems go!

Being founder and director of Red Apple Education my focus has changed ever so slightly now but having worked in schools for so long I still experience the adrenaline and excitement of the new term! I miss the pupil interaction but thoroughly enjoy working with our schools and I am so excited about working with them once again this term. I’m also really looking forward to welcoming new schools to Red Apple Education; we know that once we have worked with you, you will see what makes us different!

Good luck to all staff returning this week for the new term. Equally best wishes to all the pupils who either start another year in the school or maybe are starting for the first time! May your academic year be one of educational stretch and challenge but overall enjoyment!

I look forward to working with you and supporting you!

Best wishes,

Jamie

Headteachers oppose making EBacc GCSEs compulsory...

The TES is reporting a survey that suggests the vast majority of headteachers are against a decision to make it compulsory for pupils to take the academic GCSEs needed to fulfil the EBacc.

…ASCL has found that 87 per cent of its members disagree with the change while only about 10 per cent support it.

Of those who oppose the proposal, 81 per cent said that the range of subjects required was too inflexible, 86 per cent said it would leave less room for creative or vocational subjects, about 97 per cent said it would not suit every pupil and 58 per cent said the change amounted to an unfair performance measure.

But almost three-quarters (74 per cent) of those who said they had concerns over the reform agreed that more flexibility in the choice of subjects would make them more inclined to support it.

They survey also found that 74 per cent of school leaders said that their school did not have enough teachers for the EBac subjects, with languages causing the most difficulties…

ASCL deputy general secretary Malcolm Trobe said: “We understand that ministers intend to consult widely during the autumn over their plan for the compulsory EBac, and we are very pleased that they are doing so. We hope that this will lead to them building more flexibility into this system…read more

GCSE passes up, but top grades down!

The BBC is reporting that GCSE grades A* to C have risen slightly this year, but top A* and A grades have edged down.

In broadly stable results, the proportion of A* to C grades rose to 69%, up from 68.8% last year, but A* grades fell by 0.1 percentage points.

Head teachers’ leader Brian Lightman has warned of “volatility” in results for some individual schools.

But Michael Turner, director general for the Joint Council for Qualifications, said: “At a national level there is very little change in this year’s results but we do see educational policies continuing to have an effect on entry patterns and results at a subject level.

“This is particularly the case in English, mathematics and the sciences.”

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan welcomed the results in England as evidence that “a generation of young people from all backgrounds are now securing the GCSEs that help give them the widest range of options later in life – whether looking for a rewarding job or a top apprenticeship”.

The best results were achieved in Northern Ireland, where the proportion achieving A* to C grades rose by 0.7% to 78.7%. In Wales, the proportion was 66%, the same as least year.

Across England, 68.8% of entries gained an A* to C grade. But there wide regional variations. London has the best results, with 72% achieving A* to C grades, compared with 65% in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Labour’s shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt described the regional achievement gap as a “worrying trend”…read more

Increase in the number of all-through schools...

The TES is reporting that the number of all-through schools in England has soared by more than a third in the past 18 months.

According to official statistics, 121 all-through schools – where pupils attend from the age of 4 up to at least 16 – are open in England, compared with 113 listed by the Department for Education in January and 88 in January 2014…

Of the 113 institutions described as all-through schools in the January 2015 census, 89 were academies or free schools.

The DfE’s Edubase database of schools, which is updated daily, shows that more all-through schools have opened since January. It currently lists 121…

Community schools are also making the switch. Starbank School, a former primary in Birmingham, took its first Year 7 students last September in response to growing demand for places in the area…Read More

End-of-term High School Musical video gets nearly a million hits

The Mail is reporting that a group of schoolgirls who suddenly broke into song during their lunch break have amassed a huge following of fans online.

Pupils at Loreto Grammar School in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, planned the flashmob performance of Stick to the Status Quo from TV film High School Musical as an end-of-term stunt.

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