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Generating Income and Cutting Costs

It’s no secret that schools, academies and trusts face an onslaught of challenges to balance their budgets. If it’s not a cut in funding, it’s an increase in costs. 

Even the most successful educational establishments in the country still have trouble facing the constant financial threats, so how do they manage to stay afloat and escape deficit?

Motivational Interviewing - Methods to a healthy mind

Dealing with children and young people with behavioural issues can be difficult. No matter how hard you try, you will never be able to force them to do something they don’t want to do. If they don’t want to change, they won’t.

Traditional behaviour and classroom management techniques can give you short term results, but when all of these have been exhausted what’s next?

How do you get the children who are damaging their futures, and distracting the children around them, to change?

The simple answer is, you can’t. A child must first realise this for themselves and make the conscious decision to change. After they have made this decision, you can support them to take action.

Teacher training entry requirements: Is three skills tests enough?

It is no secret that we are in a nationwide teacher shortage, but why is this? Are students no longer interested in following a career in teaching? Maybe they don’t think it will be fulfilling? Or, are the standards simply too high?

To amend this shortage, the entry requirements for teacher training have been reduced.

Dealing with the responsibilities of school budgeting

Managing your school’s finances can be a difficult task because you have to constantly juggle the routine tasks as well as taking on the bigger challenges. These everyday duties however, can take up a lot of your time and resources, which can affect your financial responsibilities.

Working with school business managers, we know that they do an excellent job regardless of size or school type, but we also know that everyone needs additional support at times. The tips below will hopefully assist you with the day to day financial responsibilities of your job.

GDPR: Protecting your data

With the deadline to implement the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming closer, it is important that you put strict procedures in place to ensure all your data is protected. This is important for the both the data your share with your suppliers and the data you process in the office.

To help you do this, we have put together a list of things to check with your suppliers and the school office.

Supply Rates: Are you being paid fairly?

Last week my Director sent me this article posted by NASUWT, the subject line read, ‘do recruitment agencies really do this?’

This got me thinking about the attitude of recruitment companies towards payment of their teachers and charging their customers. There seems to be a lack of awareness amongst supply staff and so, I have decided to put together a handy reference guide to help you decide if you are being paid fairly.

Grading and Assessment Techniques

It’s no secret that marking work is not only repetitive and time-consuming it’s also an area many teachers, old and new, still struggle with.  Finding the balance between efficient yet good quality marking is especially difficult, and it takes a while for you to find a grading techniques that work for you. Whilst you’re working on creating that process however, it’s always good to learn some tips and techniques from others.

Strategic School Improvement Fund - How to Apply

Last year, in April 2017, the Department for Education (DfE) launched the Strategic School Improvement Fund (SSIF), a £140 million grant that supports schools who need help improving performance and pupil attainment.

Applications for round three of the funding will close at midday on Friday 20th April 2018, but how do you know if you can apply? What can the funding pay for? What is the criteria for applications?

All these questions, and more, will be covered in this blog.

Preventing Teacher Burnout

Those that go into teaching rarely pick the profession for the salary or because they think it’ll be easy; they pick it because it’s a passion.

As with any stressful job, especially one as demanding as education, even the most passionate teachers are not immune to burning out. It’s not just handling the pressure of controlling and teaching a room full of children, but the added responsibilities of monitoring playground activities, reporting to school committees and meeting with parents. So how do you prevent overloading with stress? How do you stop the daily countdown to the summer holidays when you finally get those few weeks of freedom?

Why is supply teaching right for me? 

At SAAF Supply our recruitment team have worked in education too and have been (far too often) in your shoes. We remember painful Friday nights buried under a large pile of marking wishing we could just start the weekend already. 

If you’re asking yourself the question why should I become a supply teacher when I have a regular income and routine, then we have the answers.

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