Home Schooling – The new normal


The decision to close schools on 20 th March immediately threw family life into chaos for family across
the UK. The routine of getting the kids dress for school and waving them off for the day disappeared,
and was replaced by uncertainty, confusion, and dread for many families.


As a teacher, I placed a high degree of expectation on myself that I would now become my children’s
teacher and take on full responsibility for their education, all the while continuing to do my ‘normal’
job from home. It quickly became apparent that my expectations were wildly optimistic and, if
anything, were having a detrimental impact on both my work, and the standard of learning that my
children were receiving.


So I decided to cut myself (and my children) a bit of slack, and focus on creating an environment
where there was no pressure the do a certain amount of work in a day, or to make sure that certain
tasks were completed within a certain timeframe. As much as this is a difficult time for us as parents,
it is equally, or even more challenging for our children. Their whole lives have been turned upside
down. They can’t see their friends, their teachers, or their grandparents, aunties, uncles, cousins,
etc., and are having to cope with their daily routine being completely different to what they are used
to.


So, I donned my teacher hat and came at the issue from a different angle and set to creating a
productive working environment for both myself and my children.


The first step was preparation – planning what activities we were going to attempt for that day (I’ve
purposely used the work attempt here!) My first port of call was looking at what their class teachers
had provided to make sure that we were able to do them at home. My children’s teachers are
fantastic and have provided a stream of activities and resources that we can do at home, so I have
been very fortunate in this area. I also tried to plan activities that my children would enjoy and want
to do. As an example, I have started giving my daughter piano lessons twice a week, and (so far) she
loves going to practice in between our lessons and is excited to learn new things each lesson.
The next step was to set a routine. This included ‘wake-up’ times, breaks, set lunchtimes, and a
‘normal’ bedtime. Children are used to having routines and I think this has made the transition to
home-schooling a lot easier.


Next, I decided to set up a ‘classroom’. It’s important to distinguish between working and relaxation
spaces, so my dining table then became ‘Mr Jones’ Classroom’. For my children, this has worked
really well. The are no distractions for them and they know that when they are sat at the table, it is
time for them to do school work.


We are now fully into our new working week and home-schooling has become the new norm. I am
not going to tell you that it has been easy, because it hasn’t. I won’t say that there haven’t been
difficulties (and arguments!), because there have been. I won’t even say that I have given my
children the same education they would have had in school, because I know that I haven’t. My
children are dying to go back to school, and when it is safe for schools to re-open, they will be there
with their uniforms on and their school bags packed. But until then, I’ll continue to do my best to
make sure that they have some semblance of normality.

It goes without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway - I am immensely proud of my children, as I know all parents are, and they way the are coping with the current situation, and if there is one thing I want them to remember when all this blows over; it doesn’t matter have many maths questions they have answered, and how many books

they’ve read. All that matters is that they know how proud of them my wife and I are and that we
love them with all of our being.

 

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As you can all imagine as soon as the closure of schools was announced the immediate day-to-day supply market came to a grinding halt, initially our immediate concern was securing pay for out teaching and support staff who had been booked on long term contracts, which we have been very successful in doing so. It was then a case of actively trying to find our staff alternate work, with Hoop having a Health & Social Care division we immediately contacted Children's Residential Homes, Care Homes etc and transferred a large number of staff across from schools into immediate placements.

 
After the initial settling down period, we continued speaking to the Key Decision-makers within schools on a regular basis and have picked up a number of September vacancies that we are working on and we have secured positions for some of our candidates already. Head Teachers who we have worked with over a long period of time and who trust our judgement and value our honesty have already said to expect an increase in the number of September vacancies they give to us as they still do not know whether they will personally be able to interview candidates in the same way as they would normally would.
 
At present we are all working form home and using this time to register new candidates so we are primed ready to fill all schools requirements when they do re-open which will hopefully be before the end of the Summer term. We have already registered a large number of PGCE students who would be normally at this time of year be in the middle of their 2nd school placement, Olivia our NQT Mentor has recently written a training package to help the them through their NQT year and the new Professional Development Passport. 
 
If you are a PGCE Student, an NQT, possibly a Teacher or Teaching Assistant whose current position has ended or you are just looking for a new agency who care about their staff then please give us a ring. One of the team will talk you through our current vacancies,  the online registration process and will arrange a Zoom/Whatsapp call  for a face to face registration and to verify your documents.

 

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Friday, 23 August 2019 15:24

What does M1 mean for our Hoop teachers?

 

What does M1 mean for our Hoop teachers?


Here at Hoop, we are fully committed to raising the standard of education in Wales,
which is why we are so excited by the volume of fantastic teachers we’ve had come on
board with us over the summer holidays.


With the recent changes made as a result of the “Fair Deal for Supply Teachers”
Petition, we have recognised some uncertainty as to what these changes will mean for
our qualified teachers.


We want everyone who works with us here at Hoop to be aware that from September
2019, you will:


● Be paid £121.64 per day (M1)


● Be allocated a designated education consultant from our teacher-led team, who
will work with you to identify opportunities for your continued professional
development


● Be given direct access to our online training platform, where you will be able to
complete e-learning modules on Child Protection, Use of Reasonable Force,
Moving and Handling, First Aid and Behaviour Management, as well as other
available modules within the education sector


In accordance with the proposed 5% national pay increase for teachers, awaiting final
confirmation of this (currently in consultation), we will align our daily rate of pay to reflect this increase.
We are teachers ourselves. Supply teachers are an essential part of school life.

We are fully committed to the terms of the framework and will do everything in our power to
stop the exploitation of supply teachers.

Hoop Education are more than happy to answer any questions that teachers may have
regarding the new framework and we very much look forward to seeing what the new academic year will hold.


www.hooprecruitment.co.uk
02922 400519

 

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Monday, 15 April 2019 13:39

NQT - Frequently Asked Questions

  How can Hoop Education help a newly qualified teacher?

Hang in there, you’re almost there! You’ll now be on your final placement and can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. We understand it’s been a stressful time completing your teacher training; now what options will you have as an NQT? Being an NQT can be daunting but there’s plenty of help available to help take your next step. As an NQT, you have 3 options. Firstly, you can find a permanent teaching role in a school. Secondly, gain a temporary position within a school and thirdly, but certainly not least, supply teaching. Not many Newly Qualified Teachers know this but you can also achieve all three of these routes through Hoop Education. This can be a sensible option as you can take advantage of our vast knowledge on local schools, contacts with head teachers and continuous support throughout. We can even offer support of improving your CV to get you noticed amongst the mass of CV’s the schools receive. We also offer CPD to all of our staff.

Thinking about doing supply teaching but have reservations?

All NQT’s leave training with concerns about supply teaching and are usually dubious about signing up with an agency. However, supply teaching is now a well-regarded and respected part of the industry due to the amount of experience you can gain from it. Hoop Education often get the following questions from NQT’s:

“What if I don’t receive enough work?”

If you choose to register with Hoop Education, you can get day to day work whilst you are waiting for interviews on a full time or permanent position. Here at Hoop Education, you will build a strong working relationship with your consultant who will help to find work tailored to yourself. Your chance of finding work through a teaching agency is greater as we have relationships in local schools and we know where the work is.

“I didn’t secure a permanent role, how can you help?”

Hoop Education allow you to be extremely flexible, we allow you to choose when and where you want to work. It’s free to register with Hoop and our consultants’ expertise and contacts can help you get a foot into the door of your desired school. This can lead to long term work and be offered a full time position within the school.

 

“What about completing my NQT year?”

Relax, we know all NQT’s are very eager to complete their induction year once completing their training. You can also complete your induction year via Hoop Education on supply. We often have positions that become available specifically for NQT’s beginning in September in order for our staff to complete their induction year. This can either be done over one full school year in the same school or spread over three terms in different schools. This can be a huge benefit and really add to your employability as you will gain 3 different teaching experiences which shows prospective employers that you can work in different learning environments.

“What about support and training?”

Here at Hoop Education we offer CPD to all of our staff to ensure you keep your skills and knowledge up to scratch. We offer courses such as Child Protection and Behaviour Management on a regular basis which makes you even more attractive to potential employers. If you are working within one of our schools on a long- term, temporary contract you will also get invited along to all their training. This is on top of being supported by your personal consultant who can offer advice and guidance throughout your time at Hoop and beyond.

“But what about progressing my career?”

Whether you’re in a permanent position in a school or working as a supply teacher, you’ll still receive the same opportunities to further your career. Working with Hoop doesn’t restrict your possibilities as we can look for and promote you for any positions that become available that will allow you to progress.

“If I choose to join Hoop, should I add supply teaching to my CV?”

Yes! Supply teaching looks excellent on your CV as it demonstrates to any potential employers that you have taught and have a vast amount of experience in different learning environments. Listing the different schools you have worked at while on supply allows any employers to match their requirements with your expertise and experience.

“Does supply teaching involve a lot of travelling?”

Not necessarily. Hoop Education have several consultants who have schools in different areas throughout South Wales and will therefore look for work in your local area. We’ll also take your means of travel into consideration before offering you any positions.

“What makes Hoop Education different from other agencies?

All of the consultants at Hoop Education are fully qualified, practicing teachers, so we understand all of the apprehensions and questions you may have about supply teaching (We’ve probably had them all ourselves!) In addition, you will benefit from several excellent incentives that we are currently running:

  • A free DBS certificate
  • Entry in to a prize draw to win a brand new Apple iPad
  • Earn up to £150 by referring a friend to us

Count me in, how do I register with Hoop Education?

Great! We’d love you to join Hoop and be an excellent, valuable member of our team. You can find out more details by giving our office a call on 02922 400519(Cardiff) or 01443 716480(RCT) or by emailing ryan.jones@hooprecruitment.co.uk

We look forward to working closely with you in the near future.

 

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How can Hoop Education help a newly qualified teacher?

We understand it’s been a stressful time completing your teacher training; now what options will you have as an NQT? Being an NQT can be daunting but there’s plenty of help available to help take your next step. As an NQT, you have 3 options. Firstly, you can find a permanent teaching role in a school. Secondly, gain a temporary position within a school and thirdly, but certainly not least, supply teaching. Not many Newly Qualified Teachers know this, but you can also achieve all three of these routes through Hoop Education. This can be a sensible option as you can take advantage of our vast knowledge of local schools, contacts with head teachers and continuous support throughout. We can even offer support to enhance your CV to get you noticed amongst the mass of CV’s the schools receive.

Thinking about doing supply teaching but have reservations?

All NQT’s leave training with concerns about supply teaching and are usually dubious about signing up with an agency. However, supply teaching is now a well-regarded and respected part of the industry due to the amount of experience you can gain from it. Hoop Education often get the following questions from NQT’s:

“What if I don’t receive enough work?”

If you choose to register with Hoop Education, you can get day to day work whilst you are waiting for interviews on a full time or permanent position. Here at Hoop, you will build a strong working relationship with your consultant who will help to find work tailored to yourself. Your chance of finding work through a teaching agency is greater as we have relationships in local schools and we know where the work is.

“I didn’t secure a permanent role; how can you help?”

Hoop Education allow you to be extremely flexible, we allow you to choose when and where you want to work. It’s free to register with Hoop and our expertise and industry knowledge can help you get a foot into the door of your desired school. This can lead to long term work and being offered a full-time position within the school.

 

“What about completing my NQT year?”

Relax, we know all NQT’s are very eager to complete their induction year once completing their training. You can also complete your induction year via Hoop Education on supply. We often have positions that become available specifically for NQT’s beginning in September for our candidates to complete their induction year. We are fully versed in the Professional Learning Passport (PLP) and will be able to help guide you through the process of completing your induction.

“What about support and training?”

Here at Hoop Education we offer CPD to all our candidates to ensure you keep your skills and knowledge up to scratch. We offer training on a regular basis which makes you even more attractive to potential employers. If you are working within one of our schools on a long- term, temporary contract, you will also get invited along to all their training. This is on top of being supported by your personal consultant who can offer advice and guidance throughout your time at Hoop and beyond.

“But what about progressing my career?”

Whether you’re in a permanent position in a school or working as a supply teacher, you’ll still receive the same opportunities to further your career. Working with an agency doesn’t restrict your possibilities as we can look for and promote you for any positions that become available that will allow you to progress.

“If I choose to join Hoop, should I add supply teaching to my CV?”

Yes! Supply teaching looks excellent on your CV as it demonstrates to any potential employers that you have taught and have a vast amount of experience in different learning environments. Listing the different schools you have worked at while on supply allows any employers to match their requirements with your expertise and experience.

“Does supply teaching involve a lot of travelling?”

Not necessarily. Hoop Education works with schools throughout South Wales and will focus on looking for work for you in your local area. We’ll also take your means of travel into consideration before offering you any positions.

Count me in, how do I register with Hoop Education?

Great! We’d love you to join Hoop and be an excellent, valuable member of our team. You can find out more details by giving our office a call on 02922 400519 or by emailing ryan.jones@hooprecruitment.co.uk

We look forward to working closely with you in the near future.

 

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