Reading gap

Reading gap

A survey of 58,346 children aged nine to 18 in the UK was conducted between January to mid-March 2020 and 4,141 children aged eight to 18 were surveyed between May and early June 2020. The results showed that more girls than boys enjoyed reading in their free time and...
Our very own survey results

Our very own survey results

The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on everyone’s lives but especially for all pupils/students and those who work in education. As we slowly move from lockdown, plans are underway to open schools to all pupils in September. As an education recruitment...
Regulation Matters

Regulation Matters

Operam Education Group is supporting the Regulation Matters (RM) campaign which is concerned with the registration and regulation of thousands of nannies that work in the UK.RM state that “At the moment, nannies are an unregulated source of childcare in this country...
Eddie Austin, CEO of 2020

Eddie Austin, CEO of 2020

We are delighted to announce that CEO Monthly have awarded CEO of the Year 2020 within the recruitment industry, to Eddie Austin. The latest edition of CEO Monthly features an article highlighting his exceptional leadership skills; congratulations to Eddie. To read...
New school re-opening guidance

New school re-opening guidance

New guidance has been published, offering advice on the re-opening of schools with the expectation that all students will be back in attendance. The following is a list of the areas that the advice covers (you can click below to get a detailed version): Staggered...
Retention and Recruitment 2019

Retention and Recruitment 2019

  The report, released on the 25th June 2020, includes figures up until November 2019 concerning recruitment and retention figures for teachers and teaching assistants. Highlighted facts are: 2018 to 2019 saw an increase of 400 teachers and 1000 teaching...
Gavin Williamson on attendance

Gavin Williamson on attendance

    Plans to get all pupils back to school in September are to be announced later this week, but Gavin Williamson has revealed more today about attendance expectations. The coronavirus outbreak leading to partial school closures, has meant that schools up...
The right way to write

The right way to write

  Rosemary Sassoon, one of the world’s leading researchers into how and when a child should be writing before she retired, says that insisting a child writes neatly using the dynamic tripod grip is unfair and damaging. In her recent Tes podcast she says: “I...
Extra funds for new teachers

Extra funds for new teachers

    The Government is to fund a one-year package for up to 3,000 new teachers, in response to disruption caused by the Covid-19 crisis. The rollout of the Early Careers Framework will go ahead as planned, with participating schools receiving £2,200 for every...
Children’s mental health

Children’s mental health

  As we start world well-being week, psychologists have warned the government that many schoolchildren will need urgent support post lockdown, because their lives and education will have been so badly disrupted by school closures. Dr Gavin Morgan, who feeds into...
 £1 billion catch up for English pupils.

 £1 billion catch up for English pupils.

Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, pledges £650 million to help pupils in England catch up on teaching missed during the coronavirus lockdown. It is part of a £1bn package that will also include a separate £350m in subsidies for a one-year national tutoring...
Pupils unengaged with schoolwork

Pupils unengaged with schoolwork

  The report by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), says head teachers believe around a third of pupils are not engaging with set work, citing limited or no access to technology as an issue for a quarter (23%) of pupils. The survey carried...
No quick fix to attainment gap

No quick fix to attainment gap

School leaders are challenging the idea that a summer catch-up can make up for pupils’ absence from school under lockdown. Gavin Williamson, education secretary, is to announce plans this week for a ‘huge amount’ of summer catch-up but the NAHT school leaders’...
Review Curriculum!

Review Curriculum!

Over 30 politicians have formally requested that education secretary, Gavin Williamson, ask for a re-evaluation of the history syllabus in light of the global Black Lives Matter protests over the killing of George Floyd, as well as inclusion of racial injustice in...
Gavin Williamson on attendance

Back to school in September

Gavin Williamson has abandoned plans to get all primary children back to school before the summer and is instead concentrating on getting all children back to school for September. The Minister for Education also stipulated that exams will go ahead next year. To read...
Northwest schools delay re-opening

Northwest schools delay re-opening

Many schools throughout the northwest have been advised against re-opening today, due to an increase in the infection rate, known as the R number, of Covid-19. The rate nationally for the R number needed to be under 1 for lockdown measures to be eased, but in the...
Have your say, make a difference!

Have your say, make a difference!

If you are registered with us and have not already done so, please take the time to read the following and complete our online survey. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected everyone in different ways, and we have all had to negotiate new ways of living. As we slowly move...
Helping children out of lockdown

Helping children out of lockdown

Spain has already opened their school gates to many year groups. Learn what an early years/primary school teacher found useful, as well as ideas for explaining to young children about social distancing etc. To read more click here.
Volunteering: your school needs you!

Volunteering: your school needs you!

As national volunteering week is celebrated from the 1st to 7th June, it offers everyone the chance to say ‘thank you’ to those who volunteer as well raise awareness to encourage others to consider it. In April, we saw a national call for volunteers, asking...
University latest

University latest

Universities quickly adapted to online learning and a latest survey suggested that nearly half of students prefer it as it is more flexible. Lectures are accessed online with questions and answer sessions facilitated via Zoom, minimising learning disruption. It was...
Extra funds for new teachers

Secondary Schools Guidance published

The Government is asking schools to introduce a phased return of Years 10 and 12 pupils by allowing 25% of them to be in school at one given time. Distance learning is to continue. Read more of the Government’s Guidance for secondary school provision from the 15 June...
How not when

How not when

Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, highlights that throughout the pandemic, schools have remained open for key worker staff and teachers have overnight adapted to their work in order to educate children online. All this has...
Young people’s mental health

Young people’s mental health

Boris Johnson has received a request from thirty organisations for more funding and development of a well-being campaign due to the long-term effects of Covid-19 on young people’s mental health. Much concern has been expressed with a call to action plan involving a...
Europe re-opens schools

Europe re-opens schools

As 22 European countries re-open their schools, scientists say it is too early to assess whether there is a significant increase in Covid-19 cases. Most countries like Denmark and Germany have opened with reduced pupil numbers of 15 or less per class to accommodate...
Latest lockdown research

Latest lockdown research

A survey of more that 4, 000 families in England during the lockdown period, indicates that on average, children who have higher income parents, spend about 6 hours in education per day compared to poorer children who spend 4 and half hours studying. This equates to...
Well-being

Well-being

In strange times, we can all find it difficult to remain calm and stable, especially over a sustained period of time like the lockdown, when we may not be able to access our usual coping strategies. Looking after ourselves is important not only for us, but others...
Government plans to re-open schools

Government plans to re-open schools

Boris Johnson unveiled plans to his rebuild and re-open strategy over the coming months after the Covid-19 peak. Schools seem a major priority, with plans in place to re-open early years settings, primary schools for reception, year 1 and year 6 children by June the...
Retention and Recruitment 2019

NQT government update.

Guidance was published by the Department of Education on the 1.5.20 regarding the changes to induction processes for NQTs. It includes information about absences due to Covid 19, assessment points and extending the induction period for all NQTs, given the impact of...
NQTs: Lights, Camera, Action!

NQTs: Lights, Camera, Action!

BE PREPARED ON CAMERA; OUR GUIDE TO VIDEO INTERVIEWS If you need to attend an interview by video conference, there are several simple things you can do to increase your chances of success and find the right NQT position for you. Set up your interview space: The...
Eton College supporting the disadvantaged.

Eton College supporting the disadvantaged.

Eton College is to use its charitable funds to help disadvantaged a-level students in order to help bridge the education gap. Simon Henderson, Eton’s headmaster in an interview by the Times newspaper, revealed his concerns about the effects of the Covid 19 virus on...
Extra funds for new teachers

Schools to re-open in phases.

Gavin Williamson, Minister of Education, states that schools will re-open in a phased manner in order to protect both teachers and students. However, there are no detailed plans as yet with a re-open date, but a notice period has been assured. Prime minister Boris...
Wellbeing Issue 3

Wellbeing Issue 3

As we enter a new month of lockdown and uncertainty about when we might be able, once again, to meet up with friends and family in the real world, we are all still battling with health worries, for our loved ones and ourselves. On top of this, most people are also...
WHY CHOOSE SUPPLY TEACHING?

WHY CHOOSE SUPPLY TEACHING?

WHY CHOOSE SUPPLY TEACHING? Starting your career as an NQT and working as a supply teacher gives you the perfect platform to gain real classroom experience, whilst getting all the support you need to help you through your induction year. NQTs tell us that going...
Looking after yourself

Looking after yourself

Looking after yourself and others during the coronavirus crisis. Whether you’re lucky enough to have a garden, live by open fields or woodland, or live in a flat in a city, taking time to notice what is around you can have huge benefits for your wellbeing. If, like...
Learning at home

Learning at home

There is a multitude of free resources available to support home learning, which ranges from toddlers to adults. We’ve collated a list, which you may find useful including, videos, live streaming, podcasts and radio. Download
Looking after yourself

Looking after yourself

Many people all across the country are now trying to adjust to a new way of life, and are learning to juggle work and parenting, mainly with a far greater respect for the undervalued and overlooked work of childcare and education professionals. Twelve years ago, the...
NQT GET READY TO TEACH

NQT GET READY TO TEACH

OUR SCHOOL NETWORK IS BUILT OVER DECADES Our established reputation, built over several decades has made us the ‘go to’ agency every year for many schools recruiting NQTs across Yorkshire and the East Midlands. Our insight into our clients’ school culture helps us to...
Looking after yourself

Introduction to Wellbeing

When we are faced with difficult or stressful situations, we often find that we react in ways that we don’t fully understand and do things that we wouldn’t normally do. Currently as a nation we are experiencing a threatening situation that we have no control over....
Dealing with Lockdown

Dealing with Lockdown

Operam Education Group has recently released their first edition of Wellbeing – Dealing with Lockdown, specially created for our candidates and education professionals by Nullam Wellbeing, please feel free to join our online Staff Room to access a copy simply...
Learning to Adapt

Learning to Adapt

Life has changed. Most of us will not be able to access our usual coping strategies and activities that we employ to feel less stressed and feel good about ourselves. At the same time, we have new worries in our lives: concerns about our health and that of our loved...
RESHAPING WORLD EDUCATION

RESHAPING WORLD EDUCATION

There is an abundance of news and updates on the internet regarding COVID-19, it can be overwhelming at times to sieve threw the data to find what’s relevant and interesting. We plan to share articles relating to the impact on education and hopefully some uplifting...
GCSEs, AS and A level awarding: summer 2020

ARRANGEMENTS FOR EXAMS

The Department for Education released a statement on Friday to confirm exams have been cancelled to fight the spread of the Coronavirus, here’s a link to their full statement and further information....
COVID-19 Global Education

COVID-19 Global Education

As COVID-19 spreads around the globe causing businesses and schools to close, it’s clear to see both the immediate and long-lasting implications for teaching. Educators around the world are exploring new ways of teaching and no doubt some eager pupils are developing...
Key Achievements 2019

Key Achievements 2019

A terrific year with key milestones and achievements exceeding our expectations, take a look at what the Operam Education Group accomplished during 2019. https://www.provide-education.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/OEG-Review-Web.mp4 We’re so proud to be part...
100,000 PUPILS BELOW STANDARD

100,000 PUPILS BELOW STANDARD

Approximately 100,000 pupils are leaving school without having achieved the basic expected standard of qualifications (5 GCSEs above grade 4/C or equivalent Level 2 qualifications), according to a recent report released by the Children’s Commissioner, Anne Longfield....
Coronavirus Advice

Coronavirus Advice

No need for schools to close if coronavirus is suspected, but cases should be isolated as a precaution, according to government advice. Read DofE advice here Guidance to educational settings about COVID-19
SCHOOL UNIFORM COST

SCHOOL UNIFORM COST

A new Bill presented by Labour MP, Mr Amesbury and backed by Schools Minister, Nick Gibb was introduced to Parliament in order to begin a detailed debate regarding school uniform cost. Mr Gibb said: “School uniforms should always be affordable and should not...
Schools risk missing child abuse

Schools risk missing child abuse

According to an Ofsted report, professionals across all fields rely too heavily on children speaking out about abuse even though they are unlikely to do so. A lack of school nursing services means pupils who are victims of familial sexual abuse could go unnoticed by...
CMH warns effects of isolation

CMH warns effects of isolation

The Centre for Mental Health (CMH) has warned that putting challenging pupils in isolation for extended periods at school can harm their mental health with children who have already had traumatic experiences in their lives being especially vulnerable. They added that...
Shortage of CPD for early years assistants.

Shortage of CPD for early years assistants.

Daniel Sobel, CEO and founder of Inclusion Expert, recently stated at an education conference that an unskilled workforce is the “heart of the matter around early years” and that it is “ridiculous” that so many of early years staff are not...
Government fails to empower parents

Government fails to empower parents

In a recent article, Rachel Wolf, the founder of the New Schools Network and a former education adviser to David Cameron, stated that the government had “consistently failed” parents who don’t feel empowered to improve their children’s schools. Another recent report...
What you need to be a Teaching Assistant

What you need to be a Teaching Assistant

We’ve heard many teachers confirm that a good Teaching Assistant (TA) can be the difference between managing your workload effectively or feeling overwhelmed with the volume of work.  It’s therefore no surprise that the role TA has evolved and become a recognised...
Child Protection Policy

Child Protection Policy

Provide Education aims to positively promote the well-being of children and wishes all of the candidates on our register to be fully aware of the procedures for Child Protection. Provide Education policies and procedures adhere to the law as defined in the Children...
Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

We’re looking for several experienced recruiters to manage an already established supply desk with excellent potential to grow, competitive salary and uncapped commission. Join an industry leading team with significant investment – an opportunity not to be missed, for...
SEND Training

SEND Training

SEND Course The SEND training is open to all candidates and provides a basic understanding of SEND, SEND Code of practice, Types of SEND and strategies to support SEND children in the classroom. Course objectives:  An introduction to Special Educational Needs SEND...
Cover Supervisor Training

Cover Supervisor Training

Cover Supervisor Training This very popular and well received training course as we put the emphasis on how Cover Supervisors can develop the resilience and positive approaches to classroom management that will ensure learning takes place. Course content includes:...
Positive Behaviour Management

Positive Behaviour Management

Positive Behaviour Management Level One Team Teach is award-winning ‘positive handling’ training which helps staff support people with challenging behaviour. It teaches a range of de-escalation and positive handling techniques which promote positive relationships in...
Exam Invigilator Course

Exam Invigilator Course

Exam Invigilator Course This course covers the main areas associated with exam invigilation. The simple aim is to improve the quality of training for new invigilators. This will improve invigilation within the exam room, which in turn reduces the likelihood of...
Motivating Students to Learn

Motivating Students to Learn

Motivating Students to Learn This free online course on motivating students will teach you the different factors that affect student motivation, and show you how to create a classroom environment that will promotes highly motivated learning. Being an effective teacher...
Safeguarding Policy

Safeguarding Policy

Provide Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and candidates to share this commitment. Provide Education strictly adheres to the Recruitment, Selection and Vetting checks that must be made...
DBS Policy

DBS Policy

The safety of children and young people is paramount, and Provide Education is committed to implementing the Disclosure and Barring (DBS) procedures and arrangements. We will comply with the DBS Code of Practice and National Care Standards guidance regarding the...
Training Policy

Training Policy

The purpose of this procedure is to control the activities associated with the training of PROVIDE EDUCATION staff to more adequately be able to perform the duties required of them. Please feel free to download our Training Policy.
Who Needs A DBS Check

Who Needs A DBS Check

Barred list checks can only be carried out on those who are engaging in regulated activity. The definition of ‘regulated activity’ includes where individuals: Are responsible, on a regular basis, for teaching, training, instructing, caring for or supervising children;...
AWR Factsheet

AWR Factsheet

No government department or independent body has been tasked with policing and enforcing the Regulations. Instead the Regulations will be enforced by agency workers pursuing claims in the Employment Tribunal. Such claims can either be brought against the client or...
Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

As an organisation assessing applicants’ suitability for positions which are included in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order using criminal record checks processed through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Provide Education complies...
Privacy Notice Policy

Privacy Notice Policy

The Company is a recruitment business which provides work-finding services to its clients and work-seekers. The Company must process personal data (including sensitive personal data) so that it can provide these services – in doing so, the Company acts as a data...
Recruitment of Ex-offenders Guide

Recruitment of Ex-offenders Guide

Guidance – Recruitment of Ex-offenders As an organisation using the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checking service to assess applicants’ suitability for positions of trust, Provide Education complies fully with the Code of Practice and undertakes to treat...
Data Protection Policy

Data Protection Policy

All organisations that process personal data are required to comply with data protection legislation. This includes in particular the Data Protection Act 1998 (or its successor) and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (together the ‘Data Protection Laws’). The...
Customer Service Policy

Customer Service Policy

Provide Education is a member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and adheres to their Code of Professional Practice. Provide Education Customer Service Policy Statement At Provide Education, we endeavour to provide you with the best possible service...
Complaints Policy

Complaints Policy

Provide Education are committed to providing a high-level service to our customers. If you do not receive satisfaction from us, we need you to tell us about it. This will help us to improve our standards. Complaints Procedure If you have a complaint, please contact...
AWR Policy

AWR Policy

The AWR are a set of regulations which will provide all agency workers who are placed to work in school through a temporary supply agency the right to equal treatment compared to someone who is employed directly by the school to do the same job. Some rights will apply...
Anti-Bribery & Corruption Policy

Anti-Bribery & Corruption Policy

One of the Company’s core principles is to uphold responsible and fair business practice. It is committed to promoting and maintaining the highest level of ethical standards in relation to all of its business activities.  Its reputation for maintaining lawful business...
Contract for Services

Contract for Services

We get to know our supply staff and have regular returners who trust us to listen to their needs so we can offer them suitable assignments. We offer a supported process that treats everyone with respect, professionalism and foster a mutual understanding of good...
GDPR Statement

GDPR Statement

GDPR Statement 1.1. Provide Education (“we”, “our”, “us”, “the Company”) takes its obligations under GDPR and applicable data privacy law seriously. We process Personal Data of our candidates, clients, employees, workers...
Operam Education Continues Expansion

Operam Education Continues Expansion

Operam Education Group, a specialist provider of qualified and support staff to schools across the Midlands and North of England, has acquired Key Stage Teacher Supply, a North West-based education recruitment agency. The transaction follows the acquisitions of...
Visits with a micro hedgehog

Visits with a micro hedgehog

Volunteering: Visits with Luna, a micro hedgehog. Nic Sykes is a Senior Education Consultant with Provide Education, whom she has worked for over the past 3 years. Nic has been taking Luna, one of her micro-hedgehogs into local Primary schools to meet the children....
Rita Pierson

Rita Pierson

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her response: “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.'” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students...
Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson

One of the most popular TED talks of all time, Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
Salman Khan

Salman Khan

Would you choose to build a house on top of an unfinished foundation? Of course not. Why, then, do we rush students through education when they haven’t always grasped the basics? Yes, it’s complicated, but educator Sal Khan shares his plan to turn...
Avlin Irby

Avlin Irby

According to the US Department of Education, more than 85 percent of black fourth-grade boys aren’t proficient in reading. What kind of reading experiences should we be creating to ensure that all children read well? In a talk that will make you rethink how we...
Bill Gates

Bill Gates

Until recently, many teachers only got one word of feedback a year: “satisfactory.” And with no feedback, no coaching, there’s just no way to improve. Bill Gates suggests that even great teachers can get better with smart feedback — and lays...
Carol Dweck

Carol Dweck

Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain’s capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it...
Daphne Koller

Daphne Koller

Daphne Koller is enticing top universities to put their most intriguing courses online for free — not just as a service, but as a way to research how people learn. With Coursera (cofounded by Andrew Ng), each keystroke, quiz, peer-to-peer discussion and...
Christopher Edmin

Christopher Edmin

What do rap shows, barbershop banter and Sunday services have in common? As Christopher Emdin says, they all hold the secret magic to enthral and teach at the same time — and it’s a skill we often don’t teach to educators. A longtime teacher himself, now a...
Geoffrey Canada

Geoffrey Canada

Why, why, why does our education system look so similar to the way it did 50 years ago? Millions of students were failing then, as they are now — and it’s because we’re clinging to a business model that clearly doesn’t work. Education advocate Geoffrey Canada...
Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver

Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, West Virginia — and a shocking image of the sugar we eat — TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food Click on the button below to view...
Kelly McGonigal

Kelly McGonigal

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal...
Sir Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson

  Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish — and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational “death valley” we now face, and how...
Nadia Lopez

Nadia Lopez

Our kids are our future, and it’s crucial they believe it themselves. That’s why Nadia Lopez opened an academic oasis in Brownsville, Brooklyn, one of the most underserved and violent neighbourhoods in New York — because she believes in every...
Olympia Della Flora

Olympia Della Flora

To get young kids to thrive in school, we need to do more than teach them how to read and write — we need to teach them how to manage their emotions, says educator Olympia Della Flora. In this practical talk, she shares creative tactics she used to help...
Ramsey Musallam

Ramsey Musallam

It took a life-threatening condition to jolt chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam out of ten years of “pseudo-teaching” to understand the true role of the educator: to cultivate curiosity. In a fun and personal talk, Musallam gives 3 rules to spark...
Salman Khan

Salman Khan

Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos offering complete curricula in math and, now, other subjects. He shows the power of interactive exercises, and calls for teachers to...
Sugata Mitra

Sugata Mitra

Onstage at TED2013, Sugata Mitra makes his bold TED Prize wish: Help me design the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can explore and learn from each other — using resources and mentoring from the cloud. Hear his inspiring vision for...