Yearly Archives: 2018

What is flexible working?

Posted on November 19, 2018 at 2:19 pm

With many of us having personal aspects of our life that can interfere with our work, it is now the law that anyone can request flexible working hours as long as they have worked for that company for at least 26 weeks. Flexible working can mean a number of different working options such as a job share, reduced or changed working hours or working from home. Although your employer does not have to agree to your request for flexible working they do have to follow guidelines about how to proceed with the request and hold a meeting with you to discuss it. They should also allow you to appeal the decision.

Flexible working needs to work for both the employer and employee. It is important to remember that if it is not possible for you to do your current job with the hours you have requested or to do them from home then they may not be able to agree to this but may be able to offer another solution.

The first step for applying for flexible working is to put it in writing to your employer. They will then have three months to review and give you a decision.



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Self-employed? Ways to increase your business

Posted on October 8, 2018 at 1:27 pm

If you are self-employed then you will need to find a way of bringing in business. Some self-employed people tend to subcontract to one or two clients whereas others may be working for different people or companies on a daily basis. If you are having to find work there are a number of ways in which you can do this. Some people rely solely on word of mouth, which can work really well but you may find that you have patches where you have little or no work to keep you going. In some industries networking is fantastic, it gives you the opportunity to meet with your potential clients face to face and allows you the opportunity to sell your products or services.

Advertising online can boost your business quickly, especially if you use social media or pay per click ads which can be live instantly. If you decide to promote your website through SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) then you will need to allow up to 6 months to start to see any results although, if your website is already established new pages etc. may be picked up within a week or so.


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What will your Year 2 child learn in maths?

Posted on September 30, 2018 at 9:01 pm

With the school term well underway, many parents wonder what their child is learning during their year at school. Over the years learning has changed not only in the way it is taught but also in what they expect children to be able to do. What your child learns in year 2 may be what you were taught in years 3 or 4.

Pupils in Year 2 will learn to add and subtract with two-digit and one-digit numbers. They will learn multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. If they progress well, they may go on to look at more complicated maths equations. They will learn all about fractions and be expected to know what a third, quarter, half and three quarters are by the summer term.

Often in year two, is when children are taught more about time and how to tell the time. They will learn about different measurements and also weights. These are fundamental skills that they will use throughout their life so it is a very important stage of learning.

During May, year two children will be sitting SAT’s exams. These exams are not done in a very strict exam environment and if the child struggles with the exam then the teacher can use work they have done in the classroom to show their ability. It is important for your child to not worry too much about the exams but just try to do their best and concentrate on what they are being taught in each lesson.


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Setting up your own business

Posted on August 26, 2018 at 3:09 pm

If you have something that you are passionate about and want to set up your own business, then you will need to decide if you are going to go self employed – as a sole trader or if you are going to set up a limited company.

There are pros and cons to both, but most people start off self employed and if their business grows, then they will switch to a limited company. If you are going to be having employees then you will need to be a registered company.

You need to think very carefully before setting up your own business as it can be risky. You may need to invest a lot of your own time and money in to your venture and be prepared to wait a while before you can start to take a decent salary out of it. If you take too much out of the business you may find that you do not have enough to pay suppliers and keep your business afloat.

You need to have a sound business plan with cash flow forecasts so you can see how much you need to be taking in order to keep the business up and running.


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Getting ready for a job interview

Posted on July 31, 2018 at 11:12 am

Applying for jobs can be time consuming and sometimes it can end up leaving you feeling deflated and worried. You may have to apply for a number of jobs before you get offered an interview. You need to make sure that you come across well in your interview and have the opportunity to discuss everything you want to.

Preparation is vital when planning for an interview. You need to put aside some time to go through the company’s website and / or social media accounts to ensure that you can find out some background information about them.

Try and find out about the ethos of the company and also how it is structured. Find out about the products and/or services they sell and rough pricing. This will help you when it comes to the interview as you will not only feel more confident but if they ask you questions to find out how much you know about the company, it looks good if you can show that you have used your own time in order to research them.

Allow plenty of time to get to your interview as arriving late, is never a good start.



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How to manage a class as a supply teacher

Posted on May 10, 2018 at 9:48 am

Often many pupils will take advantage of the fact that they have a supply teacher covering their lesson, especially if it is a new teacher to the school as they will often not know all the rules. Some children will see this as an opportunity to play up or tell the teacher they are allowed to do something that they are not. As a supply teacher you need not be a push-over, you can still effectively run a class and manage their behaviour as a permanent teacher would and keep the control and level of behaviour you expect.

It is difficult dealing with students that you have little information about and you can never be sure of the sort of classroom environment that you will be teaching in that day, however by following a few simple points you can be as prepared as possible.

Firstly you need to be firm from the start, right from the moment you enter the classroom. When starting the lesson it’s important to show the students that you are confident and in control and will not take any messing.

Remain calm and avoid head on confrontations with pupils. If you notice that the behaviour starts to slip make sure that you are familiar with the schools policies and calmly remind students of this.

One of the main ways to ensure that the classroom is run productively and that students behave is to keep them busy by ensuring that you have a back-up plan of extra work should the lesson plan be completed early.



Posted in education

School admission results

Posted on April 16, 2018 at 11:53 am

Many parents have woken up this morning to find out if their child has been accepted in to the school of their choice. Many parents had until the start of this year to request placement for their child at up to three different schools. These forms were usually submitted back to local councils for them to be able to decide and allocate places accordingly.

If the parent’s first choice of school was not available then they would try and accommodate them at the second and then the third. If no places were available at their chosen schools then an alternative would usually be offered.

Many parents are now frantically looking through Ofsted reports and on social media sites to find out a bit more about the school their child has been offered a place at to see if they are happy with it. Although league tables and Ofsted reports can give an insight in to how the school is ran and performs it is often not as useful as you may think and actually taking a visit to the school yourself may put your mind at ease and allow you to see for yourself how it is ran.

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What is the year one phonics screening test?

Posted on March 5, 2018 at 11:33 am

Despite many schools and parents being against them, in year one your child will have to undergo a phonics screen test. The test is not done in exam conditions but is still marked and the results sent off to the department of education.

The test will usually take about four to nine minutes per child and is usually done in June. Currently the test consists of 40 words which will be displayed on a sheet for the child to red. Some of these words are real words and others are made up. The idea is to check that the child can read and pronounce the words correctly, even the words that are made up. The made up words are usually denoted by a picture of an alien next to them.

Many parents and teachers say that it can actually mean that children that are very good at phonics may end up scoring low as they will often try and turn the made up words in to words they know and finding it hard to pronounce words that they know are not real.

The pass mark is usually about 80% which equates to 32 marks out of 40. If the child fails the test they will usually be tested again the following year.

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Agency fees you can expect to pay as an employer

Posted on February 26, 2018 at 9:53 pm

It is thought that on average it can cost a business around four to five thousand pounds to fill a vacancy they have. This price can include advertising costs and the time taken by other members of staff or business owners to go through CV’s carry out interviews etc.

When advertising a job you may be inundated with CV’s which someone will need to go through in order to shortlist applicants that you want to invite in for interviews. You may have to do more than one round of interviews to find the right candidate and this can all take up a lot of time. If you decide to use an agency, they can take a lot of the hassle away from you by doing all the advertising for the position, filtering through CV’s that are sent in and then pre assessing people that you wish to attend an interview to find out if they are really suitable.

Obviously agencies will charge a fee for their service which is usually based on a percentage of the annual salary being offered to the successful applicant. This is often why it is a good idea to employ more than one agency to find you candidates as you will only pay the one who supplied the applicant that you employ but you have a good chance of finding people who are suitable. Also shop around for the best rate and do not be scared to try and haggle.


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