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Apprentice of the Year

Apprentice of the Year

Apprentice of the Year: Poppy Burnside We are delighted to announce that the Young Professionals Apprentice of the Year 2023, was won by OEG’s very own Poppy Burnside. You may not be aware that this was the inaugural event for the Young Professional Awards, Insider,...
 Children’s Mental Health Week

 Children’s Mental Health Week

 About Children’s Mental Health Week This week is Children’s Mental Health Week, from Feb 6th to the 12th. It’s an ideal time for Teachers and Teaching Assistants as well as Senior leadership teams to focus on children’s wellbeing. The theme this year is...
NSPCC Number Day

NSPCC Number Day

Its NSPCC Number Day in the UK! Did you know that on Friday 3 February 2023 its NSPCC Number Day? This is an opportunity for teachers and T.A.s to focus on maths whilst fundraising. What is NSPCC Number Day? The idea of NSPCC is to raise awareness of abuse of children...
Big Schools’ Birdwatch

Big Schools’ Birdwatch

What it is the Big Schools’ Birdwatch? Did you know that from the 6th of January to the 20th of February, you can be a part of the Big Schools’ Birdwatch? Firstly, the big birdwatch is a national event that takes place annually to log numbers of birds that...
Chinese New Year 2023

Chinese New Year 2023

Why not teach school pupils about Chinese New Year 2023? Firstly, it can be a great opportunity for teachers and supply teachers to offer lots of different and fun activities. You can try to do some artwork, learn about Chinese culture, learn about Chinese foods as...
Sexism in schools

Sexism in schools

Sexism in schools: the rise of Andrew Tate. Why has sexism in schools become so relevant now? Did you know that schools have reported an increase in sexism, sexual abuse and hatred towards girls? In addition, are you aware of the recent Ofsted report? The report found...
Life after Leadership: 2

Life after Leadership: 2

Life after Leadership: part 2 Here we introduce you to our next podcast episode – Life after Leadership: 2, the follow-up to our earlier Life after Leadership. Our interviewee, is Gay Wales, an experienced leader of strategic change who is passionate about...
New Year Resolutions

New Year Resolutions

How to write and stick to New Year Resolutions Did you know that about half of New Year resolutions that we make fail? We may start the year with good intentions only for them to fall off our agenda. Most of us, including teachers and supply teachers have busy...
Teacher wellbeing over Christmas

Teacher wellbeing over Christmas

How teaching staff can unwind over the Christmas period. Did you know that it not that uncommon for teachers, TAs and other teaching staff to put their pupils before themselves? Consequently, this can make many have difficulty unwinding. Sometimes teaching staff can...
Life after Leadership 1

Life after Leadership 1

A summary of our latest podcast episode – Life after Leadership:1 Here we take a look at life after leadership: 1. Firstly, leaving an education leadership role can be a difficult transition. In addition, it can be hard to know when the right time to leave is,...
Computer Science Education

Computer Science Education

What is Computer Science Education week? Firstly, do you know this week is Computer Science Education week? Do you know how did it start and why? Starting in 2009 by the Association for Computing, it is a global event that now focuses on the importance of computer...
World Cup teaching ideas

World Cup teaching ideas

As the FIFA World Cup started at the weekend, we thought we would list 10 of the best teaching football World Cup teaching ideas. Using world cup themed lesson plans is a great way to engage students. I think you will agree that there will be a lot of students who...
Teachers’ workplace bullying

Teachers’ workplace bullying

Here we have listed a 10-point teachers’ workplace bullying management guide. Did you know that this week is anti-bullying week? You may have read are previous guide to managing bullying amongst pupils. If not, whether you are a teacher, TA, or teaching support staff,...
Leadership through change

Leadership through change

Episode 3: Leadership through change and adapting to an ever-changing educational world with Tanya Watts The education landscape is ever-changing. In particular, over the last two years, we’ve seen more tremendous change than ever. Furthermore, it takes strong...
Social Media Kindness Day

Social Media Kindness Day

Did you know that today is Social Media Kindness Day? This day has been set up in honour of the late Love Island UK presenter Caroline Flack. Sadly, Caroline was reported to have suffered from online abuse and “trolling” which contributed to her state of mind and...
Attainment gap study

Attainment gap study

Here we look at a recent attainment gap study, led jointly by University College London and the Sutton Trust. The study tracked 13,000 pupils in England through the pandemic and aims to follow them in the coming years. As you have probably guessed, the study concluded...
New Education Minister

New Education Minister

Here we go again! Another guide to the recently appointed new Education Minister. Did you know that this is the fifth Minister for Education in the last 3 months? Sadly, it’s hard to keep up to date with government changes and different ministers of whose doing what....
Organised Teacher Guide

Organised Teacher Guide

Organised Teacher Guide – some tips and free downloadable digital calendar with holidays and awareness days to help with lesson planning. If you look at any advice or tips on how to be a better teacher, the one thing on all lists is organisation. For any...
World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day aims to make people aware of the importance of mental health and to help de-stigmatise it. First celebrated in 1992, organised by the World Federation for Mental Health, the theme this year is to ‘Make Mental Health and Well-Being for All a...
Education Leadership Abroad

Education Leadership Abroad

Education Leadership abroad is explored in the second instalment of our podcast series – Inspirational Education Leaders. Episode 2: International Schools: The challenge of Leading Abroad with Clive Rogers If you have ever considered leading a school abroad but have...
The power of believing that you can improve

The power of believing that you can improve

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...
New Education Minister

New Education Minister

New Education Minister New Education Minister: Did you know there have been 4 different Ministers for Education in the last 2 months? It’s hard to keep up to date with changes but everyone is hoping the latest one stays for, much needed stability. So, to help you keep...
School budget pressures

School budget pressures

School budget pressures School budget pressures and their impact can be complex to understand and can change depending on a range of factors. The pressures can affect curriculum delivery to building repairs. A recent study by ‘The Institute of Fiscal...
T.A. interview questions

T.A. interview questions

T.A. interview questions Its Teaching Assistant’s Day and here, we look at the 6 most common areas of T.A. interview questions. A Teaching Assistant’s role involves many skills and attributes, but common themes emerge of what interviewers may want to explore in an...
SEND pupils and the Queen’s death

SEND pupils and the Queen’s death

SEND pupils and the Queen’s death SEND pupils and the Queen’s death; so many of us are feeling sad and it can be difficult to explain. So, here is a storyboard for SEND teachers to explain all the events and feelings about the Queen’s death. We have...
Children and the Queen’s death

Children and the Queen’s death

Children and the Queen’s death – how teachers can support children Children and the Queens death: The death of Queen Elizabeth II has triggered much sadness across the country and beyond. Reports of her death and funeral arrangements dominate the news as well...
Education Leaders Podcast

Education Leaders Podcast

Introducing OELR’s new Education Leaders  Podcast We have had an amazing response following the premiere of our new Education Leaders Podcast series – Inspirational Education Leaders. So we wanted make sure you are not missing out on our monthly podcast series....
5 ways to share math with kids

5 ways to share math with kids

Mathematics is not about following rules, it’s about playing—and exploring, fighting, looking for clues, and sometimes even breaking things, according to Dan Finkel. In this playful, inspiring talk, the founder of Math for Love offers teachers and parents alike...
10 teacher preparation tips

10 teacher preparation tips

10 teacher preparation tips to help you start the new academic year. We hope you’ve enjoyed your summer break but now is the time to start thinking about those little tasks that will help you get a good start. So here are 10 teacher preparation tips to help you start...
Keeping Children Safe

Keeping Children Safe

Please download this Keeping Children Safe Government policy which was updated on 1st September 2021, read it carefully and keep for future reference. What is the status of this guidance for Keeping Children Safe ? This is statutory guidance from the Department for...
GCSE Results Summary

GCSE Results Summary

GCSE Results Summary Here we have compiled a GCSE results summary containing 10 need to know facts about this year’s results performance compared to other years, as well as regional differences. Top grades in GCSE results have fallen since last year by 3%. The...
GCSE Results Summary

A- level Results Summary

Results summary 2022 Results summary for 2022, with facts and figures about ‘a’ level results compared to previous years and what this tells us. Here are interesting facts about our results summary 2022. Facts about the popularity of subjects Mathematics was the most...
ECT supply teaching tips

ECT supply teaching tips

ECT supply teaching tips. We asked our supply ECTs for their best ECT supply teaching tips and here is our top 5. ECT Supply Teaching Tips: “Research some recruitment agencies before you register, spending the time to choose a good agency will save you time in the...
Finding the right role

Finding the right role

Finding the right role as an ECT Our ECT tips guides you through how to find your first supply teaching role Your ECT tips on finding the right role for you is important as its essential you are placed in the best role to begin with because your first teaching...
T.A. interview questions

Why ECTS should choose supply teaching

WHY ECTS SHOULD CHOOSE SUPPLY TEACHING? Starting your career as an ECT 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. ECTs tell us that...
10 findings on the attainment gap

10 findings on the attainment gap

Here are our 10 findings on the attainment gap and on pupils who are most affected due to the impact of Covid, according to latest research. Latest research Latest research compared current academic attainment with 2019 levels. The Nuffield Foundation-funded study...

DBS Policy

The safety of children and young people is paramount, and Operam Education Group 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...

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...
10 tips to cool down

10 tips to cool down

10 tips to cool down Do you know how to keep children cool in the pending heatwave? As we will see temperatures soar in the early part of this week, we have listed 10 tips to help keep children cool. 10 tips to cool down are summarised from the advice issued from the...
Allegations Policy

Allegations Policy

This policy gives details of what action we will take when such concerns are raised with us and should be raised alongside our Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy, Complaints Policy, Safer Recruitment policy and Whistleblowing policy. Policy Download...
Complaints

Complaints

Operam Education Group (OEG) is committed to providing a high level of 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,...
10 reasons/tips on teacher CPD

10 reasons/tips on teacher CPD

10 reasons/tips on teacher CPD over the summer. 10 reasons/tips on teacher CPD should get you thinking how you can plan some time over the summer to get ahead. Ofsted states that teacher CPD needs to be “aligned with the curriculum, and the extent to which this...
Dive Project Support

Dive Project Support

Operam Education Group helps 400 lucky teenagers experience an incredible underwater adventure in Cornwall. Here at Operam Education Group we believe it is every young person’s right to experience the ocean and that educating our children about the wonders of the...
10 teacher wellbeing tips

10 teacher wellbeing tips

10 teacher wellbeing tips to make the most of your summer holidays. It’s world wellbeing week. Learn how to return to school in September 2022, feeling refreshed and energised with our 10 teacher wellbeing tips. Plan when you are going to your CPD, and time...
Improve writing within Primary schools.

Improve writing within Primary schools.

How to encourage and improve writing within Primary schools. Improve writing within Primary schools:10 tips/resources for teaching staff to encourage and improve writing within Primary schools. Its national writing day and we all know how much the pandemic has...
Students and maths’ anxiety: 10 key facts

Students and maths’ anxiety: 10 key facts

Here we have put together 10 facts teachers should know about student maths’ anxiety. Students and maths’ anxiety: 10 key facts Do you know what maths’ anxiety is? Maths’ anxiety is a negative response to maths which produces an emotional, physical,...
10 facts School Leaders should know

10 facts School Leaders should know

10 facts School Leaders should know about the sustainability and climate change paper. 10 facts School Leaders should know about the sustainability and climate change paper, as we celebrate School Business Leaders’ Day. On the 10th June 2022, we celebrate National...
World Environmental Day 2022

World Environmental Day 2022

World Environmental Day 2022 Its world environmental day and for 2022, the theme is there is ‘Only One Earth’. Started by the United Nations to raise awareness of environmental issues across the globe, World Environmental Day encourages people to act to protect our...
10 ways to teach pupils media literacy

10 ways to teach pupils media literacy

Here are our 10 ways to teach pupils media literacy. Media literacy is the understanding of information via radio, film, tv, gaming, influencers, and especially social media, heavily used by so many young people. According to a recent report by the All-Party...
T.A. interview questions

How to write your CV – an ECT guide

Here is our ECT guide on how to write your CV, what to include and how to present it; we have a link to our free ECT digital handbook or you can view our ECT support section here. In our digital handbook, we have done our best to support ECTs to prepare them for their...
Education Leadership Recruitment launch

Education Leadership Recruitment launch

We are delighted to announce our Operam Education Leadership Recruitment launch, which is a new bespoke service offering from the Operam Education Group, that focuses on sourcing and hiring inspirational leaders for their current and future partner clients. Although...
How to support students with exam stress

How to support students with exam stress

As exam season approaches, it is normal for students to feel a bit worried about exams, however, a lot of pupils are experiencing higher degrees of anxiety this year. The disruption to their education, the stamina required for online learning during lockdowns and the...
OEG appoints its first Apprentice Ambassador

OEG appoints its first Apprentice Ambassador

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed our first Apprentice Ambassador, Poppy Burnside, from our West Yorkshire branch, who first joined OEG as a Service Administrator Apprentice, at 17 years old. Poppy decided that she wanted to work and earn money in...
World Mental Health Day

A Supply teacher guide to managing burnout

As recent research indicates that the number of teachers leaving the profession have returned to pre-pandemic levels, we look at tips for managing burnout and a healthy work/life balance. Don’t be self-critical if you are feeling burnt-out, we’ve experienced...
Sexism in schools

Equality and diversity in the classroom

Equality and diversity, refers to accepting and promoting people’s differences whilst securing no-one is marginalised due to factors such as their age, gender, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or race. Raising awareness of the notion that all individuals...
The Equality Act 2010 and teaching

The Equality Act 2010 and teaching

The government has recently released ‘Inclusive Britain: government response to the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities’, following findings of the Sewell report in March 2021. Education and schools are addressed within the report in notably two areas: the...
SEND principles of learning

SEND principles of learning

Pressures of the pandemic means added pressure for the SEND teacher and yet it remains one of the most rewarding education sectors to work within, we are sure many of our SEND supply teachers would agree. There are countless resources designed for the wide spectrum of...
British Science week: resources and ideas

British Science week: resources and ideas

British science week was developed to raise awareness and encourage education, training and careers in STEM subjects. It lasts 10 days and celebrates science, technology, engineering and maths. Research suggests that there are a shortage of STEM teachers and that...
Covid Rules update for England

Covid Rules update for England

Going on holiday over half term? Since we are approaching half term and Covid rules in England have changed, we thought we would give you a brief reminder of regulations and advice as of the 11th of February. For everyone who is fully vaccinated, you now do not need...
British Science week: resources and ideas

10 time management tips for secondary sector

Secondary supply teachers are needed more than ever, but pressures of the pandemic mean extra tasks and demands on an already busy workload. So here we have put together some time management tips to keep you on top of things: Set clear goals It’s easy to fall into the...
CPD

CPD

Operam Education Group has now partnered with CPD online; a company that offers a range of recognised online courses that will meet the needs for many of our supply staff to keep up to date on their training and meet their CPD requirements. The courses are varied,...
Supply work skills in the early years sector

Supply work skills in the early years sector

The early years sector needs supply workers more than ever as the pandemic puts pressures on staffing. It is a rewarding sector to work in and is varied. It is a job that requires careful planning and preparation, personal skills and attributes. If you want to change...
Surviving primary school teaching

Surviving primary school teaching

The added pressures of the pandemic mean that building resilience in order to survive as a primary school teacher has never been more important: it rests on finding a healthy balance between personal and classroom life! Self-wellbeing As a primary school teacher,...

T&C

Key Stage Teacher Supply KSTS Terms of Business Clients_Temporary PAYE workers Provide Education PE Terms of Business Clients_Temporary PAYE workers Teachers UK  TUK Terms of Business Clients_Temporary PAYE workers may 2019 The Education Specialists  TES Terms of...
Christmas Card Recycling

Christmas Card Recycling

How to bring recycling into the classroom: We encourage you to take advantage of the new year to teach the children a valuable lesson about the importance of recycling. Here is a link to a list of 29 fun recycling related activities that you can do in class. What you...
Let the Christmas countdown begin

Let the Christmas countdown begin

It’s 25 days till Christmas and we thought we would help you with some activities in class to get everyone in the Christmas spirit! Educational practice Why not extend your classroom education to learn about all the other global holidays that occur around December....
International Volunteer day

International Volunteer day

International Volunteer day is celebrated annually to thank the contributions millions of volunteers make across the UK. This year has been especially significant due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to much more volunteer support being needed to...
Why become a tutor?

Why become a tutor?

Tutoring can be a great option if you previously left teaching due personal reasons, to pursue a different career, are retired, are a supply teacher or have experience of being a Teaching Assistant. Although challenging, teaching is one of the most rewarding vocations...
World Mental Health Day

Why supply teaching supports a healthy lifestyle

Words are important and the subtlety of some phrases can say a lot subconsciously. The term ‘work-life balance’ has been increasingly used and in embedded into company cultures and referred to as being important. But why does ‘work’ come first in this phrase? Why do...
Understanding stress

Understanding stress

This week is stress awareness week, and we look at what stress is and how it affects you mentally and physically. Stress is a reaction to an overwhelming thought which triggers physical changes in your body. Your brain logging your tense thought, prepares you for...
World Values Day

World Values Day

Today is World Values Day, serving as an important reminder as to why our values are so important to us; they underpin all that we do and why we do it, igniting our passion. Here we want to share one of OEG’s values in action, which is giving back to help others grow...
Supply teacher tips for your online presence

Supply teacher tips for your online presence

As we celebrate world online networking day, we offer some tips for supply teachers about their online presence. An online reputation is just as important as a reputation in the community. All the information that can be found about you on the internet is referred to...
International Happiness at Work Week

International Happiness at Work Week

As we celebrate International Happiness at Work Week, we look at why it’s important and what Operam Education Group branches do to create a happy workforce. The world recognises the importance of people being happy at work as it affects the level of happiness in other...
Why is literacy so important?

Why is literacy so important?

Today is ‘National Read A Book Day’ and it is ‘International Literacy Day’ on the 8th September. So, as we celebrate two literacy linked days this week, we thought we would look at why is literacy is so important. “From the day our children are born, to the day they...
The widening academic attainment gap

The widening academic attainment gap

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) along with the University of Exeter carried out research and found that UK pupils have lost out on a third of their learning due to the pandemic. The findings include time students spent on home lessons during...
Why become a tutor?

Why ECTs should consider supply teaching

Starting your career as an ECT 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 2-year induction period. ECTs tell us that going straight into supply work...
World Environmental Day 2022

A summary of rule changes

Summary of new rules For some time, it has been increasingly felt how much children and students have lost not only due to lockdowns, but the continued isolation with school bubbles and close contact self-isolation rules. The Department for Education figures show that...
Tips for teaching self-isolating pupils

Tips for teaching self-isolating pupils

As the number of people who are contracting Covid-19 continue to grow, the impact in schools is being felt. Just last week more than 170,000 pupils were self-isolating as close contacts, mostly in secondary schools, because of the track and trace system and the need...