Simple home made Father’s Day gift ideas

Are you looking for simple Father’s Day gift ideas you can make at home or at school using simple craft items? If the answer is yes then you’ve come to the right place! These 5 ideas are sure to get your creative juices flowing.

1 Calendar Blocks

For a simple but effective gift idea, consider making calendar blocks. If you don’t have scrap wood off-cuts, why not raid the kids toy box? Most of us have a set of wooden blocks in there somewhere! To make this awesome gift, you will need:

  • 2 Cubes of wood
  • One long/oblong block of wood (that the two cubes will fit on top of)
  • Velcro strips, magnetic tape or flat Lego blocks
  • Decorating materials – paper/card/paint etc

To make this lovely gift, start by decorating your blocks (or leave them rustic for a more natural feel). Then add numbers/fixings to each block as follows:

Block 1 (cube) – put numbers on each face of the cube – 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Block 2 (cube) – put these numbers of each face of the cube – 0, 1, 2, 6, 7, 8

Block 3 (oblong) – fix your Velcro/flat Lego block to one face – your months will attach to this.

Using good quality card, or laminated paper, create 12 strips of the appropriate size and put each month of the year on them. On the reverse of these strips, put the “matching” Velcro/Lego so that they will fix to your oblong block. Voila! You have a set of calendar blocks which can be used year after year. You can add another set of blocks for days of the week if you wish, or you can leave this part off – it’s up to you!

2 Make a Mug

You can pick up a plain white mug from most supermarkets for about a pound, and you can get ceramic pens/paints from most good craft stores, or online. Along with a bit of inspiration, that’s all you’ll need to create a lovely personalised mug for your dad this Father’s Day. You’ll need to bake your mug at 170C for about 40 mins to fix the design and prevent it from washing off. Who doesn’t love a new mug? Ideal for use at home or work, your Dad is sure to appreciate this lovely personal gift.

3 Lolly Pop Plant Pot

If you have a nice decorative plant pot, this is an ideal starting point. Alternatively you could use a plain white ceramic pot and decorate it in much the same way you can decorate a mug, then use it for this project.

Into the pot, place some florists oasis foam, or cut up some old polystyrene packaging to fit inside. Add to this a range of colourful lolly pops, and perhaps a cute home-made sign and voila! You have a lovely personal gift for dad!

4 Tin Can Desk Tidy

Cheap tins of tomatoes (without the pull tops) work well for this, because the old-school way of opening tins tends to leave you with a nice smooth top (no cut fingers from jagged tins, please!) and the acid from the tomatoes leaves the inside of the tin stain-free and easy to rinse out and use. Although any tin works, this is what I’ve personally found to be best for this type of project. Simple spray the can with undercoat to give a nice finish to work on, then decorate away for a personalised pen pot. You could even order some personalised pens/pencils to go inside as an added touch.

5 Dad Rocks! Paperweight

Next time you’re in the garden, keep an eye out for a nice big, round stone to use for this project. Again, spraying with undercoat first will give you a smoother surface to start working with. From there, you can decorate your paperweight using paint, sequins – anything really! Ideal for use as a paperweight but this could also be used to make a BBQ napkin weight or door stop – ideal for breezy summer days!

Any More Ideas?

Do you have any simple Father’s Day craft ideas to add to our list? Or perhaps you’ve made one of these and would like to share your efforts – either way, we’d love to hear from you!

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Top ideas for teacher gift baskets

Do you have a teaching assistant going off to do a PGCE and want to wish them well with a home made gift basket? Or maybe you just want to make up a gift for a teacher and don’t know what to include. These ideas should get your juices flowing!

Teacher Training PGCE Student Planner

This lovely planner is a great idea for friends or colleagues who are going off to do a PGCE in September. It will allow teacher training PGCE (or equivalent) students to keep track of their important schedule in one place. It comes with a full month at a glance as well as an assignment due date space. This book also includes a project planner, to-do list, task list, notes and study planner.

Teacher Planner/Academic Diary

If you’re making a gift basket for a teacher rather than a trainee teacher, then this planner might be a better addition. It includes plenty of space for planning lessons, keeping records and making notes of deadlines. An essential bit of kit for the organised teacher in your life.

Pocket Tissues

A no-brainer for all teachers and classroom staff – tissues will always come in handy! Especially as we move in to the winter term of coughs and colds! Go eco-friendly with these cheeky panda tissues.

Hand Sanitiser

Keeping your hands clean in the classroom is key for all school staff – especially in light of the fact COVID is still hanging around! So why not add a bottle or two of hand sanitiser to your teacher gift baskets?


If you’ve ever worked in a school, you’ll know that mugs can be gold dust! So get your teacher a decent mug they can call their own. I liked this one, which has a bit of glam with the gold (watch out for microwaves though) and reminds us that teaching is a superpower!

Hand Cream

All that hand sanitiser is going to dry out your teacher’s hands, so adding a small tube of hand cream to their gift basket is a great idea. This one is on special at the moment, too – so get it while you can!

Whiteboard Pens

If you’ve worked in a classroom and picked up board pen after board pen only to find it doesn’t work then you’re not alone! Having your own set of whiteboard pens is invaluable, so make sure to add a set to your teacher gift basket. This set are on a great deal at the moment but plenty of others are available, too!

Essential Reading: Maximising TA’s

Rob Webster’s book, “Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants” is essential reading for all teachers, whether beginning or experienced. It’s a hugely respected, evidence-based book guiding teachers on how to get the best from the TA’s in their classroom. It’s a slightly more pricey addition to your gift basket, so may also be considered as a standalone teacher gift, but very much worth considering.

Behaviour Support Book

Behaviour management training is the most requested type of CPD requested here at Axcis, so a book on this subject is bound to go down well. Axcis Ambassador and behaviour specialist Graham Chatterley wrote the book “Building Positive Behaviour”. This book seeks to understand the language of behaviour and explain appropriate support interventions, rather than relying on the old “rewards and punishments” system which is so popular in most schools. We agree that this is a hugely forward thinking book and a treasure trove for all teachers, so would be another excellent addition for a teacher gift basket, or a standalone gift.


No teacher gift basket would be complete without snacks! I’m suggesting protein bars or raw food bars because these should provide the necessary nutrients as well as giving a sugar boost when on the go during a busy teaching day. I love “Nakd” bars because they are virtually bomb-proof (no soggy banana stinking up your bag because it’s squished under your year 10 homework books), healthy and tasty – winner!


I’ll leave this one up to you! Sometimes it’s appropriate to include alcohol in a gift basket, other times it isn’t… You probably need an idea of whether the teacher you have in mind enjoys a drink and if so what their tipple is. Failing that, something like those little handbag concentrated squash things might come in handy at school when your only drink options are often tea, coffee or water, so one of those might be nice to include, too.

Any other ideas?

Feel free to Tweet us @axcis if you have other ideas for teacher gift baskets, or if you have photos of baskets you’ve made that you’d like to share. Our teaching staff have had a tough year, so don’t forget to make them feel appreciated before school breaks up for summer, and good luck to those teaching assistants who are starting their teacher training in September. We wish you all the best!

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How to be autism friendly at school (guest post)

Crystal Hart has kindly provided this guest blog for Axcis and our partners at the National Autistic Society. Crystal is currently working for Axcis London in a primary school with SEN/D students. She has worked with these students for around four years now. She studied an undergraduate degree in special educational needs and is currently studying a masters in the same subject. Crystal has been around people who have special needs all her life. This has made her passionate to learn about the subject as much as possible and support children with SEN/D. In her spare time, Crystal really loves to sew and enjoys taking her two dogs on long walks. In this guest blog, she talks about the importance of being autism friendly in school settings.

Being autism friendly

Working in an autism provision can be very rewarding. No two days are ever the same! Some days will be great, with the children learning well and behaviour is good. Conversely, some days will be noisy and children may struggle to stay on task. But every day is busy. When a child finally achieves something you have both been working on for a while, it is a big YES feeling and so perseverance is a very important skill. It also takes a person with kindness, patience, empathy, and resilience to work with autistic children, as well as a lot of energy!


Being able to bounce back quickly from situations that arise is a big must. You will experience situations that are not the ‘norm’ daily as no two children are the same. Having resilience as stated above is key to managing these situations.


There are many skills you will need to work with autistic children. Patience is one. Some children learn through repetition and so being patient while they process the information given is important. You may have to wait 10 or even 20 seconds or possibly up to a minute for a child to process what has been said to them and give an answer back.


Positivity is also an important skill, you may not think it is, but it is! Sometimes being positive is hard especially when you are having a bad day. However, the children will sense your feelings and feed off them. This is counter productive to their learning, so try to stay positive!

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is needed when supporting autistic children. They will need emotional support as well as learning support each day. Coming to school may be scary for some children – transitioning between classrooms, or even just using the toilet! I once worked with a child who would only use one toilet in school and when lockdown came that toilet was changed. The child was upset and could not understand why he couldn’t use his normal toilet. I took him to the new toilet and just stood outside it with him for 5 minutes each day for 4 days. Then the fifth day we stepped inside. By the tenth day he was sitting on the toilet! So being sensitive to their emotions, even if we do not understand why is important.

One size does not fit all

A key mistake to avoid is thinking that all autistic children are the same.  They are not! Some children are low on the spectrum and so are social partner children, who need extra emotional support to express themselves and teaching support to access the curriculum. And some children are high on the spectrum and may possibly need less educational support and more emotional support for socialising. Each child will have different needs, some have more needs than others.

Sensory needs

Autistic children may also have different sensory needs. This needs to be remembered when making your space autism friendly. Some children on the spectrum get distracted easily by bright colours and so when making displays, try using muted tones such as light grey and silver. Space may also be an issue. Try to have space between each desk/workstation so the child does not feel ‘closed in’.


Visuals can be used for timetables and for talking. This helps the children understand what they are doing during the day, such strategies might include using a now and next board, communication boards and sign language such as Makaton or SignAlong.


Creating a means of communication within the school environment is crucial, and this will tie in with any visual work you are doing. Having a quiet area in the provision so that children can go for quiet time if they need it is also helpful in managing potential meltdown situations. Some autistic children like quiet, so ear defenders are also handy to have available.

Regulation Station

At our school, to make the provision more autism friendly, we also have a ‘Regulation Station’, where children can go if they feel dysregulated. There are ‘Zones of Regulation’ which are essentially little boxes in traffic light colours so the child can place their name in the box they feel shows how they are feeling and can sit for a while to calm and until the are ready to go back to ‘green’ again. This is especially helpful for children who struggle to express themselves verbally, as is so often the case with autism.

In summary

There are many ways to support autistic children, but the most important thing to remember is that they are all different, so do not assume that one strategy will suit all!

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Axcis June Giveaway: Floor Keyboard

June brings with it World Music Day – as this is a hugely popular event in the school calendar, we thought we’d offer this fantastic floor keyboard as our June Giveaway prize. Find out more plus how to enter completely free of charge here.

About the prize

This interactive musical play mat can be used as a basic keyboard or it can be switched to make other musical instrument noises, including violin, saxophone and guitar. Children can jump, run, crawl or walk on the keys to make the corresponding noises. We think this is a great sensory toy which also gives early years or SEND children the opportunity to learn about music in a fun and engaging way.

Cant wait and want to buy one? You can do so here.

How to enter

Our giveaways are always free to enter, no strings attached! We offer several entry methods so you can either take a quick peek at our Facebook page, Tweet us or sign up on our website for work and you’ll be in with a chance to win. Follow the link below and you’ll be sent to our third party giveaway page (run on there to keep things fair and square) – where you can choose your method of entry and get your name in the hat for this great prize!


Are you seeking SEND work or staff?

If you’re looking for a SEND teaching or support job in England or Wales, why not register with Axcis, the SEND recruitment specialists? Or perhaps you need to recruit staff for your school or provision? If so, why not take a look at the Axcis Website, or get in touch today to find out how we can help?

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Great interview questions for special needs teachers

What makes a good SEND teacher and how can you spot one at an interview? These questions should help…
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What would you do if a student was misbehaving or being disruptive?

You should ask this question because SEND students often require a more individualised approach than students in mainstream settings and blindly following the school behaviour policy may not always be appropriate. You will want to find out if your prospective new hire understands this and how they would respond. When they answer, you should listen out for examples of how they have handled similar situations in the past and how this fits in with the ethos of your setting. You should be on the lookout for an understanding that one size does not fit all and that there might be a root cause or trigger in play where challenging behaviour is concerned. Bonus points if they talk about a need to consult the SENCO or an EHCP for tips on how to effectively manage individual students.

How would you assess the students’ learning and behavior progress?

This is a useful question because many SEND children are not able to be assessed using standardised testing. Instead, your interviewee will need to explore alternative assessment methods and will ideally use this opportunity to ask about what assessment methods you use in your setting. Listen out for experience of coordinating assessment data with other teachers or members of staff as they may have valuable information which can form an important part of any ongoing/casual or formative assessment.

What are your preferred SEND teaching methods?

With this question, you want to know that your candidate is aware of a range of established teaching methods and recognises how these vary from mainstream approaches. Specifically, their answer should mention individualised education plans (IEPs) and discuss how strategies will differ from student to student depending on the individual. You should be listening out for answers detailing the need for goal setting and modifying teaching methods to suit the needs and ability of each student.

Tell me about a lesson that didn’t go according to plan and how you adapted it to improve the outcome.

This is a useful question because it pushes your applicant to talk about perceived failure and how they handle such scenarios. Be wary of teachers who say that this has never happened to them – as an ex-teacher myself I am all too aware that your best laid plans will often fall apart before your eyes! An ability to notice when this is happening and adapt your lesson accordingly is essential. Answers may mention how the teacher has collaborated with other staff members after the fact to ensure that future learning materials are pitched appropriately. It may also be useful to ask how such situations made your applicant feel – if they are easily stressed when things don’t go to plan, then you may not wish to consider them for classes where this is likely to happen on a regular basis.

What are some creative activities you’ve planned that your students have loved?

Making learning fun for both staff and students is an important part of being an effective teacher. It helps to build trust, rapport and an enjoyment of coming to school – all very important things! If examples provided are limited to events which are organised by the wider school community such as World Book Day or school productions, try to encourage your applicant to provide examples from their personal lesson plans. Top marks if they mention subjects or topics which are usually harder to bring to life and make fun such as mathematics or handwriting. Explore how they made it fun and how they knew the children had enjoyed it. You might get some rather interesting insights.

Tell me about a scenario where you had to deal with a difficult parent. How did you address the situation?

Establishing supportive and healthy relationships with the students’ parents is almost as important as fostering good relationships with the students themselves. Parents may not always agree with the teacher’s methods, so avoiding friction is important. At the same time, teachers must be able to stand up for themselves and be advocates for their students. Listen out for answers which demonstrate a willingness to work with families and a respect for the opinions of others involved in the care of their students whilst being able to explain and defend any actions they feel are important, even if not agreed with. Balance is key with this one!

What got you interested in working with special educational needs and disabilities?

Understanding what motivates a candidate can help you gauge their fit. For example, a candidate may mention that they have family members or friends who have special needs, which may better equip them for the pressures of the job. Or they may come from another profession or have voluntary experience in the sector if they have no direct SEND teaching experience. You are essentially looking for understanding and empathy – not candidates who think this will be an “easier ride” than a mainstream classroom teaching job.

How do you keep track of your responsibilities?

Keeping track of the needs and evolving education plans for a full class of students can be tricky. This is why you will need teachers with excellent organisational skills. Candidates will have different methods for organising information and tasks, but the best ones will be able to demonstrate a number of effective strategies. If they have an aptitude and an appreciation for diligent record keeping, they are likely to do a more effective teaching job. It is also worth exploring times when they were not as organised, what the outcome of this was and how they got back on track.

What do you think is the most difficult aspect of this job?

Careers in special educational needs and disabilities can be stressful. It’s important that candidates recognise this ahead of time, or it may be tough for them to handle the pressure. Explore how they manage stress or difficult situations such as the loss of a student with a life-shortening condition. Talk also about how they might manage their students when difficult situations arise and how they offer support. Listen out for signs of genuine concern for the children and how they might encourage positivity in the face of adversity.

Do you need help with SEND staffing?

If you’d rather let someone else do the hard work for you, why not consider using Axcis for your SEND staffing needs? We source, interview and vet all teachers and support staff fully so you don’t have to! Or if you’re a member of SEND teaching or support staff seeking a new role, why not register with Axcis and find out what jobs we have available to suit your needs?

What’s coming up at The National SEND Conference?

Being held online on the 17th and 18th June 2021, The National SEND Conference is looking to be a flagship event in the sector this year.

What can you expect?

  • 2 Days of Core Conference Content: Policy and Funding Updates, Best Practice and Panel Discussions
  • 1 Day Follow-Up Implementation Resources: Helping You Make the Most of New Ideas
  • Live Q&As with policymakers and sector leaders
  • Match-making networking and live meeting scheduling with delegates
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Re-watch all the content for 30 days after the core Conference
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • Dedicated discussion groups to network and collaborate with peers through the 3 Days
  • Real solutions, ideas and answers for all colleagues working to deliver SEND provision
  • Varied formats and screen breaks to support an engaging experience
  • Post-event resources and workshop to facilitate implementation of key takeaways

Who is speaking?

There are over 20 speakers confirmed for this event, including our friend and CEO of nasen Adam Boddison, Andre Imich who is the SEN and Disability Professional Adviser at the Department for Education (DfE) and Nick Whittacker, SEND specialist adviser for Ofsted. Chairing the event is Michelle Prosser Haywood, Strategic Lead for SEND/Inclusion/Safeguarding from University of Wolverhampton Multi Academy Trust. In addition to these notable names are a host of other SEND specialist consultants, leaders and other professionals who are all chomping at the bit to share their research, ideas and good practice with you. There is sure to be something for everyone. Here is what a couple of the speakers had to say about their upcoming presentations:

Olivia Blake MP, Chair of the APPG on SEND:

I am really looking forward to discussing the future of SEND provision for children and young people at the National SEND Conference in July. I’ll be giving a talk on how our All-Party Parliamentary Group works, what our priorities are for enhancing SEND provision, and what we have learnt through our inquiry about how the pandemic has affected children and young people with SEND. I hope to see you there!

Sara Alston (@seainclusion on Twitter) Special Needs and Safeguarding Expert:

“I am really excited to be part of the National SEND Conference 2021. I will be discussing the important issue of  the Mental Health Challenges and Concerns Among Children and Young People with SEND with Moji Omole and Nicky Fallon. Hoping that you will be able to join us.”

Nicola (Nik) Fisher Lead Teaching Assistant and Winner of 2020 SEND Award for Outstanding Contribution to SEND:

I am looking forward to talking about how Teaching Assistants Can Deliver Outstanding Secondary School SEND Provision at the National SEND Conference in June, I’ll be giving a talk on:

How to help children with SEND access the mainstream curriculum through Hive 2 provision, and ideas for reviewing what is delivered through Hive 2 and how.

Methods to support transitions into post-16 pathways by developing independent living skills in tailored 1-to-1 sessions.

Discovering how EKLAN training can support the delivery of innovative speech and language sessions for secondary pupils.

Examining how to tailor interventions according to additional challenges for example pupils who have complex needs or who are also entitled to Pupil Premium.

Book your place

School leaders and SEND professionals will find this conference invaluable, so if you have not booked a place yet, you are not too late – tickets are still available and cost £295 for the conference plus follow-up offerings.

At the Axcis “stand”

Our team will be on hand at our virtual stand to answer your SEND recruitment questions, or discuss how we can be of service to your organisation. As leaders in SEND recruitment, Axcis can offer day to day, long-term and permanent staffing solutions. We actively recruit skilled leaders, teachers and support staff, including those who have experience supporting learners with autism, SEMH, PMLD, MLD and other SEND needs. Get in touch at the conference or via our website to find out more.

Axcis SEND Book Corner – May 2021

Do you want to stay up to date with the latest or most popular SEND books so you can support your personal or professional practice? If the answer is yes, then you’ve come to the right place – welcome to the Axcis SEND Book Corner!

This Month’s Books:

Awesome Games and Activities for Kids with Numeracy Difficulties: How to Feel Smart and In Control about Doing Mathematics with a Neurodiverse Brain

Designed to spark a child’s enthusiasm for maths and make learning simple, this book will help children to grasp the fundamental concepts in maths through exploration and play. This book will appeal to all learning styles and abilities but is particularly relevant for those with specific learning difficulties such as dyscalculia. Building self-esteem and promoting a growth mindset, these activities will help readers to effortlessly develop their number skills, empowering even the least confident learner with a deeper understanding of maths.

Take Control of the Noisy Class: Chaos to Calm in 15 Seconds

Drawing on 20+ years experience in special education and mainstream settings, teacher-trainer Rob Plevin explains a proven, step-by-step plan for successfully managing the most challenging individuals and groups in today’s toughest classrooms. Packed with powerful, fast-acting techniques – including a novel routine to get any class quiet in 15 seconds or less – this book helps teachers across all age groups connect and succeed with hard-to-reach, reluctant learners. 

The Tourette Syndrome and OCD Checklist: A Practical Reference for Parents and Teachers

Children with TS are often teased and punished for the unusual yet uncontrollable symptoms of their disorder. Academic failure is common. The Tourette Syndrome/OCD Checklist helps parents and teachers to better understand children and youth with TS and/or OCD and provide the support and interventions these children need. Presented in a simple, concise, easy-to-read checklist format, the book is packed with the latest research, practical advice, and information on a wide range of topics.

When the Adults Change, Everything Changes: Seismic shifts in school behaviour

When the Adults Change, Everything Changes illustrates how, with their traditional sanction- and exclusion-led methods, the punishment brigade are losing the argument. It outlines how each school can build authentic practice on a stable platform, resulting in shifts in daily rules and routines, in how we deal with the angriest learners, in restorative practice and in how we appreciate positive behaviour.

Messy Maths: A playful, outdoor approach for early years

In Messy Maths: A Playful, Outdoor Approach for Early Years, Juliet Robertson offers a rich resource of ideas that will inspire you to tap into the endless supply of patterns, textures, colours and quantities of the outdoors and deepen children s understanding of maths through hands-on experience.

Are you seeking SEND work or staff?

If you’re looking for a SEND teaching or support job in England or Wales, why not register with Axcis, the SEND recruitment specialists? Or perhaps you need to recruit staff for your school or provision? If so, why not take a look at the Axcis Website, or get in touch today to find out how we can help?

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Thank you from our CEO, Paul

2020-2021 has been a hard year for the vast majority of us. The uncertainty, ever changing goal posts and hardships faced by many have not gone unrecognised. That’s why, as the CEO of Axcis Education I wanted to take a moment to thank our candidates, clients, charitable partners and internal staff for their patience, support and hard work during this unprecedented period in all of our lives.

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Candidates have faced more ambiguity than ever around when they can expect to be offered work, how long schools will keep them on for and whether they will receive such benefits as furlough pay. Although Axcis consultants have worked hard to secure as much work and financial security as possible for our teachers and support staff, we realise that many have still struggled in the past year. To this end, I want to extend a huge thank you for their patience and flexibility.


To our clients I say thank you for your continued support and loyalty to Axcis. I know that COVID has brought with it a huge range of difficulties for schools and alternative provisions – from making the environment as safe as possible for the SEND and keyworker children who you continued to see in person and for the extra hours staff have put in organising online lessons, calling home to check in with families and to the provision many of your offered during what would usually have been school holidays.

Charitable partners

To our charitable partners – I am all too aware of the impact COVID has had on the charity sector and the huge decrease in fundraising opportunities that you’ve faced. Especially at a time when more people than ever have needed to lean on you for support and encouragement. My hat goes off to you and all the effort you have put into continuing to work with our SEND communities.

Internal staff

Last but not least, thank you to our own internal staff at Axcis. You have all rolled with the punches,  worked so very hard at home and accepted our need to furlough some of you in order to keep the business healthy and guarantee a future working relationship with all the stakeholders mentioned here. I am delighted to have everyone back working full time and welcoming you back to the office again very soon.  

Looking to the future

It has not been an easy year for a great many of us, but I’m pleased to report that the future looks bright for Axcis and those who work with us. We have just renewed our charitable partnerships for a further 4 years as well as signing up to be a part of major events such as nasen Live 2021 and the National SEND Conference. We continue to sponsor the National Autistic Society’s “Autism Insight – Education” and will now also be working with them on a series of “Spectrum Live” talks. In addition to this, our candidates will soon have a new app to support them while working for us as well as access to new CPD training offerings, and many of our own staff are looking forward to moving to bigger, better office spaces. We have been busy behind the scenes while COVID has been running it’s course!

A new day is dawning and at Axcis, we are pleased to welcome it.

Paul Gold, CEO Axcis Education

Looking for a SEND teaching or support job? Or perhaps you need to recruit school staff? Take a look at Axcis Education, the SEND recruitment specialist.

Axcis continue sponsorship of the National Autistic Society for a further 4 years

As proud, long-term sponsors of the National Autistic Society and nasen, we take our charitable partnerships seriously here at Axcis. That’s why we are thrilled to announce that we have just signed on for a further 4 years with the National Autistic Society. Find out more here.

Why does Axcis sponsor the National Autistic Society?

We are all too aware that there are lots of recruitment companies out there, and it can sometimes be tricky to separate the wheat from the chaff. That’s why we do all we can to demonstrate our commitment to the sector here at Axcis. One of the ways we do this is through our charitable partnerships. We feel that by giving something back to the SEND sector, we show ourselves to be more than just another agency. Our charitable partnerships also give our staff access to events and training which allow them to better support the schools we work with – so everyone’s a winner! Here’s what our CEO has to say about it:

Axcis Education are delighted to renew our partnership as key sponsors of the National Autistic Society for a further four years. As long-term partners of the National Autistic Society, we are proud to have helped enable the development of many resources that support autistic people, their families and professionals and look forward to continuing this in the years ahead. As part of our renewed agreement, we will be supporting all aspects of the professional activities of the charity including Spectrum Live talks – a range of live-streamed events designed to support education professionals in their work with autistic students.”

Paul Gold, CEO, Axcis Education

What does the National Autistic Society say about our continued partnership?

Caroline Stevens, Chief Executive of the National Autistic Society has this to add:

“We are pleased to announce that we are renewing our long-standing partnership with Axcis Education for another four years. Axcis have been champions of our work since 2011 and are an important part of our efforts to create a society that works for autistic people.”

“As valued partners of our charity, Axcis have supported a range of important initiatives. These include sponsoring our newsletters for autism professionals, teachers and school staff, and supporting our World Autism Awareness Schools Resources and our online Professional Practice content. In addition to this, we are looking forward to Axcis supporting a series of Spectrum Live broadcasts.”

“We are extremely thankful for the support of Axcis and their staff and look forward to continuing our impactful partnership.”

Find out more

If you’d like to find out more about Axcis and our charitable partnerships, you can do so here. Or if you’d like to make a donation to the National Autistic Society and support their ongoing work, you can do so by following the link below:

Donate to The National Autistic Society

Are you seeking SEND work or staff?

If you’re looking for a SEND teaching or support job in England or Wales, why not register with Axcis, the SEND recruitment specialists? Or perhaps you need to recruit staff for your school or provision? If so, why not take a look at the Axcis Website, or get in touch today to find out how we can help?

Interview advice for head of year jobs – courtesy of Twitter!

Need help with interview advice? Have you thought about reaching out on Twitter? With so many education professionals present in this online community, you could get more help than you might realise, as this candidate for a head of year job found out.

Miss Watson had a Head of Year interview coming up…

Miss Watson is a social media user who took a moment to reach out for interview advice on Twitter… ON TWITTER? I hear you ask… Well, yes. Did you know that there is a huge community of education professionals present on Twitter, and their advice is there for the taking, as Miss Watson found out when she was preparing for a HOY interview. In fact, when I had a look through the responses she received, I thought they were so varied and useful that I just had to share them on the Axcis blog because these bits of advice are pure GOLD! Thanks Miss Watson for letting me share your post!

And the advice she received:

I’m sure that you’ll agree there is some brilliant advice on here, so if you have a HOY job interview coming up, maybe you’ll find this helpful, too!

Are you seeking SEND work or staff?

If you’re looking for a SEND teaching or support job in England or Wales, why not register with Axcis, the SEND recruitment specialists? Or perhaps you need to recruit staff for your school or provision? If so, why not take a look at the Axcis Website, or get in touch today to find out how we can help?

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