SEND News Roundup

At Axcis, we are thrilled to be associated with the National Autistic Society and nasen. Each month, we bring you the latest news highlights from our partners, so if you’d like to know what’s been happening with these great organisations and in the world of SEND, read on.

Nasen News

Below you’ll find a list of the latest SEND news from our friends at nasen. Each title is clickable and the link will take you to their website where you can find the full story.

Axcis are proud to sponsor nasen

National Autistic Society News

Below you’ll find a list of some of the latest autism news, compiled by our friends at The National Autistic Society. Each title is clickable and the link will take you to their website where you can find the full story.

Are you looking for a teaching or support job in a school or alternative provision?

If you would be interested in a teaching or support position at a school or alternative provision, why not get in touch or register with Axcis today and find out how we can assist you? Alternatively, if you are seeking staff for your school or provision, or would like to refer a friend to us, pop us and email – we’d be happy to help!



If we want children to make better choices we have to give them better odds of success (guest post)

Graham Chatterley is an SEMH school leader and father to an autistic son along with two other children. He regularly provides guest blogs for Axcis. In this one, he talks about the challenges children face when dealing with difficult situations and how we can help them to make better choices.

In one week we are going on a family holiday to Spain. I remember a time when something like this would be really looked forward to. I’ve always been a “glass half full” kind of guy but I am currently consumed with pessimism. We are at a point where going to the shop is a massive challenge with Daniel’s autism and collection of other needs – so to go abroad seems nuts!

All the things that could go wrong keep swimming about my head;

Is he going to become aggressive on the plane?

Will he eat in another country?

Am I fit enough to throw a 5 stone child about in the pool all day for 7 days?

Is he going to sleep in a different bed, in a different country, out of routine?

As I forecast the outcomes to these potential problems and get more anxious, I have to stop myself… I need to look at it a different way. We have done this before when we went away three years ago, and there were lots of positive experiences I can draw upon;

The last time he slept on the plane and going fast in the car is literally his favourite thing!

We have back up milk with enough nutrients in. If he doesn’t eat, it isn’t going to harm him!

I am 38 and past my best – but I think I can keep up with him – and I won’t be on my own.

In past experience the only place he has ever slept well was the last holiday in Spain!

So I temporarily come out of my worry cycle and feel a lot less pessimistic. Then I think about how I did it and how often the kids at school are in similar positions and we expect the same from them.

We expect them to employ similar techniques or a growth mindset, or we expect them to trust us when we tell them ‘it will be okay’ or ‘you can do it’ or ‘you don’t have to be scared’. Like the words should overcome every piece of evidence and life experience.

Just because we said it, meant it and believe it – so should they, but the truth is that it doesn’t matter how well meaning we are or how much we believe what we are saying if the overwhelming majority of evidence and experience says otherwise. This is why we have to create an evidence base that provides experiences that back up those statements.

The Experiences Bag

For me, I see it a bit like a lucky dip. All the experiences a child has are in a bag and when faced with a challenging situation they draw a response from the bag. If that bag only has negative experiences in it, then we will get a negative response – as we so often do with some children. This, in turn is often met with more negativity and we add another one to the bag!

It might be that we have previously managed to put some positive experiences in the bag. Maybe we did a good conflict resolution, maybe the child managed their anger well or was a good friend. Despite this, they may still be in a position where the negatives in the bag outweigh the positives, so in a moment of crisis – the odds are still that they will respond in a negative way.

This is the position many of the children we work with at my school are in. They come to us with a very unbalanced bag and are expected to manage complex situations, often very quickly, it stands to reason they pick out unsuitable choices.

So we have to help!

Time

What is the biggest absentee in most difficult situations for both children and adults? Thinking time…

If we ask the child to just grab something immediately at random out of their bag, the odds are stacked against picking a good response. Yet we do it regularly – we put them on the spot, often saying things like; ‘What have you got to say for yourself?’

We create a lucky dip situation when we could be helping more effectively.

Rather than rushing them, could they be encouraged to take a minute to look through the bag? Can they find a situation where this happened before and the outcome was okay? Filtering is a difficult skill that many will struggle with but we can at least make sure they get the opportunity.

Help them locate good responses

We are their guides, their teachers, so let’s teach them how to search their bag! We can ask questions like;

Do you remember what we did last time?

I know how well you can do this because I’ve seen you do it when……

Growth mindset is more than us saying you can do it or you will succeed, it’s about us identifying when they have done it before and all the times they have succeeded and helping to keep them at the top of the bag.

Fill it up!

There is a fabulous video on YouTube about self esteem called ‘poker chips’ and at the end he says that our job as teachers is to make sure that each and every child leaves school at the end of the day with more chips than they started the day with.

This is the same principle. We have to add positive experiences to that bag. Every success goes in – and not just academic ones! We need to point out positive interactions and give jobs they can do well which will boost confidence – but most importantly – we need to carefully manage behavioural mistakes. We will still have to add a negative because they happen and that’s OK – but if we can have a resolution and therefore also add a positive, we can add balance.

If we do this over time we can tip the scales so that even if a situation is rushed, even if it is a lucky dip, the odds of picking out a positive experience and therefore response are far better.

Remember, children know what’s in their bag. For many they head to school rooting through it and all the failures. They play the upcoming day and forecast all of the situations where it is going to go wrong and unless somebody steps in to break this cycle it will repeat. That is where the adults need to come in.

Are you seeking teaching or support work?

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?

How to Help Your Child Thrive in the Long Run By Making Healthy Decisions Now (Guest Post)

Jenny Wise has kindly provided this guest post for the Axcis blog which talks about the importance of health and wellbeing for getting your child off to a good start in life.

Parents are a child’s first teacher, friend, and role model. Parents teach their children through direct communication, attitude, and behavior, setting the tone for lifelong healthy habits. It’s important to be intentional about teaching your children to make smart choices.

Routine Checkups

While there are many things you can do to help your kids make healthy choices, nothing can replace the professional evaluations and opinions a doctor can provide. That’s why it’s important to make sure your kids are getting to their regular checkups. From checking vital signs and measurements to head-to-toe exams and immunizations, checkups are how you stay ahead of your child’s health. Also, a pediatrician will typically talk over any concerns or questions you have, which provides peace of mind and enables you to make any necessary changes.

Another thing to consider is dental health. It’s not unusual for a kid to dislike brushing their teeth or flossing, but helping them develop that habit is critical to their overall health. Furthermore, it’s essential that they see their dentist twice a year for a checkup and cleaning.

Healthy Eating

Most parents know the struggle of having a picky eater. The battle that comes with trying to get some kids to eat their veggies makes the strongest want to cave. Fear not, as your efforts are not in vain. Providing healthy options each day will help them to know what foods are good for them and will eventually lead to a diverse palate.

Some healthy habits you can aim for include:

  • Offer your kids fruits and veggies every day, even if it is blended with other foods.
  • Present whole fruits instead of fruit juices or desserts.
  • Make sure they always have water available and it is offered frequently.
  • Limit artificial sugars and consumption of caffeine.
  • Serve the recommended serving size.
  • Incorporate supplements.

When it comes to food selections and meal preparations, get your kids involved. The more involved they are, the more they will learn and retain what healthy options are out there. If you let them choose the fruits and veggies they will consume throughout the day, they will be more likely to eat what they have selected.

Another way to make sure your kids get the nutrients they need is to give them a daily multivitamin. These vitamins help support your children’s immune systems, and if you find a brand that also contains probiotics, they can improve gut health as well.

Exercise

Regular physical activity is important for a child’s growth, development, mental health, strength, and flexibility. Establishing a routine of regular physical activity will inevitably establish lifelong healthy habits. Help your child get in at least 30 to 60 minutes of activity every day.

Here are some ways you can incorporate physical fitness into your daily lives:

  • Take family walks, hikes, or bike rides.
  • Play sports, like basketball or football.
  • Make cleaning a family chore, where everyone sweeps, vacuums, dust, gardens, etc.
  • Limit screen time to two hours maximum.
  • Park the car further away from entrances to promote walking.
  • Walk, instead of drive, whenever possible.

Parents bear the responsibility of preparing their children to make good decisions, and this includes habits that affect their health, both physically and mentally. Be sure your child makes it to regular checkup appointments, and pay special attention to their eating. Consider the benefits of CBD, and work with your child on creating a good exercise routine. Choices that seem small today could very well make a big impact tomorrow.

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?

Photo Credit: Unsplash

Tips For School Transitions – How can you use the holidays to get prepared?

September brings with it transitions for most school children – whether it’s their first time in a new school or simply moving to a new class, how can you use the holidays to help prepare children for the change?

Get a map

Before starting a new school, see if you can obtain a copy of a map. Spend some time looking at it and discussing what each room is for and which ones your child is likely to use. An idea for an activity over summer might be to build a model of the school from cardboard, or to use chalk to draw a map out on the patio, but bigger so that you can have a “virtual tour” of the new environment and start to get used to where things are. This could easily be turned into a game by asking your child to show you where to get an apple (the canteen) or where you can find books (the library) etc. A prize/reward for each question answered correctly would help to start building confidence in using the new environment.

Practice getting ready

By doing some “dry runs” of the new routine in the morning, you can help your child to prepare for the term ahead. So, if you are stressed about how you will fit in breakfast, packing the school bag and getting dressed and ready for school, or potential meltdowns taking place – practise! On the first try, allow as much time as needed, and then on subsequent attempts, turn it into a game by running a timer and seeing how close you and your child can get to being ready “on time”. Rewarding each faster run with a small prize, leading to an ultimate “treat” such as a day trip or time doing something desirable when you are ready on time (or independently), can mean that by the time September comes around, the morning routine is a breeze for everyone.

Keep in touch with friends

If there are friends going through the same transition, it can be useful to keep in touch with them during the summer holidays and talk about what September has in store. Arranging to go into school with these friends on the first day, or to meet up with them during the day can help bring some familiarity to a day which will be full of new (and potentially stressful) situations.

Know the rules

When starting a new school, see if you can have a copy of the rules ahead of time so that you and your child can start to get used to them. Understanding expectations can really help to minimise the stress of potentially “getting in trouble for doing something wrong” for many young people. This could be turned into a game by putting scenarios on flash cards and asking your child to tell you if they are against the rules or not. You can use your imagination and make some of these silly and fun ideas in order to keep your child engaged in the game

Practice the journey

Depending on where you live and how you travel, practicing the journey to a new school might be worth doing – especially if you want your child to be able to do it independently at some point. Remember that doing this in the school holidays might sometimes give a false impression of what the trip might be like though – as trains and buses will get much busier once term goes back!

Join a club or do a new activity

Not only would this be a useful idea for staying busy over the holidays anyway, but it can also serve the purpose of getting your child used to meeting new people. This could prove to be of value to all children, but particularly those with autism or special needs where meeting new teachers or support staff is likely to prove to be challenging.

Make sure staff understand the needs of your child

Effective transition planning isn’t just about making sure that pupils are ready for the new term – staff need to be prepared, too! So – if you have not already had a meeting with your child’s new teacher or support workers then it’s time to make sure that they have copies of the Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or know they need to process one (where relevant) and understand how best to work with your child. If you didn’t have this meeting before the end of term in July – get one booked in for the start of September if you have a child with additional needs.

Use the holidays to de-stress

Having given the ideas listed above, it’s important to keep it all in perspective. Although planning for the new term is important, taking time out during the holidays to de-stress is also crucial. Take time to do activities that will help your child to relax, and they are more likely to start the new term in a relaxed state of mind. Find a balance between preparation activities and relaxing activities and with any luck – September will be a breeze!

Useful Resources

There are plenty of excellent resources on the net which support transition planning. Two which I found particularly useful when writing this article are:

1 – Transition Toolkit – provided by the Autism Education Trust

2 – Moving On – provided by the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities

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?

5 Tips for helping young people with eating disorders in schools (guest post)

Hope Virgo, Author and Mental Health Campaigner has kindly provided this guest post for the Axcis blog.


I always struggled quite a bit when I was growing up with my emotions. I hated feeling anything but particularly distressing things. I often felt quite lost, and alone. But being who I was, I would always try and put on that brave face. Push further forward and make myself feel okay. Maybe that was why I was so suited to Anorexia when she knocked on my door when I was 13 years old.

I didn’t really understand it at first, I didn’t understand why I had this voice in my head. But I liked it at the same time. I liked the fact that it gave me real purpose every single day. When I did what it told me to do I got this sense of achievement, value, satisfaction and it praised me. She made me believe that her way was the best way to live my life. It was like my little secret and I didn’t have to tell anyone else about it. I just kept it completely secret and that was the best part of it.

The deeper that relationship grew the more I longed for it and did what it wanted me to. I became completely fixated on making it happy all the time. When I didn’t do enough for it I would shut down, and feel guilty.

Little did I know that the Anorexia that I thought was my actual best friend was slowly but surely killing me. Sucking all life out of me. Fast forward those four years and I was an outpatient at CAMHs still feeling unable to do anything to tackle this. But now the Anorexia was not making me happy but instead making me completely miserable. I would lay in bed in the evenings completely lost in my own head. Feeling completely alone and struggling. All I wanted was for that voice in my head to stop. To stop beating me up, telling me I wasn’t doing enough… I had done what it wanted but that wasn’t enough anymore. Nothing was enough. I used to lay there in bed just wishing everything would stop.

After six months at CAMHs, with a failing heart, yellowing skin, my hair falling out, I was admitted to a mental health hospital. As I stood there in the entrance, tears streaming down my face I begged my Mum to give me one more chance to make this okay. By this point it was just too late.

What would have helped me?

I don’t want this to turn in to a blame game but a few things that would have helped:

  1. Having space to talk about how I felt; making space to sit and listen, phone free time when this is happening and really taking that time out to talk
  2. Learning about healthy eating and healthy exercise: we live in a society where everything is so focussed on calories and image. Where people are constantly being judged. We have a role to educate people about healthy eating and exercise but at the same time make sure that people are not getting fixated on calories. We need to get rid of the messaging that calories are a bad thing
  3. Having some understanding of mental health. This is crucial for everyone and we need to find a way to instil mental health in to everyday teaching and within the curriculum – this will help individuals build up their resilience to take on life

What can you do in your schools to help those with eating disorders?

We know that 10% of children and young people (aged 5-16 years) have a clinically diagnosable mental problem, yet 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age (Mental Health Foundation).

We all have a duty to try and tackle this. We are living in a mental health epidemic where services are stretched beyond belief. Schools are often left having to pick up the pieces for those living with eating disorders who are not able to access services because they aren’t “underweight enough”.  

  1. Discuss wellbeing with your young person: this is about prevention! We know that a huge number of eating disorders escalate from emotional distress and it is important that schools make sure we have an open place to express emotions, and feelings without judgement
  2. Plan an awareness event so that your young people know can have a way to start this conversation. It is important we take a whole school approach to awareness activities making sure parents are also involved.
  3. If you are worried about someone reach out to them: this can be hard to do, but it is important we keep that line of communication open. Take them outside for a walk and ask them how they are feeling. Don’t assume you know the reasons they feel a certain way
  4. When young people have school trips be mindful of whether children will find packed lunches hard and need another choice of food
  5. Think about your healthy messages and diet chat across the school. This is crucial, we are bombarded all the time with messaging around dieting, calories and healthy eating and we need to make sure children know what messages to listen to i.e. they don’t see calories as all bad, and that we don’t have “good and bad foods”. We have a role to play in educating young people with healthy messaging around food and exercise

Where am I now?

I am now in recovery and have been since I entered that hospital eleven years ago. I managed my recovery pretty much since leaving hospital with one relapse, but now feel in a better place with my anorexia. I know that that voice in my head is not worth listening to, that it lies to me, beats me up and whatever it tells me is a load of rubbish. I have my coping mechanisms in place and I now use my story to help other people.

About Hope


Hope Virgo is the Author of Stand Tall Little Girl, and a multi award winning international leading advocate for people with eating disorders. Hope helps young people and employers (including schools, hospitals and businesses) to deal with the rising tide of mental health issues which affect one in four people and costs employers between £33 and £42 billion annually. She has been described by Richard Mitchell, CEO of Sherwood Forest Hospital, as “sharing a very powerful story with a huge impact”. Hope is also a recognised media spokesperson, having appeared on various platforms including BBC Newsnight, Good Morning Britain, Sky News and BBC News. 

hopevirgo@hotmail.com; @Hope Virgo; Website: www.hopevirgo.com

How to de-stress and leave work behind in the holidays

Are you so used to feeling stressed that you’re struggling to unwind and enjoy the summer holidays? Or perhaps you’re worried about your workload come September and are spending the break lesson planning and trying to prepare for the term ahead? Here are some reasons why you need to make time to de-stress, and some ideas for how you might go about it.

Why is relaxation important?

How about a bit of meditation on the beach?

It is important to remember that taking time to relax is not being lazy. It’s a crucial part of maintaining your personal health and wellbeing. We all know that we should eat well and take regular exercise, and we don’t feel guilty if we make time in our schedule to do those things. We should therefore treat relaxing in the same way. The teaching profession is one which is  fraught with pressure and stress, so we must make time during the holidays to unwind and recharge if we want to do a good job when term starts again.

Taking time to de-stress improves mental health, releases muscle tension (which often we are not even aware of until we start to experience chronic pain, which in turn can cause long-term problems). Relaxing has also been shown to lower blood pressure, improve digestion and other maintenance and repair processes in the body.

What can you try to de-stress?

Axcis Andy loves to get out in the garden and relax!

There is no “one-size-fits-all” answer to this question, but there are a host of activities which have been shown to reduce cortisol (the stress hormone) levels in the body, and can help to promote the feeling of relaxation. They include (but are not limited to):

  • Massage
  • Exercise
  • Meditation
  • Tai Chi
  • Yoga
  • Reading
  • Gardening
  • Craftwork
  • Baking/cooking

Choose something that you enjoy, that gives you a sense of satisfaction and that you feel best relaxes both your body and mind.  We are all different, so some of the things on this list may actually stress you out more! Others may help you to feel relaxed – why not try some out and see how you get on if you’re not sure which will work for you?

But I have kids to look after, so can’t relax!

As a mother of a young child myself, I can entirely relate to this sentiment! Trying to sit and meditate while someone screams “Mummy, mummy, mummy, MUMMY” at you just doesn’t work! So you must plan your relaxation time accordingly. You could try getting up early before anyone else in the house is up, or waiting until everyone else is settled for the evening if your relaxation method is a solitary, quiet one. Or you could opt for something which you can actually get the little monsters involved with, too! After all, relaxing is an important life skill, and you’ll be helping to make sure that your children are better equipped to deal with the stresses of life if they understand how to relax, too. So, why not pick something from the list which you can do together?

Are you seeking work?

At Axcis, we are always on the lookout for caring people who want to work with children. Whether you’re a qualified teacher, a teaching assistant, care worker or therapist, or simply someone who would be interested in getting into this sector, we’d love to hear from you. Why not take a look at our website or register your details with us to find out more?

Preparing to teach SEND in September (guest post)

How can you prepare to support children with SEND in the new school year? Alex Grady, Education Development Officer for nasen, has kindly provided us with this essential guidance in her guest blog for Axcis. (Re-post).

Getting off to a good start in September

Getting off to a positive start with your new class/es in September will help to set the temperature for future lessons, but knowing how best to do this can feel daunting, especially when you know that there are pupils with SEND (as there will be in almost every class). There are lots of things you can do now or early in the term to prepare to meet the needs of every child you teach to make for a more successful start to the year for everyone:


Find out as much as you can about the pupils (particularly those with SEND)

Make sure you speak to the SENCO. As well as using data and assessment outcomes. Also aim to find out about them as people – every pupil coming into your classroom is an individual with their own needs, strengths, fears, family, hobbies etc.Try to find something you can talk about or refer to for each child– the personal touch really helps with building relationships, and relationships will help to see you through any difficulties ahead.


Find out as much as you can about any identified types of SEND

You can do this by looking at relevant websites, books etc. so that you have an idea of what particular strengths and needs might be. For example, most people with autism have sensory needs, so you may want to consider the impact of lighting, noise, seating etc However, do be aware that the child is not the diagnosis – every pupil with autism/dyslexia/Down syndrome etc is different, and knowing about this area will simply give you an indication of what an individual’s needs may be.


Consider your classroom environment

Even if you don’t have your own classroom, you can think about the aspects of the environment that are within your control. Clutter can be extremely distracting for many pupils, and some will not be able to filter it out, so aim for as little clutter as possible – tidy up piles of books, pen pots, desk tops etc (and train your class to keep them tidy!). What’s on the walls? Do you have word lists or prompts that you want pupils to refer to? If so, make sure they can easily be seen from everywhere in the room and teach the pupils how to use them. Are there old/tatty/irrelevant displays up? Take them down – a bare board is better than one with useless/confusing information on it. Can pupils access the equipment you want them to use? Can those pupils who need a writing slope or a chunky pencil get themselves one? Arrange resources so they can be used independently.


Think ahead about how you want to respond to the individual needs of your pupils

For example, if you have pupils with literacy difficulties, what support will you offer them for writing? How will you manage spelling tests? For all pupils, but particularly those with SEND, how will you try to develop independence? What strategies could you employ to support the child with autism who needs a routine? (Think visual timetables and preparing them for changes). How will you avoid, and if necessary respond to, situations where a pupil challenges you verbally? (Read about restorative approaches to behaviour to help with this). You cannot possibly think through every possible scenario, but if you are clear about having inclusive values and respond using these, this will take you a long way.


Make sure you know what resources you will need for particular pupils

For example, a dyslexic pupil may benefit from topic vocabulary lists, common exception word spelling lists, coloured overlays, high-interest low-reading age books etc whereas a pupil with autism may need a now-next board or emotions cards and so on. You will probably discover there are other resources you need as time goes on but having some prepared gives pupils the message that you care about them and want to support them

If you are lucky enough to have support staff, consider how you will work effectively with them

The MITA (Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants) website is a goldmine of information for good advice on this. If you’re not already familiar with Rob Webster and his work in this area, take a look!

Remember – every pupil in every class is an individual with their own personality, so enjoy getting to know them – you will all learn a lot as the year progresses!

Are you looking for SEND recruitment assistance?

Whether you are looking for a role yourself, or for support to hire your next SEND teaching or support spcialist, Axcis can help! Why not get in touch with us today, or visit our website for more information?

SEND News Roundup

At Axcis, we are thrilled to be associated with the National Autistic Society and nasen. Each month, we bring you the latest news highlights from our partners, so if you’d like to know what’s been happening with these great organisations and in the world of SEND, read on.

Nasen News

Below you’ll find a list of the latest SEND news from our friends at nasen. Each title is clickable and the link will take you to their website where you can find the full story.

Axcis are proud to sponsor nasen

National Autistic Society News

Below you’ll find a list of some of the latest autism news, compiled by our friends at The National Autistic Society. Each title is clickable and the link will take you to their website where you can find the full story.

Are you looking for a teaching or support job in a school or alternative provision?

If you would be interested in a teaching or support position at a school or alternative provision, why not get in touch or register with Axcis today and find out how we can assist you? Alternatively, if you are seeking staff for your school or provision, or would like to refer a friend to us, pop us and email – we’d be happy to help!

The Importance of Staff Appreciation and Axcis Company Day 2019

In a busy world of targets, profits and crammed diaries, it can be difficult to find the time to make sure your staff feel appreciated. Find out here why it’s important and how we do it at Axcis.

Why is staff appreciation important?

Staff recognition is a highly effective and proven strategy for improving employee engagement. A well-implemented staff appreciation program has the power to impact many aspects of business – from morale, to productivity, engagement, and even retention. Let’s face it – everyone likes to feel appreciated for the work they do – so how do we do it at Axcis? For us, it’s a two-sided issue – we have our own internal staff to look after, as well as the contractors who work for us in schools and alternative provisions up and down the country. This article focuses on our Internal techniques, but rest assured that we also make an effort to ensure that our teachers and support staff feel appreciated, too!

Our top strategies for staff appreciation

Here are just a few of the things we do to ensure that our staff feel appreciated at Axcis:

  • Give shout-outs! Celebrate small successes as they happen
  • Friday “Good News” emails which all departments contribute to
  • Passing along feedback from candidates/clients
  • Lunches and drinks
  • Consultant of the week awards
  • Christmas do’s
  • End of year company day

Many of the things above are pretty self explanatory – the main take-home message is that we try to look for positives in our week, and then share them either with the member of staff directly or with the wider company – or both! It’s amazing how motivating a positive comment can be. In addition to this, we have lunches/drinks and office parties at Christmas. But there is one special day when we all come together…

Company Day 2019

We have just celebrated Company Day 2019. This is one day each year when we invite all staff members from across the company to join us for a day of fun, thanks, food, drinks and celebrating the company birthday! This year, Axcis turned 18 on the 18th July – a landmark birthday for anyone!

What did we get up to on Company Day 2019?

Company Day 2019 was held in London – our head office in Oxford Circus is home to our biggest team and London is a hub everyone from our regional offices can easily get to, so with venue selected, everyone made their way to meet up for a day of fun and frolics. So, what did the day entail?

Quiz

A quiz is a fun ice breaker and a chance for individuals from other offices to spend a bit of time together. We do one every year, and it’s always a huge success. This year, we made it a bit more personal by including a ‘whodunnit’ round – Who wanted to be a cage fighter? Who got down to the final 60 on the apprentice? Who used to sleep in a suitcase?! The riddle round was my fave – what type of room has no windows or doors? (A mushroom in case you were wondering!)

The team had a great day at the Axcis Company day 2019

Awards

No company get together would be complete without giving some awards – from business awards based on facts, figures and targets, to awards for most supportive, there were a broad range to make sure that all departments were included.

Speech!

The company director gave a rousing speech, thanking staff for all their hard work throughout the year. It was great to hear from Paul Gold who is usually busy working away with the management team in the background.

A chance to chill

We don’t like to make our Company Day too structured as it’s also meant to be a chance for staff to mix, socialise and generally have some food and drinks on the company – so there was also plenty of opportunity for this.

What did the team have to say about the day?

There was lots of lovely feedback from the Axcis family about Company Day 2019. Most were in agreement that the best part was being able to meet people from other offices who they usually only speak to on the phone. And a chance to generally let their hair down and have some fun in the sun! Louise, Training and HR Manager, told us:

It was a fantastic day, really great to get all the offices together to see everyone as well as celebrate success and achievements. And it was a special one as we were celebrating Axcis 18th birthday!  Events like these really make you feel part of the Axcis family and make us a stronger team collectively!

Would you like to be at Company Day 2020?

If you’re interested in joining us at Company Day 2020, then why not check out our internal vacancies page? If you’d like to become part of the Axcis family, then we’d love to hear from you!

Candidate of the Term Summer 2019: Winners

Who are the winners of the Axcis Candidate of the Term Summer 2019 awards? And what did they do to go above and beyond the call of duty for the schools they are working in?

The Nominees

We had lots of lovely nominations from the schools we work with. These were all published on our blog for anyone who missed them. Selecting winners wasn’t easy, and all nominees received a certificate of appreciation for the hard work they do, but after much deliberation, winners were selected…

And the winners are…

Oliver – working for Louise (Axcis London)

Reason for nomination:
We’ like to nominate Oliver for the following reasons: He is personable – instantly liked by students and staff. He is proactive, a good communicator and a team player. He is sensitive to the importance of preserving the dignity and well-being of students with physical disabilities who need intimate care. He does not take himself too seriously and has a sense of humor while respecting the responsibilities of the role. He is willing and hardworking, and he puts our young people first

What Oliver says about winning:

Oliver – Axcis Summer 2019 Candidate of the Term Winner

It was a pleasure to be nominated and win the award for this academic term. I’ve had an immense amount of support from both Axcis Education and the school (Julia and the team have been wonderful) and am looking forward to starting the next academic year in September.

Diana, working for Laurence (Axcis South West)

Reason for nomination:
She truly is brilliant.  Diana settled in immediately, using her initiative and being proactive in supporting the children.  She doesn’t wait to be asked or given permission, she naturally uses her intuition to meet the children where they are and gently encourage them .  She has a natural way with our most vulnerable learners, making them feel safe and cared for.  The children warmed to her instantly and look forward to her being in class.  Diana has made all the difference to one of our CiC offering her stability and predictability in this somewhat chaotic time in her life. I am very thankful for this.  No task is too big for Diana.  She has so much knowledge and experience she leaves the team in awe! On top of all this she has the most radiant smile which lifts everyone’s spirits and makes us feel as though anything is possible, which is definitely needed at this time of year.  She is total amazeballs!

Diana (middle) – Axcis Summer 2019 Candidate of the Term Winner

What Diana says about winning:

I’m really surprised but honoured to work in such a welcoming and nurturing school. the support offered is unconditional and the children are fantastic.

The school added:
Diana has done a fantastic job working on a 1:1 basis with our child. She thoroughly deserves the award

Stuart – Working for Tamsin (Axcis Devon & Cornwall)

Reason for nomination:
Since beginning at WESC on a five day temporary term (second half of the summer term), he has quickly gained a reputation as a highly skilled, knowledgeable and positive colleague who is student focused in all he does.   He has met the challenges involved in taking on a complex group of students and had galvanised a disparate group of staff to create an effective and purposeful learning environment. Had we been able to offer Him a permanent role, I would have done so without hesitation.  I am happy to give more information if required. 

Do your Axcis staff go the extra mile?

If your Axcis contractor goes the extra mile and you’d like to nominate them for a Candidate of the Term award, don’t forget to keep an eye on our blog for when nominations open next term. Or if you’d like to hire one of our fantastic teachers or support staff, why not get in touch with your local office or email us your vacancy today?

Top
%d bloggers like this: