Welcome to the Katie Jayne Tutors Teacher Blog Issue Number 1.
I hope to bring you a range of interesting facts, articles, discussion and items that will help you to navigate the teaching world and keep you up to date with what Katie Jayne Tutors has been up to.
For many of you this will have been the strangest period in your teaching career, a classroom with no children can be the most odd feeling for a teacher when usually the hum of daily school noise thunders around the corridors and in the classrooms. Our face to face connection with our pupils is the thing we all love, the thing that makes our day tick by in a flash. We have seen our teaching community rise to the challenge: learning new skills, teaching virtually, accessing children’s needs via video, still being vigilant for those of our pupils who are at risk and encouraging pupils to continue their learning journey over this most unusual of times. We salute you and hope to provide you with inspiration and motivation for September and the new academic year.
I usually have time to get in touch with all of the Katie Jayne teaching team, but this year has been so busy growing the business, onboarding new clients and expanding our team, and of course growing my own family with the birth of my son (hats off to all of you who are teaching pupils and keeping your own children entertained and educated at home, no easy task), so this will be my first communication to you all in a while.
Firstly, I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the hard work and dedication that you have placed into your teaching through continuing your lessons with our very grateful clients. You have been stalwart in your quest to teach our KJ pupils and keep them on their upward learning curve, thank you. Secondly, it is the companies fifth birthday this year and we are growing along with our students, with your help we can shout about the great work that we are all doing in the pursuit of excellence for our students.
Have a restful summer, relax and kick back a little.
See you next time.
Did You Know???
There has been so much going on at Katie Jayne Tutors this year and we thought you might like to hear all about it!
For the fifth year in a row Katie Jayne’s tutors have enabled 100% of their pupils to secure a place at their chosen school -Well done you!
Katie Jayne Tutors has been nominated for the Lux Magazine 2020 Parent & Baby Award – This is down to your hard work and excellent teaching that Katie Jayne Tutors has been nominated for this award. To take a more in depth look follow the link. This award is particularly sought after as it will honour the businesses and initiatives which guarantee that families receive the best possible care and support to accommodate the growth and development of their child.
Three months ago, Katie Jayne Tutors launched its weekly newsletter for parents. We provide a Junior and a Senior newsletter. If you would like to join the mailing list just email email@example.com, tell us which newsletter you would like to receive and you will get great ideas, fun activities, educational tasks, careers advice, health and well-being tips and much more sent straight to your inbox.
Over the last few months we have seen an increase in families requesting group sessions. So Katie Jayne Tutors is now happy to offer small group sessions and would be interested to hear if you know of any families that might be interested. Point them in our direction and we can guide them through the sign up and get them started on a series of tutoring sessions with similar age/ability children. This adds an element of fun for the children and the chance to learn together after having been away from the classroom for so long.
Summer is the time for our pupils to relax and have fun, but also to continue with their learning. Many of our pupils like to continue their lessons with you throughout the summer holidays. We encourage this and hope that you too can pass on the benefits of summer learning to your current families. We are happy to offer a range of further summer lessons and activities catered around the needs of the individual pupils. Ask families to contact us direct for more information. There is an interesting article from TutorDoctor regarding Learning Loss where research shows that with school closures and the summer months, students will loose as much as 68% of their learning gains before September. Here you can find some useful tips for keeping children learning this summer.
Katie Jayne offers a £50.00 voucher to any teacher who recommends a colleague to us. As soon as that colleague begins tutoring one of our pupils, you will receive a £50.00 voucher in the post.
Katie Jayne also offers a £50.00 voucher to any teacher who recommends a family to us. Likewise, as soon as that family start tutoring lessons with one of our teachers you will receive a £50.00 voucher in the post.
NHS key workers can receive a 20% discount on any tutoring session, just provide proof of employment. Spread the word!
Katie Jayne is currently running an NHS competition, spread the word and encourage your NHS friends to take part. See details below.
Are you a key worker? Do you know any children of a key worker?
We are offering the chance for THREE key worker families to WIN a free month* of online tutoring for their child. We can cover tutoring in a range of subjects for children from age 4 to 18.
* One month’s worth of tutoring equates to two hours a week for one child for one calendar month.
To enter (either on behalf of your family or someone else who is eligible):
Tag any friend(s) whose child could benefit in a comment below the competition post pinned to the top of the page. Alternatively you can enter yourself/ your partner by commenting with your profession e.g. supermarket staff/ nurse/ delivery driver/ emergency services. You will gain an additional entry per friend tagged.
Feel free to share to spread the word! We would love it if you could share this post to give more key worker families a chance to win (this is not a condition of entry though).
Terms and Conditions
Competition ends on Monday 31st August 2020, 11:59 pm GMT. Only UK entrants please. This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Instagram or Twitter in any way.⠀ You must agree to the Katie Jayne Tutoring T&Cs made available at time of booking. https://katiejayne.co.uk/tcs-clients/ The prize must be used within a single calendar month and the free month must be started by 1st October 2020 latest. The three prizes are valid only for children in the care of key workers, as recognised by the UK government. Tutoring via Zoom will require the child to have access to a PC, laptop or tablet and good internet connection (not supplied).
The Winner will be contacted by direct message by 31st August 2020. Good luck!
Application to the Department for Education
Katie Jayne Tutors has put itself forward to the Department for Education to offer its services, experience and teachers to help The National Tutoring Programme achieve its aim of supporting schools to address the impact of Covid-19 school closures on pupils learning. This is a government-funded, sector-led initiative.
From the 2020-21 school year, the National Tutoring Programme will make high-quality tuition available to state-maintained primary and secondary schools, providing additional support to help pupils who have missed out the most as a result of school closures.
There is a substantial attainment gap between pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and their classmates – with the gap growing ever larger whilst schools remain closed.
There is extensive evidence showing the impact of tutoring to support pupils who have fallen behind. Katie Jayne tutors have the experience to provide focused learning in a one to one, or small group session. Because we are a team of fully qualified, advanced DBS checked teachers we can get started immediately with this initiative, helping children and families nationwide.
Would you like to win a £100.00 cash prize?
How can I do it I hear you cry?
Step 1: Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin and Facebook (see links at bottom of the newsletter).
Step 2: Complete the Skills and Endorsement section on Linkedin.
Step 3: Write a recommendation on Facebook and Linkedin (you can use the same recommendation or write a different one!).
All teachers that have completed these three steps will then be entered into a prize draw which will be drawn on August 31st.
We got our expert mathematician to calculate your odds of winning….. 75 to 1. Not bad! Only available to the team at Katie Jayne Tutors.
As a thank you to our teachers for another wonderful academic year, we put all of our teachers names who have tutored this year into a hat and chose one at random to win a bottle of wine.
CONGRATULATIONS to JENNIFER C who was the winner. A bottle of wine is on the way to you as we speak…
Please remember that we are always on hand to help provide you with materials and the support that you might need with our clients. Below are some of the resources we have on offer. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on any of these areas.
If you would like any of the resources below, please get in touch with us at email@example.com.
Zoom online training course.
Tutorcruncher- access to interactive whiteboard.
Past exam papers.
GDP resources – flash cards, workbooks.
Posters for clients and for teachers links.
Partnership with an exam preparation company- able to offer our clients discounted rates on a variety of courses, materials etc (suitable for children in Years 4-6).
Our teachers mental health and well-being is incredibly important. The prospect of teaching face to face again, or with larger numbers of pupils returning to the classroom after what has been such a difficult time, is key to kicking the new academic year off to a great start. It is a good time to remember that everyones journey through the Covid pandemic will have been different; some losing loved ones in tragic circumstances, some sheilding to protect loved ones, families facing financial crisis, whilst others are carrying on as usual without experiencing any of the aforementioned. This will give the return to normality a different feel for all of us. Respecting other peoples wishes during the early days and weeks of returning to school will be an important aspect of keeping harmony in our departments, corridors and classrooms. Below are a few useful items, but please share with us your thoughts and ideas to help others navigate the waters ahead.
Free Apps to help you with relaxation and well-being: Calm, Big White Wall to help with stress and anxiety, Catch It helps you to look at thoughts in a more positive way, Chill Panda encourages breathing techniques to bring on calm and relaxation, Cove is a music app creating music for moods. We hope that you will find these useful not just during the pandemic but throughout the school year.
Back to School
Mental health after lockdown and tips on how to cope with returning to school:
Easing yourself in gently and building up a tolerance to normal life again will help. You could try doing something small every day that helps you to get back into the swing of things.
Fear and Anxiety
Many things that are out of our control cause fear and anxiety, so why not plan and manage the things you can control. Write an action plan for the things you find difficult, this might help.
Variety is the Spice of Life
Varying your activities from day to day and varying the time that you carry out an activity will help you to get back into the normal hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Going at your own pace and easing yourself back into life after lockdown is really key, do not let yourself be bullied or pressured into doing anything that you feel uncomfortable doing.
Chat to Work
Take time to have a conversation with your employer. It will really help to ease your anxiety if you call and speak to your department manager or HR department. Discuss the ways that you can take care of yourself in the workplace, talk about the initiatives your employer has put in place for all staff and students to help them stay safe at school. Knowing the environment that you will be returning to will definitely help you to plan and ease your own anxiety.
The coming months and the year ahead will change as we go, knowing how to deal with uncertainty will help you get through what will be an unusual time ahead. Focusing on the present is a good way to feel stable, whilst keeping an eye on the things that are certain will help you to remain calm and hopeful, talk to people you trust and chat about the things you are worried about. Keeping things in perspective will keep your mind on track.
We have found that most schools are carrying out a back to work interview or survey. This will give you an opportunity to express your special areas of concern and work with your employer to find a mutually agreeable solution. Use your HR department if you have specific health issues that give you extra concern. It is important that you feel confident and safe when you return to the classroom.
The following suggestions have come in from our teaching friends:
Having the same classroom all day rather than moving from one classroom to another.
Not sharing your own physical resources, ensuring each child has their own equipment (where possible). Rather than lending a book, take a photocopy.
Requesting extra cleaning on desks and in shared areas like toilets and corridors.
Having your own supply of PPE and sanitising fluids will also make you feel more in control.
Taking your own packed lunch rather than eating in the canteen.
General hygiene in your own departments – sharing this duty of care with your colleagues.
We are looking for a fantastic teacher to help create content for our online social media presence. Do you have time to offer us an hour a week? Or can you offer us one hour on a one-off basis? We are looking for great content for posts going out every day. Perhaps you already have a number of educational activities that you use for your pupils, if you are happy to take photographs and videos of your work we would love to post it. We are looking for educational activities for our juniors and seniors in any subject, perhaps it will be a write up of practical tips i.e. five top tips for Maths or perhaps a video of you showing how to complete an English task or a Science experiment. We want to hear from you if you have the energy and drive and would like to get involved.
Hourly rate £20.00-30.00 per hour
Apply to: Samantha Jepp – Panteli at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information