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Schools Newsletter - March 2016

Schools Newsletter

At SYLO Associates we have extensive experience working with schools and we are increasingly seeing the value of partnerships and collaborative working.  We work in partnership with schools to understand your specific needs, providing strategic support which will facilitate improvements in your school’s performance. Our School’s HR Advisory Service is there to support you in dealing with any workplace employment law and HR related issues that can arise in the running of the School, ensuring you make decisions that are in the interests of all parties and meet your legal obligations as an employer.

Teaching Assistants’ Case Study

One of our challenges over the last few months has been to provide support to the Teaching Assistant population. Traditionally there has been a lack of clarity about the professional development routes available to TA’s and, there’s been a significant lack of understanding around the skills and competencies required to become a HLTA.

Skills4Employability and Lord Williams’s School

SYLO Associates works with School Leadership Teams to help ensure they have the skills and abilities to support students by delivering workshops on what employers are looking for, interview skills, telephone and communication skills, and CV writing development.

Using our Skills4Employability programme at Lord Williams’s School in Thame, SYLO Associates work with the sixth form students on their CV’s as well as hosting skills workshops, leading up to mock interviews with local businesses. This helps to identify their skills whilst highlighting competencies & skills employers are looking for. More importantly though is the students’ ability to articulate their skills in a relevant and compelling way.

Sally White, Director at SYLO Associates says: “We may want to give young people the very best education but they really need to be prepared about the realities of the job markets post school, college or university. It’s a highly competitive market and we want our children to stand the best possible chance. I feel that using our skills working in Partnership with our clients we can help to make this happen.” 

Employee Wellbeing in schools

As any employer you will have a duty of care to your employees. Most schools will have physical health and safety policies, which mainly cover their employees physical wellbeing whilst they are in school, but what about their mental wellbeing?

Teacher Retention – Can you improve it?

Recent Press coverage will have confirmed what you already know!  Recruiting high quality teachers is getting harder and harder, with there being a national shortage of some specialist teachers.  Sir Michael Wilshaw, Chief Inspector of England Schools warns of Teachers moving overseas and according to a recent YOUGOV and NUT survey over 50% of teachers are looking to leave the profession in the next 2 years. With evidence like this the retention of your current teachers is more important than ever.

Three ways to improve the results from your procurement activities in 2016

Procurement expert speaker, Lorraine Ashover is Managing Director of Minerva Procurement Consultancy Services Limited.  Fulfilling a long-standing ambition to be her own boss Lorraine set up Minerva in 2010 in direct response to feedback from the school bursar community and helps schools reduce cost, streamline procurement practices and save time. The company looks after many independent and academy schools and manages significant spend on behalf of clients.

Lorraine has kindly shared one of her Blogs with us...
“Barely a publication goes by these days without an article covering procurement in some way, shape or form. The reason for this is clear: getting more ‘bang for your buck’ has never been more vital.”

National Apprenticeship Week 2016 - 14 to 18 March

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2016) is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and is designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

The key themes for National Apprenticeship Week 2016 are: “An apprenticeship can take you anywhere”, with a particular focus on higher skills to show how young people, entrepreneurs and businesses can “rise to the top” through traineeships and apprenticeships.

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