Looking for high-quality school staff? Supply Desk can help.
HES and Supply Desk have been collaborating in a formal partnership since 2018. However, Supply Desk have been working with schools across the for over a decade.
The changing nature of candidates’ interaction with employers has shifted the approaches needed to attract new teachers and support staff. Limiting recruitment options to adverts in the TES and on the school website often means missing out on a huge pool of potential candidates.
To combat this, Supply Desk are working with schools on strategic, long-term approaches to staffing, to help ensure Havering schools are equipped with the best teachers and support staff to educate the future of the borough. These approaches include:
Marketing guidance: Helping headteachers attract the best candidates
Teaching Apprenticeship Programme: Working with schools to enable them to train and develop their own teachers
Interview experience: Innovative approaches to interviewing and showcasing schools
The Overseas Tour: Supply Desk are flying Stuart McLaughlin, Headteacher at Bower Park Academy and Chair of the Havering Learning Partnership (HLP) to Australia to interview candidates on behalf of all of the schools in the borough
The overseas tour, in particular, forms a key part of the consultancy’s commitment to Havering schools. It is a hugely exciting opportunity to showcase the schools and the borough itself and to establish long lasting relationships with overseas candidates who can make a real difference.
Candidates are sourced from some of the best teaching universities in the world and are then matched to vacancies provided to Stuart and Supply Desk by schools in the borough. During his time in Australia, Stuart will interview pre-vetted candidates across three cities: Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
Look out for updates from Supply Desk in the HES newsletter alongside hints, tips and ideas for senior leaders. In addition, check out our dedicated resource page [requires portal login] which will feature our Teacher of the Week and an updated list of available overseas teachers.
Interested in finding out more? Contact Matt Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website, www.supplydesk.co.uk.
Online harms in an education setting
The Government’s Online Harms White Paper consultation ends on the 1st July. The White Paper sets out the government’s plans for a package of online safety measures that they expect will support innovation and a thriving digital economy. Ultimately, the intention is to make companies more responsible for their users’ safety online, particularly children and other vulnerable groups.
The government states that “Companies will be held to account for tackling a comprehensive set of online harms, ranging from illegal activity and content to behaviours which are harmful but not necessarily illegal.”
The new whitepaper is certainly a step in the right direction as it moves towards addressing the significant risks that adults and children are facing. Luckily, we are now seeing greater awareness and buy-in from technology companies such as Facebook, who are recognising the importance of taking responsibility and adhering to the appropriate codes of conduct.
While there is a big focus on age verification and suitability, this needs to be applied to school resources too. It’s important for us to raise awareness and provide the right support and guidance for schools and parents in understanding online safety risks. A lot of schools are frustrated with current systems. For example, age verification is currently based on purchase and install rather than the use of the actual product or service.
For schools, this process needs to be further strengthened in terms of access and use for children using resources in the classroom – right now there seems to be a greater focus on the age restrictions in relation to purchasing consumer games and consoles so we do need a wider focus here.
It’s pleasing to see that the whitepaper proposes the strengthening of responses to issues like cyberbullying and trolling; this is something that schools would certainly endorse. At present, it’s very unclear for teachers as there are no solid definitions for identifying and dealing with these issues.
While a lot of the references within the whitepaper point to things like terrorist propaganda, self-harm and suicide, it’s vital to bring in the views of children and young people. We now have more than one generation of digital natives; children born into a world permeated by technology. Bringing their views into this consultation, along with the views of teachers and schools, isn’t just sensible, it’s imperative. There needs to be more protection and guidance about the risks of online content and the importance of educating children – as well as parents, schools and the public – in recognising the signs.
Have you completed your 360 Peer Feedback Review?
All staff members within Havering have access to LM 360 as part of Leadership Matters’ partnership with HES. This is a comprehensive peer review system that allows you to gain valuable insight into your own leadership qualities as well as the perceptions that others have of you. Carry out your report here: www.leadershipmatters.org.uk/360-peer-review.
All Havering schools have a free year’s licence to Leadership Matters and academies benefit from a 50% discount. Find out more here.
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HES Training and Development Brochure 2019/20
The HES Training and Development Brochure for 2019/20 is available to view. The brochure details HES' extensive range of continuing professional development, training courses and events.
Through our training and development offer, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to providing you with high-quality, tailored services to benefit your day-to-day work or to propel you up the ladder.
To view the brochure, click here or download from the Attachments section on the right-hand side of this screen.
In case you missed it, the HES Services and Support Brochure 2019/20 is also available to view here.