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We Have Achieved REC Audited Education Gold Standard!

We are delighted to inform you that Salford Supply Desk has been awarded the ‘Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) Audited Gold Standard for Recruitment in Education.’

An education agency that acquires REC Audited Education status has achieved the highest kitemark on safeguarding available in the education space. As the Chair of the REC steering group for the benchmark, I know it will both stand the test of time and respond to the changing education arena. It is a tool that will continue to be a mark of excellence for an agency.”

PROFESSOR JOHN HOWSON, CHAIR OF THE REC AUDITED EDUCATION STEERING GROUP

The REC Education Audit reported that:

“Salford Supply Desk is committed to very high professional standards. We acknowledge the dedication and professionalism that your team consistently delivers. Salford Supply Desk ensures these stringent standards of compliance and best practice are met on a daily basis. In attaining it Salford Supply Desk is a credit to the REC and the reputation of the industry.”

The award places Salford Supply Desk in the top 10% of agencies nationally in REC membership.

REC Audited Education continues to ensure safeguarding & compliance and that agencies are undertaking all the relevant checks when recruiting teaching and non teaching staff. It also demonstrates that we operate best practice in areas such as, customer service, staff development, diversity and client management.

Salford Supply Desk’s REC Audited Education award will further enable schools, parents and governors to be confident that they are in the safe hands of expert education recruitment professionals and you can be confident you are using an accredited supplier that is accountable to the highest professional body in the industry.

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Safeguarding: Putting Pupils First; 2017

Schools have a duty to ensure that the supply agencies that they use carry out the same safeguarding checks on supply staff as the school is required to carry out on its own staff.

Keeping Children Safe in Education (2016) is statutory guidance issued by the Department for Education. The guidance states that schools and colleges must ensure that they obtain written confirmation from supply agencies and third parties that the same checks have been carried out for staff who they supply to schools as the school would carry out on its own staff.

CHECKS THAT AGENCIES AND SCHOOLS MUST CARRY OUT

  • Verify a candidate’s identity, preferably from current photographic ID and proof of address except where, for exceptional reasons, none is available.
  • Obtain a certificate for an enhanced DBS check with a barred list check where the person will be engaging in regulated activity.
  • Obtain a separate barred list check if an individual will start work in regulated activity before the DBS certificate is available.
  • Ensure that a potential candidate is not on a prohibited list. Such checks are undertaken via a system called the Employer Access Online Service.
  • Verify the person’s right to work in the UK following Home Office advice on the GOV.UK website.
  • If the person has lived or worked outside the UK, make any further checks the school or college consider appropriate (see relevant sections to follow).
  • Verify professional qualifications, as appropriate. And additionally – where relevant, check whether the person is disqualified under the childcare provisions.

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Recommended By Headteachers!

Headteachers Say……

 

“The personal, individual touch is excellent. It gives us confidence knowing who is looking after our supply needs.”

(Mr. P. Jameson, Headteacher, St. Luke’s RC Primary School, Salford

“Just a quick message to thank you all for another year’s excellent service. It is so nice to work with people who carry out their business with care, a personal touch and attention to the needs of the individual school, as you all do at Salford Supply Desk

(Mr. P.Wright, Headteacher, St. Peter’s CE Primary School, Swinton, Manchester)

 

“We have been extremely happy with the professional service provided by Salford Supply Desk throughout the year.  I have been impressed by the out of hour’s response and personal touch in responding to our needs.”

(Mr. L. Pridden, Headteacher, Grosvenor Road Primary School, Swinton)

“Salford Supply Desk not only listens to your needs but ensure they are fully met. The personal service given to the school is always honest and reliable.”

(Mr. M. Platt, Headteacher, St. Andrew’s CE Primary School, Boothstown)

Another year of a fantastic, honest and reliable supply service. Combining a knowledge of our school with complete professionalism for an outstanding service – Thank you”

(Rebecca Holroyd, School Business Manager St John’s CE Primary School,  Swinton)

“St Marie’s RC Primary School have worked with the Salford Supply Desk for over 12 years. They are a very professional organisation and they really take on board the ethos of our school in providing supply teachers. They are friendly, efficient and well organised. I would recommend their services without reservation.”

(Mrs. F. Robinson, Headteacher, St. Marie’s RC Primary School, Bury)

“We have enjoyed another year of professional, high quality support from Salford Supply Desk . We have every confidence in their whole teams’ ability to continue to support our staffing requirements with teachers and teaching assistants well matched to our school needs.”

Mrs. K. Higson, Headteacher, Ribble Drive Primary School, Whitefield

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Essential Tips for Supply Teachers & Assistants!

There are golden rules for supply teachers and assistants to follow to ensure their day gets off to a great start – and continues in that vein.

  • Check Your Route Before You Leave. Teachers who are late are not often asked back. Pre-plan your route before leaving.
  • Have your documents to hand. Take your current DBS Certificate with you if it’s your first teaching assignment at a school. At some schools it is policy not to let you beyond the school office unless it’s been checked. Also have some form of photo ID and your Salford Supply Desk ID Lanyard.
  • Smile – it’s free! Introduce yourself to everyone you meet. An easy way to stand out is to smile. and say hello to other teachers, assistants and staff within the school, not only is it good to see a happy face but it leaves a great impression.Office staff can be helpful, too, so make yourself known to them.
  • Find out if the work is pre-set. Will you need to bring your own ideas or has the teacher left teaching plans to follow?  Also, check to see if you will have use of a w hiteboard and, if so, that it will be set up for you
  • Ask about the children. Someone in the school who is familiar with the class should make you aware of any children with particular needs, and whether there are any children who need medication, so that you can organise use of teaching assistants, adjust any plans, and take into account those who would find change difficult.
  •  Make yourself familiar and find out about routines. Get to know the timetable for the day, the school’s writing style, class rules for behaviour, how children are expected to move around the school, The start of the day is crucial to how well the rest of the day will go, so make sure that you are aware of the daily routine.  Children will be reassured those routines haven’t changed and that you are in command.
  • Always follow plans. It may be tempting to try out one of your own ideas, but unless the teacher’s notes say otherwise, always follow their plans down to a T.
  • Don’t disrupt groupings. There is method to the madness, and although it might not make sense to you, keep the children in their prescribed groups.  Most of them will know which group they are in, but some won’t and others will just play up. Put the group list in a visible place, or write them on the board.
  • Have fun ideas for time fillers. There are always times of the day when you will need to fill short gaps, such as when a session finishes early or assembly is running late.  It’s always worth having a few entertaining ideas.
  • Leave a note for the teacher. Teachers will worry about their class when they are away, so if you can give some useful feedback about the sessions and the children, it will be much appreciated. It’s a really small thing but can make a big difference to the returning teacher, who may find the break in continuity unsettling. Leave a note at the end of the day, detailing the work done, where you are up to in set work, any incidents, that books were marked, and if so, where they’ve been put.
  • Return things to their rightful place. You know how infuriating it is at home when someone uses something but doesn’t return it to its original place. It’s even more stressful for teachers when this happens because they have to adhere to strict timetables and ensure curriculum coverage, so remember to put things back where you found them.
  • Leave the classroom tidy. By the end of the day, things might look very different to the original pristine condition of the classroom so don’t leave it like that. Leave it as you found it, and that is usually clean and tidy
  • Always Mark work (if applicable).Take time to go through any completed set work; mark fairly, consistently and appropriately, and pay attention to the school’s marking policy. Leave a few encouraging comments to illustrate where children have done well or have tried hard.
  • Brief a Head or Deputy Head before you go. Pop into the head of department, deputy head or headteacher’s office before you go to give a quick rundown of the day, say how much you enjoyed it, and mention any children who behaved well.
  • And, please keep us up to speed with your availabilty …Always call the Office on 0161 743 3720 (please don’t text) and let us know by 7.30am if you’re too ill to carry out a booking….and keep us up to speed if you are no longer available. This helps as we will be trying to find work for you if you have told us you are available.

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SALFORD SUPPLY DESK Re-Accredited Investors In People Award 2016

SALFORD SUPPLY DESK RETAINS INVESTORS IN PEOPLE AWARD 2016

We are delighted to announce that Salford Supply Desk has retained our Investors In People Award for 2016

Our assessor commented “A thank you to all the staff for their hospitality, for being welcoming and accepting of my presence and for their honesty in their responses. It is clear that SSD aims to carry out its work with care, honesty, a personal touch and attention to the needs of the individual teacher and school as stated in its ‘Mission Statement'”

Organisations that meet the world-recognised Investors in People Standard reflect the very best in people management excellence.

The assessment clearly revealed a number of key strengths within the business primarily around Living the organisation’s values and behaviours, Empowering and involving people, building capability and structuring work.

Creating a culture of openness and trust has been a key element to the success of Salford Supply Desk Ltd. IIP found many examples of how people were coached, supported, guided and developed in line with the ambition and leaders were observed as positive role models in their dealings with staff and with the IIP Assesor during the review visits.

Please find out more on at http://salfordsupplydesk.com

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New Term: Teacher Recruitment Remains a Priority!

With the new school year upon us, teacher recruitment will remain a major priority for Salford Supply Desk. We will continue to ensure that schools have access to high-quality teachers at short notice.

Here are some of the key issues schools should keep in mind as we start the new term.

Compliance

One of the major reasons an education agency will join the REC (Recruitment & Employment Confederation) is to prove to schools and teachers that they uphold the high professional and ethical standards we expect of all members.

As well as meeting legal obligations under all relevant regulations, members of the REC must comply with their Code of Professional Practice, and must pass a compliance test to enter and remain in membership. The REC is the only trade body in the UK which asks this as a pre-requisite of membership.

The REC Code of Practice covers issues such as:

Conducting checks to ensure the suitability of teachers being placed into schools

Transparency regarding fees and charges before any services are provided

Honesty and professionalism in all dealings with teachers and schools

For schools, ensuring that your recruitment partners have signed up to the REC Code ensures that you are working with businesses that understand the importance of compliance.

REC Audited Education

Salford Supply Desk has gone further in demonstrating compliance by undertaking the REC Audited Education accreditation. This is the Gold Standard in education Recruitment. This means that we have been assessed against REC standards, industry legislation and requirements specific to the education sector.

This initiative builds on the previous Quality Mark scheme which the REC managed on behalf of the Department for Education for over ten years, and provides schools with a recognised kite-mark when selecting an education agency.

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Why Use An REC Audited Education Agency?

By using an REC Audited Education member, as an employer you know that:

•They have demonstrated that extra level of compliance

•Salford Supply Desk is one of the top 10% REC members that has demonstrated their professionalism

•You know they have a recognised kite mark of excellence and have undergone specific checks within the education sector

•You can be confident you are using an accredited supplier that is accountable to a professional body

•They are helping to build the best recruitment industry in the world

REC Audited Education
•REC Audited Education was developed after the Department for Education’s Quality Mark (QM) scheme ceased to exist in 2013

•This scheme builds on the legacy of the Quality Mark and has been designed with safeguarding in mind, ensuring agencies are carrying out the relevant checks when recruiting teaching and non-teaching staff

•This comprehensive audit ensures recruitment businesses comply with safeguarding legislation and recruitment best practice being independently verified by the REC

REC Audited Education

•Some of the areas covered within the audit are:

•Data protection

•Training and induction

•Complaints procedure

•Customer service

•Diversity

•Work seeker checks

•Advertising

•Dealing with clients

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REC AUDITED EDUCATION

We are delighted to inform you that Salford Supply Desk has been awarded the ‘Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) Audited Gold Standard for Recruitment in Education.’

The REC Education Audit reported that:

“Salford Supply Desk is committed to very high professional standards. We acknowledge the dedication and professionalism that your team consistently delivers. Salford Supply Desk ensures these stringent standards of compliance and best practice are met on a daily basis. In attaining it Salford Supply Desk is a credit to the REC and the reputation of the industry.”

The award places Salford Supply Desk in the top 10% of agencies nationally in REC membership.

REC Audited Education continues to ensure safeguarding & compliance and that agencies are undertaking all the relevant checks when recruiting teaching and non teaching staff. It also demonstrates that we operate best practice in areas such as, customer service, staff development, diversity and client management.

Salford Supply Desk’s REC Audited Education award will further enable schools, parents and governors to be confident that they are in the safe hands of expert education recruitment professionals and you can be confident you are using an accredited supplier that is accountable to the highest professional body in the industry.


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