Daje – Why I work in Education

Learning support assistant Daje from Norbury Primary School in Harrow tells us more about why she became an LSA.

Our support has always been a key part of helping all types of people find work, in the UK and abroad.

It’s our approach to support which starts with a free career planning session no matter your location, experience or role, we believe that quality recruitment begins with helping and understand your unique needs.

Kate – How useful was Engage Educations CPD for you?

Kate from Australia shares the upsides of the Life and Professional development insights she has been given and why it helps.

Our support has always been a key part of helping all types of people find work, in the UK and abroad.

It’s our approach to support which starts with a free career planning session no matter your location, experience or role, we believe that quality recruitment begins with helping and understand your unique needs.

Managing Classroom Behaviour


26 ways to sort your professional development
26 ways to sort your professional development

We help our teachers across the world by running CPD courses in Australia, Ireland, Canada for teachers considering moving here and for ALL of our teachers in the UK we have an ongoing program covering all sorts of gains.

Here is twenty-six of our upcoming courses:

1. Free CPD Class: Raising Achievement for ASD

2. Free CPD Class: Behaviour Management Strategies for Primary

3. Free CPD Class: Early Years- Play Based Learning

4. Free CPD Class: Using Phonics to Support Early Literacy

5. Free CPD Class: New Phonics changes

6. Free CPD Class: Embedding Numeracy across the curriculum

7. Free CPD Class: Embedding literacy across the curriculum

8. Free CPD Class: Maths intro session (AQ)

9. Free CPD Class: Engaging the disengaged student

10. Free CPD Class: How to prepare for a lesson observation

11. Free CPD Class: Extracurricular activities in school

12. Free CPD Class: Marking tips from veteran teachers

13. Free CPD Class: Effectively integrating technology

14. Free CPD Class: New and better ways to use technology

15. Free CPD Class: Understanding Predicted Grades (How to utilize the data)

16. Free CPD Class: Managing Behaviour: Conflict Resolution in the Classroom

17. Free CPD Class: Meaningful Practical Assessments

18. Free CPD Class: Teaching Outstanding Lessons

19. Free CPD Class: Safeguarding: Your Responsibilities

20. Free CPD Class: Preparing for Parents Evening

21. Free CPD Class: Supply Teacher Resources

22. Free CPD Class: Supporting mental health in the classroom

23. Free CPD Class: Progressing my career

24. Free CPD Class: Sponsorship: What you need to know

25. Free CPD Class: Integrating into a new school

26. Free CPD Class: Understanding the structure of UK Schools

It is your career, your choices, we just load you up with whatever you need to help yours on your journey.

Our CPD classes are free for our teachers, if you want to discuss how we could be helping you then just click below and we can have a chat.



How prepared am I? How Team Teach can help!

How prepared am I? How Team Teach can help!

Team Teach is award-winning ‘positive handling’ training which helps staff support people with challenging behaviour. A teacher that has students with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties or Social, Emotional and Mental Health issues would benefit immensely from Team Teach. It teaches a range of de-escalation and positive handling techniques which promote positive relationships in schools.

The training helps attendees reduce stress, increase security in the classroom and boost staff morale in the workplace. Confidence is key when dealing with EBD (Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties) or SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health) students and Team Teach training can give you the tools to approach these with assurance.

What are the aims?

– Promote the least intrusive positive handling strategy

– Understand how to exhaust all verbal and nonverbal de-escalation strategies before positive handling strategies are used

– To ensure you can respond to disruptive, disturbing or aggressive behaviours which maintain a positive relationship

– To reduce the number of serious incidents involving physical controls by exhausting behaviour management strategies

– Increase staff awareness concerning the importance of recording, reporting, monitoring and evaluating every incident which involves positive handling

– To ensure a process of repair and reflection is in place for both staff and children

Who can benefit?
How can you get involved?

We offer Team Teach to schools, Faye and Mayur work for our SEN division and are both qualified Team Teach trainers.

The course they offer comprises of a mixture of theory and practical elements – course participants will be required to get involved in physical activities, including restraints. It’s all above board, we take health and safety seriously during the training. If you’re interested in discussing Team Teach further, give us a call. We’ll be happy to help.


Understanding and managing different Special Educational Needs

How to understand and manage different Special Educational Needs

Special Education is educating children with either a learning difficulty or disability which makes it harder for them to learn, in other words they need extra support. As a Special Educational Needs Teacher, you’ll teach the curriculum to children but in a way which works for them.
Here is a list of common special needs, their characteristics and where applicable, how to manage signs in the classroom.
SEMH: Social, Emotional & Mental Health
Children with SEMH may have difficulties managing their emotions and building relationships.
Typical characteristics of children with SEMH are mood swings, frustration, verbal and physical threats, stealing, setting fires and self harm.
Managing SEMH in the classroom: allow pupils to read or listen to music, reward efforts, promote exercise.
BESD: Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties
Children with BEDS have trouble building relationships and struggle in mainstream environments. They sometimes show inappropriate responses or feelings to situations and are often considered to showcase socially unacceptable behaviours.
Typical characteristics of children with BESD are aggression, vandalism, drug abuse, truancy and threatening behaviour.
Managing BESD in the classroom: figure out what triggers certain behaviours, reinforce your expectations, allow fidgeting if it aids concentration.
ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADHD is common in both mainstream and Special Schools. The two main characteristics of ADHD are inattentiveness and hyperactivity. It’s quite common for children that have ADHD to suffer from other conditions, such as anxiety, depression or sleep problems. These can all contribute to problems with learning in school.
Managing ADHD in the classroom: shorten tasks, provide a quiet space, be direct and increase verbal tasks.
ASD: Autism Spectrum Disorder
ASD covers a number of conditions which affect a child’s ability to communicate, have interests and interact socially. Different types of ASD include Autism, Asperger Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Children with ASD also have problems with non-verbal communication; they tend to not be able to understand facial expressions or body language. Children with ASD also show little interest in other children and may suffer from trigger tantrums.
Managing ASD: set the classroom up in rows, post classroom rules, give verbal prompts frequently.
Cerebral Palsy
This condition affects a child’s movement and coordination – it can differ from case to case, some children may only be slightly affected while others could be severely disabled. General characteristics could be difficulties with vision or speech, walking on tiptoes or clumsy movements. Many children with Cerebral Palsy go to a mainstream school but will benefit more from a special school.
Down’s Syndrome
Down’s Syndrome causes learning disabilities and specific physical characteristics, there are a number of ways a special education teacher can support children with Down’s Syndrome, from teaching them to be independent with things like feeding themselves to learning new works, and integrating them socially with other children. Children with Down’s Syndrome have difficulties learning.
HI/VI: Hearing Impairment / Visual Impairment
Children with HI may need extra support in a classroom, from strategically placing them near the speaker to a remote microphone (HAT). Schools will accommodate for children with VI as appropriate.
Children with Visual Impairment have differing needs depending on the severity of their condition – some may need to learn Braille, whereas others may need to learn through visual cues, i.e. large writing or a specific font.
MLD, SLD, PMLD: Moderate – Severe – Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties
Children with Moderate Learning Difficulties have attainment levels significantly lower than their peers, they may also struggle with language delay, low concentration and underdeveloped social skills.
Severe learning difficulties relate to children that have an attainment level below the 0.01% percentile, which as a major effect on their schoolwork without support.
PMLD relates to children with complex needs, as well as learning difficulties, these children will also have physical disabilities, sensory issues or a severe medical condition. Some characteristics of learning difficulties could be having trouble reading, limited vocabulary, underdeveloped coordination skills and difficulty remembering. Children with PMLD need a lot of support.


Learn while you teach

We believe that continuous professional development is key to retaining staff and developing individuals to achieve their career goals.

We understand that starting a new role is a daunting change, that’s why we’ve developed our Induction event to completely prepare you to start your new role. Chelsey attended one of our events in September, and enjoyed the fact that she “got to meet the consultants and other people who work for Engage”. It’s important for overseas teachers to have a point of contact and friendly face to call.

We’ve been receiving great feedback from our CPD events. Attendees of our latest course on Autism had these things to say:

“It was super informative, with useful strategies for students with ASD”
“Advice and suggestions on how to support Autistic Pupils.”
“The course was informative and in appropriate sections. It was delivered in a fun way.”
“Balanced mix of talk and hands-on activities”
“A range of different strategies.”
“I learnt new information about behaviour management.”
“A great range of tips on current issue we face every day in the classroom”
“The lecturer was very informative and interesting to listen to. A great course.”

Our Engage staff attends our CPD sessions, too. We feel that they can support teachers better if they understand the kinds of issues that they deal with at work. Jake complimented the time schedule of our CPD session, saying “I thought 10am to 4pm was the perfect time and the break times fitted perfectly to keep everyone in the room fresh and engaged”.

It’s so great to see how our CPD offering is supporting our teachers when they return home, too. Aoise returned to Ireland after teaching in London for a year and found a job easily – “I gained so many new skills from the extensive CPD I was doing on a weekly basis (which I would never have gotten in Ireland) – and I learned how to really collaborate.”


Lesson planning, it’s kind of a big deal

Planning lessons is an important part of teaching.

It helps outline your teaching objectives and what you need your students to learn. So what is a lesson plan? What should it look like? Do you need to create new lesson plans for EVERY lesson you teach?

The best way to effectively plan lessons is to use a template and make sure every part of your lesson plan has a purpose. Lesson planning doesn’t need to be exhausting either, you don’t need to outline every possible outcome from a lesson or try to predict how your students will respond to it. It’s a simple way to remind you what you need to do and how you will achieve it.

We’ve identified the three main sections of effective lesson planning to be; The Why, The How, and The Now.

The Why is where you outline your lesson goals. Asking ‘Why’ helps you keep things on topic by asking yourself things like ‘what do you want your students to learn’, ‘what do you want them to take away from this class’, and ‘what can you skip from this lesson if you find yourself short on time’.

The How explores elements of the lesson in more details, for example how you can relate things to real life, how you can actively engage your students, does it relate to the learning style?

The Now all about delivery. How did your lesson go? Reflect on it immediately after, could it have gone any better? This is a great skill to have – being a reflective practitioner. It helps you constantly strive to be better by making adjustments to your practice.

Top tip! Important questions to ask when planning a lesson are:

The below template can help you structure any lesson – (you’re welcome!)

Reflecting on your lessons and lesson plans is an important skill.

If you find one of your lessons didn’t quite go to plan, don’t let it get you down, it happens to every teacher from time to time. A productive lesson is one in which your students learn something valuable, and lesson planning is a simple tool you should use to achieve this.


Boosting Your CPD (Continuous Professional Development)

Imagine a world where you are helped socially, financially, personally and supported as you are integrated into a new life in a new country.

That’s what we do and if that’s not enough we also help with a personal career plan, what does that mean?

A personal plan, so what?

Your career is just like you, it’s unique and what you need differs from what I need and what that dude over their needs and on and on it goes. With this in mind, we believe your career deserves a personalized plan. When it comes to teaching there are many skills your student life does not cover, what others call life skills. Here is a list of our most recent CPD courses:

That was a selection of our professional development courses, we also run courses on integrating to the UK, life skills, STEM, SEN and specifics for Primary schools.

All of the CPD work we do is aligned to you the individual, it’s all free and we do this to help you find the career you deserve.