Newsletter #1

Newsletter #1

Welcome to our new

Newsletter!

It’s easy for us to assume everyone is on social media, where we put our updates and news, but in reality, social media isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Twice a month we will send all the news from Recruit2Schools and any updates relating to COVID-19.

The latest update! 

Education minister for Wales, Kirsty Williams, made a statement in regards to schools opening, here’s a recap;

All schools in Wales will reopen on 29 June, the education minister has said.

They will be open to pupils from all year groups for limited periods during the week, with only a third of pupils in school at any one time, Kirsty Williams said.

Schools and councils will make their own decisions over managing the return.

The summer term has been extended by one week to 27 July, and the autumn half-term holiday will be stretched to two weeks.

Parents who choose not to send their children to school will not be fined and children who fall into the shielding category will carry on with online learning.

Year groups will be split into smaller classes with staggered starts, lessons and breaks. It is expected this will mean, at most, a third of pupils present at any one time, though schools may need time to reach this level.

All children will have the opportunity to “check in, catch up, prepare for summer and September”, Ms Williams said.

We will continue to update as when there is news. If you have any questions, please let us know and we will do our best to answer.

Recruit2School’s Lock down…
While the schools have been shut, there have been new processes keeping us busy! Furlough being one, it was a whole new system for everyone, so thank you for the patience you had with us while we wrapped our heads around it. We have also started virtual registrations, which again, is very new for us! As you know, we love it when staff come in the office, for a cup of tea and chat when we meet them to go through the registration process but we are glad to be able to offer this for new staff.
We have been looking at the training that will be offered when the office can open. Steve has put together several sessions and he’s looking forward to delivering them. If there is any training you would find beneficial, please let us know!  Remember, you have free access to training on Educare, there are numerous courses available, but ones to highlight are Child Protection, Moving and Handling and First Aid, these are courses that look great on CVs when applying for jobs or when we put forward CVs for long terms. 
Charities
The silver lining of the pandemic has been how much support people have been offering the community they live in, key workers, NHS staff and local businesses. We have wanted to do our bit as much as we can.
Lucy helped her son, Elis, hold a 24 hour sing-a-thon, Elis did a fantastic job and raised over £4,000 for the NHS.
Emily took part in Miles for Mind, she joined her friend Justine who did the challenge while working as a full time mental health nurse. In addition to raising money, Emily has undergone 3 Mind training courses, and will be on hand if any member of staff need to talk about mental health in the workplace.
Steve has continued his work with Food bank, collecting and delivering food parcels in Bridgend.
We have also sponsored locals who have been fundraising for various charities, who have done a great job in particular, 8 year old Emelia who raised money for Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales and raised over £1,000.
As well as Bridgend Hockey Club who are in the process of making their steps count and raising money for Bridgend’s local health board, Cwm Taf Morgannwyg health board.
Safety
We closed our offices before the official lock down, to ensure the safety of our staff and visitors, we will re-open when it is safe to do so and will follow all guidelines in place. In the meantime here is what we have done so far;

  • Screens for all our desks and meeting table are on order
  • A hand gel station at the front door is in place
  • Will will provide Hand Gel for all Recruit2Schools staff -this will be on going, when you run out, just let us know!
  • We will be speaking to Schools and finding out what practices they have in place, these will be confirmed in your booking confirmation emails.
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