Welcome Back After The Festive Break

As schools start back after the festive break, it’s easy to get caught up with what is happening in the here and now. However, now is the perfect time to look ahead to the end of the financial year, the end of the school year and then into the start of the new school year in September.


The end of the financial year is upon us, and while many schools have well and truly exhausted their budgets, others are finding that they still have budget left to use, before they lose it. 

You might be tempted by a lick of paint in a couple of classrooms, or even by a new, cleaner, school sign. However, in these trying times, why not invest in the one thing that helps your school to run? The staff themselves. 

Teachers are becoming overwhelmed by everything that they have going on on a day-to-day basis, and thrive on the support of their Teaching Assistants. But as we ask more and more of our Teaching Assistants, we have to remember that many are unqualified and the experience they have is usually all from one school. So why not increase their knowledge and bolster their understanding with government-recognised qualifications? 

Courses here at The Learning College are nationally recognised and funding can be used for them at the discretion of the school. Helping you to support your workforce, and use that last bit of funding before the financial year comes to an end.

Preparation For Retirements

Many schools are aware that members of their faculty each year approach retirement. Unfortunately, this is inevitable and something that we cannot change. But what we can do is start preparing for their retirement in advance. 

Many who work in schools are committed to seeing out the full school year before their departure, which helps the schools for ease of transition. However, it’s important to line replacements ready. 

While schools will often have Teachers in line ready, Teaching Assistants are often forgotten about until the last moment. In cases where there are SEN students that will be affected, it is imperative that they have some sense of continuity. Where this is the case, why not consider introducing them to their next TA, in advance? If you have a TA that will be stepping into the role but have little knowledge in working with SEN, the extra time with the current TA, combined with one of The Learning College’s SEN courses can help them feel more comfortable and prepared for when they take on the role. To discuss the best choice of courses, our team are on hand to offer support. 

So if you are looking to give your TA’s a gift this New Year, contact the team today who will be happy to discuss opportunities with you.