First Class Celebrate Supply Teachers

First Class Celebrate Supply TeachersFirst Class Supply are delighted to be hosting a party as a special THANK YOU to their hard-working Supply Teachers and Assistants.  The party is on the last Friday before half term (24 October), between 7pm and midnight, so everyone can really let their hair down and relax!  The fab FREE event is being held at ‘Crusoe’s’, which is right on the beach at beautiful Tynemouth, so party-goers can literally kick their shoes off and dance on the sand (there are heaters by the way)!  It will be a great opportunity for everyone to meet others working on supply as well as a chance to catch up with old friends and contacts from local schools who will also be attending.  The First Class Supply team will all be there and are really looking forward to seeing everyone on the night!

If you would like to come along and enjoy a great evening of eating, drinking, dancing and generally making merry, and haven’t yet booked your place, give Jemma a call now on 0191 251 5566, but hurry as there are very few places remaining!

First Class Supply Raises Over £11,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust!

First Class Supply, one of the fastest growing independent supply teaching agencies in the North East are delighted to have raised over £11,00  from their charity fundraiser in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust!

So far £11,037.15 has been raised from the event, which took place at Club 206 at St James' Park on 11th July, to mark First Class Supply’s tenth anniversary in business.

Highlights included football legend Bob Moncur, who gave Newcastle United fans the coveted opportunity to be photographed with The Fairs Cup, the historic last piece of silverware to be won by the club.

Auction and raffle prizes at the fundraiser ranged from rare Newcastle United memorabilia and meet and greets with Joan Rivers, Alfie Boe and Ross Noble, a tour of the BBC studios with hotel stay, ipads, and a scuba diving course to name just a few, with all money raised going directly to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

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Bob Moncur said: “I am delighted to support the Teenage Cancer Trust as it’s such a fantastic cause - one that is particularly close to my heart, having had two bouts of cancer myself. I was lucky enough to have great treatment and it’s vital that anyone diagnosed gets the same”.

Louise Miles, regional fundraising manager for the North East and Cumbria at Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “A lot of hard work had gone into the event, and I am so pleased that everyone enjoyed themselves in what was such a successful occasion. We are very grateful for the money raised, which will go towards supporting young people with cancer in the region, and I would like to thank First Class Supply for its support.”

First Class Supply is a supporter of a number of local and national charities and has close ties with the Teenage Cancer Trust, after sponsoring its North East ambassador, Joe McElderry, and his team of cyclists when they took part in a Coast to Coast cycle ride from Whitehaven to South Shields for the charity last year.

Lesley Robinson, director of First Class Supply, said: “It was an amazing event, and the perfect way to celebrate our tenth anniversary! The Teenage Cancer Trust is a great cause and we were delighted to have been involved with them again, especially to mark such an important milestone for First Class Supply.

“The evening’s entertainment was fantastic, and we are so grateful to Bob for lending his support and giving Newcastle United fans the opportunity to pose with the Fairs Cup and one of the club’s greatest captains!”

She added: "I would like to thank everyone who attended and who made our anniversary celebrations such an unforgettable occasion, as well as those who very generously donated auction or raffle prizes and all of our candidates and partner schools who have loyally supported us during the last decade.

Derby duo’s Kenya fundraising efforts given a £1000 boost

PK Education Fundraiser

The fundraising efforts of two teachers from The Kingsmead School, Bridge Street, Derby, have been given a major boost by PK education, a supply teacher agency that work closely with the school.

Lucy Gascoigne and Kyle Henderson, both Pastoral Leads at the school, have to raise nearly £5,000 to fund a trip to the Kenyan slums at the end of May. As part of the two-week trip they will help build two new classrooms, renovate existing buildings and teach students, many of whom are HIV-positive and are orphans.

Following a £1000 donation from PK education, together with funds generated through raffles, cake sales, a beard shave by Kyle and a white collar boxing match by Lucy, the pair are now more than half way to their fundraising target.

The trip is being organised and run by Derby County Community Trust and Africa Adventures. It is the second time that teachers from The Kingsmead School, which offers provision for students with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties at sites across the city, have taken part.

Last year’s trip to Kenya not only had a profound effect on staff but also students in the school. Lucy said: “A DVD was produced of the trip last year. Whenever we play it the students are completely silent and many of them get emotional.

“We really appreciate the donation from PK education. It’s an amazing amount and has helped significantly towards our fundraising efforts. The total seems much more manageable and achievable now.”

Gemma Charvet, National Sales Manager at PK education, who presented the money to the school said: “We were only too happy to donate to Kyle and Lucy’s fundraising efforts. The learning experiences they will bring back from the trip will benefit the students at Kingsmead School immensely as well as help underprivileged children in Kenya.”

The trip will support the African Adventures’ annual Community Development Pledge, which supports and invests in the projects and areas volunteers visit. At the same time, funds will be raised to support the work of Derby County Community Trust which serves the local community, meaning the event will make a lasting impact in the UK and Africa. The Trust have already accomplished a lot in the last couple of years, including the building of a new dormitory for the school.

Kyle added: “It’s such a great opportunity that we couldn’t turn down the chance to go and see what life is like out there. We’re really excited about the trip but also appreciate it will be an eye-opener. Until you see it for yourself, you can’t fully understand the hardships the young people have to endure every day of their lives.

“It’s going to be hard to deal with, but we’re going out there to try and improve their lives, even if it’s in a small way.”

Lucy and Kyle will also be filming their experiences while in Kenya and using the film and their experiences as part of the School’s global education, citizenship and PSE lessons.

“We’ve seen videos from past trips and it’s heart-breaking to see. Living in England, we have everything we could ever need and it’s easy to take that for granted.

“I think going out there will show us that we need to be very thankful for many aspects of the life we lead here and we want to bring some of that message back.”

Kyle and Lucy leave on May 26th for two weeks – and can’t wait to get started.

Lucy said: “There’s been a lot of build-up and preparation and we’re eager to get going but we know it’s going to be tough.”

If you would like to donate to Lucy and Kyle’s fundraising efforts, please contact 01332 715970.

ITN Mark Education’s seminar ‘secondary to primary conversion’ proves a huge success

ITN Mark SeminarAs part ITN Mark Education’s candidate care programme, seminars offering Continual Professional Development are regularly held across the company’s network of offices. Most recently ITN Mark hosted a secondary to primary conversion seminar at their West London office.  Presented by Peter O’Brien, an educationalist and former Head Teacher, the session covered a variety of essential information, including how to plan, structure and deliver a typical lesson and link topics across the curriculum, how to ‘pitch’ lessons and ensure relevant questioning, pace and teacher talk during the lesson, Assessment For Learning in the primary classroom and ‘reflective’ teaching, how to use secondary specialisms in a primary setting, how to engage young children and manage their behaviour, as well as the pastoral role of a primary teacher.

The seminar was a huge success and proved to be really popular with a large amount of candidates attending. Diana Frimmova, a Secondary Cover Supervisor who has been working with ITN Mark on a supply basis said ‘I really enjoyed the seminar, the presenter was a pleasure to listen to, very enthusiastic, optimistic and helpful, Peter O’Brien provided excellent insight and knowledge. Thank you!’

Pictured: Peter O'Brien, Jobs Doctor

CLIC Sargent Fundraiser

Apple a Day Clic SargantApple A Day Supply are teaming up with local primary schools in Wiltshire and BANES to raise money and awareness for CLIC Sargent. The charity provide emotional, financial, clinical and practical support to young people and their families from diagnosis of cancer to post treatment. They really make a tremendous difference to the life of young people and their families affected by cancer.

To raise awareness and money for CLIC Sargent, Apple A Day Supply has joined forces with some of the schools that they work with to take part in Wig Wednesday on the 21st of May. They are inviting any primary school in Wiltshire or BANES to be involved. As two teachers, they realise that events such as these can often mean  to a lot more work for the teachers, so Apple A Day are making it very easy for their schools to take part by providing resources, plans and organising the event for them.

Gemma Hector one of Company Directors, has also registered to be a bone marrow donor in hope that one day she can help save a life of someone with blood cancer.

Apple A Day would be really grateful if anyone can make a donation to this great cause. No matter how small, every penny will help. To donate, please visit

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