HEALTH PASSPORTS

From the 1st June 2020, any educator working in one of our partner schools must complete a health passport, as a pre-screening questionnaire for COVID19 to stop any educator attending a school that poses a risk.

To ensure the health of safety of staff in and in line with government guidelines and Public Health England, we have devised a health passport that through a series of questions to clearly assess whether an educator can safely go into a school and that they are symptom-free.

For any school that books an educator through Vision Teaching, they will receive a booking confirmation and a health passport for the candidate.

For educators, you will receive a health passport for every new school you go to, or every two weeks that you are attending a school.

The NHS has a dedicated site. Please click here for the updated guidance.

MENTAL HEALTH and WELLBEING

Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while we are all still feeling the effects of COVID19. You may feel worried or anxious about your finances, your health or those close to you. Perhaps you feel bored, frustrated or lonely. It's important to remember that it's OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently. Remember, for most of us, these feelings will pass. Staying at home may be difficult, but you're helping to protect yourself and others by doing it. There are things you can do now to help you keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope with how you may feel if you're staying at home. Make sure you get further support if you feel you need it.

The NHS has a dedicated site. Please click here for the updated guidance.

  • Plan practical things
  • Stay connected with others
  • Talk about your worries
  • Look after your body
  • Stay on top of difficult feelings
  • Do not stay glued to the news
  • Carry on doing things you enjoy
  • Take time to relax
  • And finally, try and get a good night’s sleep

Health and Safety

For many of us this is the greatest challenge in our lifetime.

We would like to say a huge thank you our educators, the heroic NHS staff and the key workers who continue to do an amazing job in such difficult circumstances.

The impact of coronavirus has become an everyday challenge for us all as we all strive to overcome this pandemic. We know how difficult it has been for many of our educators and we would like to extend our thoughts firstly for your safety and wellbeing and also that of your loved ones.

Our advice in this difficult period is to follow the government guidelines at all times and to put the health of yourself and everyone you come into contact with above everything else.

The UK government has a dedicated site here.

There are three simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other:

  • Keep washing your hands regularly
  • Wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
  • Stay at least 2 metres apart or 1 metre with a face covering

The NHS has a dedicated site here. The main health advice updated as of 21/09/2020 advises:

  • Check your symptoms
  • Get a test
  • Self-isolate and manage symptoms
  • Protect people at higher risk
  • Social distance and make changes to your everyday life
  • Take part in research to help us all overcome COVID

Educators come into contact with a lot of people and usually in a dynamic way, meaning their efforts to continually support students can often put their health at risk. We must place the health of our family and the wider community first and we must ensure we protect the most vulnerable people in our community by controlling the spread of the virus as best we can. Only by overcoming the virus might our lives return to some degree of normality.

We wish you, your family and friends good health now and in the future.

Income Support

The government has announced several income support strategies to help workers during the outbreak and keep the economy moving.

Full guidance on what may be available to you can be found here.

Vision Teaching, along with our payroll partners, will make sure that everyone who needs help and guidance during this difficult period can be pointed in the right direction and thus seek the right financial support.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is the most likely income support that Vision Teaching and our payroll partners will seek to help support our workers. It is available to help those whose income has been halted by the coronavirus outbreak and to allow employers to keep paying staff rather than make redundancies. However, like with every policy, there are eligibility rules and it may not be the only support available to you.

If you are not eligible for Job Retention, you should at least explore Universal Credit. It is able to support people in a wide range of circumstances that may not be currently eligible for the main Job Retention Scheme above.

If you have any questions about income support from the schemes mentioned above, please email accounts@visionteaching.co.uk in the first instance.

Staff under contracts continuing through school closures should make sure they adhere to school expectations since they are being paid as normal (even if under reduced hours).

Staff under contracts continuing through school closures should make sure they adhere to school expectations since they are being paid as normal (even if under reduced hours).

School Measures for COVID19

The government has a dedicated site. Please click here for the updated guidance.

After 6 months of closures schools finally re-opened in September under the above guidelines. We are working in conjunction with the above guidelines to support schools throughout this time. Some school has a slightly different set of guidelines, adapted for their school and we understand each set of guidelines to support educators & pupils returning to schools.

If you have any questions are school measures for COVID19 please contact us on 0207 430 7120.

NEW OFFICE measures DUE TO COVID19

We currently fully functioning out of our head office in Tower 42 under the social distancing guidelines advised by the UK government. We have welcomed visitors back to our office, but we still continue to do virtual registrations, in order to meet APSCO recruitment guidelines during COVID.

We are making changes to how we operate based on your valuable feedback – these pages will demonstrate some of those changes and will be updated as often as possible.

Some of the Vision Teaching team may be working from home in a reduced capacity, making every effort possible to keep ahead of short-term and long-term recruitment while continuing to support their schools and educators. While the majority of the team are in the office. We have already seen an increase in opportunities to help support schools throughout COVID, so if you are looking for help in your school or to find work in a school please contact us on 0207 430 7120 or emailing careers@visionteaching.co.uk.

A full list of office closure dates and key contacts can be found here.

Finding you the right positon

Please let us know if you are currently looking for a role by emailing careers@visionteaching.co.uk. We have over 150 live vacancies and that number is growing daily.

We have recently introduced the following additions to our successful primary teaching and support teams:

  • Dedicated SEND department who are looking for SEND candidates that have experience of working with SEND pupils
  • Dedicated Secondary team who work with some of the leading secondary schools in London
  • Specialist Tuition team creating tuition opportunities within our schools to work on a 121 or group basis to help narrow the gap of missed learning opportunities
  • WIN a fit bit if you decide to walk, cycle or scoot to school to reduce risk of transmission and become environmentally friendly

You can always take a look at our current opportunities by clicking here.

Community Links

During periods of social distancing or self-isolation we all experience new challenges in our personal lives and at times may feel lost in the effort to follow government guidelines. We will try to post as many good ideas as we can to keep our community active and positive during this challenging time. Please keep an eye on our social media pages below at the bottom of the page.

If you are not in self isolation, consider helping your local community by signing up to apps like NextDoor or keep an eye on your Twitter or Instagram and try to reach out to others that need more support. Of course, you should always prioritise your health and safety in the process.

Please find below a list of ideas that offer a useful alternative to Netflix and Disney+:

  • Plan your day - the days may roll into one long event and setting smaller goals and activities may break up the monotony.
  • Connect – make sure you speak to friends and family as often as possible to help keep positive and create happiness in your circle.
  • For those interested in meditation and relaxation, there are several websites that offer resources such as Headspace, free for teachers.
  • Find and contact your local Care Home to see if you can offer any remote support or help with any services they need.
  • Browse through YouTube – there are plenty of self-help and help-others videos
  • Reach out to neighbours and offer to collect groceries or basic medical supplies to reduce the number of people visiting supermarkets and shops.
  • Take up a new hobby and start something you never had time for!