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London’s Best Food Markets

Everybody needs to eat, but in London it’s not just a necessity – it’s a passion! If you’re a real foodie, you’ll love the spectacular array of cuisines available in the hundreds of restaurants and bistros all over the city. But where London really shines is its vast selection of different food markets, filled with tantalising aromas and vibrant colours from every corner of the globe. Regardless of whether you are buying your day-to-day groceries or simply looking for a tasty meal while you’re out exploring, you’ll be hard pressed not to find at least one stall that catches your attention.

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Borough Market

Located close to London Bridge on Borough High Street, this market contains sells everything from fresh groceries including bread, meat, vegetables, fish and cheese, to fully prepared and delicious smelling foods. There are plenty of boutique food and drink stalls, with every culinary delight you could ever wish for from around the globe! If you fancy a snack, you’ll see everything from Spanish to Arabic cuisine, with plenty of local, British and seasonal produce thrown in too.

Exmouth Market

Another great market where you can eat for under £5. Exmouth market is between Farringdon Road and Roscommon Street in the Farringdon area of London. French pastries, Mexican tacos, Indian curries and Moroccan tagines are all on offer here, so you can take your pick depending on what tantalizes your taste-buds on that particular day. This market is so popular that some of the permanent restaurants in the area set up their own market stalls offering a sample of the dishes from their menus.

Leadenhall Market

If you’re interested in olden times, head to this Victorian market in the City of London. Flower stalls appear alongside stalls selling fresh foods (such as cheese, meat and fruit) and, as a covered market rather than a street market, it is ideal for days when the weather isn’t too great. The market building is home to several pubs and restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat, but you will inevitably pay more here than you would at a street market. Nevertheless, t’s well worth it for the architecture and atmosphere.

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Berwick Street Market

Berwick Street Market is located in Soho and was established in 1830. During its sizeable history it has gained an excellent reputation for the quality of produce sold here – so much so that countless local chefs source ingredients for their restaurants from these stalls. Visitors attend this market both to stock up on groceries and to try some of the various foods served. Choose from Mexican, Thai, Vietnamese, sandwiches, burgers or pizza. Again, you can expect change from a fiver for any of these dishes.

Whichever district of London you are teaching or living in, and whatever you feel like sampling while you are out and about, you’re bound to find a food market in London that will serve at least one thing you like.

Congratulations Team Keane!

Last Friday we sponsored Team Keane as they set off down the Thames to raise money for the Junior Rowing Project, an initiative which aims to give children from all backgrounds and of all abilities the chance to try their hand at rowing.

After the race we received word from one of the Ladies Eight who informed us the race was a huge success. Here’s what Louise had to say:

The row to Kingston was fantastic!  Here you can see us, waiting for the Richmond lock to fully rise, whilst I made a quick phone call!

Team Keane Ladies

It took us 2 1/2 hours and was magical – surprisingly silent, apart from the gentle lapping of (mostly in-time) blades as we meandered past Syon House, Pink Lodge, Richmond and Petersham, squeezed into Teddington lock (very tight) and rowed quickly past the slightly daunting Teddington weir.

Not sure of the full sum raised yet but lots of good PR for Team Keane, thanks to Annie at World Class Teachers’ and some money for much needed new equipment for Junior rowing projects.

Thank you to those of you who were able to offer your support.

Louise
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We think the ladies did a fantastic job and we’re very proud of their achievement!

If you’d like to know more about Team Keane’s Sculling School as part of the Junior Rowing Project, visit the Team Keane website at http://www.teamkeane.com/ and follow them on Twitter or like them on Facebook. You can also read our previous blog post about the Ladies Eight fundraising event to find out exactly what the challenge entailed…

The Junior Rowing Project and Team Keane Ladies Eight

TeamKeaneWorld Class Teachers are proud to sponsor Team Keane in a fundraising event for their Junior Rowing Project this Friday 28th March. If you’re not busy tomorrow, head to the banks of the Thames to cheer on the Ladies Eight as they propel themselves down the 8 mile course – all the way from Chiswick through Teddington Lock to the finish line in Kingston!

All funds raised during the three hour challenge will go towards the Junior Rowing Project, so if you’re feeling generous please text: WECK01 £2/£5/£10 to 70070 to donate and support Hounslow’s children access rowing!

Who are Team Keane and what is the Junior Rowing Project?

Team Keane is a charity organisation which offers specialised rowing coaching with the aim of making rowing an accessible sport and form of exercise for young people. In particular, they have been working closely with schools in the Hounslow area to provide courses where school funding is limited, and hope to expand their facilities to welcome children of all levels and abilities in the future. Ultimately, the charity strives to give young people from all walks of life a chance to row on the river.

Here is a word from Paul Keane, founder of Team Keane:

Our Junior Rowing Project is a programme we are running for local schools to bring the pupils down to the boathouse, and have an introduction to the sport.

Recently I have been working with local schools in the London Borough of Hounslow and long term will be looking to develop this so that all the schools in Hounslow can have an opportunity to come down and row. I would like to further this with special needs and disability groups and are currently in talks with the borough to develop the facility to do this.

Our junior Rowing Project offer a unique opportunity for pupils to just come down and give it a go, we would like to establish a regatta in the summer term where all the local schools can attend and offer the pupils a chance to race as their school in tub/recreational equipment, which is not currently being provided for in the London Boroughs. I am the Team Manager for Hounslow for the London Youth Games which is a voluntary role and we are currently raising funds so there is an opportunity for the kids to come down and practice together and get the chance to pursue the sport further.

These funds will enable our club Team Keane Sculling School to secure well needed resources, so that this project can grow and continue to be a success.

We wish Team Keane all the best for Friday and congratulate them on their wonderful work enabling young people to experience the joys of rowing.

For further information please contact Paul Keane on 07810 553989 or email paul@teamkeane.com

 

Important changes to SEN Teaching

With the forthcoming amendments to the Children and Families Bill, the way that children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) are supported is soon to change. Additionally, the government plans to implement a code of practice and has got as far as completing a draft version. At the heart of these changes are the following aims: firstly, to make the pupil himself or herself central to the planning of his or her teaching and support; secondly, to ensure that teachers are given greater responsibility and accountability for the pupil’s progress. With the new system likely to be in place by September 2014, let’s take a moment to consider some of the key factors that promise to make the changes beneficial to all stakeholders.

Greater input from pupils and their families

Reflecting the government’s belief that parents know the best for their children, they will be placed at the heart of the discussions and planning. Teachers will be expected to be proactive in liaising with parents, sharing with them as much information as possible as to how the child is developing. They will also be required to involve parents in the creation of school policies relating to children with SEN. Children will have more rights than previously, and this will extend to teachers consulting them directly from the age of 16 onwards, with the child’s opinion being given more weight than that of their parents.

Education, Health and Care Plans

Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans will be introduced to assist children and young adults right up to the age of 25. Over a three year period, the EHC plans will replace the current SEN statements and Learning Difficulty Assessments. They are expected to be more helpful than the current offerings in helping all SEN children to reach their maximum potential.

One School Based Specialist Support Scheme

A single school based specialist support scheme will replace the existing School Action and School Action Plus schemes. This is expected to simplify the system and maximise its effectiveness for all pupils who require such assistance. Teachers will be required to inform parents if a pupil without an existing EHC plan is supported by the scheme.

An Optional Personal Budget

If the pupil and parents wish, they can opt to accept a personal budget, which will be funded out of the high needs funding block. They can then use this budget to purchase the assistance that they feel will be most useful to them. Used in deliberation with teachers and other caregivers, the personal budget promises to give pupils and parents unparalleled flexibility and control of their support to maximise its effectiveness.

Teachers are required to ensure that every pupil progresses

Even if the SEN pupil is supported by specialist staff, the teacher will be held accountable for his or her progress. Thus, the onus will be on teaching staff do be especially proactive in identifying any children with SEN and in monitoring their progression, even in those situations where they are not directly doing all the teaching of and caring for the pupil.

As you can see, the changes in SEN Teaching promise to empower pupils and parents more than ever before. If utilised effectively, they could bring us a few steps closer to the day when every single child, regardless of physical or mental obstacles, fulfils every bit of their potential.

World Class Teachers Tops Tips Competition!

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Are you a budding or expert teacher? Do you love to write about your experiences in the classroom for the benefit of other wonderful teaching professionals? If so, we’ve got a fantastic competition and we’d love to hear from you!

Together with popular blogger network The Bloggers’ Lounge, we’re offering you the chance to win a World Class Teachers’ T-shirt PLUS one of two fantastic prizes*:

- A Champagne London Eye experience for two (*UK Winners Only)

OR

- A $50 Amazon gift voucher!

Plus, the lucky winner will be featured here on our World Class Teachers’ blog AND on the Bloggers’ Lounge!

How to Enter

We want you to write a blog post on your top 5 tips for keeping kids engaged in the classroom, via one of two categories of entry:

- Top tips for keeping primary school children engaged

- Top tips for keeping secondary school children engaged

Tips can be as creative or unusual as you like, but they must be tried and tested by you or someone you know!

Please email rebecca@bloggers-lounge.co.uk if you’d like to enter and don’t forget to mention World Class Teachers in your post.

Additionally, if you’d like to Tweet about your competition entry, don’t forget to mention us @WCTeachers and @Blogger_Lounge and include the hashtag #WCTeachTips.

Entries close on the 3rd of April…don’t miss out!

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Terms & Conditions
The competition opens on Monday the 3rd of March and closes on Thursday the 3rd of April.
World Class Teachers and The Bloggers’ Lounge will be judging the winners. A winner will be selected on the basis of the quality and content of their post.
The winner will be awarded EITHER two tickets to the London Eye (winner must be in the UK) or a $50 Amazon voucher (to be sent to international winner via email). Winners will be contacted within a week of the closing date via email. The prize must be claimed within 10 days of notification.
This competition is closed to relatives of those at the Bloggers’ Lounge and World Class Teachers.
No purchase necessary.

Calling all Chocoholics!!

It’s no secret that we love all things chocolate here at World Class Teachers! Naturally, we were very excited when one of our lovely teachers, Erik told us about his work with Fairtrade company ‘Divine Chocolate’.

Who are Divine Chocolate?

Divine Chocolate has been selling Fairtrade chocolate bars in the UK since 1998 and now has over 50 products on offer around the world. This company is particularly unique as its majority owned by those it aims to help: Kuapa Kokoo – an organisation set up by the cocoa farmers in Ghana. Premiums through the sale of their Fairtrade products not only go towards helping farmers and their families, but have also been used to build schools throughout Ghana, which makes this a cause truly close to WCT’s hearts.

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Why are we telling you?

In just a few days’ time it’ll be the start of Fairtrade fortnight (24th February – 9th March), which takes place every year to increase awareness for Fairtrade products and ethical trading. Divine Chocolate will be doing their bit by hosting some exciting workshops where you can try your hand at making that delicious treat we all know and love! Find out more below:

Divine Chocolate During Fairtrade Fortnight

The Divine Chocolateers are hosting a series of free chocolate making and tasting classes from our pop-up shop in London’s seven dials during Fairtrade Fortnight.

Do you love chocolate?  Come and join the Divine Chocolateers on a journey from West Africa to your tastebuds.

Taking place on Saturday the 1st & 8th of March, Erik & Gloria will be each hosting five workshops at the shop at 53 Monmouth Street.

The chocolate workshops will take participants on a full sensory tasting, teaching them about the subtleties of chocolate tasting. Erik and Gloria will also be making some delicate mint chocolates, delicious handmade truffles and other goodies that guests can take home.

There are five classes available both Saturdays with 10 free spaces at each event.  To book a place at one of the workshops visit http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/divine-chocolate-6018880287

Before you go…

Divine Chocolate also host presentations and workshops for schools, organisations and corporations, which include the educational and compelling ‘bean to bar story’ as well as demos and chocolate tasting.

If you’re looking a special event for your pupils, or a great team building activity for your teaching staff, get in touch with the team at chocolateers@divinechocolate.com and pay a visit to their website at www.divinechocolate.com

 

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Teachers don’t just teach

Our networks of teachers don’t just teach! Many have their own projects, whether volunteering their valuable expertise with charities such as Kids Company, or starting their own businesses – and that’s just what Dan Atkins, one of our longest serving Teachers and former World Class representative, has done.

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Dan has been part of the WCT family for over nine years, but recently he launched his own business and teamed up with a group of young  entrepreneurs to create London’s first Mobile Members Club on Wheels – Vault London! Here is what Dan has to say…

FANCY PARTYING ON LONDON’S FAVOURITE NIGHTBUS?!?

Armed with an on-board bar, DJ booth, and WC, it offers party-goers a unique and quirky event that’s second to none!

Already we’ve had the likes of Sony, MTV and Livenation on board, and we’ve thrown several off the wall parties for the rich and famous.

Party packages from just £30pp…no wonder their business is pumping – IT’S A STEAL!

So whether you’ve got a big birthday coming up, or simply don’t want to miss out on another of their Posh Bar Hopping Experiences visit Vault London and party WORLD CLASS style.

With Love and Drunken Tomfoolery

Vault London xx

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Do you have what it takes to be a volunteer tutor?

Did you know that World Class Teachers has a nominated charity? Well…we do!

Throughout the year we work with and support Kids Company who provide support for vulnerable and deprived children in London, many of whom attend schools within our catchment area.

Kids Company would like to expand their volunteer pool so we’re reaching out to you – our wonderful team of teachers – to give you the opportunity to help even more young people in and around London.

How can you get involved?

By becoming a volunteer tutor with Kids Company!

Currently they are looking for teachers across all subject areas who would like to give their time either during the day, in the evenings, or potentially at weekends, to tutor and inspire young minds in the Capital.

Interested?

If so, Kids Company would love to hear from you.  They’re also seeking enthusiastic fundraisers, assistance with art exhibitions, and Ad Hoc school volunteers.

Simply get in touch with Kids Company by emailing volunteer@kidsco.org.uk with VOL POOL in the subject line!

Many thanks,

The WCT team x

How To Prepare For A Teaching Interview

Preparing for any kind of job interview is daunting, especially if it’s a job you are passionate about and a role that you have been chasing for months – or even years.

Interviews for teaching jobs can be particularly challenging, and ensuring you are properly prepared for them is crucial. If you are confident before going in to the interview you will undoubtedly come across better and be less likely to crack under the pressure; however, understandably, this is often easier said than done.

Planning, organisation and foresight are all essential qualities for any teacher to have. By putting them into practice and applying them to your own life and prospects, you’re demonstrating to potential employers just how suitable you are for the role in question. Here are some tips for teachers, and potential teachers, on how to shine in an interview, including advice on what kind of questions typically come up and how to avoid any easy mistakes.

Commonly asked questions

It is impossible to predict every question you may be asked in the interview, but having a realistic idea of common ones beforehand is incredibly useful and will help stop you stumbling over your words or being caught off-guard. When answering, keep in mind that honesty is always the best policy and, while it is important not to underplay your strengths, you should also avoid being boastful or over exaggerating. A key thing to do is use your own experience in each of your answers. Look over the questions below and try to think of a practical example you can use from your own experience.

1. What made you want to be a teacher?
2. Do you have any prior experience? If so, please give details.
3. Give an example of a scenario in which you helped improve someone’s self-esteem – be it a student, friend, family member, or a colleague.
4. What would your discipline policy be?
5. How would you incorporate technology into your teaching method?
6. What are your interests outside of teaching?
7. Would you be willing to help with extra curriculum activities outside of teaching hours?
8. Do you have any questions about the position?

Show you are dedicated by doing your research

Nothing is worse than someone turning up to the interview knowing very little about where they are actually applying, and believe it or not this is surprisingly common! If you want your potential employer to take you seriously, you need to show that you are taking them – and the opportunity they are presenting to you – just as seriously. Show that you really do care by researching the school inside out. Download their OFSTED report, familiarise yourself with the school’s structure and mission statement, and try to really understand its ethos and what kind of place it is. This way you can also get a better idea of how you will, or will not, fit in.

What to wear

To put it simply: dress smart, but not too formal. Whatever you do, make sure that you are comfortable in your outfit beforehand as you don’t want to feel insecure about it on the day. If you are comfortable, this will translate to confidence and allow you to concentrate on showcasing your personality and conversing with the interviewer rather than worrying about your skirt twisting round or your shirt being creased. If you don’t have anything suitable, it is worth investing in a new outfit for the occasion. Women are advised to dress modestly as, otherwise, it can make things awkward or uncomfortable for everyone involved.

Seeking help from a teaching agency

If you need some expert advice and encouragement beforehand, you could pay us a visit at our Chiswick offices or give us a call if you’re not just down the road. We have years of experience in helping teachers to get hired and will be able to let you in on all kinds of insider knowledge. You can also find a World Class CV template on our website if you’re still in the process of creating your CV, and there’s some further information for our teachers and teaching assistants in the ‘For Teachers’ section.

Following up – when and how

Waiting to hear back is always nerve-racking and can sometimes take a long time. Though you may be impatient and dying to know whether you got the job or not, don’t let this show. Be patient and you will come across friendly and dedicated rather than desperate for a job! The best thing to do is keep any contact short and sweet, and perhaps send an email to anyone you met just to say thank you and that it was nice to meet them. Make sure this is done within a day or two of the interview.

Remember that teaching is one of the most competitive professions there is, and don’t be disheartened if you don’t get offered the job. The fact you even got an interview in this climate is something to be proud of, and there will be plenty more positions and opportunities in the future. Whatever happens, try to think of the interview as good preparation and experience for any that may follow, and it’s also your chance to gain a feel for the places you’ve applied to. Good luck!

Supply Teaching In The UK: How to Prepare

Moving countries to find work can be a daunting prospect, particularly if you don’t know anyone or what to expect. Some of the most popular jobs for relocations, particularly for individuals in New Zealand and Australia, are overseas teaching jobs as these are often in abundance across the world.  Here we give a brief overview of what to consider if you’re looking to teach in the UK, and especially in London. Read on for our tips and tasks to complete before jetting off, and once you’re done you can always browse the rest of our website for further information or to find your ideal teaching job.

Accommodation

Many overseas teachers pre-book short-term accommodation to use as a base whilst finding a more permanent home. As a supply teaching agency, we can put you in touch with companies that can arrange temporary accommodation for when you first arrive, as well as more permanent options if you wish to get settled straight away. Lots of major UK estate agents also have easy to use websites that you can browse to find suitable properties, and there are numerous independent websites which can give you advice too.

Setting up bank accounts

To set up a UK bank account there are 3 options: open an account from your country; pay a company to do it for you; or sort it out when you are in the UK. Each option has its drawbacks and advantages, but bear in mind that to open a UK bank account in the UK you will usually need a place of residence and proof of this address, e.g. utility bills or credit card bills. For this reason, if you are moving overseas with no fixed residence it may be wise to sort out your finances prior to your arrival. Again, we can provide assistance or further information about this aspect of your relocation to help ensure the process is a seamless as possible.

Getting the right VISA

It is imperative that you get the right VISA to work in the UK because there are six categories of worker, which then break down into subcategories. The UK Border Agency website, http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/working/, has all the information you need but be prepared as it isn’t easy reading! If you are not confident that you know which visa you need, then there are many external companies that you can pay to do the hard work, and some of these companies will also arrange a national insurance number for you. Getting this part right is an essential step to go through.

Police checks

Anyone who works with children or vulnerable adults in the UK must have a disclosure and barring service (DBS) check, which is a check to see if you have any convictions, reprimands, cautions or final warnings. World Class Teachers can supply you with information and the necessary forms which require you to fill out information about yourself. However, you must also provide documentation to support the application. If you want to find out more immediately or go it alone, the full list of valid documents can be found at https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check/documents-the-applicant-must-provide-, along with more information regarding the service.

Useful information

It’s fair to say that the cost of living is generally less in the north of England than in the south, and that London is an expensive city to live in. However, living in such a huge cosmopolitan city is a great experience and you can reduce your costs by choosing accommodation wisely, using public transport to travel and utilising travel cards (e.g. oyster card) to save money.

Preparing for relocation well in advance is the best way to ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible despite the fact it may be tempting to leave it all until the last minute. Always research your options before you decide to work in the UK, and don’t forget to get in touch with us if you have any questions at all. We’re happy to provide you with the helpful advice and contacts you need to get started.