After completing my Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 2 qualification I was recommended to join The Education Programme Ltd. I was introduced to Richard Kirkham the Managing Director of the company, who arranged to meet at a convenient location to discuss what I was looking for.
I find the company to be professional and responsive to my needs (bespoke). At the end of October 2016 I was offered a position at a primary school in Oldham, to cover maternity leave – initially up to 12 months.
During my time at school Richard has been in regular contact with me to check that everything is going well.
I complete a time sheet each week, which the Head Teacher signs and is then submitted to Richard for payment every four weeks; this is always paid on time.
Whilst at the school I have introduced other members of staff to the agency and in recognition of this I have been paid £100 for each referral.
Recently I have broken my foot at home and have been unable to work for the last several weeks. During this time Richard has contacted me regularly to check on my wellbeing.
Level 3 Teaching Assistant
20 April 2017
After a year teaching I decided to try supply teaching. I was recommended The Education Programme Ltd by a friend who had recently completed a year as a supply teacher with Richard’s company. At first, I was slightly optimistic about supply teaching but after meeting Richard and having spoken about what I wanted my fears were put at rest. I started getting work straight away and thoroughly enjoyed experiencing new schools. Although I enjoyed Day to day supply work, I started missing the feeling of having my own class, after speaking to Richard about this he soon found me a several schools that wanted long term supply teachers. I am now on a long term supply contract in a school that I love. Richard has found schools that’s were suitable for me and understands what I wanted from supply teaching.
I would recommend The Education Program Ltd to anyone looking to start supply.
Newly Qualified Teacher
I’m writing to say how absolutely pleased I am to work with you. From the time you contacted me, your pleasant manner and professional approach secured my willingness to work for you. You and your company have made my time at this school one of the best. A big thank you to you Richard for making my work fit around my life so perfectly.
This may be a smaller agency/company but the personal approach makes sure you’re in schools with good rates of pay and a feeling of being part of a genuine team that support your professional future.
Level 2 Teaching Assistant
I worked for the Education Programme for 6 months. I found them to very supportive of my needs starting my teaching career and found me the perfect 1st teaching post covering maternity leave. I was in contact with Richard most weeks about how I was finding everything and if there was anything I needed. I found this to be something I really liked about working for The Education Programme as you were treated as a person and not just a number like some of the bigger supply companies. I would highly recommend working for The Education Programme and am extremely grateful for the opportunity they gave me, resulting in me getting a full time teaching post in a school that was known to the school I was covering maternity in.
Tara Louise Gould
M2 Grade Class Room Teacher
The Education Programme are such a pleasure to work with. The company is very professional and compassionate as they care about every individual employee. EPL understand the needs of their employees, they have always made sure I am comfortable and happy with what I am doing. From the moment I joined the company, Richard has been fantastic, I never hesitate to contact Richard about anything as he is so supportive and understanding. I can honestly say it is the best company I have worked for as it has real heart and soul. Thank you Richard and the EPL team for such a warm welcome.
Level 2 Teaching Assistant
I am so pleased that I signed up with EPL because they offer a personal service. Richard is efficient, friendly and he puts the needs of his staff first. He is always available to talk or he will ring you back as soon as possible if he sees a missed call. He rings to ensure everything is ok. It is an all-round great agency.
M4 Grade Class Room Teacher
The Education Programme is a professional and organised company to work for. The support I received from everyone within the company has been outstanding and I cannot emphasise how helpful and friendly they have been. Any questions or queries I had were answered efficiently and effectively. The company found work which suited me consistently and this has allowed me to gain confidence in my own teaching ability. I would highly recommend this company to anybody wanting to work on supply. I cannot put into words how much I appreciate all the support and help you have offered me these past 5 months.
Thank you for everything you have done for me. I will defiantly be spreading the word about the company
M2 Grade Class Room Teacher
EPL have continually delivered a high standard of professionalism during my time with them as a supply teacher. Richard’s friendly, supportive approach is second to none which has kept my mind at ease, altogether an absolute pleasure to work for. I would highly recommend this company to anyone who is seeking work on supply as they strive to make your experience as smooth and carefree as possible. Keep up the good work The Education Programme
M4 Grade Class Room Teacher
Feedback from our supply teachers:
The education programme is a professional and organised company to work for. The support I received from everyone within the company has been outstanding and I cannot emphasise how helpful and friendly they have been. Any questions or queries I had were answered efficiently and effectively. The company found work which suited me consistently and this has allowed me to gain confidence in my own teaching ability. I would highly recommend this company to anybody wanting to work on supply.
I cannot put into words how much I appreciate all the support and help you have offered me these past 5 months.
Thank you for everything you have done for me.
I will defiantly be spreading the word about the company
Feedback from our pupils:
Holiday Club Feedback:
“EPL holiday club is the favourite choice of my two kids. They enjoy the relaxed yet structured day. I’ve appreciated the approach of the staff, which is interested and engaged in the kids. There is a mix of activities blending art and crafts, sports and computer time. Staff are well prepared to keep the children entertained whatever the weather: I was impressed with the Wii fit style bowling competition on a rainy February half term!”
“My son always looks forward to going to EPL holiday club. He gets involved in lots of new activities and enjoys meeting new friends”
“My son loves going to holiday club. He would ask if he was going during the school terms and wouldn’t like the answer. Richard and the staff are always polite and friendly. They will go out of their way to help you. My son likes them too and he’s is shy it takes him a while to get used to people, he got on with the staff almost straight away. The staff take into consideration all the children’s needs and requirements.
It’s based in a great school. My son always comes back asleep which tells me that the children have an actioned packed day. You receive a break down of the day’s activities.
My overall experience with the holiday club, Richard and the staff, the school and the activities I would certainly recommend others.”
Thank you for another great year of provision at Buckton Vale from the Education Learning Program. The visit from Sophie with her Olympic medals was inspirational and something the pupils really enjoyed. The progression in the martial arts classes has been fantastic and, as always, very popular. Many parents have commented on the quality of the lessons and the presentation assemblies, when pupils are presented with certificates. The progression for the children has also been wonderful to see. Not only in achieving their individual gradings, but the growth in confidence and respect of each other. Some of the children have led the sessions and the learning. I would recommend the programme to any school.
Children’s Letters: Have Your Say!
Teacher, Child and PTA Feedback:
30th November 2012
I write to congratulate you on another highly successful day at St Mary’s. The Martial Arts Around the World theme was perfectly aligned with our school’s international dimension and proves that the ‘Education Programme’ designs workshops bespoke to the needs of each individual school.
The initial assembly focused on demonstrating the skills the children would cover throughout the day, was effective in highlighting the core values of martial arts i.e. respect and self – discipline. Your active approach to this initial session motivated all learners to perform to the best of their ability during their respective workshop later in the day.
Your use of open ended questions, ability to see each child as truly unique and the manner in which you pitched the activities to the age of each class resulted in all children making significant progress whilst in your care.
The individual workshops were equally as impressive with the children either working collaboratively or as individuals. This fitted perfectly with our current School Development Plan where the skills of independence and collaboration are high priorities, I feel this is another strength of your workshops in that they are bespoke to the needs of each individual schools. In addition, your willingness to link the workshops in with the culture of different countries has resulted in our school being able to apply for the full International Schools Award.
The warm up activities stimulated all leaners, particularly the children who are less motivated during lessons. The series of kicks, defence blocks and other technical moves were successful in teaching the children that it is important to defend themselves when needed and that self – respect along with respect for other people are highly important life skills.
Many of our children have now joined a local martial arts club, enabling them to build on the foundations you and Easton laid on the day. As a school we are certain that the work you have done, and will continue to do in Tameside schools, is simply life changing for many children.
I look forward to the next time we work together to further develop the curricular opportunities of the children at St Mary’s.
Christopher Hanson BEd. Hons, Deputy Headteacher, St. Mary’s RC Primary School
2nd November 2012
Ricky and Fiona recently visited St.Joseph’s RC Primary to deliver their Education Programme – working with KS 2. The children had a fantastic experience and learnt so much!
From a teachers perspective it is great to see the strong emphasis on Fun and Team Work, which the children at all times fully embraced and this resulted in them getting so much out of the sessions!
Ricky and Fiona instantly developed fantastic relationships with the children, giving clear instructions and being so positive and encouraging during the many exciting activities that they had planned and delivered to the children! This all resulted in them managing to get the very best out of each and every child that took part in the sessions.
The children were at all times encouraged to push themselves but also to be aware of other classmates and to always help and encourage these children which I have found has added immensely to the enjoyment that the less able children got out of the sessions!
In short the children and staff at St.Joseph’s can’t speak highly enough of their Educational Programme experience.
Stephen Hill, Deputy Headteacher, St.Joseph’s RC Primary School
I write to express our gratitude for your recent work with our KS 1 and KS2 children focusing on developing their financial capability skills.
The activity based around managing a budget and ensuring the budgets of both the shopkeepers and the consumers, particularly challenged the children’s problem solving skills. It was also impressive to watch the children developing their knowledge of other areas of our curriculum including the benefits of a healthy balanced diet. The range of learning styles your programme catered for enabled all learners to make substantial progress during the day.
The second day based around world currency was equally as beneficial. The children enjoyed the warm up focusing on developing their knowledge of currencies in non European countries. Again, the active teaching style successfully involved all learners in the process ensuring extensive progress was made for all. Again, the cross -curricular element was excellent.
We look forward to working with you again in the future to further develop the financial capability of our children.
Chris Hanson, Deputy Headteacher, St. Mary’s R.C. Primary & Nursery School
What did you think of the Currency Game?
“It was very fun and we would like to do it again.”
What did the group like about shop till you drop?
“Our group got a £5 budget, but we only spent £4.16p! We really enjoyed it. ”
“Very exciting. Everyone loved it!”
Really enjoyed Thursday and thought the programme was excellent. The children were really engaged and enthusiastic, and definitely got something from the day.
Thanks again for the opportunity
What did your group think of the Food Awareness game?
“Group 4 had a lot of fun and learned about Food Groups. They also thought it was a challenge.”
“Very good and we would like to play it again.”
Did you enjoy working as a team?
“We loved working as a team!”
Thank you both for the lovely two days. It was a pleasure to help you both and also to work with the children, I really enjoyed it and the children got a great deal from both day’s.
Again it was a great pleasure to meet and work with you both I enjoyed myself immensely.
Thank you again.
Thanks very much for your lovely e-mail. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to get involved over the two days. I thoroughly enjoyed it and got an awful lot out of it myself.
The children were totally engaged with the two days and really enjoyed working with your programmes
Here at the Education Programme, we are always looking for new and experienced Teachers and Teaching Assistants to join us.