How You Can Make the Most Out of Half Term

Hooray, half term is finally on it’s way! I think that we can all agree that it’s been a tough start with those dark mornings and trying to get back into the swing of things after Christmas hasn’t exactly been easy. Everybody loves a good ol’ break, it’s definitely deserved and next week you shall be living the dream. YAY!

This is why we are a massive fan of half term. It’s the perfect time to recharge those batteries of yours so that you can strut back into the rest of the term feeling like a brand-new person. We’ve come up with a list of things that we think are essential in helping you feel refreshed over the half term break. We hope they help!

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Secondary School Teaching Assistants – Vale of Glamorgan

Staffroom Education are looking for experienced Learning Support Assistants (LSA) to work within Secondary Schools in The Vale of Glamorgan. With the new year upon us and the busy period for supply; we are looking for candidates who are flexible and have a passion of working with children as we can offer a range of Teaching Assistant vacancies within several secondary schools in The Vale. We cover day to day positions as well as short and long-term vacancies.

The schools in which we are working with not only require general support within the classroom but also offer a number of 1:1 positions. So, if you are passionate about working with children and have experience within this field then why not apply. We also work closely with ACT Training where you can study your Teaching Assistant qualification whilst on supply with Staffroom.

Candidates should have at least 3 months, recent experience of working within a classroom environment or hold the relevant Teaching Assistant Qualification Level 2, Level 3, Level 4 or degree in Early Years and Education or Childhood Studies.

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Primary School Teaching Assistants – Cardiff

With the new year upon us we are on the lookout for experienced Learning Support Assistants (LSA) to work within Primary Schools in the Cardiff area.  We are looking for candidates who are flexible and have a passion of working with children as we can offer a range of Teaching Assistant vacancies within the Cardiff area with an immediate start. We cover day to day positions as well as short and long-term vacancies.


Staffroom Education are working with a number of schools who are requiring Teaching Assistants to help out within the classroom as well as providing 1:1 support to pupils. As all of the work is on a supply basis we work around you.  So, if it’s day to day or long term work you are looking for then we can help.


We are also working closely with ACT Training where you can study your Teaching Assistant qualification whilst working for Staffroom.

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The stages of a break up (with work)

The end of an era. Yes, I said it. Although it isn’t a bad one, it’s all good (if you ignore the sadness) on both sides. My four years at Staffroom have officially come to an end and this will be my last blog for the company, ever – slightly dramatic I know. The point of this blog is that although a move, change, new job, or adventure is exciting, I can honestly say that leaving my current role is not something I will take lightly, and I’m sure many of you have been in the same position at some point too.

Enjoying your job is super important, not because of your sheer determination and utter hard work, but because you spend more time there than anywhere else. I’ve been blessed with a fantastic team (I promise they aren’t stood at my desk forcing me to write this) and because of this I felt it was only right that I shared my ‘stages of a break up’ with work.

So here you go, hands up high if you can relate…

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1. The ‘please don’t make me tell them I’m leaving’ stage.

No one of my favourites I must say. You make up 60 scenarios in your head of how it will pan out and they all seem positive until you’re trying to get the words out of your mouth. Never had a stutter? Well you will here.

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2. The ‘it’s out and I can celebrate’ stage

Those sleepless nights and cold sweats are finally behind you (and will never, ever be missed).

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3. The ‘okay it’s sunk in and I’m actually gutted’ stage.

Everyone knows and the countdown begins. The problem is that you still have a few days/weeks of constant reminders of why you love your job so much.


4. The ‘who are you replacing me with because they’ll never be as good as me!’ stage.

The interviews are going well but you hate them all (okay, you totally don’t – you just hate the thought of anyone living up to your standards). The fear of your work family forgetting you has officially sunk in…


5. The ‘why aren’t you sad? why aren’t you crying yet?’ stage

You know, just casually dropping in every five minutes that you’re leaving to check it’s sunk in.


6. The ‘I’m cleaning out my drawers so this is actually happening’ stage.

It’s easy to put leaving to the back of your mind when you’re reminiscing on the good times and grabbing slice of ‘goodbye’ cake left, right, and centre. However there’s nothing quite as emotional as boxing up your work belongings and seeing a lonely, lifeless desk.


7. The ‘oh my god these things are going to be happening without me’ stage. 

That future chatter that you can’t quite get involved in because you know you’ll be long gone. Sad? Happy? A mixture of both, not because you won’t be there to share it, but because you know the company will continue to kill it without you.


8. The ‘final goodbye’ stage.

Coffee, presents… wine? Nothing quite heals the pain of your last day in the office. There’s tears, there’s tantrums, and there’s denial. Once reality sinks in, it’s pretty sad to have to walk through those ever so familiar doors for the last time, but what makes it easier is how amazing your experience has been.

For those that are nodding away muttering ‘oh I hear you’, raise a glass to a fabulous chapter in your life and all of those who made it happen (even with ridiculously early alarms and copious amounts of caffeine) – cheers to genuinely enjoying your job.

NQT Vacancies – September Start

Are you a passionate, enthusiastic newly qualified teacher looking for your first teaching position? We have various roles in schools across South Wales from day to day, to long term cover. This is an amazing opportunity as not only could you potentially secure a full time teaching role for September 2017, but get a head start over others and be paid over the Summer. If you would like to hear about suitable vacancies that match your subject specialism then please contact our team today! Here at Staffroom we can offer you:

  • Local teaching roles
  • A variety of full time, part time, long term and permanent positions.
  • Diverse teaching environments.
  • Opportunities to widen your current teaching experiences.
  • Guaranteed Pay Scheme;
  • Advice on CV writing, interview techniques etc.

We are looking for Teachers across the subjects below.

  • MFL
  • Art
  • History
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Welsh
  • History
  • Food Technology
  • Science
  • PE

You will also have the opportunity to attend Professional Development and training courses during your time at Staffroom, all geared towards furthering your skills and experience within the Education sector in South Wales. If you are interested in finding out more about what we have to offer, or would just like an informal chat about what your options are and how we can help, get in touch today on 02920 496646. If you’re busy and would like a call back, check us out on social media via our Facebook and Twitter pages where you can leave your name, address, email etc. and we will get back to you ASAP.