Free Uniforms for Pupils of Low-Income Families

A ‘Back-to-School’ Community shop opened on Tuesday the 16th August in Manchester, offering low-income families the chance to pick up a free school uniform for their children. The shop will stock both new and second-hand non-branded primary school uniforms among other school essentials, such as sports kits, shoes and stationary that has all been donated to the shop. However, it also has 500 new coats bought through a £15,000 grant from the Brian Kennedy Trust.

The cost of children’s uniforms has gone up in the past few years and with several logo changes occurring for each school, the cost of replacing an existing uniform is often an expense that cannot be afforded by many families.

In stocking a wide range of second-hand uniforms and other equipment, the ‘Wood Street Mission’ shop aims to help low-income families in getting the right supplies they need.

Something as simple as having the wrong type of uniform, or a uniform that doesn’t fit can, unfortunately, isolate children and make them feel different from their peers.

Social standing and the difference in social classes is still an issue in many schools today, so it is important that children from poorer families are given a helping hand.

In this effort, Wood Street Mission hopes to have distributed up to £1m of school uniforms and sports kits to local families by the year 2019, helping to give over 55,000 children living below the poverty line in Manchester and Salford a school uniform.

Commonweal School Shoebox Appeal

Pupils at the Commonweal School in Old Town have already put their best foot forwards this year in filling almost 100 shoeboxes for the Christmas shoebox appeal. Over the last few weeks, pupils, teachers and teaching assistants have all been getting involved in packing shoeboxes, giving away items such as gloves, scarves, drawing and writing materials, soap and flannel and a range of other gifts for the less fortunate.10174342253_0441ca0df5_o

Seeing the Happiness They Create

The children have an opportunity to watch a short DVD of less fortunate children opening their boxes from previous years, showing the excitement and pure joy that comes of getting something seemingly so small and meaningless from those who care. While it is not very much for the pupils themselves to sacrifice, it makes a world of difference to those who might have not gotten anything at Christmas otherwise.

The Importance of Giving Back

When bringing children up on what is right, it is important to instil a strong sense of morals in them, so that they can bring joy to other people. By helping those in less fortunate situations than themselves, and by seeing the affect it can have on their lives, we show the immensely positive result of simply giving a little back at Christmas time. It is an important life lesson and one that has gone down very well with the children of the Commonweal school.


uniced-300x199Hundreds of schools across the country took part in a UNICEF campaign which celebrated the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. These rights were created in order to better protect youngsters and improve a sense of community. Rights include providing what a child essentially needs to survive and grow in order to fulfil their true potential and these rights are given to every child regardless of age, race or gender.

Young pupils at Aberchirder Primary took part in a nationwide celebration of children’s rights by walking through the town on Thursday 20th November and delivering messages to local passersby about what the 1989 UN Convention meant to them and their individual learning. It was a new and exciting opportunity for the children to pass on what they had learnt about the convention as well as expressing their own views as to how things can be improved in the future.

The pupils have been praised for taking an interest into equal rights for all and it is encouraging to see young children taking an active stance in raising awareness for underprivileged children who still struggle all over the world. As teachers, we fully support the idea that every child should have the right to a professional education that helps them to grow as an individual. Why not apply for a substitute teaching position today to make a difference in a child’s life?

Top Tips for Writing a CV

When applying for a new teaching job, it is important to make a good first impression by dressing to suit the tone of the school you are applying to when attending any interviews. However most prospective employers will form an opinion of you based on how well you present your CV.

It can be easy to get overenthusiastic and want to list the extensive amount of experience you may have on your CV, but this can discourage prospective employers and they may not take you on due to you being ‘overqualified’. Some things to keep in mind when writing a CV are;


Layout is incredibly important with a CV; it needs to be straight, clear and to the point. Use a plain font that is easy to read, but does not stand out, and never put pictures on the front of a CV as it doesn’t add anything to your CV. It is also important to put your most recent experiences first, and to make sure that you double check your grammar and spelling.

Recent and Relevant

Choose only the most recent jobs that are relevant to the position you are applying for now. You may be tempted to list some of your most memorable experiences, but the most relevant ones are what the prospective employer is looking for; they want to see you tick boxes! If you’re applying for a Key Stage 2 teaching job then there’s no point focusing on all the time you might have spent as a nursery supply teacher. Expand on your relevant experiences too; what key skills did you take away from those jobs? How will you apply them in the future?

However you need to make sure there are no gaps on your CV, as this can look bad. Make a note of when you were seeking employment if there are any gaps in your CV.

charityVolunteer and Charity

Volunteer work always looks good on a CV, because it shows that you are willing to go the extra mile to help someone out. As an extremely desirable quality in a teacher, showing recent examples of your volunteer work will help to impress your prospective employer, and give them a better idea of how you work.

You may need several different CV’s for different teaching positions. Don’t be afraid to create several CV’s as opposed to sticking to one ‘all purpose’ CV, as then you can dedicate more time to focusing on specific areas of each CV! You could be looking for a special educational needs teaching job but also be applying for roles at Key Stage 1 and your application for each job should be tailored accordingly.

To submit your CV to our database, simply click the Submit Your CV link and follow the instructions found on that page.