Welcome to

Affinity Academy!



We’re thrilled to introduce you to Affinity Academy – our dedicated hub for learning and development. It’s designed to inspire our candidates and colleagues, helping them excel in their roles and beyond.


From online training courses, webinars, information packs and podcasts, our Learning & Development team has handpicked a range of topics and resources so you can continue to develop and upskill whilst working.


Our training portfolio has been thoughtfully curated to meet your needs. Candidates have access to comprehensive training modules such as Teaching Assistant Toolkits, Safeguarding Refresher Training, SEND, Primary National Curriculum, and Behaviour Toolkits.


AWS employees, on the other hand, can explore a broad range of training programs, including GDPR, Leadership, Candidate Management, Business Development, and Sales.

Our Online Courses for Candidates



To kickstart your learning journey, we’ve arranged a series of online courses that will run every half term:



  • Wednesday 29th May, 10 am and 12pm: Primary National Curriculum
  • Thursday 30th May, 10 am: Skills for supply in Secondary School
  • Tuesday 30th July, 10:30 am: SEND & The 121 TA role


ECT Summer Skills Camp:


  • Tuesday 6th August, 10:30 am: Navigating Your First Year as an ECT
  • Tuesday 20th August, 10:30 am: Planning and Organisation Tips for ECTs
  • Tuesday 27th August, 10:30 am: Application Forms & Interview Tips for ECTs

Register for our upcoming courses


Primary National Curriculum


This training session we will explore innovative strategies and practical insights to effectively support the implementation of the primary foundation curriculum. We will cover topics like long term to short term planning, progression documents, subjects, displays, Ofsted, jargon, school websites, lesson examples, resources and associated schemes of work.


The training session will take place on Wednesday 29th May. We are running two sessions, one at 10am and another at 12pm. Please indicate which session you would like to attend on the registration form. The content of both sessions will be the same.

Skills for Supply in Secondary School


This session will be run by Adrian Anderson. Adrian has over 20 years’ experience in education, starting as a Special Needs Teaching Assistant and working his way up to Senior Management. The session will cover Cover/Supply Supervision, Preparation, Effective Communication, Routines for Learning , Rapport Building and Creative Problem Solving, Requesting Support and Maintaining Professional integrity.


This online training session will held on Tuesday 2nd April, 10am and Thursday 30th May, 10am. Please specify which session you would like to attend in the registration form.


SEND & The 121 TA role


This online training session is aimed at teaching assistants and offers an overview of the qualities, knowledge and skills required to support pupils within mainstream and special educational needs settings.


The course will cover a range of topics including personal and professional conduct, how to support learning, roles and responsibilities of TAs, working with others and strategies to enhance student achievement and managing behaviour.


This online training session will held on Tuesday 30th July at 10:30 am.

ECT Summer Skills Camp


We are providing a comprehensive mentoring and training plan to give you all the tools to succeed in the next steps of your career. The ECT Summer Skills Camp will comprise of 3 training sessions including:


Tuesday 6th August – Navigating your first year as an ECT


Tuesday 20th August – Planning and Organisation


Tuesday 27th August – Application Forms and Interviewing


By completing our form, you are registering to attend to all 3 courses.

Affinity Academy FAQs



At Affinity Workforce, we’re committed to fostering continuous growth and skill enhancement to support your professional journey and personal development.


Whether you’re seeking to enhance your skills, stay up to date with industry trends, or explore new areas of expertise, Affinity Academy has something for everyone. We address common questions about Affinity Academy, such as what it offers, the types of learning resources available, who will be running the sessions, how to register, and more.


Explore our FAQs to discover how Affinity Academy can support you in reaching your professional goals and aspirations


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What our candidates say about Affinity Academy


“The enthusiasm and knowledge of the trainer was excellent. She raised my knowledge and therefore made me want to take as many notes as possible on an interesting, useful subject I knew little about, so I could refer to these later.”



Robert, Building Resilience to Develop Lifelong Learners attendee

“Every part of the training is informative and profound. Thank you so much!”



Jasmin, Safeguarding Refresher attendee

“The additional information and explanations were great. The trainer delicately dealt with difficult subjects within safeguarding.”



Caryn, Safeguarding Refresher attendee

“It opened my eyes to a greater understanding of what SEND entailed and how to use the knowledge acquired in my day-to-day role.”



Adeola, SEND Toolkit attendee

“I really enjoyed the workshop. It encouraged active participation and engagement from the attendees.”



David, Skills for supply in Secondary Schools attendee

“The trainer was incredibly good at her job. She got me glued to my screen from start to finish.”



Rita, Developing Personal Well-being attendee

“I enjoyed a lot because it was very good. Everyone was open to share their experiences and thoughts. I enjoyed a lot because they were listening and encouraging to all participants.”



Rohma, Building Resilience to develop lifelong learners attendee

“It was very helpful. I have received very good advice and I can apply them in my role.”



Cristina, SEND 121 Training attendee

“I liked the presentation of the work and the depth of research put in.”



Alfred, SEND 121 Training attendee

“It was engaging and the information was useful and relevant.”



Mima, TA Toolkit attendee

“I enjoyed everything about the training because I knew and learned new things about passing knowledge to young children in my class and how to protect them.”



Imonitaman, Primary Supply 101 attendee

Meet our Affinity Academy trainer,

Emma Ford



Meet Emma Ford, an experienced educational leader in the primary sector. With over a decade of headship experience in challenging schools, Emma has a strong track record of transforming schools from special measures to good, leading sustained improvements. She is passionate about creating school cultures centred around values and has expertise in providing bespoke provision for complex children.


Emma excels in developing leaders through coaching and strategic professional development. With extensive experience in training delivery across the country, she is well-versed in supporting families within the safeguarding arena.


Explore Emma’s courses and expertise at EVF Education.

Affinity Workforce x Skills Network partnership



Embark on an exciting journey of growth with Affinity Workforce and The Skills Network, part of our newly launched training initiative, Affinity Academy. Explore over 30 level 2 online learning courses that will help you upskill, reskill, and personally develop. With comprehensive support and a focus on excellence, we are dedicated to your success.


Our fully funded courses pave a seamless path for improving your skills and expanding your limits. With financial concerns out of the equation, you can focus on enhancing your expertise and perfecting your skills.


Visit the Affinity x Skills Network page

Seeking Answers



We’ve set up a dedicated Affinity Academy inbox to assist with any queries you may have.


Reach out to us at academy@affinityworkforce.com, and we’ll be sure to reply to you as soon as possible!

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If you have any questions about Affinity Academy or our training sessions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

We’re here to support your growth and development every step of the way.