National Careers Week at Affinity



National Careers Week (NCW) 2024 runs from the 6th to the 11th of March.


For NCW this year, Affinity Workforce is proud to reaffirm our commitment to learning and development for both our internal staff and our valued candidates.


At Affinity, we invest in the growth of our dedicated team members so they can enhance their expertise, stay ahead of industry trends and deliver exceptional services to our clients and candidates.


We also provide access to career progression and learning opportunities so candidates can achieve their full potential in education. Whether it’s advancing leadership roles or acquiring new classroom-based skills, our resources opens doors to exciting career paths.


During this special week, we want to highlight the resources we have available as well as celebrating the achievements of our candidates and dedicated staff…

Discover our training opportunities for candidates



Affinity Academy is our dedicated hub for learning and development designed to inspire our candidates in their roles and beyond. As National Careers Week unfolds, we are thrilled to shine a spotlight on our online training sessions. Whether you’re seeking to enhance your teaching skills, expand your knowledge of special educational needs or explore new career pathways within education, we have courses to suit everyone.


Why not take the chance to upskill this NCW by exploring our upcoming training courses and signing up below:


  • Thursday 7th March, 5:30pm: Positive Behaviour Management.


  • Wednesday 13th March: Developing Personal Well Being in the school.


  • Thursday 14th March, 5:30pm: Building Resilience to develop Lifelong Learners.

Register for our upcoming Affinity Academy courses


Positive Behaviour Management


Behaviours that are difficult to manage can cause significant disruption in a classroom. resulting in stress and anxiety both for the child and staff. Supporting you in finding ways to manage this, we focus on the importance of adopting a consistent approach both within the school and ourselves. We look at a range of de-escalation strategies, verbal and non-verbal, targeted at developing your skills and confidence.


Suitable for Teachers, Teaching Assistants and Cover Supervisors.


Developing Personal Well Being in the school


A healthy wellbeing is one of the most important things to take into the classroom with you. Sometimes it’s easy to forget about how you’re feeling, but this interactive session will highlight the reasons why it is so important to keep it in check for both you and the pupils you’re working with. We will look at how to recognise things when they may be going wrong, how to get support from colleagues and how to manage stress.


Suitable for all candidates.

Building Resilience to develop Lifelong Learners


This session will focus on the importance of how resilient our pupils are. We will look at ways to be more effective in the classroom, whilst guiding you through the theory and strategies needed to support them through this process. We shall reference Bloom’s Taxonomy, Metacognitive learning strategies and the importance of using skilled questioning strategies.


Suitable for Teachers, Teaching Assistants and Cover Supervisors.


Meet Emma,

Affinity Academy trainer



National Careers Week celebrates the diverse paths individuals take in their professional journeys.


We’re delighted to share insights from Emma Ford, a seasoned educator, headteacher, and dedicated trainer for Affinity Academy. With a wealth of experience and a passion for making a positive impact, Emma’s journey serves as an inspiration for those considering a teaching career.


Teaching isn’t just a profession—it’s a lifelong journey of passion and purpose.


Click the link below to find out more about Emma’s journey and her impact in the field of education.


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Meet Steve,

Teacher of the Year



As National Careers Week unfolds, we are privileged to spotlight the exceptional journey of Steve, CER’s Teacher of the Year.


Throughout his 27 year teaching career, Steve’s story is not just about teaching; it’s an inspiring narrative of impact, passion, and the profound influence teachers can have on shaping young minds. 


Steve’s journey serves as an inspiring reminder of the profound impact teachers can have on children and instilling a love for learning that lasts a lifetime.


Click below to read Steve’s inspiring career journey as a teacher.


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Career development resources for candidates


Emma Ford’s Teaching Tales- A National Careers Week Feature 

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Emma’s Early Career Teacher Journey

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Early Years Childcare Hero: Meet Sofia

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How to Write the Perfect CV

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What are Your Options as an ECT?

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Celebrating employee career development



At Affinity Workforce, we are proud to celebrate the importance of career development in the education recruitment sector. We believe that continuous learning and development is essential for professional growth and delivering exceptional services to our clients and candidates. By providing our team members with the tools and resources they need to thrive in their roles, we empower them to reach their full potential.


As we celebrate NCW this year, we are proud to put the spotlight on the internal staff across our 4 brands – CER, Monarch, Sugarman Education and Career Teachers, and celebrating their achievements so far. Celebrating the successes of our team members is not just about advancing our business; it’s about investing in the growth and fulfilment of each individual.

Celebrating employee career growth with Monarch Education!


We’re proud to introduce you to Becky from Monarch Education, one of the AWS brands. Becky celebrated an impressive 17 years with the company, and has come a long way since starting her role. Becky’s story is a testament to the power of dedication, resilience and continuous learning in shaping a successful career.


Becky’s journey at Monarch Education serves as a shining example of career development opportunities within Affinity Workforce. As we celebrate NCW this year, we are proud to highlight the achievements of our staff and to support the growth of our dedicated team. Her story reminds us that with perseverance and a commitment to learning, anything is possible!


To read more about her career growth and progression, take some time to read our blog below.


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Celebrating the career successes of our employees


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Celebrating Charlene: Our First Values Champion! 

We are thrilled to announce the incredible achievement of Charlene from Career Teachers London, who has been chosen as the first winner of our Values Champion award! 

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Uncovering AWS Employee Learning Needs Across the UK

Our Journey to Understand and Improve Learning & Development. Join us on the #MegandSophRoadshow as we uncover employee learning needs across the UK, shaping the future of Affinity Workforce’s L&D.

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Say Hello to Affinity Academy with Sophy Green

Elevate your career with Affinity Academy, where personalised learning meets professional growth. Join us on a journey of success!

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Becky’s Inspiring Journey at Monarch Education

Becky Everall has been a shining star at Monarch Education for over 17 years, radiating happiness in her role from the very beginning. In this interview, we explore her incredible journey, reflecting on how she has thrived and evolved in her career while finding joy in the workplace.

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AWS Shortlisted for Three Recruiter Awards

Affinity Workforce Solutions (AWS) is delighted to be shortlisted for three awards at one of the UK’s largest awards events for the recruitment sector. 

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