National School Caretaker Day is on the 19th March. A day for all Schools to thank their Caretakers and Site Managers for all the hard work and effort they put in every day. As an employer, you have to ensure you make employees feel appreciated and valued in their workplace. There are lots of reasons for this. Most obviously, because it will make your employees enjoy coming into work, feel comfortable at work and allows them to produce their best work. There are so many things you can do to show you value you site staff be they a Caretaker, a Site Manager or a whole Premises Team, and best part is that it doesn’t have to cost lots, sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference. Here are some great ways to show you appreciate your site team members. Leave a surprise Post-it Note This can be done by managers, teachers or even the school children themselves. If they notice something has been done for them – let them say a little [...]
What have you got your School Site Team this year? Christmas is coming and so are the demands on parents for collections for teacher’s presents or the annual efforts in coming up with something more original than a best Teacher Mug. How many mugs and boxes of chocolates do these people need? There’s a whole industry dedicated to Teacher-based gifts, the sheer number of ideas boggles the mind; quite what a grown adult would do with a Unicorn “Your work is magical” stamp is up for debate though. Don’t get me wrong, we are all extremely grateful to all our teachers for the hard work they do and they absolutely deserve every gift of thanks they get. However they are a cog in the vast and complicated machine that is a school. There is an unseen army of hugely dedicated and hard working professionals who are up with the dawn chorus to make sure that School machines are fired up every day and are working on all cyclinders even before any teacher arrives. They are [...]
It is with huge sadness that we have to say goodbye to the wonderful Val Knight, Caretaker at Stoke Park Schools and winner of the Caretaker of the Year award in 2016.
Val passed away on the 17th October – Her funeral is on the 16th November.
Val will be very much missed by all of us at the National Network of School Site Staff and all who knew her and worked with her. Her diligence and hard work, her love for her the job and the school she worked in, will leave a huge whole in all of our hearts.
Our thoughts and best wishes go out to her family at this very sad time.