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SSTP Recycled Robots Competition for Key Stage 1



The Education Network has recently ran a competition for KS1 pupils in our Spennymoor Partnership schools to design and make their very own recycled class robot. Schools were provided with week by week instructions for this process. The main element was that the robot should be made from suitable household items that could be recycled to make robot body parts. Suggestions included toilet roll tubes, egg boxes, tin foil, plastic bottles.

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 Pupils then worked together in designing a class robot using the collected recycled items. The design was labelled with the items that would make good arms / legs / bodies / hair / eyes / teeth and so on. From the design pupils then made robots and took photographs of the process from start to finish. Viv Horner and Debbie Frazer, from The Education Network, visited all schools during the competition and joined in with this.



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Finished robots were collected by representatives from The Education Network for judging. Here are some pictures of the fantastic finished artciles!


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The portfolios and accompanying photographs were taken to the Art department of Whitworth Park School, where pupils and teachers formed a judging panel to decide the winners. 

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First Prize of £50 Amazon Vouchers went to Ox Close Primary School for their Tidy-Bot, which was one of three entries that the school provided. Rosa Street Primary School won Second Prize of £30 Amazon Vouchers, while Kirk Merrington Primary School and Middlestone Moor Primary School were joint third and received £20 Amazon Vouchers each. Besides this, every class that took part got a certificate. All were presented during celebration assemblies by representatives of The Education Network, and two pupils and a teacher from Whitworth’s Art Department were also in attendance.



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             Why should you work with The Education Network? 

We thought we would ask our supply staff and some of the Head Teachers from our SSTP schools tell you why!


Here is what some of our supply teachers and teaching assistants have said about working with TEN: Quotes

 Now, here's what some of the Head Teachers from the SSTP schools have said about us:


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TEN Organises a Frozen Day at Spennymoor Town Hall!


214 pupils and 16 staff from 8 schools in Spennymoor joined us as our special guests for a fun-filled afternoon at Spennymoor Town Hall.


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The Durham team at The Education Network organised the event as a celebration of the hard work and good behaviour displayed during a literacy road-show which visited each of the schools in the spring term.

During the road-show Peter Barron, Editor of The Northern Echo and author of the series of books “Monstrous Morals”, conducted a book reading during assembly and then worked with KS2 children in a workshop to create their own monstrous moral. 

Originally, the plan was to enter each class into a competition for the best moral created, and for the winning 3 classes to benefit from a celebration afternoon, but it quickly became clear that the high standard of work produced would make this an impossible task to judge and so it was decided that all children should be invited to attend and benefit from the treats we had in store for them!

The afternoon started with an address from Peter Barron who welcomed the children and thanked them for their hard work. Peter raffled 3 sets of his books and Middlestone Moor Primary School, Tudhoe Colliery Primary School and West Cornforth Primary School were the lucky winners.

Next, the children were treated to popcorn and juice whilst Disney’s film ‘Frozen’ was projected for them to watch.  Singing voices were on top form throughout with everyone joining in and singing along (even including some staff!)

As the film ended and everyone thought the event was over, the cast from Make My Day Events appeared on stage as Anna, Elsa and Olaf to continue the celebrations and entertain the children further. The characters then joined the crowds for a meet and greet where there were plenty of hugs and hi-five’s before the children returned to school for the end of the day.

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We are very proud to work so closely with the schools in Spennymoor, and look forward to supporting more events in the future!


More free CPD Training – coming soon



In line with our continued commitment to supporting our temporary supply workforce in delivering an outstanding service, we have recently held a number of free CPD sessions.

Award winning guest speakers and leading head teachers across the region have contributed to the success of these sessions.

We have covered topics such as effective classroom management, an introduction to SEN, and an awareness of the New National Curriculum.

New dates for the next academic year will be announced soon!!



The Education Network assists Student Teachers into work


The Education Network have visited many student teachers across the Durham and surrounding area, offering advice on the induction process and holding workshops with groups of students on employability skills, such as CV writing, letters of application and interview techniques. We have also offered 1to1 assistance to students looking to gain their first teaching post through our many partnership schools who use our service for NQT placements.

We can also give you career guidance and support from our Education Consultant - John Redman who is a well respected Primary Head Teacher who has recently retired after a long career as an Education Leader in the Durham area. If you feel you could benefit from this support, please contact us to arrange your free support session.

If you are a student teacher or an NQT looking for suitable work, please contact the Recruitment Team on

Tel: 01388 810273 or  E:


The Education Network is Compliance + accredited


The Education Network is delighted to have been accredited with the APSCo Compliance + certificate TEN was amongst the first of three recruitment companies to be awarded this new accreditation at The House of Commons launch..

‘Compliance +’ is a set of best practice requirements for both temporary and permanent recruitment in the education sector , which have been designed with Ofsted criteria in mind, and go beyond the statutory requirements.

The new quality benchmarking was launched on Thursday but The Education Network had already lead the way having successfully passed the rigorous Compliance + audit.

Lorna Harvey, Operations Director of The Education Network, said: “As a business working in the education sector, we always put the safety of children first and all the time only provide our clients with the highest quality staff. Becoming one of the first recruitment companies to achieve the Compliance + standard is testament to all the hard work and commitment that is carried out daily to ensure this high level of service continues.”

Compliance + was developed by APSCo in response to the Department for Education’s closure of the Quality Mark for Education in March 2012 and followed extensive consultation with Education Sector Group members and crucially, external stakeholders from the world of education from the National Association of Head Teachers, the Association of School & College Leaders, Voice, the National Association of School Business Managers, Academies Enterprise Trust, the School Governors One Stop Shop and the Independent Academies Association.

To meet Compliance + requirements, recruitment companies will be audited yearly and must show continual improvements in a number of key areas.