Canadian teachers: We can get you working in the UK

  • November 30th, 2016
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Are you ready to start your next adventure? Our previous trip to Canada was a great success, which is why we’re returning in January 2017 to find great teachers like you to work in the UK. We’re offering Canadian teachers the opportunity to gain invaluable experience within the classroom. We can offer you: A guaranteed work contract before you […]

Report shows converting primary schools into academies does not improve results

  • November 24th, 2016
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A study by the London School of Economics has shown converting primary schools into academies has not resulted in higher performance rates. The study used the national pupil database and examined the test results of the 270 primary schools that converted to academy status between 2010 and 2012. Test scores from 2007 to 2014 for […]

Will proof of ID be needed for NHS care?

  • November 22nd, 2016
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Every NHS patient could be asked to show their passport before receiving care, a senior civil servant at the Department of Health has said. Chris Wormald, the permanent secretary, said the Government was considering rolling out the ‘controversial’ plans as the NHS has ‘a lot further to go’ in reclaiming money for treating foreign visitors. […]

Leaving London – why are so many people ditching the capital?

  • November 21st, 2016
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An increasing number of professionals are choosing to leave the Big Smoke and work elsewhere in the UK. Although it is considered one of the best cities in the world for jobs, working in London can ultimately make you sacrifice your work-life balance. More and more people are choosing to work closer to home. Working […]

Dementia breakthrough as game aims to diagnose disease

  • November 21st, 2016
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Researchers have discovered a way to test our sense of direction as part of the most extensive dementia study ever conducted. Sea Hero Quest was designed to create the world’s largest sourced data set to improve the understanding of spatial navigation. The game involves using a smartphone screen to sail a boat around desert islands […]

Unwrapped! Introducing our Christmas referral bonus for nurses

  • November 18th, 2016
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We value our nurses. That’s why we’re delighted to announce our new referral incentive. From the 16th November – 16th December, on top of your usual £100 referral bonus, for every nurse you refer to us, your name will be entered into a draw to win a luxury hamper.* There’s no limit to the number […]

Could A&E departments in England be downgraded?

  • November 14th, 2016
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A leaked report have shown plans to downgrade three A&E units in Cheshire and Merseyside as part of NHS budget cuts. NHS bosses in Cheshire and Merseyside have been asked to make £909m cuts by 2020, however have played down talks of immediate closures. The report suggested that two of the three A&E units in […]

How is being an REC member beneficial to schools?

  • November 14th, 2016
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We’ve been an accredited corporate member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) for almost 10 years now. Our REC Gold Standard means that we adhere to the highest possible standards in compliance. At Athona, we believe we are ‘Affecting Futures’ and this includes the safety of children and young people in the classroom. This […]

Universities to offer nursing apprenticeships from September 2017

  • November 11th, 2016
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The government has confirmed degree-level nursing apprenticeships will be available from September 2017, at a number of universities across the UK. In a bid to tackle the current staffing crisis, £4.5 million of funding will be given to new courses launching next year in four universities, with 5,200 apprenticeship placements available. The introduction of nursing […]

NHS crisis revealed as 3,000 doctors are needed by winter

  • November 10th, 2016
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Accident & Emergency departments need almost 3,000 more doctors to cope with a winter predicted to be more difficult than the last. Hospitals face unprecedented challenges with record occupancy levels leaving too few empty beds to cope with surges in demand. The report by the Commons Health Select Committee states that health services coped last […]

Should Ofsted grading be scrapped?

  • November 3rd, 2016
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The dreaded ‘O’ word can make even the most experienced teachers take a sharp intake of breath. The watchdog ensures schools and childcare providers are held accountable for standards in education. The very idea of Ofsted grades however, has been hotly contested over the years and the profession is now looking to Ofsted Chief, Sir […]

Do you have the drive for recruitment?

  • November 3rd, 2016
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It takes a lot of hard-work and talent to become a top recruiter. Every day you’re in a head-to-head contest to attract the best candidates and clients. It takes hard work to become a fantastic recruiter, however there’s many great benefits. Many recruiters describe the thrill of the industry. Each day is different and there’s […]