Quality Assurance

  • By K PYMER
  • 26 May, 2017

We have been so pleased without students this week - they have done us proud.

EQA Visit
Our VTCT EQA came to visit this week and quality assured Functional skills, Hairdressing Level 2 and Barbering Level 2.  Our students and staff were amazing, it was a busy day working between the two premises.  Poor Sara being observed all day!  The students doing the functional skills discussions were amazing, considering they had someone in the room they didn't know, observing them.  They got on with their discussions and presentation with ease.  Thanks to Emily who stepped up to make up the numbers.  Thank you to the barber students who came in specially for the visit.   We haven't got the report back yet, but we have been told everything is fine and we are looking forward to the EQA visit in June! 

1st years
More congratulations to our students.  The Tuesday group all passed their two Colour online tests with flying 'colours'. After a bit of trouble with the computers, everything worked out fine and with one student getting 100%!  Well done!

Bank holiday weekend
The Academy will be closed on Monday due to the Bank Holiday, but will be back on Tuesday.  The training salon is now open Monday - Wednesday until September when our new classes start.  We hope the good weather stays for the long weekend so we can all get out and about - with sun screen of course.  Check out our Facebook page for some summer hair up ideas.

Teaching and Assessing
As you can see from our image above, learning continues throughout our careers.  That is why we have introduced a teaching qualification to our list of continuing professional development courses.  This way you can pass on your knowledge to others - whether it is hairdressing or flower arranging.  If you teach others or are thinking about it, we will take you through the planning, delivery, evaluation and the principles of assessing.  Call 01603 886969 or look under the ' Continuing Professional Development ' tab for more information.

 Manchester
We are deeply saddened by the events that took place in Manchester this week.  We send our best wishes to everyone who was involved and their families.  It was encouraging to hear of the amount of people who came to peoples aid, with all the doom and gloom we hear on the news, this was good to hear.

Have a great weekend and see you next week!  




By K PYMER 07 Dec, 2017
Our learners produced some lovely work this past week.  If you would like any of these looks, appointments are disappearing quickly.  The apprentices break up for Christmas on Thursday 14 December.  The barber appointments will continue on a Tuesday evening and a Friday.  Call 01603 305884 for an appointment.

We had Ofsted in this week.  We would like to thank all the learners and tutors who were observed, you did a great job.  It will be a while before we get any feedback, so watch this space.

It's National Anger Awareness Week - The aim of Anger Awareness Week is to identify anger as a disturbing social issue which needs to be brought out into the open and addressed effectively. Anger Awareness Week will help people befriend anger by using the right tools to calm themselves down and to deal effectively with this emotion, be it of their own or that of others.

Visit  https://www.angermanage.co.uk/national-anger-awareness-week/  to download kits which will help you manage your anger, there is also one for managing your anger over Christmas.

It was St Nicholas Day yesterday.  Saint Nicholas’ reputation as a bringer of gifts has been absorbed by Christmas, but children in many parts of Europe also receive presents today as well. Some European cities also host special parades or celebrations, in honour of Saint Nicholas.  One of the traditions of the day is children putting shoes or boots by their fireplace or front door in the days leading up to 6 December and leaving carrots for Saint Nicholas. In countries such as Holland, you will be able to find special St Nicholas Day boots to mark the occasion. They will then hope to wake to find them filled with small presents on the day.

Some of you may be leaving school next year and thinking of going into hairdressing or barbering.  Here are some tips, our learners suggest to help you start your career in the hairdressing industry:

  • Find a salon you think you would like to work in, introduce yourself, ask if you could work there on a Saturday
  • Start a portfolio of your hair up/blowdry work.  You could show these to potential employers
  • You need to like all types of people
  • You need to be good at communication - it is your job as a hairdresser/barber to make your client feel comfortable and relaxed and be able to get them to tell you what hairstyle they would like.
If you want to do an Apprenticeship you have to find yourself a salon who will employ you for at least 30 hours per week.  We can supply you with a list of salons who we work with.  You can then approach them with your CV and find out if they are looking for an apprentice.  Call 01603 886969.




By K PYMER 01 Dec, 2017
Our level 3 hairdressing students did some lovely, creative hair ups this week, maybe you would like to have one of these styles for Christmas.  Appointments are available on Monday afternoons and Thursdays from 11.00 am.

Below you will see a short video of one of our Level 2 hairdressing classes practicing their skills before their first client.  If you are leaving school next year, you will probably be starting to think what you will do after school, do I go to college? do I stay on at school? or do I do an Apprenticeship.  If you are thinking of becoming a hairdresser or a barber, an apprenticeship is a great way to start in this career.  You will get to earn money while you learn skills to become a hairdresser or a barber.  You may have a salon/barbershop in mind.  Call in and introduce yourself and ask if you can be their Saturday girl/boy, this will be a foot in the door to a great career.  Call 01603 886969 if we can help you any further.
By K PYMER 23 Nov, 2017
K and Sara went to a Hair Up workshop held by Amy and Carly Whittaker from South West Academy.  They found it very inspirational and couldn't wait to show their new skills to the students.  We can't wait to see the styles the learners will produce.  Visit our instagram page for all the photos.

Gents! How are you getting on with growing your moustaches for Movember?   What do you know about Movember?

The following was taken from the Movember Foundation website.

'Our Cause
The state of men's health is in crisis.  Men experience worse longer-term health than women and die on average six years earlier.  Prostate cancer rates will double int he next 15 years.  Testicular cancer rates have already doubled in the last 50.  Three quarters of suicides are men.  Poor mental health leads to half a million men taking their own life every year.  That's one every minute.

The Movember Foundation is uniquely placed to address the crisis at a global level.  We've funding ground-breaking programmes all over the world, engaging with men where they are, to understand what works best, to help make change happen sooner.

By 2030, we'll reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%.

What does the future look like?  Half as many men dying from prostate and testicular cancer.  Half as many men suffering serious side effects as a result of their treatment.  A quarter fewer men during from suicide.

By prioritising the funding of three of the biggest health issues by men we ensure that we've having long-term, global impact.

Here are our top five things to know, and do.

1.  Make man time - stay connected.  Your mates are important and spending time with them is good for you.  Catch up regularly, check in and make time.

2.  Have open conversations - you don't need to be an expert and you don't have to be sole solution, but being there for someone, listening and giving your time can be life-saving.  70% of men say their friends can rely on them for support,  but only 48% say that they reply on their friends.  In other words:  we're here for our mates, but worried about asking for help for ourselves.  Reaching out is crucial.

3.  Know the numbers - At 50, talk to your doctor about prostate cancer and whether it's right for you to have a PSA test.  If you are black or have a  father or brother with  prostate cancer, you should be having this conversation at 45.  Know your numbers, know your risk, talk to your doctor.

4. Know they nuts.  Simple

5. Move, more - Add more activity to your day.  Do more of what makes you feel good.
  • take a walking meeting
  • park further away from the station
  • get off the bus a stop or two earlier
  • instead of the lift, take the stairs
  • cycle to work instead of driving'

If any gents would like a hair cut or a facial trim, visit our training salon on Mondays from 2.00 pm, Tuesdays from 5.30 pm, Thursdays from 11.00am and Fridays from 11.00 am.  Find us above Subways - 52 London Street, Norwich.  It's FREE!!!!!
By K PYMER 17 Nov, 2017
We do not tolerate bullying within the Academy and encourage learners to talk to a member of staff if they feel they are being bullied or if they see someone is being bullied.

(Taken from the Anti-Bullying Alliance)
This Anti-Bullying Week we want to:
  • employer children and young people to celebrate what makes them, and others, unique
  • help children and young people understand how important it is that every child feels valued and included in school, able to be themselves, without fear of bullying
  • encourage parents and carers to work with their school and talk to their children about bullying, difference and equality.
  • enable teachers and other childrens workforce professionals to celebrate what makes us 'all different , all equal' and celebrate difference and equality.  Encouraging them to take individual and collective action to prevent bullying, creating safe environments where children can be be themselves.
Bullying doesn't just happen at school, it can also happen in the home and at work.

(The following was taken from Childline website)

What is bullying?
  • being called names
  • being teased, put down or humiliated
  • being pushed or pulled about
  • having money and other staff taken
  • having rumours spread about you
  • being ignored and left out
  • being hit, kicked or physically hurt
  • being threatened or intimidated
  • being bullied through your phone or online
Remember

  • nobody has the right to bully you
  • bullying could be done by friends, family, people at school/work and strangers - but its never ok
  • it can happen in different places - like at school/work, home or line
  • there are ways to get it stopped and ways to feel better about yourself
How to get help

  • Build your confidence
  • Practise being assertive
  • Block the bully
  • Tell some
Feeling angry?

Don't fight back - you could get in trouble if you fight back against people involved in bullying.  There's no shame in not fighting back.

Don't reply to an abusive message

Replying to an abusive message could make the bullying worse.  And it could end up upsetting you more.

It's a good idea to save these messages to that you can show them to someone.

If you are being bullied or you know someone is being bullied, visit this website where you can find lots of advice.
www.mencap.org.uk

It's Children in Need tonight!

BBC Children in Need works throughout the year to ensure that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood, and the chance to reach their full potential. It relies on the energy and commitment of thousands of fundraisers and supporters across the UK, who donate their time and money to put on events supporting the Appeal.

If you want to donate visit this website to see the different ways you can donate 

https://mydonatetelethonsappeals.bt.com/donate/cin2017/



By K PYMER 10 Nov, 2017
The first were trying out new practicals skills this week and they did really well!.  One group was working on their foil work, making sure they had the foils in the right place and practice weaving with a pintail comb.

Another group was demonstrated and then practiced the long graduation cut.  They learnt how to section and then the angles they needed to produce a long graduation.  

Both groups worked really well, considering we had two new learners start and went straight into foiling!

It's Remembrance Sunday this weekending.  Here is a poem that brings a tear to our eyes.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields


By K PYMER 02 Nov, 2017
Halloween is over, are you now getting ready for Christmas?  We are having a 25% discount on colouring services (excluding balayages and ombres).  This offer will be available until the end of term Thursday 14 December.  Please call   01603 305884 for an appointment.  Remember you will need to do a colour test at least 48 hours before your appointment.

Our 1st years are not quite ready for colouring clients, but are practicing the process of foiling, where they have to weave the hair and fold foil around it.  Sounds easy? It probably is if you have been doing it for a while, but our 1st years will have more practice before they can work on clients.  But if you are interested in a blowdry, a set or a hair up, they would love to practice on your hair.  Call 01603 305884 for an appointment.

Are you going to any fire work displays this weekend?  Did you know  - 'London was lit up with bonfires as people celebrated the failure of the conspirators to kill their king. What’s really interesting is that the origin of the word ‘bonfire’ is purported to be ‘bone fire’ and describes the burning of heretics and witches and bones'.

Be safe!

  
By K PYMER 27 Oct, 2017
As you can see from the photo one of the Level 3 students was being very creative this week.  Ideal for a bride or someone going to their prom.  Level 3 students have appointments on Monday afternoons and during the day on Thursdays.  Call 01603 305884 for an appointment.

The tutors are getting ready for the next theory unit - colouring.  It's a big project so we have lots of information and activities to help the learners understand the underpinning knowledge.  

Don't forget to turn your clocks back on Sunday to gain that extra hour in bed!
By K PYMER 20 Oct, 2017
We would like to welcome Kate to the Anglian Academy education team.  She is qualified in barbering and hairdressing and will be teaching one group of the 1st year hairdressing students.  We look forward to seeing their skills.

The 1st year students are busy working on their one length cuts, blowdries and plaits and twists, they will be moving on to colouring very soon, starting with foils.

The 2nd years are working on all their skills and carrying out their assessments.  They are working really hard.  The training salon is now open Monday - Friday, so if you are interested in helping the students learn by being their clients, please call 01603 305884.  It is half term next so if there are college students who need a haircut or colour you are more than welcome.  We look forward to seeing you.

On Facebook we have put up a Youtube video on how to look after your hands to prevent dermatitis.  As the weather is getting colder your hands will be getting drier.  The tutors will be keeping an eye on the students hands during the review process, but the students can always speak to the tutor if they have any concerns.


By K PYMER 13 Oct, 2017

It was Mental Health Awareness Day on Tuesday and some of our learners dressed in yellow and staff wore yellow ribbons in their hair or on their clothes to help promote the awareness!  Product training was given to the remaining learners who haven't had the training, so everyone is now aware of the Matrix products and the types of hair they should be used on.

The first year learners were given the opportunity to bring in models for an open workshop this week to practice the skills they have learnt so far.  Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for more pictures.  The above picture was from a Level 3 student, it looks amazing!

We were finalising the details on our new NVQ Level 2 in Hairdressing course this week.  It will start in April and will take you through to Christmas.  There are 9 units - shampooing, cutting, colouring, setting, style & finish, consultation, maintain effectiveness, cutting mens hair and plait & twist.  All great units to help you start your hairdressing career.  If you are thinking of changing your career, this course will be ideal.  We will guide you through the knowledge and practical criteria to meet your assessments and throughout your training there will be opportunities to have your own column in the training school to help you gain salon experience in a controlled environment.  Call 01603 886969 to reserve your place.

The quiz this week on Facebook is a hairdressing knowledge questions.  What do you remember about the hair structure?   

By K PYMER 06 Oct, 2017

Our Level 3's have been practicing their colour work this week, working on clients or their tuition head. Some great work all round!

Sara has been busy visiting salons, observing in house training and delivering barber training to stylists.  If your team would like to extend their knowledge of barbering or hairdressing skills, our professional tutors are available to deliver the training in you salon.   Please call 01603 886969 for more details.

We take pride in our training to ensure all our students go away with a deep knowledge of hairdressing and barbering techniques to ensure they can meet the challenges they will face everyday in their salon.

Our 1st years have started on their functional skills training and they will do a bit every other week until they are ready for the online test.  They are now ready to start working on clients, so if you would like to have your hair set, blowdryed or even put up, our learners are available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Please call 01603 305884 to make an appointment.

Next Tuesday is Mental Health Day and we will be thinking of this day by all of us wearing yellow.  We look forward to the pictures.  World Mental Health Day is a day for global health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.  This years theme is mental health in the workplace.

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