Author: Sophie Taylor

International Women’s Day – 8th March

It’s International Women’s Day this Friday 8th March and to show our support, we are featuring some fantastic women across the Sugarman Group business every day this week.

Our colleagues are sharing their experiences of work, their inspirations and talking about their career journey.

Today we feature Danielle Secker, Executive Assistant at Sugarman Group.

What is your current role & what does it entail

Executive Assistant – My role entails a bit of everything to be honest, I always get lost when people ask what I do because it’s such a varied role, no day is the same! I guess the overall way to describe it would be providing executive support to the Senior Management Team and overseeing the Office Management in Fenchurch St.

Where did your career begin (e.g Apprenticeship, College, Uni)?

My career actually started a couple days after I left school! I’d applied to go and study sports at college but took a summer job at the business where my Auntie and Mum worked (also did my work experience here). Two days before I was due to start college they offered me a full time job so I decided to take the job instead of going to college, I don’t regret that decision one bit!  I remember looking at the EA’s in that business and thinking, that’s what I want to do! And look now….!

How have you found being a woman, working in your sector?

I worked in Financial Services for years before I came into Recruitment, I find Recruitment is a lot more diverse than Financial Services in terms of the male to female ratio. Sugarman / Cordant in fact, probably has more women in Senior roles than any other business I have worked in, however, I do believe there is still work to be done to become more equal.

What are the current challenges for women in business/society?

Although I do think the times are changing and women are starting to be respected and heard more, there are still every day challenges. I think women are still judged on image, much more than men, this is something I have personally felt for a long time and still do now.  We have to be more conscious of what we wear or how we do our make up etc, this is not just at work but in everyday life.

I think it would be fair to say that at some point in our lives we have been made to believe or feel that men are stronger and more dominant than women but as I mentioned above, times are changing and I think people’s mindsets are starting to change on this!

Which women have inspired you throughout your life?

To be honest, (and this may sound a little cliche), my inspirations have never been ‘famous’ women, my inspirations have always been more close to home.  From a career perspective, when I was growing up I used to always say ‘I want to be a business woman like Auntie Lisa’. She was one of very few Senior Directors in the business I worked for in my first job and she held her own! I am sure she has (and was at the time) facing the struggles that all women in business face but she came across so strong that you wouldn’t have even known – that to me is really powerful and I admire her for that. On a more personal side, my Grandma was always someone I aspired to be like, such a selfless person who lived for her family, she put everyone before herself and was just a genuine happy and caring person (I also get my love for gin from her!)


Top 5 Teaching Tips

So February half term is over but don’t despair, Sugarman Education is on the ball to see you through to Easter!

We are sharing our top 5 teaching tips to be the best teacher you can be! It’s all about the P’s and C’s…

1 – Prepared – You can never be over prepared! Knowing your curriculum, lesson plans and day structure is the best way to be effective in your teaching approach.

2 – Positive – A positive and upbeat attitude is infectious and if you are showing your passion for teaching, your students can only follow your example for their learning.

3 – Patient – Don’t forget, learning happens at different rates for everyone. Although it can be frustrating to answer what feels like the same questions, individuals reach their questioning at different stages in their journey. Remain patient and consider ways to make the learning process easily accessible for all abilities.

4 – Concise – Being clear and concise in instruction and explanation can turn a complicated topic into something interesting and easily understood for students.

5 – Creative – Creativity holds no bounds when it comes to teaching and education. A creative classroom is often a happy one and creative teaching methods are those that inspire real learning.

So that’s Sugarman Education’s top 5 tips on making teaching work for you. We will be back after Easter with a new set of teacher tips to see you through to the summer term. You can also read our top 5 tips on setting the tone of your classroom HERE. From organisation to photo walls, the ideas are all there.

Looking for a new teaching opportunity? Sugarman Education has a wide range of vacancies, CLICK HERE to read more. Or follow us on Facebook for the latest news, vacancies and competitions.

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Children’s Mental Health Week – Tips for Teachers

As part of Children’s Mental Health Week, Sugarman Education is sharing tips for teachers, parents and children on encouraging health and wellbeing.

Children’s Mental Health Week was set up by the children’s mental health charity Place2Be to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health.

This year’s theme is Healthy: Inside and Out where we are encouraging everyone to think about how they look after their bodies and minds.

Place2Be have created a series of resources to help teachers, parents and children. Today, we are sharing Place2Be’s Tips for Teachers guide on encouraging pupils to look after their bodies and minds.

Here are a few simple ways you can encourage your pupils to look after their bodies and minds:

– Have a class discussion about what being healthy means. Talk about different ways that people can look after their bodies and minds. For more ideas you might be interested in Place2Be’s group activities resource, which you can find here.

– Challenge yourself and your colleagues to try something new to improve your health. For example,walking everywhere instead of driving. You could download a step tracker and make it into a competition. Sharing the steps you’ve taken to stay healthy with your class can set a good example – but don’t be afraid to admit it if you’re struggling! It’s important for children to keep trying, even when things are difficult.

– Remind them that there’s no such thing as a perfect body or mind – and no one is perfectly healthy. Pupils might be tempted to compare themselves to their classmates but it’s important to remember that everyone’s bodies and minds are different – and that’s something to celebrate.

You can download the full Tips for Teacher doc here.


World Cancer Day 4th February 2019

Sugarman Group is proud to join the #IAmAndIWill campaign for World Cancer Day 2019.


Whoever you are, you have the power to reduce the impact of cancer for yourself, the people you love and for the world. It’s time to make a personal commitment.

The theme: 2019 – 2021

2019 marks the launch of the 3-year ‘I Am and I Will’ campaign. ‘I Am and I Will’ is an empowering call-to-action urging for personal commitment and represents the power of individual action taken now to impact the future.

A 3-year campaign for impact

World Cancer Day is a campaign built to resonate, inspire change and mobilise action long after the day has passed.

A multi-year campaign offers a chance to create long-lasting impact by increasing public-facing exposure and engagement, more opportunities to build global awareness and impact-driven action.

You can get involved in many ways:

  • Get personal – Create your own custom social media post with your own personal message of the commitment and share it with the world.
  • Light up the world – Make a statement by lighting up a significant landmark, monument or building to be illuminated on World Cancer Day in the colours of orange and blue in your city.
  • Translate materials –  Volunteer translators help to make World Cancer Day campaign materials, including posters, infographics and factsheets, as accessible to as many people as possible.
  • Spread the word – Write an op-ed, blog story, record a video message, feature World Cancer Day on your website, an article in your newsletter, or reach out to a local journalist.
  • Join the action – Show your support by showing up. Find an event near you on the Map of Impact, sign up to attend, participate or volunteer.
  • Create an event – Inspire others by hosting your own World Cancer Day event. From flash mobs, free screenings, record breaking attempts, conferences, fundraisers to fun runs, add it to the Map of Impact to spotlight the awesome work that you are planning.

To get involved, click here to find out more.

Take a look at the World Cancer Day 19_Infographic_FA




Did you know it’s Children’s Mental Health Week? 4th – 10th February 2019

Children's Mental Health Week

It’s Children’s Mental Health Week this week and we wanted to share these new school resources for Children’s Mental Health Week (4 – 10 February 2019).

You can download assembly guides, slides, group activities, top tips, fundraising ideas and more for free here:

This year’s theme is Healthy: Inside and Out – the children’s mental health charity Place2Be is encouraging everyone to think about how they look after their bodies and minds.

Place2Be need your help to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health.

Place2Be launched the first ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. Now in its fifth year, they hope to encourage more people than ever to get involved and spread the word.

Place2Be say:

When we think about healthy living, we tend to focus on looking after our bodies – our physical wellbeing – through food, being active and getting enough sleep.

However, in order to be healthy overall, it’s important that we look after our minds – our mental wellbeing – too.

Our bodies and minds are actually very closely linked, so things that we do to improve our physical wellbeing can help our mental wellbeing as well. When we take steps to be Healthy: Inside and Out, it helps us to feel better in ourselves, focus on what we want to do and deal with difficult times.

We know from our work in schools that children in every class have diagnosable mental health conditions and many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement.

Whether you’re someone who works with children, a parent or carer, passionate about spreading the word, or keen to raise vital funds for Place2Be you can get involved and help us reach as many people as possible.

Find out more:

Read more about Place2Be’s work


New Term, New You? Check out our Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Happy New Year! Welcome back to School. We thought you would like to see Sugarman Education’s 5 Top Teaching Tips on starting 2019 as you mean to go on in the classroom. 

Get organised – If you’ve got a stationary cupboard that’s overflowing or marking that runs away with you, our best advice is to choose one organisation method and stick to it. Whether it be a desk planner pad, electronic notes or a diary – choose a method that suits you and it will be easier to stick to.

Photo wall – Create a photo wall in your classroom of your students enjoying various trips/activities or exciting plans to look forward to – it will inspire your students for the upcoming term.

Workspace – Creating an inspiring working environment is a must for teachers and students. This could be introducing colours, quotes or artwork to your classroom. The more fun and energising, the more engaged your students will be.

Positive quote – Choose one positive motivating quote every term to spur you on & keep it handy. It could be an inspiring quote, a music lyric or poetry – something that inspires and motivates you everytime you look at it.

Ask (& listen) – Speak to your students about the objectives for each term and how you plan to deliver them. Get their feedback to help plan your lessons. If students have contributed ideas, they are often even more engaged when those ideas are rolled out!

Don’t forget, just another 6 weeks until February half term, which we know will fly! We’ll catch up then with new Sugarman Education Teaching Tips for the Spring Term.

Looking for a new teaching opportunity? Sugarman Education has a wide range of vacancies, CLICK HERE to read more. Or follow us on Facebook for the latest news, vacancies and competitions.

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