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Affinity Academy – our exclusive training platform


As part of the Affinity Workforce family, Sugarman Education is committed to supporting the professional development of our candidates. As part of Affinity’s learning and development platform, Affinity Academy, candidates have access to a wealth of training resources.


At Sugarman Education, we understand the importance of continuous learning and upskilling in the field of education. That’s why we offer a diverse range of online training sessions tailored to meet the needs of our candidates. From Skills for Supply in Secondary School, SEND Toolkits, and Safeguarding Refreshers, our sessions cover a wide spectrum of topics relevant to teachers and teaching assistants.


Emma Ford is our dedicated Affinity Academy trainer. She is a well-respected, established, leader in the education sector and has a decade of leadership experience in challenging contexts and developing schools. Emma has worked across the country supporting schools with a wide range of themes including self-evaluation, curriculum development, coaching and induction programmes.


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What our candidates say about Affinity Academy


“The enthusiasm and knowledge of the trainer was excellent. She raised my knowledge and therefore made me want to take as many notes as possible on an interesting, useful subject I knew little about, so I could refer to these later.”


– Robert, Building Resilience to Develop Lifelong Learners attendee

“I enjoyed the session a lot. Everyone was open to share their experiences and thoughts and I found the information useful. I enjoyed it a lot because they were listening and encouraging to all participants.”


– Rohma, Building Resilience to develop lifelong learners attendee

“I enjoyed everything about the training because I learned new things about passing knowledge to young children in my class and how to protect them. I would recommend signing up.”


– Imonitaman, Primary Supply 101 attendee

“The additional information and explanations were great. The trainer delicately dealt with difficult subjects within safeguarding.”


– Caryn, Safeguarding Refresher attendee

“It opened my eyes to a greater understanding of what SEND entailed and how to use the knowledge acquired in my day-to-day role.”


– Adeola, SEND Toolkit attendee

“I really enjoyed the workshop. It encouraged active participation and engagement from the attendees.”


– David, Skills for supply in Secondary Schools attendee

Sugarman X The Skills Network


The Skills Network and Sugarman Education are currently working together to offer access to over 45 Level 2 online courses so you can learn at a time and place that suits you! All qualifications are fully funded by the government’s Adult Education Budget.


Choose from our range of accredited qualifications including:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Bullying in Children and Young People
  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Distressed Behaviour in Children
  • Level 2 Certificate in Special Education Needs and Disabilities
  • Level 2 Certificate in Introducing Caring for Children and Young People
  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Common Childhood Illnesses
  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health


Visit the Sugarman x Skills Network page