Purple Tuesday

At Profile Development and Training we pride ourselves on being an inclusive workplace and making ourselves available for the needs required of all individuals no matter what their requirements.  We want to make sure that we support all learners no matter what their requirements are.

In a previous post we spoke about the fact that we are a “Disability Confident Employer”.

We are also very proud to support the Purple Tuesday organisation which is “an international call to action, focused on changing the customer experience for disabled people.”  Although geared towards to the customer services sector, we want to bring this into a sector required for the development of skills and personal development for disabled people.

We are constantly looking how to make our learner journey more accessible for all our learners, where that be through:

  • Online Learning (so there is no need to leave your computer in order to complete our level 2 courses)
  • We are working on the introduction of electronic paperwork (so those that struggle with writing can do this on their phone, tablet or pc)
  • We work with national and local organisations so we can help provide additional funding and support for our apprenticeships.

We are happy with what we have managed so far, but we know that there is always more that we can do and that is why we are always looking to see what else we can do to aid the learner through whichever course we offer them.

National Teaching Assistants’ Day

Today, Monday 16th September 2019 is National Teaching Assistants’ Day!

Teaching Assistants’ provide an increasingly vital important resource within the classroom.  The National Teaching Assistants’ Day was created to recognise this contribution that Teaching Assistants’ make to the education and support of school children across the UK.

Here are some statistics about:

96% of Headteachers believe that Teaching Assistants’ add value to their school.

244,000 Teaching Assistants’ work in schools throughout the UK.  In 2002 this figure was 71,800.

44% of parents with autistic children want more Teaching Assistants’ in UK schools.

At Profile we like to support the career development of Teaching Assistants.  We provide a range of courses and apprenticeships that are suitable for entering the profession or career development.

We were one of the first apprenticeship training providers to push the new Teaching Assistant Standard that was released back in July 2018 and we have some of the apprentices due to take their End Point Assessment in early 2020.

Through our Adult Learner Loan provision with the Student Loans Company, we offer the Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (which we primarily offer as an online course so it can be done in your own time, submitting work online), the Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools, which is a little bit more in depth and is for more senior roles or for more advanced learners the Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges which is used to build on the success of the Level 3 course.

We also provide a range of Level 2 courses in areas that are very useful for skills development such as the Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism, the Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Mental Health or the Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Bullying in Children and Young People as well as many other options.  However, due to Government funding, we are still waiting on funding for these courses.

If you would like further information, please check other links on this blog, call us on 01843 609300 or drop us an email to enquiries@profiledt.co.uk

The image, statistics and relevant information in this post has been take from the National Teaching Assistants’ Day website 


Profile Mission Statement


The core principles Profile strive to achieve are:

Quality, high achievement, progression, success, integrity, relevance, innovation, satisfaction.


We aim to be the training company of choice to provide innovative, individualised and bespoke training solutions which meets the needs of our learners, employers and the economy.


We enable businesses and individuals across the country to realise their full potential through developing their knowledge, skills and abilities, opening doors to a better future.

Bullying & Harassment

In the previous edition we looked at the benefits of making workplaces equal and diverse places by creating a work environment that has different insights, perspectives and experiences, all combining to offer a wider range of ideas and skills.

So ‘job done’ right? No, not exactly. By law all organisations (and all staff within them) have to then treat each other with respect and dignity. So do they? Well, most do. But according to Acas, Bullying & Harassment in the workplace is on the rise.

So what is harassment? 

Harassment is “unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual”.


Harassment can be a one-off incident for example, if a colleague makes a racist comment, or it can be a series of incidents or bullying which takes place over time. It can happen at work, but also outside work at work-related trips or social events, such as staff parties or team days. It isn’t just face-to-face either, as anyone who uses social media knows, online ‘chat’ can be just as toxic.

Examples of harassment include:

  • Spreading malicious rumours
  • Unjustified criticism aimed at undermining you
  • Racist or homophobic comments, or jokes/pranks
  • Unjustified threats about your job
  • Physical violence
  • Humiliating behaviour

It doesn’t have to be linked directly to an obvious protected characteristic. In fact personal appearance, personality and body shape can also be used to harass and demean, as well as by association with someone from a protected group.

When ‘banter’ isn’t ‘banter’

Harassment is not always easy to define. A joke is a joke isn’t it? Well not if it offends, or is at the expense of someone else.

Donald Trump recently dismissed comments he had made about women as, ‘locker room banter’. Not only did this upset women, but also offend athletes and sports players who did not want to be associated with his derogatory comments – demonstrating nicely you can’t control who is offended, or how people feel. But things do change….Old TV sitcoms were full of racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments that, at the time, were ‘normal’. Now we are much more aware of the effect it has and is no longer acceptable.#

Why does it matter?

Often people are genuinely unaware of the affect their comments have or language and ‘joking’ is perceived as ‘normal’, but…..


Bullying and harassment can make someone feel anxious and humiliated. Stress, loss of self-confidence and self-esteem caused by harassment or bullying can lead to job insecurity, illness, absence from work, and even resignation. Not good for business at all.

Not only does it have a negative effect on the employee, but if serious enough, can result in legal action, damages and loss of reputation. Employers have a ‘duty of care’ to protect ALL employees, to act ‘fairly’ and follow policies and procedures if a complaint is made.

If you do feel you are being subjected to bullying or harassment let your assessor, manager, or work colleague know or you can seek advice elsewhere such as:

Citizens Advice Bureau


Acas helpline (0300 123 11 00)


Prevent – do you know what this means as an employer?

Prevent Explained

Prevent is a Government strategy about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of all types of extremism* and radicalisation*, including terrorism*. It is also about the promotion of British values.

Extremism and radicalisation might include violent Islamist groups, the extreme right wing and other causes.

At the heart of Prevent is safeguarding children and adults and providing early intervention to protect and divert people away from being drawn into terrorism.

Profile has a statutory duty to ‘prevent people  from being drawn into terrorism’. This is called the PREVENT DUTY, informing employers of apprentices helps us to do this.


Why do we need to be aware of prevent and extremism?

Prevent is not just about extremism, it is about promoting and teaching values such as tolerance and mutual respect. Profile will make sure any decisions with learners are appropriate and suitable.

Is extremism really a risk in our area?

Extremism takes many forms, including political, religious and misogynistic* extremism. Some of these may be a greater threat in some areas. Your local council and police will be able to advise if you have specific concerns or questions.

Prevent uses a range of measures to challenge extremism including:

  • Working with and supporting community groups and social enterprise projects who provide services and support to vulnerable people.
  • Working with faith groups and institutions to assist them in providing support and guidance to people who may be vulnerable.
  • Supporting local schools, local industry and partner agencies through engagement, advice and training.
  • Supporting people who are at risk of being drawn into terrorist or extremist activity through the Channel process.

What is Channel?

Channel is a programme that provides support to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism or extremism. The programme uses a multi-agency approach to protect vulnerable people by:

  • identifying individuals at risk.
  • assessing the nature and extent of the risk.
  • developing the most appropriate support plan for the individuals concerned.

Fore more information, visit http://www.ltai.info/what-is-channel/

What does this mean in practice and what are Profile doing?

Many of the things we already do at Profile help learners to be positive, happy members of society, which will contribute to Prevent. These include:

  • exploring other cultures and religions and promoting diversity
  • challenging prejudices and racist comments
  • developing critical thinking skills and a strong, positive self-identity
  • promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
  • active promotion of British values

We will provide learners with information so they understand how to protect themselves from extremist views that go against British values that they may encounter, now or later in their lives. We use a range of methods to protect learners from the risk of radicalisation, such as filters on equipment that access the internet to make sure they can’t access extremist and terrorist material and by vetting visitors who come into our training centres to deliver sessions. All our delivery staff are subject to DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks.

What can you do as an employer?

  1. You have a responsibility to share any concerns regarding your staff and allow the appropriate personnel to explore what the best course of action might be.
  2. If  you are concerned that someone you know may be at risk of radicalisation, you can call the local police on 101 or call the confidential anti-terrorist hotline number 0800 789 321 3.
  3. Provide opportunities for employees to discuss their own concerns about extremism, events in the news and about British values.
  4. Be alert to any changes in your employee’s behaviour that, in your professional opinion, give you cause for concern. There are often no obvious signs, however the following information may help:


Change in behaviour and dress, allowing for trends in fashion, particularly in their late teens and early 20s.

Physical signs could indicate concerns relating to extremism such as tattoos that far right* organisation supporters will sometimes display.


There is no single way of identifying who is likely to be vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism. Factors that may have some bearing on someone becoming vulnerable include:

  • peer pressure
  • influence from other people via the internet
  • bullying
  • crime against them or their involvement in crime, e.g. race/hate crime, anti social behaviour
  • family tensions
  • lack of self-esteem or identity
  • personal or political grievances

Concerns which should always be passed on are:

  • evidence of sharing of extremist websites
  • evidence of homophobic, religion based or racist bullying

External Sources

The following websites may also be useful for further information: HM Government Prevent duty guidance: for England and Wales.


What is Prevent? Let’s Talk About It.


* Key Terms:

Extremism: vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values such as democracy, the rule of the law and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.

Radicalisation: the process by which a person comes to support extremism and terrorism.

Terrorism: a violent action against people or property, designed to create fear and advance a political, religious or ideological cause.

Misogynistic: showing hatred, dislike, mistrust or mistreatment of women.

Far right: groups or individuals who plan or commit serious criminal activity motivated by a political or ideological viewpoint which includes all or some of the following extreme nationalism, racialism, fascism, neo-Nazism and anti-Semitism.