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9 English questions out of 9

18 January 2022

How are the career development opportunities at Rocksteady Music School?

Pros

For me the pros are that management don't breathe down your neck. You are trusted very much to work to your own devices with your team leader support coming to observe a school every 3 weeks. There's always help whenever you need it. And I can hand on heart say everyone in the company is absolutely lovely. I've not come across a single person I've disliked or not got on with. While I do see loading the gear in and out of schools as working - it's also good mindful time and a good workout to get the blood pumping. The actual teaching aspect is only 4-5 hours a day which when put like that seems relatively short. With the job being so hectic, the days fly by. And so do the weeks and suddenly it's the school holidays! The amount of holidays is definitely a perk to the job - however I guess the downside is you cannot book time off for things like weddings/gigs. You have a uniform to wear - which is just a t-shirt/hoodie and you can wear whatever you like (within reason obviously) with this which is good. You can have piercings/tattoos/different coloured hair which I really appreciate. I think that the company provide adequate training in my experience to band leaders and this is always improving. I've been the sort of employee who has really got stuck into the job and really makes an effort to keep up to date with all of my team and organise to meet up with them as and when I can. I really enjoy spending time with my colleagues because daily you're on your own (which I personally really enjoy) but it means you cherish the moments with your colleagues more. Finally the actual job, the kids you meet, the difference you make to their lives. Whether in parent funded schools or at foundation events, everyone leaves a lesson having had fun and learning something. I absolutely love concert season, watching kids who were really shy, come out of the shell and beam with confidence. This is super rewarding and really is a good reminder of awesome Rocksteady is for the children. The lessons are accessable to all children which makes me super happy.

Cons

When I started my role, lots of career development opportunities were presented to me. These opportunities were never spoken of again. The company has survived the pandemic which is amazing and I am starting to see new career development opportunities arise however so I'm crossing my fingers something close to me pops up soon. Wear and tear on your car as well as the obscence amount of miles is a definite downside and something I really hope the company improve in the future. I truly believe at minimum we should be compensated for our milage and at best be given a work van. While we have just had a pay rise (thank you!!) I still believe for the amount of work we do, as well as now being responsible for teaching exact teachings to a syllabus and teaching accreditations, there is still room for improvement. There's also been some massive changes for band leaders to get to grips with and adds more work to their day. I'm not currently looking to leave, however if I were to leave, the notice period is fairly long

The company has survived the pandemic which is amazing and I am starting to see new career development opportunities arise however so I'm crossing my fingers something close to me pops up soon.

18 January 2022

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18 January 2022

What kind of career opportunities exist at Rocksteady Music School?

Pros

For me the pros are that management don't breathe down your neck. You are trusted very much to work to your own devices with your team leader support coming to observe a school every 3 weeks. There's always help whenever you need it. And I can hand on heart say everyone in the company is absolutely lovely. I've not come across a single person I've disliked or not got on with. While I do see loading the gear in and out of schools as working - it's also good mindful time and a good workout to get the blood pumping. The actual teaching aspect is only 4-5 hours a day which when put like that seems relatively short. With the job being so hectic, the days fly by. And so do the weeks and suddenly it's the school holidays! The amount of holidays is definitely a perk to the job - however I guess the downside is you cannot book time off for things like weddings/gigs. You have a uniform to wear - which is just a t-shirt/hoodie and you can wear whatever you like (within reason obviously) with this which is good. You can have piercings/tattoos/different coloured hair which I really appreciate. I think that the company provide adequate training in my experience to band leaders and this is always improving. I've been the sort of employee who has really got stuck into the job and really makes an effort to keep up to date with all of my team and organise to meet up with them as and when I can. I really enjoy spending time with my colleagues because daily you're on your own (which I personally really enjoy) but it means you cherish the moments with your colleagues more. Finally the actual job, the kids you meet, the difference you make to their lives. Whether in parent funded schools or at foundation events, everyone leaves a lesson having had fun and learning something. I absolutely love concert season, watching kids who were really shy, come out of the shell and beam with confidence. This is super rewarding and really is a good reminder of awesome Rocksteady is for the children. The lessons are accessable to all children which makes me super happy.

Cons

When I started my role, lots of career development opportunities were presented to me. These opportunities were never spoken of again. The company has survived the pandemic which is amazing and I am starting to see new career development opportunities arise however so I'm crossing my fingers something close to me pops up soon. Wear and tear on your car as well as the obscence amount of miles is a definite downside and something I really hope the company improve in the future. I truly believe at minimum we should be compensated for our milage and at best be given a work van. While we have just had a pay rise (thank you!!) I still believe for the amount of work we do, as well as now being responsible for teaching exact teachings to a syllabus and teaching accreditations, there is still room for improvement. There's also been some massive changes for band leaders to get to grips with and adds more work to their day. I'm not currently looking to leave, however if I were to leave, the notice period is fairly long

When I started my role, lots of career development opportunities were presented to me.

18 January 2022

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2 November 2019

How are promotions handled at Rocksteady Music School?

Pros

The sense of family within the company - lots of WhatsApp groups and loads of like-minded people who are there to support, encourage and inspire. The kids! - it's amazing to see them grow and develop The workload - it was relatively low on admin, which meant evenings and weekends were largely free. The clear route for progression - it's definitely a company where you can grow in your role and move into new positions. The desire to reach every child - Rocksteady Foundation does amazing work supporting kids who wouldn't otherwise get the chance! This is alongside bursary spaces and pupil premium. Management are awesome - they care so much for the staff and for the kids we work with. That comes across at every meeting. Summer Camps - they're just awesome! The termly concerts - a great opportunity to see the progress kids are making

Cons

Quite a bit of heavy lifting - not so much a con as something to consider when looking at whether it's appropriate

Advice to Management

Keep inspiring the next generation of awesome musicians!

Rocksteady Foundation does amazing work supporting kids who wouldn't otherwise get the chance!

2 November 2019

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6 January 2021

How do employees feel about their professional development opportunities at Rocksteady Music School?

Pros

Long holidays Some days are shorter than others, which is really nice You finish quite early, mostly around 3 or 3:30 pm You are your own boss and responsible for your day to day actions. Manager does check in occasionally and will observe lessons from time to time. But you really are in control 90% of the time. Manager is amazing, seriously - the best manager I've ever had (although I've heard this varies) Strong team, amazing training week and away days (Pre-Covid) Some days are amazing and you really can't beat it

Cons

High turnover of classes, every 30 minutes there's a new class. Can feel like you're racing against time especially if you have to collect and drop the kids off. You might finish early, but packing away equipment and getting home can take ages (especially in the first six months as you get used to it). By the time you get home, you're mostly too exhausted to do much else. Some parents are really rude and unpleasant. There's an admin team to help, but more often than not you'll be at the frontline dealing with them. Low pay, especially for all the hard-work. Normally, the away days and Christmas parties make up for it - some of the most fun parties and the best work events I've ever had. No proper training, you get a week before the job starts, but it does not prepare you. The first month is hardcore and you're pretty much just thrown in - sink or swim!

Advice to Management

My manager is excellent, I would say just keep doing what you're doing. With regard to Covid, maybe listen to the bandleaders more as we feel like you aren't taking in what we're saying (especially with the surveys).

No proper training, you get a week before the job starts, but it does not prepare you.

6 January 2021

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27 January 2021

Are transfers to other offices possible with Rocksteady Music School?

Pros

- Casually dressed, enthusiastic staff who care about children - Flexibility and ownership of teaching responsibilities - Rewarding purpose to educate the next generation - Charitable consideration and contribution is embedded into the culture

Cons

- Laboursome, multifaceted role - Long notice period - Limited development and career growth (PGCE teachers were prioritised over NQTs) - Many people going above and beyond for the love of the company not financially motivated making competition tight and rewards minimal - Isolating role, limited opportunities for teamwork

Advice to Management

+ Incentivise staff with career development such as teaching qualifications or more experience across other departments. + Financial incentives would be a game changer

Isolating role, limited opportunities for teamwork

27 January 2021

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