A large college group based across the country had contacted me to help fill several specialist roles at short notice from their Newcastle setting. The contact in the college explained “I understand this is short notice and you may not be able to sort this by Monday for me”
The college needed 4 British sign language Specialists to work 1:1 with pupils in a work placement setting in various locations across the North East. The college had never really looked at agencies previously for such roles as they always believed that agencies were too expensive and couldn’t react and cater for such needs in short notice.
Once we received the phone call from the college on Thursday. We put together a plan and expectations to the college when they would be expected to have the required staff.
Using our skills and resources we managed to interview recruit and place the 4 specialists in time to start on Monday in the various settings. Failure to fill these vacancies would have caused the college a huge set back and wouldn’t allow the pupils to continue their placement and would set them back from obtaining their qualification. This also would have impacted the placement setting who wouldn’t have the required assistance to their professional business correctly.
We managed not only to fill the roles within 2 working days but we also had additional staff recruited in case of any absences. Our client who is now developed into a partnership is delighted that we completed the request so quickly “Great Work”
The pupils are now able to gain working employment and acquire the skills to progress in their career due to Education World sourcing the correct staff in short notice.
The College have now come to Education World for multiple roles as they have now realised that we are not expensive, and our value is worth every penny to react quickly and efficiently in order to find the right person for the role. This extends to our invoice process that they find smooth and efficient. Due to the nature of how the invoices are sent and the details including/relating to each pupil which helps the college massively due to Education World’s understanding of not just the roles, but the back-office work required behind the scenes.
A school business manager had contacted Education World – The first words were “I have a challenge for you and don’t expect you to fill this overnight, as this is something we had put out to many agencies previously who were unable to find the right candidate even with notice” As a result the school now require an urgent need for a Male specialist to work 1:1 with a pupil with challenging behaviour. They required a fast turn around so that the pupil’s education was not affected.
Upon receiving the call from the school, we quickly identified the problem and the nature of the requirements for the school but more importantly the pupil. After understanding the needs and requirements that were essential, we began to short list candidates who would not only relate to this role but also have the skills and knowledge to work with the child. We understand for the pupil how vitally important this is to get the right person to work with and create that bond.
We identified that as the ideal candidate was already working on a day to day supply basis at an other school. We then arranged to move things around without affecting the quality and relationship with the school the candidate was originally booked with, honest communication is the key. After speaking with the original school, the candidate was booked in to and explained that this would be a brilliant opportunity for the candidate with his set of unique skills. The Partnership school had no problem with us swapping him around for an equally capable replacement.
Honesty is the key… not only did we fill a complicated specialist role in 2 working days we also kept the candidate and both school settings more than happy while maintaining our honesty and integrity. The school now has ultimate faith that if any other requirements are needed that Education World can fill and complete this efficiently. This has also been taken further and we have been recommended to all the other schools in the academy group and the LEA Business manager meetings.
Typically, schools are apprehensive about finding supply staff that meet their high standards and also fit in with their staff and pupils seamlessly, without causing too much disruption and affecting their pupil’s performance. This is especially important when high volume of supply staff are required. Education World were contacted from a rural school that had an urgent need for several support assistants to start on a long term basis.
After speaking with the school and identifying why they required so many staff on a long term basis, we then went through each individual role and what year groups were required and the needs for each class in order to select the right candidate for each role not just for their skills and knowledge but also personality and distance to the school.
The school were extremely grateful that we had selected all the right staff in a timely manner as other agencies had struggled in the past. All members of staff improved the relationships with the pupils in question. The 6 members of staff were meant to be working for 1 term but due to their success they have been kept on for yet an other term. This has now given the confidence to the school that if any supply needs are required that Education World can not only fill the requirements but do so with assurances that the staff will be carefully selected. In addition the school also commented and praised the fact that candidates were sourced locally, which is vitally important due to the rural location, as a result the school now has consistency and stability for their pupils. We don’t just work with schools, we like to establish a long-term partnership with them adding value way beyond supply.
Hylton Castle found themselves, throughout last academic year with an out of the ordinary high demand for staff. The school faced the challenge of finding cover for not one, but four full time teacher absences due to unforeseen circumstances.
Typically schools are apprehensive about finding supply teachers to match the quality of their permanent staff, and are concerned that replacing this number of staff would cause disruption and ultimately effect pupil performance.
Education World was contacted by Hylton Castle for support and guidance in filling these temporary vacancies. Together, they consulted about the specific requirements for each vacancy which led to Education World submitting the CVs of quality candidates, carefully selected for each role. Education World then arranged both interviews and free trial lessons with the school to ensure they could make the most informed decision.
The teachers ultimately selected by the school went on to excel in their roles. They received fantastic feedback from pupils, colleagues and parents alike and even contributed to the school receiving an overall grading of ‘Good’ by Ofsted. If that wasn’t enough, one of the supply teachers was even offered a permanent contract with the school and Education World was more than happy to facilitate this transfer with no placement fees.
Elaine Armstrong (Headteacher) stated, “As many leaders of schools will agree, finding high quality supply teachers or teaching assistants is one of the most difficult parts of my job. The team is highly skilled, professional at all times and committed to provide the best possible service to schools”