The Classroom Partnership is an established, boutique education recruitment consultancy with offices across the UK. We believe that there is a better way than the typical transactional relationships experienced between schools, candidates and their agencies.
The Classroom Partnership was set up to provide continuity in classrooms by building close relationships with candidates and schools alike. We take a vested interest in the schools we work with and provide ongoing career support to the candidates that work with us.
This is evident through our accredited continuous professional development (CPD) training which we provide to teachers, teaching assistants, cover supervisors and other educational practitioners. With our CPD training, candidates benefit from ongoing career progression and our schools have access to candidates who are passionate about providing the best support to the education sector.
We care about education
Our commitment to providing continuity in classrooms doesn’t stop there. In 2018 we launched our most innovative programme to date, our employment-based SCITT; providing graduates with a paid route into teaching and offering schools the option to grow their own teachers to match their school’s ethos.
About the team
With offices across the UK, we’ve grown at pace and have supported LAs up and down the country. Our team are an experienced bunch, the CEO is a former teacher and so are many of the directors of the offices, as well as our consultants. We even have a couple of school governors too!
We think this makes us perfectly placed to understand the needs of candidates and schools alike. We’ve been there, we live it and we build careers in the education sector. We’re passionate about making it the best it can be.
Doesn’t that sound like an agency you’d want to work with?
Why choose The Classroom Partnership?
It’s a question we’re often asked and as you might imagine, we’ve got plenty of good reasons why you should choose us. Thousands of other education professionals have, after all!
What you can expect from us
Life is very different when you work with The Classroom Partnership.
We want you to know that we’ll do everything we can to meet your expectations and make your supply life as fulfilling, rewarding and as easy as possible for you.
After all, that’s our job.
As a member of The Classroom Partnership we guarantee you’ll receive:
- Excellent rates of take-home pay
- Market leading incentives and partnership bonuses
- A wide variety of suitable assignments
- Continuous professional development opportunities
- Reflective practitioner study support
- Free teaching resources
- A dedicated expert career consultant
- Honest and trusted advice
- Someone that is on your side
- Out of hours contact
If you work in a classroom then the chances are you’ll know some really good practitioners who share The Classroom Partnership’s commitment to quality.
We want to get to know them too
Simply recommend a colleague to us and we’ll reward both of you with £100. Refer a friend
Whether you’re seeking guaranteed work over a defined period, you want to work in more than one school environment, need the flexibility to work occasional days, would prefer a route into a permanent job with a school whilst working on supply at that school or even earn extra income within the classroom, we can help. Click here to register now.
Day to day assignments
Do you crave the challenge that variety brings? Do you prefer not to work five days a week? Or maybe you haven’t yet decided what type of education setting suits you best? If this is the case, then day-to-day supply teaching roles could be best for you.
The Classroom Partnership supports all types of schools across the UK, daily, with requests for short-term planned, unplanned or training cover.
These assignments usually last one or two days initially but can extend if it suits both parties and our schools often come to us to request the same teacher back when the need arises.
If you prefer to immerse yourself in the culture of a single school but don’t want a permanent post then a long-term assignment is the role for you.
These assignments typically provide cover for unfilled permanent vacancies, long-term absences or maternity leave and can last from a few weeks to a whole academic year.
At The Classroom Partnership, we love NQTs, who’ve got the X-factor. We’ve got hundreds of schools across the UK looking for amazing NQTs. Find out more about our NQT support today.
We provide additional tuition support to schools across the UK from residential weekend support and exam invigilator jobs to booster supply days or one-to-one coaching. This can be a refreshing change to classroom activity and is a great way to support your income. Speak to your local consultant to find out more.
We also support our partner schools in filling permanent roles across the education spectrum:
- Leadership (short-term, interim management and permanent)
- Mainstream secondary or primary
- Private sector
- Classroom support
- SEN support
- FE & HE
Due to continued demand from our clients in the primary, secondary and SEN sector, we now recruit great classroom practitioners on a guaranteed pay & guaranteed days basis.
Our guaranteed work agreement offers the security of a long-term teaching job with the variety offered by daily supply teaching.
All we ask in return is that you guarantee your availability to us.
To apply for this guaranteed pay scheme a teacher must have/be:
Demand by subject specialism or key stage varies nationally, regionally and locally. Shortage subjects are no longer simply English, Maths or Science…
If you are a specialist in one of our shortage disciplines then you will probably qualify for a cash bonus for every long-term assignment or 60 days continuous service you complete.
What does this mean to you?
It means if you complete the following you’ll receive a bonus at the end of the summer term:
- 1 term bonus = £150
- 2 terms bonus = £300
- 3 terms bonus = £500
Ask your local specialist consultant if you qualify.
You must have worked 45 days in term to qualify.
At The Classroom Partnership, we take pride in the quality of support we give to our NQT’s. We invest in your development through our continuous professional development (CPD) programme which is tailored to meet your specific needs. Our training is devised by an ex-head teacher, who will help support you through your time as an NQT. You will have the opportunity to have your teaching and learning evaluated and coaching will be offered to further enhance your skills. The list below is a sample of our most popular/requested training:
- Practical behaviour management training
- An introduction to SEND
- NQT survival guide
- CV and application writing
- Useful and successful interview techniques
Not only does this provide a proven and effective way of delivering high-quality CPD tailored to the individual needs of our teachers, but it also gives you the opportunity to meet and talk to other graduates in the same position as you.
Other Benefits for our NQT’s:
As previously mentioned, you will have access to high-quality training to help you develop your skills during the early stages of your teaching career.
You will be in a firm position to demonstrate to schools that you are taking responsibility for improving and developing your professional practice in line with professional standards.
Regular supply work can lead to longer contracts
During the autumn term, many of our NQTs who undertake regular supply work through The Classroom Partnership will move into long-term or permanent contracts. Schools use supply as an opportunity to see if you may be the right candidate for them before they hire.
Gain valuable experience
If you sign up with us now, we place you in work at the earliest opportunity which is convenient for you. Before gaining your QTS, you may be able to work as an unqualified teacher enabling you to gain valuable experience as soon as your course ends. This is also a great way to get to know schools in your area and top up your summer spending before the holidays.
The Classroom Partnership’s NQT survival scheme
Join us and we’ll guide you through the first years of your teaching career, whichever phase of education you’re interested in; as part of the partnership you’ll get:
- A dedicated career consultant to support you
- Support from an experienced ex-head teacher
- A wide variety of suitable assignments
- Continuous professional development opportunities
- Free teaching resources
- Excellent rates of take-home pay
- Out of hours contact
At The Classroom Partnership, we will help and support you in successfully achieving your QTS.
Code of conduct
As a REC Audited agency, we want to be the best that we can be and work with education professionals that have the same exacting expectations of themselves. We are committed to safeguarding and our processes are more stringent than what the Department of Education requires them to be.
We realise that great teachers never stop learning.
At The Classroom Partnership, we believe it’s important for us to be an active participant in your skills development. After all, this just makes you a better practitioner, which is good for everyone right?
To this end, we’ve established an extensive programme of free continuous professional development (CPD) that’s available to every candidate we work with, regardless of your role or contract type. Sessions include:
- New curriculum: a constantly-updated session that keeps your teaching in-line with national changes.
- Safeguarding: TCP’s own in-house programme
- Child protection: child protection courses packed with up-to-date developments
- Team-Teach/Price Training: the latest strategies.
The essence of CPD is that it’s tailored to your needs so if there’s anything particular you’d like to learn then please contact us.
Here’s everything you need to know about making your move…
Firstly, overseas trained teachers (OTT) are welcomed by British schools that value the international perspectives you bring to the teaching profession and the opportunity they provide for pupils to meet someone with different life experiences.
There are a variety of exciting opportunities available – all you need is the commitment, good classroom skills and an understanding of the national curriculum.
We’ll help you with the rest.
Make sure you ask your consultant about the guaranteed pay scheme, shortage specialisms and summer bonus too.
To work in the UK you’ll need to provide:
- An up-to-date, comprehensive teaching CV with no gaps, covering the last 10 years
- A valid passport
- A valid UK employment visa (where applicable)
- Your original qualification
- Two passport sized photos
- An up-to-date enhanced DBS check (UK police clearance)
- Overseas police clearance (from your country of origin any others you have lived in for longer than six months)
- Contact details of two professional referees from the last two years
- Proof of application for provisional General Teaching Council (GTC) registration
- Proof of your current address (bank statement or utility/phone bill).
International teaching opportunities
Due to an increase in enquires from our candidates about overseas teaching opportunities, The Classroom Partnership is pleased to introduce you to The International Teaching Partnership, our newest recruitment partner company that specialises in placing UK teachers into international teaching posts.
Teaching internationally is an opportunity to change your life forever! It’s a great way to grow your career whilst also travelling the world. Many teachers that teach abroad come back revitalised, fulfilled and a better practitioner than when they left.
Find out more today HERE.
Pay to scale - AWR
The Classroom Partnership will pay to scale on day one wherever possible.
The agency workers regulations (AWR) came into force on 1st October 2011.
The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that temporary workers are provided with the same entitlements as that of an equivalent permanent member of staff.
These entitlements are split into day 1 and 12-week entitlements:
- Day 1 entitlements – Amongst other things, these include access to amenities within the school such as the canteen, staff common room, parking (if available).
- 12-week entitlements – After a 12 week qualifying period with the same employer in the same role type, such as parity of pay.
The effect of AWR on your placement through The Classroom Partnership is dependent on a number of factors; these will be explained to you by your dedicated consultant. Alternatively, check out our FAQs for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
We work with primary schools, secondary schools, specialist SEN schools and colleges all over the UK.
We offer both daily & long-term supply work as well as permanent roles for both qualified teachers, overseas trained teachers and non-teaching support staff.
The Classroom Partnership has established itself as one of the country’s leading boutique education recruitment agencies. We have helped thousands of teachers and school support staff find work in education over the years.
Our understanding of the education sector and the needs of our candidates and schools is second to none. We’ll find a solution that suits you.
If you hold QTS then the answer is, yes. You can return to teaching in either a permanent or supply role at any time. You do not need to complete any refresher or further formal training. That said if your absence from the classroom is more than 5 years we would advise you to look at the available refresher courses which can be found on the DfE website or speak directly to your consultant who will be able to point you in the right direction.
Of course. NQT’s are able to complete their induction over 3 separate assignments in different schools, provided each is for a full term or more. The Classroom Partnership will work closely with you and ensure we find you a role in a school that will be able to provide you with the support you need.
You may work on a short-term supply basis for up to 5 years from the date you obtained QTS. Once 5 years has elapsed, you may only accept a teaching post which will count towards your induction.
Overseas trained teachers (OTTs) from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) are able to teach in England for up to four years without the need to gain qualified teacher status (QTS), provided that your visa/work permit allows you to work in the UK.
To become a teacher you need to undertake a formal teaching qualification. There are various options depending on other qualifications and what experience you have. The Department for Education (DfE) website has a range of information for those considering a career in teaching.
The DBS Disclosure and references are the key areas that effect how quickly we will be able to clear your file and ultimately offer you work. To help this happen quickly please provide references details as soon as possible along with direct email address where applicable. Also having a current DBS registered on the update service is extremely useful.
This can vary depending on the notice given by the school and it can be a few weeks to last minute emergency bookings in the morning. We will give you as much notice as possible. Flexibility is the key to day-to-day supply.
Please give us a much notice as possible if you are unable to attend a confirmed booking. You can contact our out of office service upto 10pm if you are unable to make it into school the next day. If you need to call on the day, please call the office number before 8am. Please ensure you call rather than text or email to ensure we have got the message.
The Classroom Partnership will to pay to scale on day one wherever possible. We will communicate with you immediately on any limitations on pay at the start.
We like to keep things nice and simple so when you register with us you receive access to your very own portal where you can input your hours. The school will also have access to a client portal where they will be able to confirm your hours to ensure timely, weekly payment.
We can apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly Criminal Records Bureau) on your behalf.
The Classroom Partnership will pay all staff on a weekly basis, one week in arrears, directly into their nominated bank account.
Teachers/support staff pay rates are based on the current rates of pay which are very competitive, and you will be clearly informed of these.
It is important that everyone involved in The Classroom Partnership sets themselves the highest possible standards. To make life simpler we have produced a “code of conduct” document that outlines our vision and expectations. You will receive this from your consultant before working in a new school.
Our office is open from 7.15.am until 5.30.pm Monday to Friday and we are open throughout the school holidays except for bank holidays. Outside of these hours, you may place bookings either for a pre-booked absence or for emergency cover by calling the office number which will go through to a member of our team on the on-call mobile. You can leave a message on our answering machine and we will return your call as soon as possible.
Keep in contact with us and ensure we have your availability for work each week. Ensuring that you are ready each morning for any last minute calls that come and that you have your phone accessible so you don’t miss those last minute calls, which are covered very quickly. Candidates who are in regular communication with us are often the first to be contacted for bookings