At Kent Supply Teachers we provide a service which supports schools with meeting staffing challenges, from the perspective of education specialists. The various education stakeholders have wide-ranging needs which we have studied carefully when developing our business model.
We are convinced that there are three basic requirements which must always be met in order ensure that our education system continues to maintain high standards. These are:
Quality Supply Teachers
New, innovative solutions to meet the changing world of education
It goes without saying that schools must be able to rely on quality staff. Teaching and learning is at the core of every school’s development plan and supply teachers must be able to offer this same level of excellence in teaching.
To ensure that we always supply our schools with excellent teachers, we take take the following steps:
One-to-one interviews to determine suitability for the role
Full background checks including DBS, qualifications and references
Training specific to the role of a supply teacher
Regular mentoring in teaching methodology and support with workload challenges
This means ethical pay for teachers and ethical prices for schools. We feel the use of the word “ethical” is entirely appropriate here as we are dealing with an industry that affects the future of our children. Pay should be fair and costs should not be exploitative.
We are able to offer extremely competitive rates of pay as we have focused our efforts on keeping running costs to a minimum. We avoid wasteful expenditure in a variety of ways; we do not pay expensive premises costs, we operate a “paperless” policy as much as we possibly can and we do not use costly marketing companies. We have learnt from the best budget-holders in the game – teachers and schools!
Our approach is all about working out new ways to facilitate the pairing of excellent teachers with schools, at a fair price for everyone.
We have developed new methods of practice which will break with the, often restrictive, traditional routes into supply teaching.
Firstly, offering more flexible hours of work. We know that many teachers may want to find positions which offer more flexibility. Perhaps you find it incredibly frustrating that you are faced with the choice of paying exorbitant wrap-around childcare fees or perhaps you are looking for greater work-life balance. Therefore, we work with schools to offer lower fees for excellent supply staff who work slightly reduced hours. This is an excellent way for schools to reduce their staffing costs.
Our other new, noteworthy practice is that we act as full-time mentors for our supply staff. Schools can rest assured that our supply teachers will have the full advantage of our 35 years’ teaching experience behind them. Finally, we recruit and retain top-quality professionals as we offer such a personalised service.
Put simply, supply teachers prefer working with a company run by experienced education professionals.
I have recently completed a four week placement at a local primary school through Kent Supply Teachers. Rebecca was very organised and extremely efficient in organising days and times to suit my working requirements. Prior to starting, Rebecca set up a meeting with the Head of School in order for me to familiarise myself with the school and as to what I was going to be doing. This made my first day much easier as I had previously met the class teacher and had a far greater insight as to what I was going to be teaching. I would highly recommend Kent Supply Teachers.
Lynda Farnham, supply teacher.
We needed a specialist Spanish teacher to help cover a mid-term absence at the start of this academic year. KST were able to provide the ideal solution to our supply dilemma. We were allocated an experienced MFL teacher who adapted quickly to working in the department and helped to make sure that the students were well taught in the absence of their usual teacher. The teacher arranged by KST was an expert linguist, up to speed with the requirements of both new GCSE and A Level specifications and was very flexible in terms of the demands of our two week timetable. I would be happy to use KST if we were ever in need of mid to long-term MFL supply again.
Dan Higbee, Head of MFL, Fort Pitt Grammar School
We started to use the services of Kent Supply Teachers in January 2018 and have used them ever since. The agency is run by experienced secondary school teachers who have an excellent understanding of Kent schools. Kent Supply Teachers worked very hard to match potential candidates with the needs and context of my school and we have always been very pleased with the quality of their services. I would strongly recommend Kent Supply Teachers as the knowledge of the suitability of their candidates is such that you can be confident the placement will be successful. Their professional approach is a breath of fresh air.
Headteacher, Maidstone Secondary School
They are the best teaching recruitment agency. They are really helpful and reliable. They found me my next teaching role and negotiated with the school the best conditions for me.You can get in touch with Rebecca any time and she is always ready to help and gives you all the explanations you need. I am really pleased to have met her. Thank you for all.
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