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Teacher FAQs

How does supply teaching work? View

GB Recruitment act on behalf of many schools and nurseries in the local area. Requirements are relayed to us daily, enabling our Consultants to match suitable candidates. This can be for either long or short term placements. We then communicate with the relevant people to assess availability for the post and inform them of the details required. You in turn keep us abreast of your availability for best practice and efficiency. You will be completing assignments on behalf of GB Recruitment and we will be developing your profile in the process.

What qualifications do I require to become a teacher? View

Please see our registration process on the Teachers page.

Who do you offer assignments to? View

We employ teachers to work on a supply basis for all key stages and subjects in both mainstream and special needs schools. We also employ teaching assistants, special school support assistants, early years practitioners & cover supervisors. We welcome newly qualified, experienced and retired teachers to join our winning team.

Can you guarantee to keep me in a constant stream of work? View

Although we are a very busy agency, we will never guarantee the amount of work we can find for any individual. People are looking for all denominations of work, we can usually accommodate the amount that people require.

How do I get paid? View

We have our own payroll department, so receiving your weekly pay is hassle free, efficient and accurate with any stoppages being taken at source. Respecting you as a qualified professional, we offer you a competitive rate of pay from day one.

Payroll is processed weekly through BACS payments using our in-house payroll system. We do not use an umbrella body so there are no expenses to claim and no complicated paperwork for you to complete.

Once your tax, NI & any other necessary statutory deductions (if applicable) have been made, the rest of your earnings are yours to keep.

The HMRC are targeting businesses that are using umbrella payroll companies who are exploiting travel to work and other expenses not available to the majority of workers on PAYE. It is not GB policy to entertain such schemes.

Which locations do you offer work in? View

We serve a large number of educational establishments in the Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire and Cheshire East areas. It is entirely up to you how far you are willing to travel for work.

Which schools do you work with? View

GB Recruitment is a very busy agency and serves many schools in the Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire and Cheshire East areas. We supply to a large number of secondary, primary and special needs schools along with local nurseries and private day care centres.

Do I have to make myself available for work five days a week? View

No, it is up to you how many days a week you wish to work. Sometimes people require long term, full time assignments whereas other people need more flexibility to fit in with their lifestyle. We will endeavour to find individuals the amount of work that they require.

How do I register with you? View

Our registration procedure is relatively simple, please see our full process on the Teachers page or complete our enquiry form and one of our consultants will call you back to discuss this with you.

Can you offer me permanent work? View

Yes, we can assist in securing permanent posts. Over many years we have supported and employed thousands of teachers back into the education system, many of whom have secured permanent work.

How can supply teaching benefit me? View

Working on a supply basis can give you a unique insight into the ethos of many schools in the area. On occasion, permanent work can follow a long term placement if the match has been right. Supply work can offer flexibility within your lifestyle if this is a priority to you. All feedback & references will help to build your profile and demonstrate your ability to best effect.

Do you help many teachers back into education? View

GB Recruitment pride themselves in helping hundreds of teachers back in to the education system. We have helped many disillusioned teachers who have been considering giving up their profession due to unsuitable positions. Many of these have continued to work happily on a supply basis, others have been provided with permanent posts where they have flourished.

Do you offer a company pension? View

Yes, Government legislation has now made it compulsory for employers to offer a pension scheme. GB Recruitment have chosen NOW Pensions as their pension provider. Once registered with GB, you will be automatically enrolled. If you do not wish to be a part of the scheme, you will have the opportunity to opt out. This can be discussed during your registration.

I have a current DBS, will that suffice? View

It will depend whether your DBS is registered with the update service. When an employer processes a DBS you will have the option to join this scheme to make your certificate transferrable. However, if you decline to join the update service, only the employer that processed your DBS can use that particular certificate. We are an umbrella body for the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) and can process a certificate for you and inform you of the simple procedure to join the update service.

Can you employ me if I am not child protection trained? View

Everyone working with children should have a current safeguarding level one certificate. We run our own training programme (funded by GB Recruitment) to ensure that all of our staff have this up to date qualification (every 3 years).

Will you have to acquire references for me? View

Yes, prior to placing you into any post, we will obtain at least two employment references for you. This will ensure that we comply with the safer recruitment guidelines.

I am an NQT, how can you help me to complete my induction? View

GB Recruitment can help you to gain a variety of experiences at a range of local schools and can assist you in finding long term placements to complete your NQT year. Since 2000 we have helped many Newly Qualified Teachers to complete their induction period which, on occasion, has led to permanent employment.

Do you offer a CPD programme View

Yes. GB Recruitment organise several courses and workshops to enable our supply staff to keep up to date with the ever changing world of education. Child Protection level 1 courses, PREVENT training and Behavior Management workshops are some of the training that we offer.

Teaching Assistant FAQs

How does supply cover work? View

GB Recruitment act on behalf of many schools, nurseries and day care centres in the local area. Requirements are relayed to us daily, enabling our Consultants to match suitable candidates. This can be for either long or short term placements. We then communicate with the relevant people to assess availability for the post and inform them of the details required. You in turn keep us abreast of your availability for best practice and efficiency. You will be completing assignments on behalf of GB Recruitment and we will be developing your profile in the process.

What qualifications do I require to become a Teaching Assistant / Early Years Practitioner / Special School Support Assistant? View

Please see our registration process on the Teaching Assistants page.

Who do you offer assignments to? View

We employ teaching assistants, special school support assistants & early years practitioners, along with teachers and cover supervisors, to work on a supply basis for all key stages and subjects in both mainstream and special needs schools. All the support staff should be qualified to a level 3 in childcare and education or the equivalent.

Can you guarantee to keep me in a constant stream of work? View

Although we are a very busy agency, we will never guarantee the amount of work we can find for any individual. People are looking for all denominations of work, we can usually accommodate the amount that people require.

How do I get paid? View

We have our own payroll department, so receiving your weekly pay is hassle free, efficient and accurate with any stoppages being taken at source. Respecting you as a qualified professional, we offer you a competitive rate of pay from day one.

Payroll is processed weekly through BACS payments using our in-house payroll system. We do not use an umbrella body so there are no expenses to claim and no complicated paperwork for you to complete.

Once your tax, NI & any other necessary statutory deductions (if applicable) have been made, the rest of your earnings are yours to keep.

The HMRC are targeting businesses that are using umbrella payroll companies who are exploiting travel to work and other expenses not available to the majority of workers on PAYE. It is not GB policy to entertain such schemes.

Which locations do you offer work in? View

We serve a large number of educational establishments in the Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire and Cheshire East areas. It is entirely up to you how far you are willing to travel for work.

Which educational establishments do you work with? View

GB Recruitment is a very busy agency and serves many schools in the Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire and Cheshire East areas. We supply to a large number of secondary, primary and special needs schools along with local nurseries and private day care centres.

Do I have to make myself available for work five days per week? View

No, it is up to you how many days a week you wish to work. Sometimes people require long term, full time assignments whereas other people need more flexibility to fit in with their lifestyle. We will endeavour to find individuals the amount of work that they require.

How do I register with you? View

Our registration procedure is relatively simple, please see our full process on the Teaching Assistant page or complete our enquiry form and one of our consultants will call you back to discuss the process with you.

Can you offer me permanent work? View

Yes, we can assist in securing permanent posts. Over many years we have supported and employed thousands of support staff back into the education system, many of whom have secured permanent work.

Will my supply experience have any value? View

Working on a supply basis can give you a unique insight into the ethos of many schools, nurseries and children centres in the area. On occasion, permanent work can follow a long term placement if the match has been right. Supply work can offer flexibility within your lifestyle if this is a priority for you. All feedback & references will help to build your profile and demonstrate your ability to best effect.

Do you offer a company pension? View

Yes, Government legislation has now made it compulsory for employers to offer a pension scheme. GB Recruitment have chosen NOW Pensions as their pension provider. Once registered with GB, you will be automatically enrolled. If you do not wish to be a part of the scheme, you will have the opportunity to opt out. This can be discussed during your registration.

I have a current DBS, will that suffice? View

It will depend whether your DBS is registered with the update service. When an employer processes a DBS you will have the option to join this scheme to make your certificate transferrable. However, if you decline to join the update service, only the employer that processed your DBS can use that particular certificate. We are an umbrella body for the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) and can process a certificate for you and inform you of the simple procedure to join the update service.

Can you employ me if I am not child protection trained? View

Everyone working with children should have a current safeguarding level one certificate. We run our own training programme (funded by GB Recruitment) to ensure that all of our staff have this up to date qualification (every 3 years).

Will you have to acquire references for me? View

Yes, prior to placing you into any post, we will obtain at least two employment references for you to ensure we comply with the safer recruitment guidelines.

Can you offer me special needs assignments? View

We frequently employ staff that deliver support to children on a 1-1 basis or get involved with group work within mainstream schools. We also serve special schools in the area and welcome those who are trained in SEN. All bookings depend on school requirements.

Do GB Recruitment offer Cover Supervision work? View

Yes. GB Recruitment work with many schools in the Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire areas who request cover supervisors for short term supply.

What is the role of a Cover Supervisor? View

A Cover Supervisors' role would primarily be to supervise students and to ensure that they stay on task by completing the work that has been set. It can be a challenging but highly rewarding post which involves the following:

• managing student behaviour to ensure that work is completed in a constructive environment
• responding to any questions from pupils about process and procedures
• dealing with any problems or emergencies in line with the school’s policies and procedures
• collecting any completed work after the lesson and returning it to the appropriate teacher
• reporting on any behaviour or issues that have arisen during the school day as appropriate
• creating an engaging and supportive atmosphere to enhance learning

The role should not require any active teaching, marking or planning.


Do you offer a CPD programme View

Yes. GB Recruitment organise several courses and workshops to enable our supply staff to keep up to date with the ever changing world of education. Child Protection level 1 courses, PREVENT training and Behavior Management workshops are some of the training that we offer.

School FAQs

Can I contact GB Recruitment out of office hours to book supply cover? View

Yes. Our Consultants are contactable 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by calling 01782 624444.

Will GB Recruitment provide our school with all of the necessary information to complete our central record system? View

Absolutely. Once a candidate is placed into a booking, a profile is emailed to the school including all of the relevant information along with a photograph of the member of staff supplied. We also ask all of our employees to present their DBS Certificate and some photographic ID on arrival at your school.

How often do you renew DBS Certificates for your employees? View

We encourage all of our staff to join the DBS Update Service, following this we complete update checks every term. For those people who choose not to become a member of the update service, a new DBS will be completed annually to stay in line with our stringent safeguarding policies.

What measures are you taking to comply with the DfE Barring by Association Regulation? View

GB Recruitment are fully compliant with this regulation. We require all of our staff to complete a self-declaration form at the registration process which will be reviewed every 12 months. Please see our Service & Compliance section on the Schools page for further details on our safeguarding procedures.

Can a school employ a member of staff on a permanent contract if they have been supplied by GB Recruitment? View

Our contractual agreement enables a school to employ a member of staff that has been introduced by GB Recruitment. We offer a temp to perm option and by giving us a 14 week notice period of your intention to employ a member of GB staff, you will be entitled to employ them with no further charge. Alternatively, our rates are very competitive and we currently offer a 12.5% transfer fee.

Do you interview your employees face to face? View

Yes. All candidates go through a telephone screening process followed by a rigorous face to face interview. You can be assured that all safer recruitment guidelines are adhere to 100 per cent before placing anyone in a position where they will be working with children.

Do you offer CPD to your staff? View

Yes, we recognise the importance of teachers being kept up to date with the ever changing world of education. We work alongside many local schools who offer the facility for our staff to view best practice, observing outstanding teachers, within their classrooms. We run Child Protection/Safeguarding level 1 courses to ensure that everyone is compliant and encourage staff on to INSET days wherever possible. We also offer PREVENT training & Behavior Management Workshops. Our website offers many resources to teachers and assistants to help fulfill their Continuous Professional Development.

Can you guarantee me the same member of staff every time I place a booking? View

At GB Recruitment, we recognise the importance of continuity for your children and although we cannot guarantee the same staff for each booking, we will do our utmost to keep continuity wherever possible. We welcome both positive and negative feedback from schools regarding our staff. This helps us to build a pool of suitable candidates who are suited to your particular school.

How can I be certain that GB Recruitment follow all safeguarding and compliance guidelines? View

From the 1st April 2013 the Department for Education's Quality Mark ceased to exist. For over a decade, our Governing Body, the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) managed this scheme. Following its closure, The REC launched the REC Audited Education, a new robust set of standards for recruitment in education which builds on the legacy of the Quality Mark.

These standards cover compliance as well as the REC Code of Professional Practice. REC Audited Education, as you would expect, ensures safeguarding and that agencies are undertaking all of the relevant checks when recruiting. REC Audited Education will enable schools and education providers to be confident that they are using an accredited supplier, who puts standards at the centre of their business.

GB Recruitment were one of the first agencies to be awarded this accreditation and strictly adhere to these standards. We are audited annually and also welcome Headteachers, Governors and Business Managers to view our processes.