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Welcome to Reed Education
Your guide to working with us
Welcome to our Reed Education area for our candidates, where you can find our online handbook, and a range of useful information and links, including some FAQs and more information on our services.
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- Supply Work
- Long Term Supply Work
- Permanent Work
- Getting the most from Reed Education
- Our Commitment to you
- Professional Standards
- Getting Paid
- The Reed Education Community
- Terms of Employment
- Temporaries Handbook
- Rehabilitation of Ex-Offenders Policy
- Evaluation and Feedback
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If you're considering undertaking supply work, Reed Education can help you find varied and rewarding work.
When a member of staff is absent, schools turn to us to provide the necessary cover so that classes can go ahead with minimum disruption to pupils. The are many advantages to daily supply work, giving you the chance to experience a number of different schools or nurseries, to help you decide, through firsthand experience, where you fit in best. More than anything, daily supply work requires flexibility.
As a daily supply worker, we expect you to:
- Once you have accepted a booking, we expect you to make all reasonable efforts to attend.
- If you are unable to attend due to illness, you must call your Reed Education consultant at 7am.
- If you are running late, you must also call your consultant, so we can keep the school informed.
- Stay in regular contact with your Reed Education consultant about your availability for work.
- Do all you can to ensure that pupils' regular progress is not disrupted.
- Give us feedback on your experiences within schools.
- Unless otherwise advised, teachers are expected to be dressed appropriately in smart casual attire at all times.
- Complete and return timesheets.
- Be flexible, your original booking may be for a Year 6 class but the school may occasionally decide on the day that you are teaching a Year 4 class.
- Take additional materials and work with you just in case the circumstances of the placement have changed at the last minute.
What we will do for you:
- Offer you work with as much notice as possible, and as locally as possible
- Provide honest information about the school, with details of the role you will be covering (if known).
Long Term Work
If you're looking to settle into a role in the class, we'll help you find a position that fits your skills and moves your career forward.
If you are providing cover for six weeks or more, we class that as long term. Schools use long term supply workers for a number of reasons, including maternity cover and PPA roles. Though temporary, long term supply involves many of the same responsibilities as a permanent member of staff.
When seeking long term supply, we expect you to:
- Work with your Reed Education Consultant.
- Undertake interviews and trial days.
- Fulfil your role as best you can, working to ensure that pupils' regular progress is not disrupted.
- Complete and return timesheets.
In a long-term assignment it is expected that you will take on the responsibility of the teacher whom you have replaced. This includes:
- Any further planning and preparation of work.
- Assessment and marking, including report writing.
- Attending parent meetings.
- Invigilating and marking of examinations.
What we will do for you:
- Promote you to suitable schools and make you aware of relevant vacancies.
- Help you prepare for interviews and trial days.
- Stay in contact with you to support your progress.
Contract and Permanent work
- We work with thousands of schools to help them recruit for permanent members of staff. If you are looking for a permanent role, we will promote you just as we do for long term supply. Once you've signed a contract with a school, you'll become their employee, and no longer be a worker for Reed Education.
- Schools will sometimes approach people on long term supply directly about joining permanent staff. If they do, it's important that you let you're consultant know that they can make the required arrangements with the school.
Our Commitment to you
We work hard to provide an excellent service for all our candidates. We offer you:
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- 24 hour contact – branches are open between 7am and 6pm, backed by an on-call service at all other times.
- A designated fully trained consultant who will deliver a highly responsive friendly and honest service.
- Pay rates which are both fair and competitive.
- Flexible and varied work which will suit your goals, and work - life balance.
- Job search skills advice and career planning to support you in progressing your career.
- We also offer a great Refer a Friend Scheme
Getting the most from Reed Education
We will work hard to get you the work you're looking for, but here is some more information on working with us in order that we can meet your expectations.
- Consider Reed Education to be your first choice agency.
- Keep in contact with us on a weekly basis. This way we can update our records and find you future work.
- Be prepared for early morning calls. The office opens at 7am and we will be calling you with work.
- If you are ill or otherwise unable to fulfil an assignment please let us know as soon as possible in order for us to find a replacement for you. All offices operate a 24-hour service and are open from 7am. We will need to know either the night before or first thing in the morning. If it is not possible to call us on the office mobile then leave a clear message on the office landline before 7am.
The most common piece of negative feedback we receive from our clients is our candidate arriving late to the booking. It is very important for all our supply teachers to be on time. This is essential to us building good relationships with our clients, many of whom like to book the same teachers again
- If you are running late for an assignment please call the branch immediately and we will inform the school. Schools need to know your estimated time of arrival.
- Ensure you have a map handy particularly for emergency bookings. Your branch will also be able to assist you with directions if you need them.
One of the best ways to get more work from us is to leave the assignment having made a good impression to both the pupils and staff. We have included a useful checklist. Before leaving the school ensure:
- All pupils under your care have left the school safely with all of their belongings. This is especially important in the case of younger children who must not be left unattended or allowed to leave with an unidentified adult.
- The classroom is as tidy or even tidier than when you first entered it.
- The teacher's desk is tidy and all completed work is marked and easily accessible.
- Any notes on activities completed under supervision are readily available for the returning teacher.
- You report to your designated contact.
- You have asked your contact if they need you back again the following day or for any further bookings.
We expect all our staff to adhere to professional standards:
- You will be expected to control your class and encourage the children to produce work of a high quality.
- You will be expected to mark the work completed that day. Please refer to the schools marking policy.
- You are advised to avoid physical contact with pupils. Do not put yourself at risk!
- You are responsible for the safety of children in your care. Classes should never be left unattended.
- Always refer serious disciplinary problems to a senior member of staff with a written account of the incident.
- Never answer your mobile during class time or use a camera or video phone.
- If you need to use a school computer for your personal use always ask.
- Dress appropriately. This will give a good impression to the school and they will be pleased with your professional attitude.
- Please take care of your personal hygiene. We do not want to sound insulting but it is not uncommon for us to receive calls from clients concerned about the hygiene standards of our candidates.
- Arriving at school whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs will result in immediate termination of the assignment and removal from our register.
You have a number of options available to you for your payment method, PAYE, working through an Umbrella Company as a Limited Company Contractor, or running your own Company as a PSC. Your Consultant will discuss your options in more detail when you register.
However you choose to be paid, each week, a timesheet will be generated for you to fill out their hours. Once you have done this, your line manager will need to authorise the timesheet in order that we can pay you on time.
Your timesheet needs to completed and authorised by Tuesday of every week for the previous week, in order that you can be paid on Friday. We send reminders out to you, but it is your responsibility to ensure you complete your timesheet and have it authorised on time- otherwise payments may be delayed.
Download a guide to completing your timesheet here >>
Download a guide to completing your timesheet as a LCC here >>
Download a guide to completing your expenses as a LCC here >>
The Reed Education Community
When you join Reed Education, you will be a part of an active community of teachers, support staff and consultants.
We believe that the only way for us to continually improve and update our services is by listening to honest feedback from the people who work with and for us. It is important you tell us what you think and we have tried make it as easy as possible for you to offer us your opinions.
Evaluating our service
Please feel free to discuss any issues with your Reed Education Consultant. On a more formal basis, you will occasionally be asked to complete an ‘Evaluating Our Service' form. This form is part of our ongoing Quality Assurance Programme, and gives you the chance to grade different aspects of our service. The form includes the opportunity for you to add your own comments and suggestions, and we would like to encourage you to be as honest as possible in order to help us improve our service to you and our clients.
Reed Education will treat any complaints in a prompt and efficient manner. To assist in this process we have a clear escalation policy should you feel that any issue is not resolved at any stage. Your contact in the first instance should be your Reed Education Consultant.
If you need any further support, please speak to your Consultant for further information.