As soon as a school communicates their interest in your details, we will provide you with comprehensive information about the school and the location, so that you will have sufficient knowledge to help you to assess your suitability for the position, ensuring that the school can fulfil your requirements and vice versa.
If you and the school both wish to proceed, we will arrange a telephone or skype interview; we will give you as much support as you require during this process.
If your interview is successful and the school offer a position which you want to accept, this appointment will be on a long term temporary basis paid through Hourglass or a fixed term/permanent contract, employed direct by the school (see Types of Work).
If you are relying on a Certificate of Sponsorship to entitle you to take up a teaching position in the UK, this will necessitate a direct contract with the school.
Types of work:
Long term position
Schools always require extended temporary appointments on a supply basis, due to a variety of reasons such as: maternity cover, long term illness of a teacher, unfilled vacancies etc. This type of appointment will be a long term position for at least 2 terms, but generally at least 1 year; indeed many extend beyond this initial year and become permanent, giving you the security of a long term post. In a temporary position, you would be paid via Hourglass and you would be able to benefit from our competitive rates of pay and the tax advantages of working through one of our partner umbrella companies.
Permanent or fixed term position on a school contract
Schools can experience difficulty making successful permanent appointments through the placement of adverts in the increasingly ineffective newspaper advertisements. Hourglass assists many schools to make permanent teaching appointments. If you accept a permanent teaching position facilitated by Hourglass, you will be employed directly by the school and paid by them on a monthly basis, benefitting from full statutory employment rights.
Moving from a temporary to a permanent position
Whilst working in a short term or long term post many of our teachers are given the opportunity to switch to a permanent contract. Many schools use the temporary placement as an opportunity to trial the teacher for a permanent position. Likewise many of our teachers prefer to be in a position where they can work in a school for a period of time prior to deciding if they wish to commit to a permanent contract.
If you specify that you are looking for a long term position that could become permanent then we will make every effort to match you to positions which offer this opportunity.
Thus both you and the school will have the opportunity to have a long hard look at each other before making the significant decision to transfer to a permanent position.
The majority of our overseas trained teachers elect to come to the UK on one year fixed term supply contracts in posts with the potential to