The Recruitment Process For Schools

We seek and attract qualified teachers with qualifications and experience from a variety of destinations around the world, many of whom are currently in the UK. Our thorough interview and vetting process ensures that the teachers we put forward for vacancies are of the highest calibre possible.


Once we receive a CV from an applicant teacher, we carry out an initial vetting exercise to ensure that the teacher is appropriately qualified and experienced.

We then conduct a thorough interview to ensure that we are fully conversant with the teacher’s skills, abilities, experiences and qualifications; we aim to understand them as a teacher and a person so that we are able to submit their details to a vacancy which will match their strengths to the needs and requirements of the school.

Our emphasis is not on amassing many vacancies and finding teachers to fill the vacancies, but finding ideal vacancies for the excellent teachers we serve.

When a school shows a favourable response to an Hourglass teacher’s details that they have received, if this interest is reciprocated by the teacher, we will arrange an interview, which will normally be face to face.

If this interview is successful and the school wish to appoint the teacher, we will discuss the best recruitment options for all concerned. This could be on a fixed term supply basis, a fixed term or permanent contract.

Types of work:

Long term position

You may 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 might last from one term, to one year and beyond, giving you the security of a long term appointment to cover your vacancy. This would involve the teacher being paid via Hourglass and we would subsequently invoice the school for payment. The daily rate charged by Hourglass will be competitive but will be discussed with the school and will depend upon the amount paid to the Hourglass teacher; this is directly dictated by the teacher’s qualifications and experience.

Permanent or fixed term position on a school contract

Schools can experience difficulty making successful permanent appointment through the placement of adverts. Hourglass Education assists schools to make permanent teaching appointments; we will proactively search for a qualified, experienced teacher to fulfil the requirements of your vacancy. If you appoint a permanent teacher, Hourglass will charge a placement fee for this service. If the Hourglass teacher requires a Certificate of Sponsorship to accept this post, we will advise school how to acquire a licence.

Where a school opt to offer a fixed term or permanent contract to an Hourglass Education teacher our fee is 20% of the teacher’s agreed annual salary.

Moving from a temporary to a permanent position

Whilst working in a 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 assess the teacher for consideration 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. This allows both the school and the teacher the opportunity to make a decision with regard to a permanent placement, based on the experience of working with each other, ensuring that the teacher is able to fulfil the requirements of the school, also that the school is a suitable teaching environment for the teacher.

Hourglass fees for temporary to permanent

Where an Hourglass Education Teacher has been working in a school on supply through Hourglass Education and is subsequently offered and accepts a permanent position in the school, we consider this to be the a great endorsement of our teacher’s expertise and our recruitment practices and a reduced recruitment fee is payable as follows:

  • During the first school term or 65 school days – 20% of total starting salary (including any allowance and additional points).
  • During the second school term or 130 school days – 15% of total starting salary (including any allowance and additional points).
  • During the third school term or 195 school days – 10% of total starting salary (including any allowance and additional points).
  • After three school terms or an academic year – there is no fee.

All we ask is that you notify us when an Hourglass Education teacher has been offered and accepts a post with you and that you inform us of their annual remuneration.

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