Interview with... Juneid, Education Consultant at ITN Mark Education

Interview with.... ITN Mark Education ConsultantEducation Consultant Juneid Razzak, who works for ITN Mark Education in West London, talks to us about ITN Mark Education's expectations of their supply teachers.

What service do you provide to supply teachers?

We are a human resource provider to the education sector, placing teachers into interim, long term and permanent posts in education establishments

Can you tell me a little about the recruitment process for potential supply teachers?

Teachers should expect to undergo a rigorous registration process, including a number of safeguarding checks. They will need to bring appropriate documentation to support their application. They should then expect to complete an in depth interview with their consultant so that he or she can place the candidate into a school that matches their ethos and approach

What personal qualities does your agency look for in a supply teacher?

We look for inspiring and passionate classroom practitioners who are student focused. Strong communication skills and the ability to make learning interactive and engaging are also prerequisites. Our teaching staff need to be able to build relations with students and deliver lessons that impact all students in the classroom.

How do you welcome a new supply teacher into your organisation?

We spend time getting to know them! Before sending any teacher out to work, we will have collated a wide range of information and evidence about their working history, meaning that we can match effectively to our client schools. We spend time sharing information about ITN Mark Education and our processes. We can also offer support to teachers in the form of external CPD - and coaching for interview success. Our aim is to enable each teacher to achieve their potential in the right post

What are your expectations of a supply teacher in terms of providing work, marking work, playground duties etc.?

As a qualified professional, we would expect (unless clearly agreed beforehand) that a teacher would fulfil all of their professional obligations. This includes planning, marking as well as playground duties. This is particularly relevant when a teacher is placed in a longer term post. It is important to remember that an education establishment expects more than just a presence in the classroom, they expect a professional contribution to the school learning community.

What advice could you give to supply teachers regarding building a strong, positive relationship with their consultant?

The very best way in which to build a relationship with your consultant is to be transparent in terms of what you can do, what you want to do and where you can get to! Always keep in touch and let your consultant know if you are unwell, running late or not available! If you can demonstrate you are reliable and committed your consultant will go do their very best to ensure you are always working.

How does ITN Mark go 'the extra mile' in terms of support for their supply teachers?

ITN Mark Education are committed to the development of their teaching staff. They can offer national and international opportunities to teachers and are not restricted to local areas when looking for employment opportunities on a teacher's behalf. Consultants will go the extra mile for their staff, including running teachers to school if they are stuck and taking lunch to teachers on their first day in a long term booking. ITN Mark support teachers through coaching, providing indepth information on education establishments and external CPD to ensure each teacher to be "the best they can be".

And finally! Who would be the ultimate supply teacher?

Bear Grylls would be the prefect supply teacher and suitable for both Primary and Secondary. He’s bold and enigmatic, he would instantly gain all the children’s attention.

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