Interview with... Rachel, Senior Education Recruitment Consultant at EYPS Teaching Supply

Rachel at EYPSThe lovely Rachel Aird, Senior Education Recruitment Consultant at EYPS Teaching Supply spoke to us about finding the perfect job for supply teachers!

Have you ever worked as a supply teacher?

Yes, I've worked as a supply teacher and a nursery nurse too! Whilst I was doing my Primary Education degree I worked for EYPS on supply in a variety of nurseries during university holidays. Once I qualified as a teacher I worked on supply until I started as a recruitment consultant for EYPS. A lot of Team EYPS have an education background. Kirsty, one of our directors, is a qualified teacher and was a senior early years consultant for both Newcastle and North Tyneside Authorities for many years. In total we have four qualified teachers and one qualified nursery nurse within our office team who have all experienced the highs and lows of supply work. It means we have a unique grasp of the best way to support our supply teachers and practitioners.

What service do you provide to supply teachers?

We provide a full recruitment service to teachers offering them day to day, short and long term positions within the many schools we have long-lasting relationships with. Supply teachers love our professional and efficient but down to earth approach. Whilst working on supply we don’t want teachers to miss out on training and professional development opportunities. This is why we provide free and discounted places on training events and workshops with education consultants, head teachers and Ofsted Inspectors. The sessions are well attended and always receive positive feedback.

EYPS seems to be quite a forward-thinking agency. Could you explain a little of the other services you provide?

As a supply agency finding work for teachers is our main priority but we like to offer more and go the extra mile. Some of the additional things we provide for our teachers include:

Support and Advice: We want teachers to feel confident and prepared. Whether its applications or interviews, our consultants are here to help. 
Creative Learning Days: We offer inspirational educational workshops for children as an alternative to one-off teacher supply days. We provide teachers with training on these days which are popular within schools. They can help to open up future job opportunities. 
Always There: Our friendly team are on hand to answer calls and emails 24/7. 
Rewards & Incentives: Teachers enjoy special raffles and regular prize draws. We like to make them feel appreciated. 
Training: We provide free workshops on a regular basis so our teachers can stand out in schools.

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

Our team make finding a job a hassle-free process and will support supply teachers through everything. All teachers have a face to face registration interview with a member of our experienced recruitment team. The interview is an opportunity for us to really get to know the teacher, what experience they’ve had, what training they’ve attended and understand exactly the type of role they’re looking for. Likewise it’s a chance for the teacher to find out about EYPS and what we can offer them. We also carry out the necessary vetting checks to ensure that candidates are fully compliant to work.

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

We welcome them by finding them their ideal job! We truly care about our supply teachers and make it our mission to find them their perfect role. The regular training workshops and social events we hold for teachers also enable us to fully welcome them to the EYPS family with a cuppa and slice of cake! They also seem to appreciate our daily contact through telephone calls and emails. One of our new supply teachers recently commented “Thank you for all of the opportunities…I love how in touch you have been even just in the last week. The daily contact has helped with my confidence. You've given me a lot of assurance for the future! Genuinely, thank you.”

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

Every teacher who registers with EYPS is given a ‘Welcome to EYPS’ information pack to take away. It includes details about what is expected of them as an EYPS representative as well as useful tips and advice on how to excel and enjoy supply work. Things like taking prepared work, marking books, leaving handover notes are all within the handy ‘Welcome to EYPS’ booklet.

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

Hardworking, enthusiastic, committed, passionate, flexible and reliable are just a few of the personal qualities we look for. We understand that every teacher is different though and every school supply need is different too, so we make sure a teacher’s skills and qualities are well suited to the school we are sending them to.

How do you support supply teachers throughout their time with your agency?

Supply teachers are completely supported whilst working with EYPS. They receive great rates of pay, advice from experienced education consultants and they can attend our training and CPD courses. Our teachers also know that if they have any queries or concerns they can contact us at any time of the day and we will readily help them in any way we can. We know it can sometimes be daunting starting a new role so once we have placed a teacher into a job we’ll stay in regular contact, making sure they are always happy and content.

And finally! Who would be the ultimate supply teacher?

Jack Black in School of Rock is amazing!


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