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Good teaching recruitment agencies?

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by studentteacha, Jul 6, 2017.

  1. studentteacha

    studentteacha New commenter


    I've just completed my English degree and I would like to start a PGCE course in 2018. So, I'm currently looking for a TA position. I've never signed up to teacher recruitment agencies before and I decided to register with 3. They've all invited me in for an interview. I'm a little sceptical because I've read some really bad reviews and I'm not comfortable. What are the tell-tale signs of a bad agency? Can any one recommend any GOOD agencies in London? I don't want to be duped into paying for DBS and end up with no work whatsoever. Weirdly enough, one of these agencies have asked me to pay as soon as I turn up? Is this normal..

    Do we HAVE to sign up with an agency in order to secure a TA secondary position? Can I approach a school directly?
  2. pickles124

    pickles124 Established commenter

    No you don't 'have' to sign up with an agency. I have seen Graduate Teaching Assistant roles which are on temporary contract. In fact there are now a lot of fixed term jobs being advertised on the council's educational jobs section.

    Agencies are ok- they can find you short stints of work. I recommend Monarch Recruitment, Edustaff, Reed, Hays.
    studentteacha likes this.

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