Seven reasons to choose WorkwithSchools

Originally set up over 18 years ago as the supply teaching agency for City of York Council and now based on the Shambles, in the heart of York, our experienced team have grown a strong family of supply teachers and teaching assistants, allowing us to provide cover to schools in York and in the surrounding villages.  Our unique position allows us to be competitive whilst retaining our desire to be an ethical agency maintaining a high level of quality and fully compliant school staff for permanent, long-term and ad hoc roles.

Just like you, we’re in education for the long term and are passionate about providing the best environment to retain the top supply teachers and support staff.  We choose not to use Umbrella companies for our payroll processes and our robust, rigorous and transparent recruitment process is at the heart of what we do.

1. We are here for the long-term

Our business philosophy is founded on creating long-term partnerships with both our supply teachers and our schools. For us, that is the only way we can guarantee the high standards we are known for. We are confident that we attract a much higher than average number of new staff through recommendations from both current and former staff that have since moved on into other roles and leadership positions. For us, this is the best seal of approval that can be given to any agency as we know we have made a positive impact.

We have been working with schools for nearly 20 years and will continue to develop and invest in the future. Perhaps the most visible commitment to this approach is our investment in a state-of-the-art payroll system. It ensures we make punctual and accurate payments to temporary school staff, regardless of the complexity of their working arrangements.

And it also offers teachers and others welcome reassurance that they will always enjoy fair and transparent treatment, in contrast to the questionable practices of some other agencies, such as those that use umbrella companies.

2. An ethical agency

We like to do things right for our staff. That’s why we don’t use third-party umbrella companies when we pay you. We believe that supply staff are at risk of being exploited by agencies who outsource payroll and other services to umbrella companies.

Under such an arrangement, supply teachers are compelled to:

  • Pay fees for each payroll run – a service provided free by WorkwithSchools
  • Pay national employer National Insurance contributions – we pay those contributions
  • And their holiday pay is often set at the minimum wage – we pay holiday pay at the full average hourly rate.

We treat our supply teachers in a transparent and ethical way. If you have a question, you just have to ask and we will give you an honest answer.

  • We have competitive rates of pay for teachers and support staff.
  • We don’t use umbrella companies – we operate a weekly PAYE system for your pay and will never charge you for processing a timesheet on our simple online system.
  • We sort your National Insurance and tax, provide you with holiday pay and we have a workplace pension scheme.

Why not listen to our short soundbite with our MD Bill Colman explaining how we operate?  Click here

3. Experience

With more than 50 years’ experience within our team in finding and placing supply teachers and support staff, WorkwithSchools are education leaders in our field. Formerly a supply teacher agency set up by City of York Council, our strong and lasting relationships span many years and we have provided supply teachers at all levels of their careers. This allows us to provide the best possible service to them and we can help you understand their ethos before each placement.

We are also proud to be at the heart of the community we serve and a regular sponsor of local community awards. We also work with local radio stations on a range of campaigns and support our schools with local initiatives.

4. Personal Approach

Working in supply can sometimes be quite isolating and leave you missing the social interactions of school life. At WorkwithSchools, we want to encourage our staff to keep in touch with each other to help strengthen their confidence and experience. We regularly hold a staff drink’s evening where we provide the nibbles and prosecco so you can get you know your supply teaching colleagues.

We have also recently invested in a login section for our website so our existing staff can find useful information on our processes and, most importantly, share ideas and tips with each other on our forum. And of course, we have a friendly and approachable team who you can call any time, whatever the reason, based right on the Shambles and you can pop in and see us any time.

5. Appreciation

At WorkwithSchools, we know our most valuable asset is you. We want to show our appreciation, not just in how we communicate day to day and through our ethical processes and payroll. Along with our staff drinks and awards, we also have a range of staff benefits and discounts for local and online offers including shopping, entertainment and eating out. We also have our Recommend a Teacher scheme, where you can earn vouchers as a thank you for telling people about how much you like working with us and why they should, too!

6. Flexibility and Opportunity

Whether you’re looking for something ad hoc to fit around your other commitments or permanent or long term roles to develop your career, we can help. Daily supply work allows you to be more in control of when you work and gives you the flexibility to work in different schools and year groups without the added responsibility of a permanent role. It is also a great way to get to know schools and to showcase your talents should you want to find something more permanent.

7. Diversification

Unlike many educational recruitment companies, we supply much more than just school staff through our partner, WorkwithYork. WorkwithYork handle temporary and permanent roles across York and the surrounding area in many diverse disciplines and are the sole provider of causal and temporary staff for the City of York Council.

WorkwithYork opportunities are open to WorkwithSchools staff either to supplement your work in schools or to provide something to occupy your time during those long summer holidays. You can diversify into other areas that can vary as widely as leaflet delivery, catering and administration or harness your existing skills with tutoring, children’s centres and support work.