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Hourglass Education

| April 7, 2011 | 71 Comments

“Hourglass Education specialises in helping trained teachers to secure short term, long term and permanent teaching positions throughout the country.

If you are UK trained or overseas trained, we will assist you in finding your perfect teaching post.

The Directors of Hourglass Education, Geoff and Louise Brown, have a combined experience within education recruitment of over 20 years, as well over 34 years of teaching experience within mainstream education, including headships.

Let us help you to secure the perfect short term, long term or permanent teaching position.”

~Hourglass Education Website

Hourglass Education, 9.6 out of 10 based on 73 ratings
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Rating: 9.6/10 (73 votes cast)

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  1. James Craigmyle says:
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    Having placed my CV on the guardian job site, I was sent many generic texts, calls and emails that were impersonal and, frankly, irritating. When I was contacted by Dan Fryer from Hourglass Education, however, I experienced a far more personal and professional approach. Dan took the time to introduce himself and his company in a reassuring manner that left me with no doubt that he was the person that I wanted to secure a position with.

    In addition to this, Dan stands above other recruiters I have experienced because he took a personal interest in my situation (they were tricky too – not far from home, but also close to my sports, all whilst in a nice area and a good school). He took a lot of time understanding the demands and needs I had and he never drifted from these guidelines. He found me a number of schools that matched these exactly and was organised, prompt and professional in contacting me, the school and arranging interviews.

    Dan, Claire Flynn and the hourglass team provided me with fantastic support and resources, such as interview support and feedback. After I had accepted an offer, this support continued with Dan and his team sending the documentation needed in a simple and effective manner that took very little of my time and energy to complete. He successfully negotiated a rate that was higher than I was getting through other recruiters and a start date that suited me.

    My whole experience with Dan and Hourglass has been fantastic, I even enjoy the phone calls we have whilst discussing and organising next steps! Many thanks to Dan, Claire and their team for the support and professionalism they have shown me.

    I highly recommend Hourglass Education for any individual who is looking for a position, they stand above other recruiters I have experienced on merit.

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  2. Jenny says:
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    I signed up with Hourglass Education because it was recommended to me by a NQT Teacher (who got a job from Hourglass). I knew that my PGCE year was going to become busier from Easter onwards and my goal was to hopefully get a job before then. Josh Travis my consultant, has been my point of contact throughout this process. He has shown great attentiveness to understanding my needs. He has been friendly, polite and professional in his role. On my first interview, he provided as much information as requested within a short period of time and he also shown initiatives in sharing additional information in preparation for the interview. He called me the day before to wish me good luck and called me moments after my interview to see how I was. This kind of service shown by Josh is infallible! He has been highly supportive in every step of the way, where he is always quick to respond with any queries you have. To my luck and the immense support from Hourglass, I was offered the job (in March – sooner than expected)! From this experience, I have recommended Hourglass Education to my PGCE friends.
    Thank you Josh and Hourglass Education for the great service and support.

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  3. Jon says:
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    I have to say thank you to Hourglass for all their help. I wasn’t exactly a ‘usual’ case and had complicating issues regarding my previous work history and eCRB documents. This meant I was on Hourglass’ books for 2 months. Nevertheless, they found me a role within 2 weeks and worked incessantly for the rest of the time to support me, aid my eCRB applications and get me finally into work.

    I can’t overestimate how much Hourglass gave me my life back so thank you to them and please everyone else use them!

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    To all in need of a short-term, medium-term or long-term opportunity. Look no further, Hourglass Education will most definitely give you the support and help you need. Maria and Ros contacted me just when I needed work; their timing could not have been more perfect! I originally signed up with two fairly well-known education recruitment companies and unfortunately, in the space of 35 days, they managed to give me zero days work.

    As you know, this was frustrating and although I tried to remain patient, the voice of the unrelenting rent and bills continued to knock on my door. After deciding to finally give up on those companies, I received a call from Maria at Hourglass Education who had found work for me in my hour of need. Not only was the school they found perfect for me, they even google-mapped the distance from my home to that school before calling me to ensure it was right for me.

    To my detriment, I did not to sign up with Hourglass Education a month prior. Hourglass Education managed to do in 1 day what the other 2 couldn’t do in 35. I’m thrilled to be working with them and I love my situation and my school. I cannot speak more highly of Hourglass Education; they truly are what they say on the tin, so don’t do what I did. Register. Take the leap and watch Maria and Roz work their magic and like they did with me, take you from a place of frustration to a place of contentment.

    Sarah VJ

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  5. Sarah VJ says:
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    To all in need of a short-term, medium-term or long-term opportunity. Look no further, Hourglass Education will most definitely give you the support and help you need. Maria and Ros contacted me just when I needed work; their timing could not have been more perfect! I originally signed up with two fairly well-known education recruitment companies and unfortunately, in the space of 35 days, they managed to give me zero days work.

    As you know, this was frustrating and although I tried to remain patient, the voice of the unrelenting rent and bills continued to knock on my door. After deciding to finally give up on those companies, I received a call from Maria at Hourglass Education who had found work for me in my hour of need. Not only was the school they found perfect for me, they even google-mapped the distance from my home to that school before calling me to ensure it was right for me.

    To my detriment, I did not to sign up with Hourglass Education a month prior. Hourglass Education managed to do in 1 day what the other 2 couldn’t do in 35. I’m thrilled to be working with them and I love my situation and my school. I cannot speak more highly of Hourglass Education; they truly are what they say on the tin, so don’t do what I did. Register. Take the leap and watch Maria and Roz work their magic and like they did with me, take you from a place of frustration to a place of contentment.

    Sarah VJ

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  6. Katherine says:
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    Hourglass Education were incredibly helpful from start to end of the recruitment process. From the moment we spoke, Maria and Ros listened carefully to the role that I wanted in the right location. Within 2 weeks of signing up with them, I had secured my dream job! They liaised with myself and the school throughout and helped negotiate terms before I started. I can’t recommend Hourglass enough.
    Katherine

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    I registered with Hourglass Education and after just one phone call Sharon was calling me about two possible schools, in my local area, interested in considering me for a job…. and they weren’t even advertising! I gained a part time job straight away
    The service provided by my consultants: Sharon and Helen, has been amazing from start to finish;
    Phone calls before and after school started straight away now i am settled they have agreed a further call nearer to half term to find out how things are going.
    Will definitely use this company in the future if I ever need to find a new job again.

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  8. Sam says:
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    I would highly recommend Hourglass to any teacher looking for work. After signing up with various agencies I found Hourglass to be the most friendly and efficient. They really considered the kind of work I was looking for and did not pressure me in any way like other agencies have done so, they really do take the time to know you and build a professional relationship. My consultant Dan was absolutely brilliant in finding me jobs and interviews helping through the whole process. In the end I managed to secure a wonderful permanent job which I couldn’t be more happier about and Dan still checks in with me which really shows what a wonderful agency Hourglass truly is.

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  9. Ebony Martin says:
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    After leaving my previous teaching post I wanted to be more particular with my next role and school in education. After a few months of looking at many vacancies and meeting with various teaching agencies I found no potential role that challenged my current skills and abilities.
    I then received a phone call from Allison Tempest, she was friendly, easy to talk to and understood the structure of education and my experience and strengths from my C.V. I registered with Hourglass very quick and easy and didn’t have to go through the rigmarole of going to their office, filling in lots of paperwork and other mind numbing processes of registering with an agency.
    Within a few days, Allison contacted me regarding a Head of Department vacancy in a school close to my home. A few days later Allison had set up an interview, supplied me with a interview schedule and all the information I required to teach a lesson as part of the interview process.
    My interview was a success and I got the job as Head of Department, Allison negotiated a great salary for me at a great school, Thank you to Allison and the team at Hourglass!! I highly recommend Hourglass to anyone looking for a real career in education.

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    The service offered by Hourglass education was superb. The staff are very warm and friendly. Throughout the recruitment process I felt homely and secure. I knew that my future was in good hands. I was given the assurance that all will be well and so I felt comfortable with the service provided by Hourglass Education. Also the recruitment process is very detailed and accurate. Finally, hourglass provided adequate guidance every step of the way. I am confident in the service provided and I would recommend this service to any new aspiring teacher. Your future will be safe and secure.

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  11. Caroline says:
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    “I found Hourglass extremely professional and caring. Dan, Claire, Allison and Matt dealt with me and they would give me all the necessary information. l had lost hope in finding a school which would sponsor me, but thanks to Hourglass l have signed my contract and start my new job on the 1st of September. Also, they were always friendly, kind and supportive; responded promptly to my queries as well. I really appreciate the help and support Hourglass Education provided. Thank you very much Hourglass team , you are the best.

    Caroline

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  12. Larel Richards says:
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    Taking that bold step to teach into a new country can be daunting, especially when you do not know anyone in that country. Such was my concern as an overseas teacher until I met the Hourglass team. From my initial contact with Hourglass through to being approved by the directors and later being offered a job at a school, I was utterly impressed with the entire process and progress. My consultant Allison, was extremely professional, and showed tremendous interest in helping me to secure a job placement. She explained to me all the relevant information that was required and kept me up-to-date on what was happening along with the next steps to be taken. Meeting the directors, Geoff and Louise in Jamaica was a wonderful experience. They were extremely courteous, approachable and informative. They have a wealth of experience recruiting overseas teachers. This was evident by the way in which they explained and answered all my questions and concerns, sometimes even before I asked them. Their level of interest and expertize in recruiting, placing and relocating overseas teachers allowed me to feel confident and secure in my move to the United Kingdom. If you are looking to teach overseas and you want a team that will be there to help you every step of the way, look no further than the Hourglass team.

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  13. Trudy-Ann Cheverria says:
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    I am Trudy-Ann Cheverria, a Jamaican teacher of English.
    Hourglass is the best recruitment company in the world. When I first sent my application I doubted that I’d ever hear from them, I wondered if I was wasting time. The very opposite happened and since the day my consultant Allison (The best consultant without a doubt) contacted me my life changed. Hourglass guides you through the entire process of applying and securing a job in the UK, they made it so easy. If for any reason I was uncertain about anything, I could email or call and the consultants would assist almost instantaneously. Hourglass gives clear, detailed information as it regards the application process, you are never unsure as it is clearly stated and explained thoroughly. My dream is to impart knowledge and touch the lives of as many children as possible and hourglass made this dream a reality.
    I give them five stars for all the help I received throughout application and now having a job in the UK.
    Trudy-Ann

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  14. Emily says:
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    I was initially contacted by Hourglass when they found my email on an education website in Ontario, Canada. Of all the numerous agencies that had been contacting me and sending me information, I had a really good feeling about Hourglass. From my first contact with them end of June 2014, I felt really happy with them. I have worked 2 long term contracts that I got through them, and when I found out my second was not going to be extended, Ros and Helen were great and started to get my profile out straight away. The next day, another consultant contacted me with a potential school, and an interview has been set up- less than a day after my profile being sent out. If any friends of mine back home want a recommendation for who to go with over here, I will definitely recommend Hourglass!

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  15. David W says:
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    I was introduced to hourglass in June of this year and I was very skeptic. After the first professional phone call I was overwhelm by the speed and care the team had shown to brought me to this point. The worked like a friend, making you feel like a family to a point where I completely put my trust in them. There is so much to testify about the hourglass team that I will just leave it to an individual to gain his or her own experience. Therefore, I would recommend hourglass to any teacher who want to be sure of a job and to be with a professional group that will ensure a smooth transition.

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  16. Grzegorz says:
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    My cooperation with Hourglass Education Recruitment Agency was an extremely positive experience. They were professional and dedicated from the very beginning. I always felt that they were ready to go the extra mile to ensure my success. They went above and beyond (or even further to infinity 😉 to help me during the application process. I recommend Hourglass with all my heart.

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    I have always found Hourglass Education to be a highly professional and helpful teaching agency, which actively seeks to ensure that there is a good match between the requirements of schools and teachers. The agency is very proactive in placing teachers in suitable roles and my own personal experience has always been very positive. I have no hesitation in recommending Hourglass Education, to both schools and teachers

    Steve

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  18. Helen says:
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    I found Hourglass to be incredibly supportive throughout the process of applying for work. I felt that Allison had taken my experience and preferences into serious consideration in order to find the best vacancies for me, and was approachable and prompt throughout the process. Compared to other agencies I worked with, Hourglass was by far the most considerate and effective. I would particularly recommend them to others looking for their first teaching placement – I was reassured and felt confident through the application and interview, and am very pleased with my contract. Thank you!

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  19. Sukhi says:
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    Excellent agency. They were with me every step of the way, they supported me fully throughout the whole process. Nick was fantastic and fully informative. He was always ready to answer any of my questions regardless of however many times I rang.

    I’ve now started a permanent contract at a school that I was recommended by Hourglass.

    Excellent experience, I would highly recommend this agency to anyone looking to join.

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  20. D Lucas says:
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    Allison from Hourglass approached me in September regarding potential teaching work. Many agencies make contact with me but Hourglass stood out as being different. I briefed Allison on my employment needs and within half an hour she came back to me with a job offer in the school I wanted with a significant salary increase. I was impressed. The verification process was fairly convenient and included a CRB check at no additional cost. I feel valued and confident that this agency are working for my best interests.

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  21. Dawn Hughes says:
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    Fantastic service, phoned them one afternoon and had four long term contract interviews lined up by the next day! Staff really helpful and proactive. I can’t rate the service highly enough! Sophie listened to what I wanted and only put me forward to those schools that matched my brief.

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  22. D. Ferrer says:
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    I put my CV online on a job website around 10pm one night, at 7:58am the next morning this agency rang me to offer me a range of opportunities. I referred my friend to them and they secured her a job within a week. Myself, once I decided to join them, they also secured me a role at an outstanding school within the week.
    The Tempest sisters were my recruiting contacts and they have been warm, friendly, professional, efficient and genuinely interested in making good matches between teacher and school requirements. They recognise the demands of teaching and empathise wisely enough to find appropriate placements while making one fully aware of the options available.

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  23. Stephen says:
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    I was fortunate to have contacted Hourglass Education when I required a flexible working arrangement and they were immediately able to put me forward for a position in an Ofsted good rated school, although clearly an outstanding school in many ways. The school took me on and it proved to be an extremely positive experience. Hourglass education recruitment agency has provided the essential contacts and support enabling me to perform my job well. Thank you. Stephen.

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  24. David T says:
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    As an international teacher, moving countries can be a very exhausting, expensive and a very scary matter. Often recruitment agents can be less than professional and leave you stranded when you are in hot water.

    From the very first time when I was called (Hourglass called at a precise time and used the phone – no cheap Skype calls) I knew I could depend on them. Their attention to detail and caring about the well-being of the teacher made trust them.

    Over the period of time from the interview till I relocated and got my contract I have always been able to call Hourglass and speak to somebody
    and they would immediately resolve matters. Not only have they resolved matters with the school but also with an estate agent!

    I can honestly say that I have spoken to tens of recruitment agents/companies over the last 8 years and I would not move countries with an agent that I could not depend on!

    Not only did they get a job for me, but they got me a job in an outstanding school.

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  25. Aisling Geraghty says:
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    ” From my first contact with Hourglass, the ethics of the company were clear to me. I would recommend Hourglass Education to any teacher who wants an agency that puts the teacher first. They offer genuine back up, and with a married couple at the helm you really are made to feel like one of the family. I have been placed in the most amazing school who have a polite and positive ethos towards their teachers. I couldn’t be happier. I can assure you that Hourglass Education are the best.”

    Aisling

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  26. Jack says:
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    The people at Hourglass Education were extremely supportive and helpful throughout my experience with them. I was working in Southern Africa at the time, but with Hourglass Education, and in particular Allison, Claire and Jen, such a distance was no problem at all and they were very understanding and knowledgeable about overseas recruitment. Responses were always very prompt and everyone I spoke to at Hourglass was extremely good natured and happy to help.  And most importantly, they got me a great teaching position at an excellent school. I strongly recommend Hourglass Education, especially to teachers working abroad.

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  27. Kate Bozai says:
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    Suddenly a friend informed me she recommended me to Hourglass…..at once I found myself with a very professional, helpful team and a couple days later I have got my long-term position in a lovely school ….How can I say? It was the wonder itself! Allison Tempest worked so quickly for me and she has just done what you are expecting from a professional agency. Thank you so much I could ever meet you, and I would highly recommend this fantastic team to any teacher who want to find a high-level qualified education agency…..Kate

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  28. Olivia says:
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    Hi Geoff,

    I would like to tell you how pleased I am with the service and support I received from Hourglass education. I have recently accepted a teaching post starting September. Your entire team was extremely professional and helpful every step of the way. I started with Jen who introduced me to the various consultants – James, Helen, Ros, Alison and Charlotte. As an overseas trained teacher I was concerned about approach schools as I require visa sponsorship. The team steered me in the right direction and we are off to the races..

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  29. joanne says:

    This agency was great to me!

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  30. joanne says:
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    Rate this agency at http://www.teachingagencyreviews.com

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  31. philip walton says:
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    I was very happy with Hourglass Education agency. They found me a fantastic post at a good school Norfolk and secured the position with a fixed contract that not many agencies seem to do. I would recommend this agency to other teachers and I will happily mention Hourglass to any teachers that I know …who are looking for a really good agency.

    Phil

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  32. Kabini says:
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    What can I say about the brilliant people at Hourglass education? They are simply superb!!! And that is an understatement. Sharon Tempes in particular, right from the start of the process, was very encouraging and provided friendly and caring advice whenever needed no matter how busy she was.

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  33. Peter McLeod says:
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    I was approached by Hourglass Education having encountered my CV and following a discussion about my teaching background reckoned they knew of a school that had my name written all over it – the representatives words! She passed both the school and my details over to another colleague who was looking after the school they had in mind, who then did the majority of the leg work and got me an interview.

    I impressed at interview and after a lot of work from the representative getting all the pieces together, they have offered me in the first instance a year’s contract! A very exciting prospect with promotion at the end of it a distinct possibility. A job with prospects is a real find.

    Both Representatives at Hourglass education have done excellent work to pair me up with a school that is right for me – they listened to my teaching needs and took into account my training and background. Not many Agencies do that and in my experience it is more normally a numbers game, almost if he can walk – he will do! Not here!

    Nicer people I could not have asked to work with. Professional and thorough, with both the needs of the school and myself as a prospective employee firmly in their mind!

    I would not hesitate to recommend them to colleagues if I know they are looking for work.

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  34. Jamie Rizk says:
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    I would just like to thank Hourglass for the hard work and personalised service that you have provided me. My personal consultant Josh Travis has been fantastic throughout in helping me secure a dream first position, always being available, advising me on difficult decisions, making helpful suggestions and liaising with the schools making the process very easy but effective for me, he was easy to talk to and I was never under pressure to accept a job just given very honest and professional opinions (hourglass clearly train their staff very well), he also negotiated with the schools to get me the best possible terms, which is something I was never comfortable with. It has taken less than 2 weeks from Hourglass first making contact with me to being in a fantastic first job and I feel this is down to Josh’s careful processing taking my requirements and selecting the best school for me which shows real understanding of their clients. Thank you again!

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  35. Mark Lewis says:
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    Can I just say how great hourglass have been. Being new to supply teaching they were able to register me guide me in finding my feet with all the additional complications such as pay and tax. From the initial registration, the team were helpful, friendly and not too pushy. Any issues or questions that have arisen have been dealt with (often out of hours) in a friendly efficient matter. They make you feel part of their team, not just another supply teacher on their books. I have been fortunate enough to get a placement to suit my circumstances (long term with a flexible end date). Which I have no doubt was no coincidence, the staff at hourglass made sure that what they offered me would be suitable to both myself and the placement school.
    I can only sing praises of the team at hourglass and thoroughly recommend them to any teacher seeking work. It was also worth noting that the school held Hourglass Education in high regard as one of their preferred supply agencies. Many thanks to all the team at Hourglass.
    Mark

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  36. Amir Farzaneh says:
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    I am writing to respectfully inform you of what a great team of individuals you have working for you at Hourglass. Having secured a job through your agency, I can quite comfortably say that had it not been for the tenacious determination of one person in particular, Sharon Tempest, then I would not have been so fortunate as to procure this post. Sharon is enthusiastic, compassionate and really cares about the people she works with. I owe her a great deal for finding me the right job under the right circumstances.

    Another of your employees, Claire Murphy, is the embodiment of professionalism and efficiency. Always able to give me correct and up to date information regarding my timesheets, RACS, and pay structures, she has been a real help throughout my relocation from Manchester to Reading, and I thank her greatly.

    The day before I moved down to reading, I visited your offices, and met with yourself and your department. I felt very welcome and did not for one instant feel I was in a work environment, but more a family atmosphere which was relaxed and welcoming. Kudos to you sir for having achieved what many fortune 500 CEO’s cannot, a happy working environment with an effective and professional workforce.

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    I cannot speak highly enough of the hard work and support Allison at Hourglass has given to me. From submission of my CV to finding the perfect job took 1 week and she was with me all of the way. Well done Hourglass after a long time out the UK it was a huge decision to return and due to your hard work and professionalism I’m on my way home! 120 days 10 hours and 51 minutes till take off!

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  38. Farhana says:
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    I found Hourglass extremely professional and caring. Matt dealt with me and was very good from beginning to end – I felt confident that I would be placed in a school that I would feel comfortable at and that has been the case. I appreciated the support and advice given and after 6 years at my previous placement, it was a bit nerve wrecking to start again. Matt understood what needed to be done and it was a tense free process. Overall, I’m happy I chose hourglass.
    Farhana

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  39. Tenson Tinofirei says:
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    My relationship with Hourglass Education has been excellent since I started working with them in March last year. I am overseas trained and was pleasantly surprised when they started processing my references before I left for the UK. When I arrived they processed my documents on line without delay and within a few weeks I was on a long term assignment at an academy with state-of-the-art ICT facilities and teaching tools!
    Hourglass are first class in both verbal and electronic communication. They have been very supportive in many respects including pay adjustments, delayed time sheets and other professional issues. I am very pleased with the ongoing work they have given me for almost a year now.

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  40. Meg Gatland-Veness says:
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    Hourglass has been fantastic for me as a teacher arriving from Australia with no idea about the school system here or even the concept of having an agency find me a job. Hourglass organised three interviews for me before I even left Australia and one was at the best school I have seen in England where, luckily, I got the job. The staff at Hourglass are always very helpful and friendly and available to answer any questions, they respond to emails really quickly. I am very glad I joined Hourglass and couldn’t ask for a better agency.

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  41. Erin says:
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    I was contacted by Hourglass after posting my resume on a teaching website. Although I was a bit skeptical at first, I decided to reply, just to see what would happen.
    My email was responded to quickly and professionally. Through subsequent communications I was really impressed by the time the agents (especially Ros and Helen) took to answer my questions and connect me to other teachers already placed in prospective schools.
    There was very little time between the first contact with Hourglass and my first interviews and job offers, but throughout the process I felt fully supported and never pressured. As I moved to the UK and started working, I knew that I could contact Hourglass with any concerns and that they would respond with professional advice, in a timely manner.
    I am very pleased that I made the leap and signed on to teach in the UK through Hourglass – it has been a comfort to come here, knowing I was working with a company I feel will support me and I can really trust.
    Erin

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  42. Paul says:
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    I am halfway through my second year of working for Hourglass Education
    as a primary teacher in London. From the initial interview in Canada to
    today all of my interactions with Hourglass have been smooth and
    professional. Correspondence is always prompt, and most importantly, I
    always get paid on time! I would gladly recommend Hourglass to any
    teacher considering England as an opportunity to teach.

    Paul

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  43. Rebecca Sutton says:
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    Dear Hourglass,
    I would like to say thank you to Hourglass Education for finding me a great position in a lovely school. A special thanks to Dan who was particularly helpful and supportive when I initially applied for the job. I have now been at my school since September, thank you.
    Rebecca

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    was very pleased with the service offered by Hourglass Education. Enrolling was easy and you took all the stress out of searching and applying for a teaching post. I was excellently matched to the type of career move I was after and you took into consideration all of my previous experience. I am really happy in my new post and always recommend Hourglass to friends who are seeking a new and exciting career change, Many thanks

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  45. Alex says:
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    Dear Mr Brown

    My name is Alexandra Mihai and I am writing to express what great experience I had with hourglass education.
    Allison has been very helpful and caring. I couldn’t have asked for more. She is an outstanding employee and has done everything to help me obtain my new teaching post at an excellent school. Thanks Hourglass and thanks Allison

    Best wishes Alexandra Mihai

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  46. Tracey Britland says:
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    Hourglass were extremely efficient in the way they secured a long term post for me, they made everything so simple from paperwork to the interview process, working hard to make sure the post was mine and safe.
    I would thoroughly recommend them, and have done on many occasions, to any teaching colleague, as Hourglass is a professional agency for professional people who are committed to finding a teaching post.

    Many thanks for all your hard work and fighting for my pay scale

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  47. Hannah says:
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    I would like to recommend Hourglass Education and Dan brown, who worked with me and he quickly secured a contract for me at a school in Hertfordshire.

    I registered with quite a few teaching agencies and it was Hourglass who secured me work, thanks to the hard work of Dan Brown. He was in regular contact with me and has a friendly but professional approach and negotiated a fantastic contract with a school, where I now have a permanent contract.

    The whole team at Hourglass have been in regular contact. I do think out of all of the teaching agencies out there, hourglass provided the most reliable, professional and friendly service, so thank you.

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  48. kev says:
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    Basically Hourglass Education and Dan Brown, my Consultant, were very prompt and very good to deal with, I would recommend Hourglass and Dan to any overseas teacher coming to England; as a foreign teacher coming in maybe more notice of requirements re: transcripts etc could have been given, but was able to work around this. Overall very happy and appreciative of service given!

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  49. Simon Matthews says:
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    I have not always had a good view of agencies having used them on a daily basis in a SLT role. However, due to a change of circumstances and personal reasons I have used Hourglass Education to secure me a role at my new school.

    I have found Allison and Sharron Tempest to be very approachable and they both have a good sense of humour. They are very professional and go the extra mile.

    I would recommend Hourglass to any potential employer or teacher looking to secure a position.

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  50. Sheila Kerr says:
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    I can honestly say that your team at Hourglass have been fantastic. Nick, who I have mostly dealt with has been consistently helpful, transparent and a great listener. As a newly qualified teacher it can be quite daunting and I explained my worries to nick who was very sympathetic and understanding. I had asked for CPD (continual professional development) and support from my prospective employers. On receiving the good news..I got the job! ! was ecstatic.

    Any new venture comes with fears, anxiety and a tinge of anxiousness but Hourglass have been fantastic and my worries were minimised because I knew nick and the rest of the lovely Hourglass staff that I have spoken to, were batting on my side.

    I would recommend Hourglass in a heartbeat! Thanks Hourglass

    Sheila Kerr

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  51. Sharon Nyakabau says:
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    Hourglass is the most efficient agency ever – was placed on a job in no time and in the right job. Amazing team of people at hourglass who understood what I was looking for. I highly recommend hourglass and a friend of mine also had similar great experience.

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  52. Roger Bellamy-Wood says:
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    14 Feb 2012:

    I have served in the Armed forces for 23 years reaching the rank of Sergeant Major. I am also now into my 8 year of secondary education teaching. During my life time, I have experience many types of people and organisations both good and bad, therefore I recognise the differences in quality, care, expertise and professionalism.

    I wish to state for the record that Geoff Brown and Harriet Westby have shown all of the above positive comments. Harriet has shown great interpersonal skill ans has always assisted me whenever I need advise. Geoff Brown because of his previous expediences as a headmaster at previous schools has been fantastic in giving me accurate facts, information and has helped me move from one employment to another during turbulent times. He has been a great source for me to off load my concerns about the past, present and future of education and has given me the desire to once again return to teaching and enjoy such an awarding profession.

    I have registered with 4 agencies and only Hourglass with its ability to choose the right person for the right job has found employment for me in which I am most grateful.

    Even if I end up becoming a permanent employee at my present school, I will always have excellent and positive comments about the recruitment agency and indeed will be first on my contact list if I were to decide to move on from my present employment. I highly recommend this agency to any teacher both experience or non-experience.

    26 Feb 2014. I was taken on as teacher of science at the designate school and working towards my third year at the chosen school. Thank you Hourglass. :)

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  53. Michael Noonan says:
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    As an Irish qualified NQT I was apprehensive at first about coming over to the UK to teach in a new system. Hourglass contacted me with the promise of an amazing job opportunity in London, which I felt I had to see in order to believe as many agencies had promised similar opportunities which later turned out to be unappealing. Having visited the school, I knew Hourglass had found the post I wanted, and I can happily say I am still thoroughly enjoying this new position. All queries I had about payroll and NQT status as well as many other issues was answered on the spot by Hourglass and their dedicated team of consultants. I have always found Hourglass highly supportive and I cannot recommend them enough!
    -Michael Noonan,
    Design & Technology Teacher

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  54. Barbara says:
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    I recommend Hourglass Education. There is an excellent group of agents, who help you very quick to find teaching job in UK. I was very surprised when Josh Travis, one of the agents contacted me on Monday, whereas I applied for some post during the weekend.. On Tuesday I received an information that one of the school is interested and on Wednesday I had an interview. After a few days I signed the contract and after a month I changed my life very quick- I moved from Poland to UK and work in a place, where I wanted to be.
    Josh (and other staff) are still very helpful. If I need any help they always answer for my questions. It is a real opportunity to get a job in UK and extremely fast! Thank you very much!

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  55. Shna says:
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    I have been with Hourglass for nearly a year and I believe that Hourglass is the best in what they are doing. As this year was my first year teaching I thought that it will be very hard and If I didn’t have the support and the kind help from Hourglass I don’t know how I would have managed. I am extremely pleased and grateful with the helpful staff from Hourglass. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Matt for supporting me and helping me when ever needed. I think that Hourglass makes you feel not to be alone and they are always there when you need them! Shna Ibrahim

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  56. Anish Vadher says:
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    The communication and support from Charlotte Spencer and Hourglass was excellent, I really could not have asked for better. Charlotte contacted me only days after I had registered with Hourglass regarding a position and within a week I received the interview and job offer. Throughout this period Charlotte and Hourglass were very supportive and dedicated to helping me acquire the position. The school that I was approached with matched my requirements perfectly and I am looking forward to starting. The dedication and integrity of Hourglass is truly excellent. Thank you Charlotte and Hourglass for helping me start my career and my life.

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  57. Lucy Rycroft-Smith says:
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    I have found Hourglass to be almost the very opposite of what I have come to expect from teaching agencies: not pushy but polite, not officious but respectful, not rushing to fill in positions with anyone who may tenuously fit but offering a tailor-made service which even included a long and extremely helpful telephone chat about my options and some careful advice based on experience in the sector, which seems rare amongst agency staff these days. I would and have recommended them to friends and colleagues.

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  58. Stephen shields says:
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    Excellent service from Mr Brown and his team.

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  59. Fiona Randall says:
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    I was very impressed with the efficiency and professionalism at Hourglass, in particular the consultant Sharon Tempest – she was able to match me up with possible jobs within days of signing with the agency, and within 2 weeks I had secured the post I wanted. Hourglass were also the most friendly agency and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone.

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  60. Vinay Thawait says:
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    Hourglass Education helped me secure a long term supply teaching (Physics, Science and ICT) position at an Academy from April 2013. I have been liaising with James Letven, Consultant and his other colleagues working at Hourglass Education after being made redundant from a highly paid job in education sector due to re-structure. After registering with Hourglass Education, I was contacted on several occasions with temporary teaching position across the country. I had a call one day in April 2013 from James asking me if I would be interested in working at a specific Academy on a long term position. After looking through the Academy’s Ofsted report and DfE data, I decided to have a go at this position. My CV and details were then shared with the Principal who called me to have phone interview before starting to work the Academy. James organised phone interview and after successful discussion I was offered position to work on this long term teaching position. Also I was registered with an umbrella company for getting my payments and taxes sorted out each week as the salary was paid weekly.

    I was informed that this position may become permanent and also there may be possibility to some responsibility point based on my previous experience in the field of ICT and BSF work. I was regularly contacted by my consultant to get updates on my working environment at the Academy.

    This position has been very challenging especially when the Academy is trying to overcome ‘notice to improve’ recent Ofsted inspection. After successful working for more than 13 weeks, I have been offered a permanent Science and ICT teaching position from Sept 2013 with responsibility for implementing new VLE as the whole school project. I am thankful to Hourglass Education and their consultants especially James Letven who have been helpful throughout this process. I am happy to recommend any qualified teacher(s) who are looking for teaching position at Secondary school level.

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  61. Keith Helson says:
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    I joined Hourglass Education in late June 2013. Their staff members worked very hard to put me in contact with schools and setting up interviews. They gave me lots of opportunities and I believe it was only quality schools they put me in contact with. After receiving a job offer and signing the contract Hourglass Education led me in the right direction with documentation and appointments. The only frustration I had came later in the summer when questions I asked were not answered. For example, I enquired about a recommended departure date on the visa application and received no response. This was not a serious issue and maybe I should have written my original agents — Helen and Ros — and not other Hourglass Education who I was in contact with. My overall experience with Hourglass Education was positive.

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  62. Dee Headley says:
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    A fabulous experience. Honest friendly agents who will do their utmost to match your needs as a teacher with the requirements of the school

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  63. Perena Polius-Curran says:
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    Hourglass was recommended to me by a friend and at first I was very reluctant to use the services of an agency.

    Very few agencies have positions available for senior positions and I wanted to move into this type of role. After discussing what I was looking for with differerent consultants at Hourglass it was clear that they were motivated in finding me a position.

    I was very flexible in terms of where I could work however I had not decided what I wanted and therefore wanted to keep my options open.

    Some would see this as a waste of time, this was not the case with hourglass, I had regular calls and e-mails with possible possitions.

    I was allowed to speak to senoir and headteachers and get a picture of the school before travelling for interview. As you are aware you were the last consultant I spoke to and you found the position I accepted.

    My experience of the process was very positive to the extent that I myself developed my negotiating skills and I was able to negotiate a suitable package for myself after the interview.

    I would recommend Hourglass to other Teachers and if they extend their services to recruit Senior Management positions in education I would contiue to use them.

    Thank you for all your assistance, I am enjoying my job, in fact I am loving it.

    Kind regards.

    Perena Polius-Curran

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  64. Kathy Shankar says:
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    I am writing to express my utmost appreciation and respect for Hourglass Education as a team of professionals dedicated to matching one’s teaching credentials and professional aspirations to employment opportunities.

    During my search for employment, whenever I had questions or concerns regarding a potential position on offer, I felt assured that the Hourglass staff would treat my queries with honesty and discretion at all times. The team provided detailed information and personalised support during the lead up to interviews so that I always felt confident and well-prepared.

    All of the individuals comprising the Hourglass team have at all times treated me with great sensitivity and respect and have worked diligently to meet my professional needs. In addition, they take great interest in following up and appreciate feedback about the schools that they place teachers in, in order to ensure that the ‘fit’ is suitable in an on-going way.

    Due to the fact that the Hourglass staff is so well-organised, well-informed, and made concerted and targeted efforts to find work that suited my skills and needs, I am now in a position which is extremely well-suited to my unique teaching skill set; one in which I have the opportunity to grow and flourish in the profession.

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  65. Dr.Stuart M. Brown says:
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    From the time I contacted Hourglass to my interview and acceptance of a new post was forty eight hours. I am extremely pleased with the post which they found for me which is ideally suited to my experience and qualifications. Hourglass is run by experts in the field of Education who have a friendly and professional approach taking care to protect the interests of the teachers as much as employers. I thoroughly recommend them as a teacher of many years standing.

    Dr. Stuart M. Brown ,Rickmansworth

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  66. E Jenkins says:
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    I joined Hourglass as a Supply Teacher last September when my contract finished and I was unable to find an immediate permanent job. Sharon Tempest, your consultant, was just what I needed. She was encouraging, supportive and so positive that she made me confident and hopeful for the future. Looking back, she was able to offer me a selection of jobs, but the one she found me was ideal, and has resulted in my finding a permanent position in a school which I love. You company, out of all those that I contacted, was the most professional, offered me a selection of jobs and was supportive throughout the entire process. I am writing to congratulate you on an outstanding consultant. I am so glad that I joined Hourglass.

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  67. Anne Seery says:
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    I have been with Hourglass Education since I was on the verge of graduating. The had lots of great schools on offer and I found one very easy compared to other agencies who just spamed your email with little hope of a job.One thing I did find anoying was the school I was hired in had no documents which I was hounded after so I had to go resend them all to the school which was a small bit frustraing ( nbut it might have just being me). Apart from this they are THE BEST agency to go through and are so helpful and nice.

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  68. Peter McLeod says:
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    As a client I was looked after by two representatives; Sharon Tempest and Simon Matthews who I have
    to say are superb!

    I was approached by Sharon Tempest after she had come across my CV online and following a discussion
    about my teaching background reckoned she knew of a really good school that had my name written all over it – her words! She passed my details over to another representative, Simon Matthews, who was managing the recruitment process for the school.

    The post was for a Head of Science role at a top prep school. Despite my inexperience Simon secured an interview for me. I managed to impress at interview and after a lot of work from Simon getting all the pieces together, they have offered me in the first instance a years contract! This is a very exciting prospect with promotion at the end of it a distinct possibility. A job with prospects is a real find.

    Both Simon and Sharon have done excellent work to pair me up with a school that is right for me – they listened to my teaching needs and took into account my training and background. Not many Agencies do that and in my experience it is more normally a numbers game, almost if he can walk – he will do! Not here!

    Nicer people I could not have asked to work with. Professional and thorough, with both the needs of the school and myself as a prospective employee firmly in their mind!

    They are great representatives of Hourglass Education and I would not hesitate to recommend them to colleagues if I know they are looking for work.

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  69. Richard Singer says:
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    Dear Sir/ Madam

    I have been with Hourglass Education as a mathematics teacher now for some time. From the very start of my connection with Hourglass the staff has been very helpful and considerate of my needs and in some cases going beyond the expectations associated with any organization. As far as I am concerned (and I have been with about 4 agencies so far) Hourglass Education has been the best in their professionalism, their attention to detail and their support and assistance. I can and will with no reservations recommend Hourglass education to any and all teachers looking for placement and assistance for teaching positions.

    Richard Singer

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  70. Mel says:
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    They have found me my last 2 permanent posts. I am in a great job and I am grateful to Helen and Ros. I recommended a friend to them and although she found a job elsewhere she was really impressede with them also.

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  71. Scott says:
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    Hourglass approached me out of the blue with an excellent job. Because they are not based in Newcastle, I had to verify my ID, documents at the PO. The school were eager, I was keen and the rate of pay was excellent. Unfortunatley, in the meantime, I got a cold call from some chamcers calling themselves [other agency] in Gateshead. When they found out that I had a job they started asking all sorts of questions and I stupidly answered.
    [other agency] called the school and told them that I hadn’t been properly vetted (a lie), so the school got cold feet and cancelled my start. It is now doubtful that I’ll start at all.

    Hourglass have been by far the best agency I have worked with and only called me up with a definite, medium-term job. [other agency] tried to ruin my chances because they are inept, unprofessional and underhand. If the original job falls through, I look forward to working with hourglass in another post. But be careful of telling other agencies anything about any work you do get.

    Update 2012/05/08 at 8:55 pm: Harriet at Hourglass has now sorted out the mess caused by [other agency] and I am starting at the school in Sunderland on Thursday! Good work.

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