Hourglass Education

9.7 out of 10
81 Ratings

About Hourglass Education

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 Ratings and Reviews

9.7

Overall Rating

9.7 out of 10
based on 81 Ratings

Amount of work

9.8

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9.7

Quality of schools

9.4

Personability

9.8

Honesty

9.9

Overall Service

9.8

9.7 out of 10 Bea Rengifo · Reviewed on
Similar to other comments here, I was not looking for Hourglass but they found me. I had spend quite some time looking for jobs and working on those tedious long applications to a number of different schools until Hourglass called me. From the very beginning they were super friendly, they offered personalised attention and they really did follow up on my case. I tried with other recruiting agencies but nothing happened with them so now I tell everyone about Hourglass. As an English teacher but non-native speaker, I was applying for Spanish positions since that is my first language but I was getting no positive results in that search. Ed from Hourglass encouraged me to go for English positions even when I was very weary of doing so. In the end, it was Ed who did it for me. He was so friendly and efficient and he also offered me honest advice when it came down to choosing between 2 salary options the school offered me. From now onwards, if I change in the future, I will definitely go through Hourglass since they offer a very professional, kind and caring service. Thanks Ed!
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10.0 out of 10 Nicole · Reviewed on
10 stars for HOURGLASS and 10 more for JOSH I would like to thank Josh Travis at Hourglass profusely for finding me not just a job, but THE JOB! – the ideal teaching position in an amazing school that will allow me vast growth and development as a teacher. I was already registered with two other recommended agencies when Josh contacted me out of the blue from Hourglass after seeing my CV online. His call was a godsend. I had become disillusioned with the whole process of finding a psychology teaching position as an NQT. Interacting with the other agencies was a culmination of a lack of communication and follow-up calls regarding possible job roles. From the onset, I realised Josh was different. He portrayed as far more professional, attentive, and engaging. There was a vast difference in the level of communication and support I received from Josh. He consistently communicated – maintaining contact and support throughout; and was readily available at every call – giving his time and full attention. Interestingly, I felt Josh not only knew what role I wanted but understood my personality and recognised the attributes and skills I would bring to that role; and that he would effectively communicate this to potential employers. I trusted Josh’s competence and I was confident that he would secure me a teaching position. Indeed, he did. Accordingly, Josh was prompt in confirming my subsequent interview and providing the necessary information I needed to prepare. Most importantly, he checked in on how my preparation was progressing, and called the day before to wish me good luck. Once again, I thank you Josh! and I thank you Hourglass! I would most definitely recommend Hourglass Education to any teacher - experienced or newly qualified.
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10.0 out of 10 Colin Pritchard · Reviewed on
I received around the clock professional support. Ed was fantastic and secured me a position within a week of enrolling. He made sure to find me a school with tier 2 sponsorship status and pushed me to try. All I needed to do was show up for the interview. Thanks Hourglass and a big thanks to Ed Hyland.
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10.0 out of 10 Miz Rahman · Reviewed on
Hourglass is a highly recommended education agency in the UK. Ed Hyland, the senior consultant @ Hourglass has done an amazing job to find the right school for me. Ed has looked for every possible opportunities for me and worked his socks off to get me-my desired position and the expected salary. He is highly professional and knows how to deal with the candidate as well the school. Ed is a very proactive and trustworthy person as he deals with situations very tactfully and effectively. He made the job very simple and easier for the applicant while it comes to negotiation. I would say-hourglass is one of the top class teaching agencies in the UK.
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10.0 out of 10 Cami · Reviewed on
Hour Education is very supportive . Ed @ hourglass is super supportive and he goes above and beyond his call of duty to assist me and I am truly happy with the support I receive. I give him a 10 star for his support. He is extremely optimistic and gave me a lot of hope to persevere when I felt like all was lost . Thanks so much and stay bless. Much Regards Cami
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10.0 out of 10 Renda · Reviewed on
My agent Ed did an amazing job at helping me find a school that is right for me, and also able to provide visa sponsorship.He was very considerate and had all the important details I needed.Ed advised me professionally every step of the way of my journey. He didn't just introduce me to a school,he found out what I was specifically looking for in a new role and matched me accordingly.He is fast and efficient and that is ideally what I was looking for. I have used other agencies before but never experienced the type of service I received from Hourglass. The team at Hourglass is courteous and always offer to help if they answer your call with a polite and welcoming voice.I would certainly recommend Hourglass to any teacher seeking employment.
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9.9 out of 10 Natalie Faulkner · Reviewed on
Hourglass have been more than helpful in finding me a suitable role. They have been friendly and professional. Maria especially has gone above and beyond to make sure that I’ve been happy where I’ve been placed, and her level of communication and dedication has helped me feel comfortable to call her with any queries or issues – which have been quickly dealt with. Hourglass have by far been the best recruitment agency I’ve been in contact with, I can’t recommend them enough! Many thanks to you all.
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10.0 out of 10 Vanessa Carr · Reviewed on
“The hourglass experience is very great. The professionalism and support that were given during the migration process is exceptional. Always on target, always communicating and ensured that I get the best job offers. Even after the migration process the follow ups have been great. Still ensuring I am okay and enjoying my stay and my relocation. I recommend hourglass to anyone at anytime. The best I have every come in contact with." Vanessa Carr
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9.7 out of 10 Mike · Reviewed on
Ed at Hourglass has been an absolutely fantastic agency rep to work with. Throughout our conversations, he always maintained an air of confident professionalism, and seemed also to possess an intuition for finding the most appropriate roles for his candidates. My case was no exception. From first coming into contact with him in March, right through to my recent successful placement as a full-time English teacher, Ed has showcased a number of desirable qualities that, as a fairly recent career-changer, filled me with trust as I embarked on the next exciting stage of my teaching career. Ed has been very understanding of my fluctuating living and working conditions, and was always more than happy to provide workable solutions to many of the potential difficulties that arose because of them; at no point did I get the impression that he was finding it difficult to match my fairly specific requirements to his obviously comprehensive and well-maintained database of schools. At this early stage in my teaching career, I don't think any other agency (or, for that matter, any other agent) could have been so dedicated and meticulous as Ed has been in finding the most suitable roles, both for my strengths and for my areas of development. The high level of service provided, as well as the friendly and professional conduct that underpinned all of our communications, has been extremely encouraging. I would certainly recommend Ed, and Hourglass, to any teachers who are considering using an agency to further their career in education. Finally, I would like to personally thank Ed for all his hard work in securing the position I am due to start in the new term.
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10.0 out of 10 Yaundeen Wright · Reviewed on
“I am here to help! I would like to arrange a solution for you!” Dan @Hourglass Dan Fryer is an angel disguised as a Hourglass Education Consultant. His infectious sense of humour, his palpable passion and personable character make him an indispensable asset to such an astute recruitment agency. Dan Fryer is an incredible embodiment of timeless attributes: life changing, going the extra mile, beyond the call of duty, heartfelt, patient, gracious, empathetic, heartwarming, charismatic, compassionate –each of which essentially characterises the company or rather the family; Hourglass is a family in this case which is represented by a group of people who genuinely care about me, desire the best for me and most importantly, work assiduously and tirelessly to ensure that my well being, health and happiness are preserved and perpetuated in the United Kingdom. Like a lion protects his cub, Dan´s support is astronomical and invaluable as I navigate the intricacies of bureaucracy to change and secure employment as an educator. His wisdom and professional expertise resonate in such a meaningful manner: I do not feel like an arbitrary client or just another candidate but a real human being with feelings, skill sets, dreams and aspirations– all of which Dan handles with immense care, profound respect and reverence. His vote of confidence and meticulous guidance give me wings in my pursuit of excellence in the industry of education. Dan´s exemplary work-life balance is admirable and empowers me to maintain equally impeccable boundaries in my own professional and personal life. Dan is a knight in shining armour who rescues professional princesses like me and slays all my dragons of sponsorship acquisition. Thank you Dan! You are a star in Hourglass heaven!
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9.7 out of 10 Bothwell · Reviewed on
I did not find Hourglass. They found me after seeing my CV. The very first call from my consultant, Sharon, gave me the assurance of both professionalism and personal touch. The communication was so pleasant such that I felt it wasn't about Hourglass finding another teacher for themselves, but about them find a job for a teacher in need of help. I got convinced that Sharon meant business and she had substance in hand. I was looking for medium to long-term employment, and she had just that. The very first school she offered me was within my desired proximity. Sharon took time to explain to me the kind of school on offer, so I could make an informed decision. Once I declared my interest in the school she secured me an interview within 3 days, and I got the job. Thumbs up to Hourglass.
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10.0 out of 10 Yanique Campbell · Reviewed on
Signing up with Hourglass was indeed the best choice for me. The support that I got was above and beyond expectations. There was always support even with things that were personal issues. I was well guided with moving from Jamaica to the U.K. and moving from one school to another within the U.K. At the moment I am at an outstanding school, that I absolutely love and I owe it all to Hourglass Education
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10.0 out of 10 James Craigmyle · Reviewed on
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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