Hourglass Education

9.7 out of 10
88 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 88 Ratings

Amount of work

9.8

Rate of pay

9.7

Quality of schools

9.4

Personability

9.8

Honesty

9.9

Overall Service

9.8

10.0 out of 10 David W · Reviewed on
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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10.0 out of 10 Grzegorz · Reviewed on
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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10.0 out of 10 Steve Flannery · Reviewed on
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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10.0 out of 10 Helen · Reviewed on
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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9.0 out of 10 Sukhi · Reviewed on
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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9.7 out of 10 D Lucas · Reviewed on
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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9.0 out of 10 Dawn Hughes · Reviewed on
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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9.7 out of 10 D. Ferrer · Reviewed on
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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10.0 out of 10 Stephen · Reviewed on
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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10.0 out of 10 David T · Reviewed on
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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10.0 out of 10 Aisling Geraghty · Reviewed on
" 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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9.7 out of 10 Jack · Reviewed on
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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10.0 out of 10 Kate Bozai · Reviewed on
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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10.0 out of 10 Olivia · Reviewed on
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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joanne · Reviewed on
This agency was great to me!
9.0 out of 10 philip walton · Reviewed on
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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9.7 out of 10 Kabini · Reviewed on
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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10.0 out of 10 Peter McLeod · Reviewed on
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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10.0 out of 10 Jamie Rizk · Reviewed on
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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