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 Mark Lewis · Reviewed on
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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9.7 out of 10 Amir Farzaneh · Reviewed on
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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10.0 out of 10 Victoria Jaafar · Reviewed on
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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7.6 out of 10 Farhana · Reviewed on
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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10.0 out of 10 Tenson Tinofirei · Reviewed on
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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9.4 out of 10 Meg Gatland-Veness · Reviewed on
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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9.9 out of 10 Erin · Reviewed on
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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10.0 out of 10 Paul · Reviewed on
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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10.0 out of 10 Rebecca Sutton · Reviewed on
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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10.0 out of 10 Rachel Fielder · Reviewed on
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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9.6 out of 10 Alex · Reviewed on
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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10.0 out of 10 Tracey Britland · Reviewed on
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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10.0 out of 10 Hannah · Reviewed on
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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7.7 out of 10 kev · Reviewed on
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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9.6 out of 10 Simon Matthews · Reviewed on
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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10.0 out of 10 Sheila Kerr · Reviewed on
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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9.1 out of 10 Sharon Nyakabau · Reviewed on
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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9.7 out of 10 Roger Bellamy-Wood · Reviewed on
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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9.9 out of 10 Michael Noonan · Reviewed on
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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10.0 out of 10 Barbara · Reviewed on
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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