Hourglass Education

9.7 out of 10
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9.7

Overall Rating

9.7 out of 10
based on 92 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 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.
Amount of work8
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Quality of schools6
Personability10
Honesty10
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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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7.7 out of 10 Shna · Reviewed on
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
Amount of work9
Rate of pay5
Quality of schools5
Personability7
Honesty10
Overall Service9
10.0 out of 10 Anish Vadher · Reviewed on
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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9.9 out of 10 Lucy Rycroft-Smith · Reviewed on
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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9.0 out of 10 Stephen shields · Reviewed on
Excellent service from Mr Brown and his team.
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Honesty9
Overall Service9
10.0 out of 10 Fiona Randall · Reviewed on
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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9.3 out of 10 Vinay Thawait · Reviewed on
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.
Amount of work9
Rate of pay10
Quality of schools7
Personability9
Honesty10
Overall Service10
9.0 out of 10 Keith Helson · Reviewed on
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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Overall Service8
9.9 out of 10 Dee Headley · Reviewed on
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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10.0 out of 10 Perena Polius-Curran · Reviewed on
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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9.3 out of 10 Kathy Shankar · Reviewed on
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.
Amount of work9
Rate of pay8
Quality of schools8
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Honesty10
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10.0 out of 10 Dr.Stuart M. Brown · Reviewed on
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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10.0 out of 10 E Jenkins · Reviewed on
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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8.1 out of 10 Anne Seery · Reviewed on
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.
Amount of work8
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Quality of schools9
Personability7
Honesty9
Overall Service7
10.0 out of 10 Peter McLeod · Reviewed on
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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9.7 out of 10 Richard Singer · Reviewed on
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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