Smart Teachers

6.5 out of 10
79 Ratings

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6.5

Overall Rating

6.5 out of 10
based on 79 Ratings

Amount of work

6.7

Rate of pay

6.4

Quality of schools

6.5

Personability

6.7

Honesty

6.3

Overall Service

6.4

9.7 out of 10 Olayinka Armartey · Reviewed on
Smart Teachers was recommended to me by a friend who had had a positive experience with them, and in particular she recommended Daniel Stuart. I have been with them since the beginning of this year and am extremely happy with the service that has been provided. Right from the very first meeting, Dan was very personable. He is genuine, very proactive, and works really hard to ensure you have work and the type of work you prefer. He takes his time to really get to know you and is very honest. My time with the agency could not have been better. I thoroughly enjoyed the various schools I was placed in, and absolutely loved my long term placement in a special needs school - which was Dan's very appropriate suggestion (based on some of my experience in mainstream school). Through the agency I have now also found a fantastic primary school for September which really suits my personality and beliefs about education and the working culture in our schools. Thanks to Dan/Smart Teachers my time away from a permanent position has rejuvenated me, and enabled me to have a break from being a permanent class teacher while simultaneously growing to love what I do again. I left my old job questioning whether or not I should be teaching (after more than 20 years of working passionately in the sector)! But thankfully, through Smart, I have spent 2018 rediscovering that passion and energy. I always had work when I wanted it and was able to take days off when I needed to. I am very grateful. I can't praise Dan enough. And although encounters with other Smart staff were brief, I found the agency as a whole friendly and professional. I know there are agencies out there who offer higher rates, but I know people who have worked for other agencies and have not been anywhere near as happy as I have been these last few months. THANK YOU Smart Teachers!
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10.0 out of 10 Graydon Ivan · Reviewed on
I have been more than happy with Smart Teachers since I joined them. They've been extremely helpful with answering all my questions about life in London, how to properly move here, and what I needed to know before teaching in London. As for the job opportunities each day, they are great at finding schools that are a good fit for me, and are very considerate if you're looking for a long-term position, or if you're ill and need to take time off. They've been the only agency that I've been with, and I don't plan on going with anyone else anytime soon. I'm more than happy with Smart Teachers, and I would absolutely recommend them to anyone wanting to teach in London!
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9.4 out of 10 Melanie Jane Bankes Mortimer · Reviewed on
Excellent service, really friendly, probing questions so you felt they knew you. Really persistent on your behalf, a really good go-between, particularly Dan Stewart.
Amount of work9
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Quality of schools9
Personability10
Honesty9
Overall Service10
9.9 out of 10 Yemi · Reviewed on
I have worked with Smart Teachers for over two years and it has been a positive and a pleasant experience. My Consultant Dan was very supportive and friendly. He was terribly polite and was always helpful. I will recommend this agency to others as I was not short of work when I was with them. Compared to other agencies that I worked with in the past, Smart Teachers is far superior. Well done for the good work and keep it up.
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Rate of pay9
Quality of schools10
Personability10
Honesty10
Overall Service10
1.0 out of 10 Aa · Reviewed on
If I could give NO star's 1 would. I have been with this horrible agency for nearly 5 Months ! Guess what? 1 haven't even been cleared to Work!! Ive wasted so much time and money on this gency to no avail . It is WRONG what they are doing. All these True reviewers showing what the London smart Teachers agency really is- need to not sit back! What they are doing is wrong !!!!!! The consultants who are lying and stalling applications for NO valid or FAIR reason need to be fired. People who have been treated wrong by this agency what are you doing...? Send a complaint to the office or to your local mp. People are wasting valuable time and money on this corrupt agency it is n o t right what they are doing.
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1.0 out of 10 Angela · Reviewed on
As a graduate teacher I signed up with smart via seek. I received a phone call shortly after asking for location preferences and what my subject area was. Everything seemed great, the person I spoke with was friendly but after that first phone call, everything went downhill. I received daily emails with job opportunities, none of which matched my subject area or if they did, they were for schools that were well beyond the travel distance I had specified I was willing to travel. I'm a biology teacher and was receiving emails for chemistry and physics roles and the only biology jobs were ones that were more than 3 hours away. As a graduate teacher I was also getting emails for principal positions and head of department roles, positions I was not qualified for. Eventually I got sick of not getting relevant jobs emailed and so cancelled my subscription. This was done quickly by the staff but nobody ever queried me as to why I was opting out of emails. I feel that if they were interested in good customer service they would have asked for feedback. Either way, they were unhelpful in my pursuit for a teaching job and would not recommend. Hopefully others have had more luck
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9.6 out of 10 Naomi Mollenhauer · Reviewed on
I've worked through Smart Teachers on and off for two years and have nothing but positive words to say-they have been ever eager to find me jobs that suit me and give me what I'm looking for. I felt like they took the time to get to know me and they genuinely want me to have a good experience teaching here. They have supported me through the entire process of moving to the UK from Australia, finding work and then continue that support once I'm working with regular follow-up calls. I would highly recommend this agency to anyone looking to work as a teacher in the UK. I have been lucky to have had longer term contracts at schools that SMART found for me, and although I would have liked a higher pay rate (wouldn't we all), I don't feel I have been unfairly treated as they have delivered above and beyond what I expected of an agency. My agent has been fabulous: all my paperwork was processed quickly and they were able to send me in the right direction as far as getting visas etc. organised. From my original contact with them in Australia, through to signing paperwork in the office in London and then working with them all parts of the process have been smooth and made me feel like I was a valued part of their organisation. Proudly a 'Smartie'!!
Amount of work10
Rate of pay7
Quality of schools10
Personability10
Honesty10
Overall Service10
9.6 out of 10 Ebrahim · Reviewed on
I have worked with Smart Teachers for over 2 years now. They are very professional, helping and friendly. My consultant Skye is amazing and is always very helpful.
Amount of work10
Rate of pay8
Quality of schools9
Personability10
Honesty10
Overall Service10
10.0 out of 10 Kim · Reviewed on
Signed up with Smart Teachers in NZ before coming over to the UK. They were nothing but helpful and I had an interview before arriving in the country. Before the interview they gave me lots of supply work and were always helping me with schools I liked. They landed me an amazing job and throughly enjoying my time here. Elyse Rea has helped me throughout my time here in the UK and she has been amazing. I would recommend her to anyone and am very thankful for all the work she has done for not only me, but my partner as well. I would recommend this company to anyone.
Amount of work10
Rate of pay10
Quality of schools10
Personability10
Honesty10
Overall Service10
9.0 out of 10 Ch · Reviewed on
I've been working with Smart for almost four years now. They're a reliable agency, very friendly, personable and helpful. They seek to send me to good schools but, speaking of London, this is not always easy! I should say they pay a fair rate - some agencies will pay more but for me a good, long-standing and reliable working relationship is more important than a few pounds' difference. As they work with a huge number of schools, there's loads of work available if you're qualified and get good feedback from the schools. When I signed up with Smart, I was amazed at how quickly my application got sorted and how much help I got from my consultant. (I can't thank you enough, Dereck.) Also, what I really appreciated was that early on, they suggested I should also try teaching in primary schools, which worked out really well. Recommended agency!
Amount of work10
Rate of pay7
Quality of schools8
Personability10
Honesty10
Overall Service9
9.6 out of 10 Emilie Beck · Reviewed on
Very professional and helpful staff. They helped me relocate from Canada and figure out all the paperwork so that I was able to start working in the job they found for me on the day I arrived.
Amount of work9
Rate of pay9
Quality of schools9
Personability10
Honesty10
Overall Service10
9.0 out of 10 Anonymous · Reviewed on
Have enjoyed working with SMART. All staff have been helpful and professional. My consultant Jess has been fantastic. She has been really helpful and honest which is great. Overall I am very happy that I joined this agency and would definatly recommend them.
Amount of work9
Rate of pay9
Quality of schools9
Personability9
Honesty9
Overall Service9
10.0 out of 10 Yasmin Alexiou · Reviewed on
I've recently signed with Smart Teachers and cannot express how happy I am with my decision. The office is easy to find, staff polite, helpful and overall. The initial sign up with other agencies was far more laborious and stressful than Smart and they were able to place me (quickly) in a wonderful school offering a great pay for the location.
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9.1 out of 10 Hannah · Reviewed on
Working with smart has been fantastic they always found me work on the days I was available. My consultant Darrel worked hard to find me a long term position and always kept me updated on opportunities. All the staff are helpful and friendly from the beginning.
Amount of work10
Rate of pay7
Quality of schools7
Personability10
Honesty10
Overall Service10
Anon · Reviewed on
Smart teachers is the best service I have ever been to. They are very reliable and honest. Have a really high quality of schools and they are really fast with their communication. Definitely recommend smart teachers to all my friends!
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