Teaching Personnel

6.7 out of 10
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6.7

Overall Rating

6.7 out of 10
based on 283 Ratings

Amount of work

6.8

Rate of pay

6.0

Quality of schools

7.0

Personability

7.0

Honesty

6.7

Overall Service

6.8

1.0 out of 10 Anon · Reviewed on
I am truly saddened to hear all the negative comments about TP but, I find it hard to disagree. I worked for this cowboy outfit in the late nineties for a while and the pay rate was atrociously low back then. Nothing has changed! To be honest though, the supply teaching agency world is full of carcass eating vultures. Who can we devour today? Although projecting an air of civility and fairness supply agency staff are in fact only interested in sucking blood as they are full blown vampires and they secretly mock the "do gooder teachers and TAs" who are trying to help, enlighten and provide education and guidance to countless misdirected youth who are forced to undergo compulsory education. The state education system in England, from what I can see, is firmly entrenched in suicide mode. It is rapidly imploding because the school leaders have given practically all authority and real power to mindlesss policitians, most of whom have never taught in the classroom. The so called leaders have thrown ideals to the wind and allowed financial considerations to come before solid principles. Plus, and this is the biggest one, the teaching unions have remained separate, instead of joining forces and acting as one body for the interests of the whole educational body. We need to properly stick together, not just say "Im alright Jack sort yourself out", kick out the clowns and get the education system back on a firm footing. I am not really "having a go" at TP as such because they do what they do...maximise profit by any means necessary. They program their operatives with this final objective uppermost in their minds, wind them up and set then them loose for the day...bonus...bonus...bonus. These supply teaching bodies have low ideals and principles and are entirely driven by material considerations. What can we expect if we rely on them? Education is so important it can't be lumped together with any other system as it is the basis of everything else. Education needs to be free from the dictates of whimsical, scare mongering,fly-by, 'here one minute gone the next' politicians. We need to take back control. Br-ing on the EXIT.
Amount of work1
Rate of pay1
Quality of schools1
Personability1
Honesty1
Overall Service1
9.6 out of 10 barbara · Reviewed on
I have been really pleased with the service I have had from all the staff at this agency. I am registered with other agencies and teaching personnel are the agency that has found me the most work.
Amount of work10
Rate of pay7
Quality of schools10
Personability10
Honesty10
Overall Service10
1.0 out of 10 K Salle · Reviewed on
I came across Teaching Personnel in April and they promised to offer me work. This offer was work was on the condition that I completed a few trial days in schools so that they can see how I work/ what i'm like etc. I found it very bizarre that after having almost a year and a half of teaching experience, it was recommended that I do this. Then there was an issue with my ID which I was not informed about. I had to chase this particular consultant for quite a while, only for her to tell me that this particular form of ID had not been accepted by their vetting team. I then sought the correct ID from my bank and sent it over, only to be told (TWICE) that the vetting team wouldn't accept it because it was folded and the quality was not good. I had enough and I requested my money back. I have found another agency who have gladly accepted the form of ID I have supplied them with. They are processing the application as we speak. I say stay away from this agency or if they lure you in, be cautious.
Amount of work1
Rate of pay1
Quality of schools1
Personability1
Honesty1
Overall Service1
4.1 out of 10 Anon · Reviewed on
Staff do get a decent amount of work but I know for a fact that this companys north west branch make up the jobs they are advertising for on indeed. You will see hundreds of jobs asking for a sen teacher in an outstanding school here and a year 5 teacher there but in truth the job never existed. It was posted to.. 1. Boost the companies ranking in the jobs market exploiting black hat seo policies so the company appears first. 2. To obtain teachers for day to day supply. The odd job may be true but from my experience they probably aren't. Why not give them a call and enquire about a post and I bet "they've filled the role" byr sign up anyway. Finally if anyone tells you can't be paid any more as the teaching personnel will be at a loss it's a lie. I'd push it! I've known equally qualified NQT primary teachers ranging from £75-90 a day. No issues with the schools quality but what supply company would be picky over clienta.
Amount of work7
Rate of pay6
Quality of schools8
Personability1
Honesty1
Overall Service3
8.0 out of 10 Jodie Norman · Reviewed on
I have worked for teaching personnel for the last 6 years. Emma and Adam at the Hull office are fantastic and an asset to the agency.
Amount of work8
Rate of pay8
Quality of schools8
Personability8
Honesty8
Overall Service8
9.4 out of 10 Stephanie · Reviewed on
I have to say rosanna and Owen at London Bridge branch are wonderful , honest and very supportive. They have catered to my needs and requirements and I am now in a role until july. Fingers crossed for Sept. Thankyou guys .... Stephanie
Amount of work10
Rate of pay6
Quality of schools10
Personability10
Honesty10
Overall Service10
7.7 out of 10 Jemma Albiston · Reviewed on
They put me forward for lots of work and provided me with a really good service.
Amount of work9
Rate of pay6
Quality of schools9
Personability6
Honesty8
Overall Service8
2.0 out of 10 Anon · Reviewed on
I had a poor experience with this teaching agency. They are not interested in being decent human beings; all they care about is making money off you. The pay rate was, as I found, out from colleagues from other agencies more than £20 cheaper a day. They were able to give me a decent amount of work but it wasn't also suitable: once, I was offered a TA position for £80 a day! when i'm a fully qualified teacher with many years of experience. Once you're on their books, the gloves come off.They often don't return your calls or emails and may speak to you like you're an idiot: I suppose in their eyes you are, for allowing them to exploit you!
Amount of work2
Rate of pay1
Quality of schools3
Personability3
Honesty1
Overall Service2
1.1 out of 10 Anon · Reviewed on
I can't say much about most the things on here as I have given up with them finding me work!! Went to initial sign up and interview, gave me paperwork and got given info of DBS. Told me they only offer full time positions, I thought great exactly what I need! Said I'd get an email over next few days if any other paperwork was required for DBS. I waited 2 weeks for that email. I tried emailing several times. Nothing. After paperwork was sent off, it took another week to approve me for paying for DBS after I started work. And by approving, I mean an email just simply saying "yes". They emailed again that day to ask about a position a few miles out from my chosen area and I said that's fine. I applied for the DBS, and all went silent for another 2 weeks. Nothing about the position or the DBS was mentioned. The following week (6 weeks after registering) I got a call about a position in a different school in a completely different area. They told me it was a full time position, I asked about the hours, and she said "9-3" one day a week. Not sure how 6 hours of work a week clarifies has full time. I told her id been to a few interviews with schools directly, which she seemed almost shocked at. But I've been waiting 6 weeks - what else am I going to do? So she ended the call saying I'd hear back later in day about full time positions as a TA. I never got an email. I wouldn't Mind if there wasn't full time work there, just as little honesty and communications goes a long way!!
Amount of work1
Rate of pay2
Quality of schools1
Personability1
Honesty1
Overall Service1
4.7 out of 10 S · Reviewed on
Was going to sign up with the Southampton branch (as a teacher) a couple of years ago, but was put off when they wanted me to pay for a DBS check. As I was only interested in a permanent job, this made little sense, as I figured I'd get one for free through a school anyway. I've subsequently got a new DBS and subscribed to the Update Service, so thought I'd register with them after all. Whilst I'm still not particularly looking for supply work, I was absolutely stunned by how low the pay rates are. I've been told I would get £95 per day if I did supply. That works out at about £18.5k per year if I work every day. Considering the starting salary for a teacher is £23k, that is insane. HLTAs make more money than that. I know someone else who works with them as a TA, and her pay (which apparently includes holiday pay) works out at less than minimum wage on some longer days. Safe to say I will only do supply work through them if I get really desperate.
Amount of work5
Rate of pay1
Quality of schools5
Personability7
Honesty5
Overall Service5
10.0 out of 10 Happychappy · Reviewed on
Very happy with the Brighton branch. Lots of work when I want it, friendly staff, and long term work pays to scale, so I can't complain. I always recommend them to teacher friends looking for an agency to join.
Amount of work10
Rate of pay10
Quality of schools10
Personability10
Honesty10
Overall Service10
5.6 out of 10 Anonanonanon · Reviewed on
Decent amount of work but the rates of pay are appalling. As an experienced teacher I expected a reasonable rate ie my pay scale minus agency fees.... what I actually got is equivalent to £15,600 per annum! This seems to be the case with most agencies though and has been my experience with the other 5 agencies I've signed up to.
Amount of work8
Rate of pay2
Quality of schools7
Personability7
Honesty5
Overall Service5
6.1 out of 10 Leigh Morgan · Reviewed on
They have plenty of work, albeit in mostly tough environments. Rates of pay are very low now. Sometimes supply jobs, especially long term, involve all the regular classroom duties, but with none of the advantages; watch these! Supply staff are often judged harshly; children do not behave appropriately for most supply teachers, but you are judged on that and the agency will feed back. Agencies need to support their staff more for the money derived from their employees.
Amount of work10
Rate of pay1
Quality of schools4
Personability6
Honesty6
Overall Service8
9.4 out of 10 CB · Reviewed on
I registered with Teaching Personnel Southampton at the start of term and have been extremely happy with the service I've received (I've been offered work every day!) Unlike my other agencies I find that everyone is happy to help and I'm not constantly told 'they'll call you back.' I would recommend!
Amount of work10
Rate of pay9
Quality of schools9
Personability10
Honesty10
Overall Service9
1.0 out of 10 JackUCL · Reviewed on
I agree with all the negative comments on here. I am a recent 2015 graduate from a good university and signed up with Teaching Personnel at their main London Bridge branch.The male consultant told me that I had to make a payment of nearly £ 50 for DBS and was given the same impression that I would be promised work. I did so as I wanted to get teaching job and experience . However I have been waiting for more than 2 months but still my DBS has not arrived or been processed and no news of work from them. This agency is a joke and I would not recommend it to any teaching graduates or anyone with a good conscience. The male consultant kept telling me lies and kept asking for me to resend my documents. He said that he has been trying hard to find positions. If you sign up with them, expect bad communication, and poor excuses and weeks and months of chasing up your DBS and work opportunities. When you phone their london bridge branch to get through to them, do not expect an answer back. Please do not register with them as they do not treat wanna-be teacher graduates with respect.
Amount of work1
Rate of pay1
Quality of schools1
Personability1
Honesty1
Overall Service1
1.0 out of 10 Kelly J · Reviewed on
As an experienced, retired teacher I have to agree with all the negative comments about shoddy treatment, poor pay and poor communication etc. I was made to feel bad because I refused to work for a whole day for no payment whatsoever, simply to secure a temporary contract for 2 days a week! When I was paid for work I had to pay out expenses for each day I worked for TP. Also, after 3 months without work I have now been told that I need to pay out for yet another DBS check.Give them a wide birth!
Amount of work1
Rate of pay1
Quality of schools1
Personability1
Honesty1
Overall Service1
1.0 out of 10 Stephen Shaw · Reviewed on
I waited 4 weeks for my police disclosure only to find out Teaching Personnel had not sent the documents out. My application was also delayed a week for for a staff holiday. Went on a course that was completely misleading and something that I will never use. (de-escalation) The certificate was the flimsiest sheet of A5 paper, hand written!
Amount of work1
Rate of pay1
Quality of schools1
Personability1
Honesty1
Overall Service1
9.6 out of 10 Carolyn Jones · Reviewed on
NOTTINGHAM BRANCH - I registered with Teaching Personnel back in June, I'd never worked with an agency before, had only recently graduated from university and was just desperately trying to get into work. As I'm reasonably inexperienced, with only a degree in English, work was slow, but the company did their up-most to get me experience and set up a couple of 'low-key' placements (as I'm hoping to get onto a Teacher training course, any experience was valuable) Safe to say they went very well, as a very under-confident person having a phone call everyday I worked for them for a 'debrief' was extremely comforting, and I could discuss what I felt went well and what didn't - and they would put their time aside to discuss my days in great detail. Emma and Graham go above and beyond their roles and I am very happy to be a part of another agency. After working with several other agencies, I can honestly say hand on heart Teaching Personnel are the best at looking after their employees.
Amount of work8
Rate of pay9
Quality of schools10
Personability10
Honesty10
Overall Service10
1.0 out of 10 anon123 · Reviewed on
Absolutely awful. They actively discriminate against teachers with a disability-I have email proof. They lie. They don't give you a copy of your contract. They just want to make the most amount of money possible. Some of the positive comments on here seem to be written by TP staff maybe?I have no idea why a decent school would use them. Just avoid avoid avoid! And all the best with your education careers.
Amount of work1
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Personability1
Honesty1
Overall Service1
1.4 out of 10 Anon · Reviewed on
I registered with this agency based upon quite good reviews from this website. I registered in a p/house which was a bit of a sign I guess. The team were friendly upon meeting which was pleasant. The registration did take a while but it always does and teaching references can be hard to capture I appreciate. At the initial registration I said I wanted to do CS work and enquired about the pay, I was told it was from 55-65. Upon the full registration i was told it was 50. I told them to forget it as it was on TA pay scale and not as understood at registration. Also at registration while i wanted CS work the manager suggested she would call me for SEN work. I thought it was an odd remark. They would call you not for CS but for SEN work that you have no background in or request to do. That was an alarm bell. They do TA and SEN work alot I gather. I was pleased to be registered and happily awaiting engagement. I was then sent SEN training emails and told of the 40 costs. I had no interest in SEN work. I declined the training. I received another training email which I didnt see the relevance of again at 30 reduced cost. I felt the CRB was a cost non refunded and then emails about SEN training. I had the rate below what was discussed. At no point did they seek to engage me for CS work. It was like registering with a job agency but they were not interested in your goals. They saw you as a candidate for SEN work. I write this for NQT's to see or experienced. It may not be the same experience for all candidates but look for the signs they want to make you a TA or a SEN. Possibly they would have given me lots of SEN work but that was not what I wanted. I would be open minded on TP but look at signs of leading you away from your goal.
Amount of work1
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Quality of schools1
Personability3
Honesty2
Overall Service1
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