TimePlan Education

6.5 out of 10
118 Ratings

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TimePlan Education Ratings and Reviews

6.5

Overall Rating

6.5 out of 10
based on 118 Ratings

Amount of work

6.8

Rate of pay

6.2

Quality of schools

6.5

Personability

6.6

Honesty

6.5

Overall Service

6.4

9.0 out of 10 J L · Reviewed on
Absolutely fantastic to deal with! Nothing but praise for everyone involved. Friendly, Helpful, Always on hand to answer questions and have made the whole experience so easy and stress free. Couldn't be happier
Amount of work8
Rate of pay9
Quality of schools8
Personability10
Honesty8
Overall Service10
6.3 out of 10 Anonymous · Reviewed on
TimePlan is a good agency overall, but there is not much work this year. We've been working an average of 1 day per week.
Amount of work1
Rate of pay6
Quality of schools5
Personability8
Honesty8
Overall Service8
9.0 out of 10 Anonymous · Reviewed on
I think people need to realize that teaching in the UK, especially London, is very challenging. I've read a variety of teachers' opinions about Timeplan. Clearly no agency is perfect, but in my experience Timeplan actually treated me like a person, not a number. I can't say I had the same experience with other agencies. I think you need to keep an open mind when looking for the agency that suits you. Just because one person had a negative experience with them doesn't make them an all around horrible agency. I think Timeplan tries its best to take care of its teachers and balance their skills and needs with their schools. I had a wonderful experience with them and am confident that others can do the same. The majority of my teaching experience in the UK was through Timeplan. They got my completely set up before heading over and tried to ease me into life in the UK. We attended orientation our first week in London and were introduced to other Canadians (some of which became my close friends). In addition, Timeplan hosted monthly socials to introduce other teachers to each other. This definitely provided me with a support system of friends in London! While I was doing daily supply, agents were always able to help guide me if I got lost looking for a school. They would normally give me a "heads up" if the school I was going into was a rough one. Having said that, many of the schools I worked at with Timeplan were in East London which is typically known for being a bit more difficult to teach in. There definitely were some tough days, but to me it was an incredible learning experience. During months that it was more difficult to get supply work, Timeplan was the only agency sending me out to schools. Their agents were very competent and most were a pleasure to get to know over my two years there.
Amount of work10
Rate of pay8
Quality of schools8
Personability10
Honesty9
Overall Service9
10.0 out of 10 Sue Jones · Reviewed on
I worked for the Timeplan Surrey office, they have been fantastic. I had a telephone interview whilst in Canada and came over on their guaranteed work program. I started off occasional teaching which helped me get used to the way things are over here and when I was ready they found me a great LTO. I know that myself as other Canadian friends that came over were worried about the behaviour of students, but I found it no worse than teaching in Toronto. The office was always there to support me so I didn’t feel like I was on my own.
Amount of work10
Rate of pay10
Quality of schools10
Personability10
Honesty10
Overall Service10
1.0 out of 10 RobRoy · Reviewed on
I'm shocked at how bad this agency is. Since registering for work I have only been called once, and that was to check my general availability. I have given up calling the agency to see if there is any work because, after months of calling them, they haven't managed to find me even a half day. Having spent so much on a criminal background check, and the travel cost of getting to Tonbridge for the interview, to say that I am bitterly disappointed to be so out of pocket is an understatement. Thankfully I have secured work through another agency, but Timeplan are unprofessional in my opinion.
Amount of work1
Rate of pay1
Quality of schools1
Personability1
Honesty1
Overall Service1
9.1 out of 10 Ashley Nadeau · Reviewed on
Time Plan is a solid agency. Agents will help you every step of the way, and are always there to answer questions and offer feed back. Time Plan helped me cross over into the UK from Canada, get set up with housing and banking, and got me into the class room. Thank you!
Amount of work8
Rate of pay10
Quality of schools8
Personability10
Honesty10
Overall Service9
10.0 out of 10 Kirsty Jones · Reviewed on
I was absolutely overwhelmed by the amount of help, advice and support I have been given. The service was by far the best I have come across and it was very reassuring to get phone calls on a frequent basis.
Amount of work10
Rate of pay10
Quality of schools10
Personability10
Honesty10
Overall Service10
1.3 out of 10 AN · Reviewed on
I have to say I have had a really hard time with Timeplan HBB office. I was brought over for a full time position which was meant to start, then it got delayed a few months but I did a guarantee supply contract. Which i never received. Finally the job fell through all together and i got put on a reduced guarantee which. Which I was NEVER paid on. Every pay check there was an excuse as to why I wasn't being paid my full amount. In a 3 week period I was paid for 3 days of work. I was treated unfairly and was told that it was my fault that I wasn't working. I was marked as available every day and only once did they ever call me and ask if i could work and then they never followed it up. all in all a bad experience. I have just enough money for a flight home and thats about it.
Amount of work1
Rate of pay2
Quality of schools2
Personability1
Honesty1
Overall Service1
9.4 out of 10 Samantha E · Reviewed on
I came over from Australia nervous as to whether I'd get enough work and whether the agency I signed with would be reliable. Since working for Timeplan I have had nothing but fantastic service with them. They are so approachable, so if you're unwell or if there is any problems you have, they were always willing to go out of their way to help you and ensure you're having the best working experience in London. I cannot complain one bit about Timeplan and would highly recommend them to anyone who is unsure...especially Shannon, Devon and Adam at the London office- incredible!
Amount of work10
Rate of pay8
Quality of schools8
Personability10
Honesty10
Overall Service10
1.0 out of 10 Anonymous · Reviewed on
I agree with most other comments, espcially Anon Mar 29. Out of a group of 4 teachers, I only know one who had a postive experience and got a great school and even they concede that it was probably their relationship with the tp staffer that helped that happen. Shop around before deciding- and demand good service.
Amount of work1
Rate of pay1
Quality of schools1
Personability1
Honesty1
Overall Service1
10.0 out of 10 KB · Reviewed on
TimePlan Education is the only company I would head over to the UK with. As a Canadian moving to a new country I had so many questions and concerns with regards to paperwork, the big move and making ends meet. The offices in Canada and in the UK were more than helpful with all of these things and when I found myself in the UK I worked on a guaranteed supply contract happily for 1 year, twice. People who are not proactive and can't answer their phone are not made for this, but if you really want to work and are going to the UK to teach, they will work hard for you and make it worth your while.
Amount of work10
Rate of pay10
Quality of schools10
Personability10
Honesty10
Overall Service10
1.1 out of 10 JA · Reviewed on
Like many I registered with the Agency on the strength of the promises made re finding me work. The good thing about TP is they reimburse you the cost of your CRB. The bad thing is that they only reimburse you AFTER you have done some work through them. After 8 months I am still waiting for them to secure me a day's supply. I spent the first month after my CRB arrived getting up at dawn in order to be ready should TP call with a day's supply. I suppose it is a reflection of the market that I never got a call. But I am disappointed that since September my details have only been sent to 2 schools, and the most contact I have had is (a) to find out at the end of term if I am still available for work; and (b) to invite me to a social evening. My advice to anyone would be to register with more than one agency at the same time. That way if one is a bit hopeless, you won't have wasted time finding out how hopeless as the other agency will hopefully be getting you out. So on the plus side, TP is friendly and seems professional. On the down side, they don't contact you and don't find you work. At least that is my experience.
Amount of work1
Rate of pay1
Quality of schools1
Personability2
Honesty1
Overall Service1
1.0 out of 10 Anonymous · Reviewed on
Just felt I had to respond to the previous post, which I suspect was written by a current Timeplan employee. I am a UK teacher with years of successful teaching in a variety of subjects. Since I registered with Timeplan last year I have not received even one day's work, despite the agency getting me to pay for a CRB on the basis of a school wanting me for a free trail day, which they then cancelled Please DON'T use Timeplan. THere are plenty of other agencies. Save your time and money, and use one of the others instead. BTW I have also worked in teaching recruitment and recognise exceptionally poor service when I am on the receiving end of it. A truly atrocious agency, with dishonest and unprofessional staff.
Amount of work1
Rate of pay1
Quality of schools1
Personability1
Honesty1
Overall Service1
8.9 out of 10 BT · Reviewed on
I am shocked at the reviews of this agency as I had experience working with them for almost two years and started my registration before arriving in the UK. The bad reviews all seem to be coming from angry ex employees and teachers who obviously didn't excel in the UK and are now blaming it on the agency. Timeplan is a large agency yes- but they have been around for ages and really were the best I dealt with. I have friends that used them back in the early 90s and they were the ones that passed them onto me. Please don't let the negative reviews from angry ex employees of the company sway your view on this agency as they are quite good. They work with a lot of good schools from my experience and their pay may be a little lower than other agencies offer but when you get full time work at a lower pay compared to part time work at a higher rate - it makes sense! Please if you have any questions about agencies or teaching in the UK do not believe the reviews on this site.. So many reviews are written by the agencies themselves or ex - employees and it is just unfortunate to see as it does not really give you a proper view of what it is really like. I am more than happy to talk to any teacher about my experience and UK agencies and I would suggest that you talk to people instead of reading electronic reviews as they just really don't seem justified. Comment on this post if you would like to chat about anything I would be more than happy to give you more realistic answers about teaching in the UK and the great opportunities that came about for me after doing so.
Amount of work10
Rate of pay6
Quality of schools8
Personability10
Honesty10
Overall Service9
2.4 out of 10 Anonymous · Reviewed on
Massive agency I really felt like a number really unsupportive. Also pay scale is the lowest I have seen.
Amount of work2
Rate of pay1
Quality of schools7
Personability1
Honesty2
Overall Service2
1.0 out of 10 Anonymous · Reviewed on
In my opinion the Tonbridge office is unprofessional and deceitful. I had an interview with them last October and on the strength of having a school that wanted me to go in on a free half day, they convinced me to pay for a new CRB. The school cancelled the day before and I have not had any interviews since. They called once but in terms of finding me any work, have not been in the least proactive. In fact I have had more contact from them inviting me to their social events where 'the first drink is free'. I just want them to reimburse me the cost of my CRB actually. With respect to the glowing reports above, given the quantity of negative reviews, which all list similar experiences, I am more inclined to believe those than ridiculously positive ones that look like they have been written by Timeplan staff.
Amount of work1
Rate of pay1
Quality of schools1
Personability1
Honesty1
Overall Service1
1.0 out of 10 Anonymous · Reviewed on
Having worked in one of TP's UK offices I can understand where a number of these comments are coming from. TP has been grossly mismanaged for quite some time now and their office structure, where each office operates independently and in some cases in competition, the focus has shifted from "teacher welfare" to making money. It’s a case of “ship em in ship em out”. Placements go wrong because "managers" want to make as many placements as they can because placements equal money and contrary to what they say, TP managers are “on commission”. Come on TP, you used to be good.....but quite frankly you are s**t. Teaching Personnel in the 1990s and early 2000s spring to mind!
Amount of work1
Rate of pay1
Quality of schools1
Personability1
Honesty1
Overall Service1
1.3 out of 10 RM · Reviewed on
Timeplan are the most deceitful agency and group of people I have ever had the displeasure of doing business with. Please do not trust them. They only seem to have their own interests at heart.
Amount of work2
Rate of pay2
Quality of schools1
Personability1
Honesty1
Overall Service1
2.7 out of 10 Anon · Reviewed on
If you are thinking about coming to teach in the UK and working for timeplan... a word of advice. DON'T !!! Just don't do it. It may seem like a pretty picture is painted for you in the eyes and words of the agent but they are scam artists! They take advantage of the teachers they 'employ' and they are completely unprofessional in doing so. Stay away! Rather than going through an agency at all, just go through the TES website and just get a job straight through the school. It makes no sense having an agency make money off you. If you are a good teacher and legitimately can get work on your own (ie. have a brain in your head) don't play into this ridiculous game of teaching agencies. Think about it- no other country uses agencies that employ you after they recruit a position for you at a school. Sure, they should get you in touch with the school, but surely they should not be the ones that you work for. You should be working for the SCHOOL, not the people who sit behind their desks at an office that is 50 miles down the road. I urge you to get a job on your own, without an agency, if at all possible. I won't go into the full details of what happened to me or the other people I know that work for timeplan because I try to be professional, unlike some agencies. Just be very careful that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Check into the school's OFSTED results and make sure it is a school you are capable and comfortable working in. Schools are sometimes labeled as "successful and academic" when in fact, they have unsatisfactory ratings and are poorly run by admin. Don't let the agency fool you!!! Good luck to you.
Amount of work9
Rate of pay2
Quality of schools1
Personability2
Honesty1
Overall Service2
7.9 out of 10 Anonymous · Reviewed on
After working in one school for many years, I decided it was time for a change. The first few agencies were absolute shocking and was even put of teaching. Then a colleague recommended TimePlan, weary at first I decided to go to interview and was truly impressed from the first moment the interviewer explained everything clear and precise. I went away with every confidence that my agent would find work, which they did a few days supply at first, then a full time position which I wasn't happy in at first and my agent and her manager found me somewhere new instantly which I was delighted at. TimePlan Kent has given me back my confidence in teaching again. I would recommend them to anyone wanting a professional and reliable service.
Amount of work6
Rate of pay8
Quality of schools3
Personability9
Honesty9
Overall Service10
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