Frequently Asked Questions
Supply teaching can often be a daunting prospect for many, however, with a supportive agency who provides you with all the right information it’s a fantastic way to gain some work-life balance and job satisfaction. It’s likely you will have many questions that need answering before you decide to take this next step in your career. Below you will find a helpful list of FAQs from prospective and existing supply teachers.
There are so many reasons why Link3 have become the preferred recruitment agency for so many schools, teachers and support staff, including:
- The Link3 team have a combined experience of over 15 years in education recruitment.
- Devoted to practicing the very highest standards of ethical and professional recruitment.
- We will endeavour to always carefully listen, establish your needs and only then engage.
- Competitive pay rates that reflect your skills and experience.
- Link3 offer a wealth CPD & training opportunities including: Introduction to safeguarding, SEN, Phonics, Children's Mental Health, SIMS & Cover Supervisor just to name a few.
Vision, Mission & Values
Our vision here at Link3 is to become the leading recruitment partner for schools and academies nationwide, whilst providing a customer focused service, and always maintaining our core company values. It is of paramount importance to us that we continue to act upon our strong social responsibility where we can, ensuring that our actions positively impact pupils, schools and communities across the country. Furthermore, for both our clients and candidates, we are committed providing a director led service that is devoted to quality and integrity for all. To honour this commitment, we have created the Link3 Directors’ Promise, which runs throughout our business and sits at the heart of everything we do.
To see the Directors Promise and more on the companies vision, values and mission visit the About page.
Registering with Link3 is easy! Simply contact your local office to arrange an appointment with a consultant who will guide you through the first stage of the recruitment process. Online and/or telephone registrations may also be arranged, however, a face to face consultation must be undertaken before the registration process can be completed.
In order to best prepare for a registration with Link3, please could you bring original copies of the following:
• 1 proof of identity (Valid Passport, Birth Certificate, EEA Identity Card, National Identity Card, Driving Licence or Residence Permit)
• 1 proof of National Insurance (P45, P60, Letter from HMRC, NiNo Card, Payslip, Pension Letter or Benefit Statement)
• 2 proof of address, dated within 3 months (Bank statement, HMRC, Phone/Gas/ Water Bill, Council Tax or Government agency)
• Teacher Reference Number or Education and Training Foundation Membership Number (TRN/ Dfe Number)
• Right to work UK documentation (Valid Passport, Birth Certificate, Biometric Residence Permit, EEA Identity Card, National Identity Card, Driving Licence or Residence Permit, Adoption Certificate + NiNo)
• DBS Certificate (Processed via Link3 or subscribed to DBS Update service)
• Proof of Qualifications (Originals to be verified by Link3 Recruitment)
• 2 employment referees (Name, Job Title & Contact details are required for referee’s)
• Bank details (Account Name, Sort Code & Account Number)
• Updated CV
Link3 Recruitment are committed to promoting child protection and safeguarding, we are advising that all prospective staff/ candidates who are seeking work in a schools or colleges read “Part one” of the Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 guidance and Disqualification Under the Childcare Act 2006 ahead of your appointment. Both sets of guidance can be found here:
No, there are no charges or fees for our recruitment services.
Once we have established your requirements we will endeavour to provide the assignments to match your availability on a week to week basis.
Yes, one of the benefits of working with Link3 is the flexibility to your shifts. You are able to work anything from 1 morning per week to a full 37.5 hours.
As you will be appointed on a flexible temporary contract, your services are non-exclusive, allowing you to undertake other forms of employment and/or study whilst working for Link3.
All you will need to do at that stage is let your consultant know. We will then update our records to reflect your circumstances and contact you if and when you become available again. You will remain registered with Link3 until you express your desire to terminate your employment contract.
At your registration, your consultant will discuss all competitive pay rate options based on your skills and experience in the role applied for.
All candidates will be given a day rate which they will be paid on a weekly basis. However, if preferred we can offer payment on a monthly schedule.
In line with UK legislation, all of our candidates will be auto-enrolled in to a workplace pension scheme, providing they meet the entry criteria. Unfortunately, we are not able to contribute towards your Teachers Pension.
Candidates are free to opt-out of the workplace scheme once enrolled.
As per your terms of engagement with Link3, your consultant will provide you with an assignment detail form which will include: Identity of the hirer, date of assignment, location and hours of work. Your hours of work may vary based on the schools requirements, however, ordinarily a full working day would usually start at 08:30 am and finish at 3:30 pm.
At Link3 we need to ensure that every one of our candidates are consistently performing and are as well-prepared as possible, since our company mantra is that a “chain is only as strong as its weakest Link”. We want to ensure that every candidate that we place has a positive impact on the workforce in which they are working within. Here is some essential supply teacher advice to help make that school day a little bit easier.
- Get there early
There are a few key things that you will need to be familiar with, like the school’s behaviour policy, the teachers written plans, staff toilets, tea and coffee making facilities, and where you can prepare resources, so it makes sense to get to the school in good time. Leave yourself plenty of time to get to the school. Try to arrive early if you can as that gives you time to orient yourself around the school.
- Mark the work
In primary schools it is an expectation that all classwork is marked as a part of your assignment. This is slightly different for secondary school supply as you may be covering in a variety of classes.
- Bring your own resources
It’s a good idea to have suitable teaching ideas up your sleeve so that you have something to fall back on if you need it. The most successful supply teachers will build up their own personal library to resources and lesson plans to draw upon when required.
- Make yourself familiar
Get to know the timetable for the day, the school’s writing style, class rules for behavior, how children are expected to move around the school, and whether there are any children who need medication.
- Find out about routines
The start of the day is crucial to how well the rest of the day will go, so make sure that you are aware of the daily routine. Children will be reassured those routines haven’t changed and that you are in command.
- Have fun ideas for time fillers
There are always times of the day when you will need to fill short gaps, such as when a session finishes early or assembly is running late. It’s always worth having a few entertaining ideas, and a cupboard puppet seems to do the trick for some.
One of the common misconceptions about supply is that you will always be called on the same morning of the assignment. This is not always the case, majority of temporary work is booked in advance and you are given notice for a large proportion of your assignments. We do our very best to help organise our clients requirements in order to give you as much notice as possible.
Upon each assignment you are required take a proof of identity and your current DBS certificate. Without this information the school may refuse you entry and reserve the right to terminate your assignment on safeguarding grounds.
Link3 offer both temporary and permanent recruitment services. Whether you are looking for an NQT position or a new challenge we can help you secure your dream job.
Link3 offer recruitment services for the entire school workforce both teaching and non-teaching which is everything from Cleaning staff, SIMS trained administrators, HR, Site/ Caretakers to Learning support, Teachers, Senior Leaders and Finance/ Executive/ Consultancy.
With the support and guidance from Link3, yes you can. You will be offered a variety of CPD, training and voluntary placements in order to get your prepared for the classroom.
It is important to us that all Link3 candidates have access to CPD and training opportunities. We believe that everybody should be presented with the opportunity to progress themselves professionally, whether in permanent employment or not. With this in mind, Link3 have partnered with a variety of Education Consultants, Senior Leaders & specialist Education Training providers, enabling us to offer a number of comprehensive online and on-site courses to our teachers, teaching assistants, administrators and exam invigilators.
A DBS certificate is a record of a person's criminal convictions and cautions – carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service. This document was previously known as a CRB.
It is essential that all of our applicants hold or be willing to apply for an enhanced DBS certificate either completed by Link3 Recruitment or subscribed to the DBS update service. Without a current DBS you will not be eligible to undertake any assignments in schools. This measure is take to adhere to the highest vetting and safeguarding standards.
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