Best Practice

Handling recruitment agencies

At one time or another, all headteachers will have to deal with the recruitment agencies in order to fill a short-term or long-term vacancy. Slava Kremerman offers some tips

It’s 7am, you walk into the office and discover the message that one of your staff can’t come in for the next two weeks due to a back injury. What does this mean? Arranging supply.

You immediately dread the process that is coming your way: contacting the recruitment agency, waiting for a response because the agency “might have someone available”, hoping that they can get to your school on time, and finally, praying that they have the skills the agency promised.

And that’s before you deal with the often high and unjustified fees that quickly follow. However, if you follow a few tips you can get the upper hand back in dealing with your agency.

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