Frequently Asked Questions

Below, you’ll find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about getting into teaching or finding your next teaching or teaching assistant job. Read on for more information about how the i-teachers team can support you in securing your perfect role, as well as useful information for our placed candidates.

General Queries

Who can i-teachers help?

If you are a graduate with a strong academic background, and a passion for education then please get in touch. Ideally you will have some experience working with children or young people though this isn’t always necessary.

We also support high quality ECTs, those relocating and those looking for a step up within their career.

What roles do you recruit for within schools?

Our Graduate ‘Step into Teaching’ programme offers paid, long-term experience in schools. This is ideal for graduates wanting to gain school experience ahead of committing to teacher training. We work with a wide range of classroom based support roles, including LSA, Graduate Co-Teacher, Graduate Academic Tutors (range of subjects), unqualified teachers, cover supervisors, SEN Teaching Assistant, Pastoral Mentor, Inclusion Mentor, Behaviour Mentor and 1:1 Teaching Assistant.

For qualified teachers, we work on permanent teacher positions based on subject specialism.

I have sent in my CV, what happens next?

One of our dedicated consultants will take the time to review your CV. If we think you are a good fit for one of our positions, they will be in contact usually within 2-4 working days.

Unfortunately, due to the high volume of CVs we receive, we are unable to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

What can I expect from i-teachers?

i-teachers is now the most highly rated Education Recruitment Company in the UK on Trustpilot. We are very proud of this 5* achievement!

You will have your own dedicated education consultant working with you, who will discuss in depth your ambitions and skillset to match you to the best role for you. The will offer 1:1 feedback and consistent updates, and also provide tailored interview preparation based on each school’s requirements to give you the best chance possible of securing your ideal role.

What checks will you need to carry out?

Before representing you to any schools, i-teachers are required to ensure full safeguarding and vetting checks are carried out. Your consultant and dedicated compliance officer will support you to make this process as easy and as smooth as possible.

The checks will include ID verification, obtaining an Enhanced DBS on the update service, and references from previous employers or academic institutions.

How does the pay work?

Our graduate roles are paid weekly, in term time only. All pay rates are inclusive of statutory holiday pay. Please see induvial adverts or contact a consultant for specific pay rates as daily rates will differ depending on the role and location.

On occasion, schools will offer a permanent or fixed term contract directly with themselves, this will be discussed with your consultant and the school during the interview process.

What is the average wage for a teaching assistant?

Teaching assistant wages will vary depending on location and the school you’re placed at. As our teaching assistant roles are paid weekly in term time only, the pay may differ from a salaried role. To discuss how you’ll be paid or to learn more about a specific teaching assistant role you have seen, please get in touch with our team.

Does your service cost me anything?

Absolutely not. Our service is free of charge to all candidates, your salary or wage will not be affected.

Do you offer day-to-day supply teaching roles?

We do not, as we specialise in long term and permanent positions. Our ethos is to help our candidates explore careers in education and our schools with long-term recruitment solutions which positively impact their pupils.

When is the best time to apply for teaching jobs?

Generally, the best time to apply for teaching jobs for the coming school year is from February to the end of May. This is when schools open up their teaching roles and begin to conduct interviews. The end of May is the cut-off date for applying for teaching jobs for the school year ahead.

Applying for teaching assistant jobs may differ slightly. You may find teaching assistant jobs available on our site year round. If you’re looking for your next teaching role, contact us to find out how we can support you through the application process.

What does a teaching assistant job involve?

Depending on the school, the role of a teaching assistant (often known as learning support assistants in secondary schools) will differ. Your day to day role will be extremely varied, and may involve assisting teaching staff with lesson preparation. You’re likely to be supervising activities and making sure that pupils fully understand the lesson, providing support to pupils who need it, and carrying out administrative tasks. If you’d like more information about a specific teaching assistant role that you’ve seen on our site, don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss it with our team.

What qualifications do I need to become a teaching assistant?

There are many pathways into teaching assistant jobs. Here at i-teachers, we help university graduates to find their ideal teaching role. Whilst we do like our candidates to have a relevant university degree, we work with graduates from a range of subject areas.

Previous teaching experience is not required, as our goal is to help you to gain paid experience to further your career and help you to decide if teaching is for you. However, if you do have any experience working with children or young people, then that’s even better. We’re looking for motivated individuals who are passionate about making a positive difference to education.

Placed candidates

How do I submit my timesheet?

Please use your log in details sent from ‘in Time’. Here you can select your placement and days worked. Please enter 1 unit per 1 day worked.

Timesheets need to be submitted every Friday by 5pm.

Who do I contact if I am unwell and unable to attend school?

Please always inform the school as soon as you can, by contacting your direct line manager or by calling reception. Then let your consultant know.

Do I receive holiday and sick pay?

All of our daily rates include statutory holiday pay. This will be paid into your weekly wages. You do have the option to accrue this. You may be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), depending on how long you have been in your role, our finance team will be able to offer on advice on a case by case basis.