- The TeacherIn app connects schools directly with pre-vetted supply teachers, minimising the need for costly recruitment agencies
- TeacherIn is live in schools across Liverpool, Cardiff and Cornwall, and is currently expanding into other regions across the UK over the next few months
- The app is free for teachers to sign-up to, and for schools there is an annual flat fee dependent on the number of pupils, saving them up to 25 per cent on what many schools are currently paying in fees
TeacherIn, a unique platform connecting schools directly with supply teachers, has announced its official launch in the UK, following its success in Australia, Singapore and New Zealand, where thousands of schools and 37,000 supply teachers are already signed up. The app is designed to help schools source supply teachers directly, cutting out the need for recruitment agencies, and therefore, eliminating any commission charges or finder fees.
The app is currently being used by schools in Cardiff, Cornwall and Liverpool and will be introduced into other regions across the UK over the next six months.
Currently, there are few options for supply teachers when looking for work, and as such, 77 per cent of supply teachers stated that agencies were their primary route for job-hunting (NUT survey, 2016). TeacherIn has been introduced to the market to give schools and supply teachers a much better option; saving schools thousands of pounds annually, and giving the power back to teachers.
Using the TeacherIn app is Stephanie Bass, business manager at Bridge Multi Academy Trust in Cornwall, who said: “There are no daily commissions or finders’ fees, meaning we can engage teachers for longer-term supply without the concern of paying huge amounts. The one-off annual fee is also significantly less than our usual annual recruitment agency total, allowing us to better utilise our budget and I believe that TeacherIn will be far better value for money. I estimate our schools will save thousands this year using TeacherIn.”
Teachers can create a free profile, which is then formally screened and vetted before a one to one interview is conducted by TeacherIn. They are then able to receive alerts and accept job offers from schools via the app. Liaising directly with a school means that every supply teacher will have access to the Teacher Pension Scheme as well as free continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities that they may not have otherwise had access to.
Schools are then able to search the detailed profiles by availability, subjects taught, experience and location and will also have access to video recorded CVs. They are then able to send out job alerts or requests via text and any bookings or information are automatically recorded. All of this can be done on-the-go, at the touch of a button, reducing the impact of the process on a school’s busy schedule.
Peter Carpenter, CEO of TeacherIn, said: “In the midst of a recruitment crisis, supply teachers couldn’t be more valuable. However, in the last year alone, agencies have pocketed £271 million from schools in commissions and finders fees. We recognised the need to give the control back to schools and help them find supply teachers without the substantial associated costs and, likewise, for supply teachers to find work without having to forgo large portions of their salary. Connecting the two directly means that the right person can be selected for the job, and schools can have the confidence and peace of mind that teaching and learning won’t be disrupted.”
The app is completely free for supply teachers, and while schools are required to pay an annual flat fee, dependent on the number of pupils, it will dramatically reduce spending; saving some school budgets around £10,000 annually.