Continuing our series of guest posts from Microsoft Partners exhibiting at BETT 2017, we have a contribution from another partner who can be found in the Microsoft Partner Campus. TeacherIn is the app saving schools thousands on agency fees and ensuring they have the most effective supply teacher in place. The TeacherIn team will be in the Microsoft Partner Village (C300), talking to schools about how they can transform their recruitment processes, and save money.
Agency Domination – Change is here
Shaking up the recruitment space to better support learners
The world of the supply teacher is in the main dominated and dictated by recruitment agencies. Rightly or wrongly this is the “norm” and has been for some time. However, in an age of ever evolving technology to support education, TeacherIn thought it was about time for a change. TeacherIn have introduced the app to connect supply teachers and schools directly, and are thrilled that already schools and teachers are describing it as “disruptive tech”, and talking about the app as a “game changer’.
With over £821m reportedly spent on supply teachers in the UK in the last year, and STATS from the National Union of Teachers regarding poor pay for supply teachers, TeacherIn cuts out the middle-man, ensures the most effective teacher, and saves money. The sophisticated yet simple to use technology works similarly to a hotel booking app. It’s fast and easy to enter key requirements, and the intelligent algorithm helps to automatically shortlist suitable teachers for the specific class. Schools can then review all potential, pre-vetted and interviewed staff in the local area, including viewing teacher profiles and skillsets. In addition, the supply teacher has instant access to any specific requirements set by the school. This eliminates the issue of through no fault of their own, the wrong teacher being placed within the wrong vacancy. The direct impact of which falls to the learners whose continued learning is of the most paramount importance, after all it’s no good having a Key Stage 2 teacher trying to cover GCSE Maths classes, and visa versa.
Stephanie Bass, School Business Manager at Bridge Multi-Academy Trust shared:
“The app provides us with a database of local supply teachers and their professional profile, including whether they are experienced in the Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 or 2, and more. We have the confidence that all teachers have been through an interview and vetting process, including DBS checks, which allows us to quickly identify suitable and available teachers for the schools in our region. This ensures that our lessons can be effectively covered. This will not only make it better for our learners but also has a positive impact for the supply teacher coming into school.”
This however, is just the start when it comes to TeacherIn. Also available to supply teachers is the opportunity to access the Teacher Pension Scheme, plus there is a vast array of free CPD training which might not otherwise be available to them. The free training covers courses such as positive behaviour management strategies, strategies for students with ADHD, and many more. As a Microsoft Education Global Training Partner, TeacherIn also provides numerous Microsoft courses tailored specifically to supply teachers to help them teach with tech and further understand how they use Microsoft software in the classroom. Along with the app, this complimentary TeacherIn training leads to a more equipped and confident supply teacher and hence better outcomes for learners.
With recruitment remaining an ongoing issue and in order to best support 21st century learners, TeacherIn offers an alternative and a change. The impact of which makes life better for everyone; the learner, the teacher and the school. In a world that constantly offers more and more choice from every angle, surely schools and supply teachers both deserve the opportunity to choose an alternative option to an agency?
TeacherIn will be showcasing the app in the Microsoft Partner Campus at BETT, and welcome the opportunity to show school representatives and supply teachers the app, and explain more. Plus Stephanie Bass from Bridge Multi-Academy Trust will be sharing how TeacherIn is transforming their recruitment processes, on stand from 11.30am-12pm on Thursday 26th January. The team have various goodies to giveaway, as well as the chance to try to software free for a term, and look forward to welcoming you to the Microsoft Partner Campus. Visit www.teacherin.co.uk for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find TeacherIn next week on the Microsoft Partner Campus (C300), or visit their BETT 2017 listing for more information.