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Secondary teaching

Matching the needs of pupils to the demands of national objectives requires good people skills and a strong sense of organisation. Secondary teachers are confident, resourceful individuals who appreciate the varied and rewarding nature of their specialist teaching role.

Our Service

Our secondary teaching service provides staff through the key phases of key stage 3 up to key stage 5.

Our expert consultants work with more than 1,300 schools nationwide. Every week we ensure they have a full complement of qualified and suitably experienced secondary teaching staff. Our extensive database enables us to handle every type of vacancy, from emergency cover (an immediate response service) to a full range of permanent teaching posts across the pay scales.

We acknowledge that every school or setting has their own recruitment process and sets their own criteria for selection. Your specialist consultant will listen to those requirements, providing you with a cost-effective solution that benefits you, is bespoke to your school or setting, improves efficiency and enhances the service you receive.

Supporting secondary education

In light of key education reform including Every Child Matters, 14 to 19 Reform and Building 21st Century Schools, we are committed to support schools in recruiting expert staff, which plays a big part in the success of any secondary school.


Every year we build on an extensive national database of thousands of NQTs through university presentations, exclusive university partnerships and school ITT meetings. These teachers are available for selection throughout the year bringing new and innovative teaching and learning strategies into the classroom, fresh from study.

Qualified teachers including TLR roles

Quality recruitment of qualified teachers includes all teachers who hold QTS, whether they are UK or overseas trained. We conduct pre-screening and referencing, including a competency-based interview to aid selection and ensure you only meet the best candidates for your needs.

Our career management support and support of secondary teachers has seen our NQT and talented teacher database develop into TLR roles and leadership positions.

Curriculum specialists for core subjects (including STEM)

To assist schools to meet the DfE’s Raising Standards agenda – and in particular to support the National Challenge to deliver expert teaching of core national curriculum subjects – schools need subject specialsts to impact on the quality of learning and teaching in schools.

As part of the 21st century school agenda, schools are recruit subject specialists to deliver exceptional teaching in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.
For all of these subjects, the recruitment of quality teaching professionals has historically presented problems as competition for the elite teachers can be fierce.

We can provide a quick solution through our internal software, immediately matching your job description to thousands of job seekers online and on our database. External job board advertising is also a no-cost option. All are no placement, no fee options.

Our expertise

One-to-one tuition

We are working with a number of schools helping them meet their recruitment targets for one-to-one tuition, thereby ensuring students who are falling behind in English and maths benefit with one-to-one tuition with a qualified teacher.

We are also working in partnership with local authorities to provide up-to-date training for one-to-one tutors to introduce the initiative, outline the roles and responsibilities and provide support on planning and assessment, or to provide the supply of tutors to LAs.

Rarely cover and cover supervision training

From September 2009, workforce reform means teachers can no longer provide cover for colleague absence, apart from exceptional circumstances. We provide a cost-effective solution for short-term cover within a school where the lesson is pre-planned.

Our cover supervisors have a minimum of eight weeks’ work experience of teaching a class or leading a group and must demonstrate key skills before undertaking any role. Our cover supervisors can be recruited on a temporary – emergency or daily supply, long term or permanent basis.

In addition, we offer training for our cover supervisors or extensive training courses held with our partner schools for those entering a cover supervision career. These are bespoke to our partner school requirements. A number of these candidates then go onto a career in teaching.

Vocational qualifications

The 14 to 19 Reform has increased the number of education access routes for young people. We have an extensive database of qualified teachers, tutors and assessors to deliver and assess these. In addition, we offer our global database of candidates across a number of key professions including IT, Construction, Engineering and Retail to support these courses.

Information and Guidance (IAG):

  • Career advisors
  • Mentors
  • PSHE teachers

To support young people through the increased participation age of 18, through adult life and into the world of work, such roles are essential in secondary schools.

Speak to a recruitment expert at your local Hays office.