I would like you to know that I have been totally impressed with the level of support that you and your team at Academics have provided me with. The speed with which your team responded to my first enquiry about the advertisement, was absolutely astonishing. The subsequent meeting/interview that I had with Daniel was one of the most thorough interviews I have ever had. He managed to get a really good insight into my experience and knowledge to date, which I believe has been really instrumental in you matching me to the perfect position at St Michaelís.
This has been my first ever experience of using an agency and I really donít think that I will ever do it any other way again. You and your team have demonstrated high levels of expertise and emotional intelligence in listening to me and dealing with me as a client. The subsequent success in the first interview you sent me on is testimony to your professionalism.
Please convey my thanks to your team and be assured that I have recommended you to other colleagues as I truly believe that an agency like yours really knows what it takes to get the right people into the right teaching jobs!
Sairah Shah, Assistant Headteacher
Academics are honestly the best teaching agency in the world! I came over from NZ in 2003 and joined many teaching agencies in London and had lots of different problems along the way. One thing that Academics do is get you the job that suits you and they work extremely hard to support you with everything you could possibly need. The support is amazing! I also gained QTS, which was stress free and so easy with Academics. If you want a good honest agency that doesnít rip you off or treat you as a number then join Academics you will not be disappointed.
Sarah Whinham, Head of Design and Technology
I am an Australian teacher and I wanted to settle in the UK. In order to move up the pay scale and be considered qualified I needed to gain QTS. Academics made this process easy to understand and even continued to support me when I switched schools part way through. Each step of the process was fully explained. I was given the opportunity to meet with other teachers also gaining QTS at Academics and Kay looked at my folder periodically to assess my progress and my next steps. Friends of mine have gained their QTS through schools and were not given anywhere near the level of support Kay provided. I fully recommend working through Academics.
I had initial, and then progression, meetings to discuss how my application was going; Kay helped me put together my portfolio (her knowledge of the requirements is beyond normal!). I was able to call and text at any time; if I had any questions about how to complete a form or where to place a particular piece of information in my portfolio Academics were there to guide me. Academics also visited me at school to liaise with the senior teacher in charge of the QTS training/university completing the final assessment. Academics also completed two of the formal assessments needed for QTS and were there to give advice on portfolio/presentation/lesson observations and plans. I also was given advice on how to pass the necessary skills tests. I would not have completed my QTS without the help and support of Academics in general and Kay in particular.
Academics is incredibly supportive of their teachers. I never would have successfully gained my QTS without all the guidance, support, and encouragement I received from Kay and the team at Academics. They ensured that I got started on the process as soon as possible, they guided me through all the paperwork, and provided invaluable advice and support through to the final assessment. Kay, a true and heartfelt thank you for all of your help! You really made all of this manageable.
I worked through Academics for two years, and I would recommend any teacher looking for a long-term assignment in London to contact them. To the best of my knowledge, Academics is the only agency that is currently supporting their teachers through the OTT QTS programme. After being observed several times and accumulating evidence from different schools I was able to organise my portolios in an afternoon under Kay's guidance. In the end the assessor from West London Partnership was very impressed with the final product.
Academics provided me with an excellent opportunity to undertake my QTS. This experience was both challenging and rewarding. The staff at Academics, especially Jonathan and Kay, provided me with limitless support throughout the process of undertaking my QTS. They provided curriculum planning information sessions - which allowed me to develop long lasting teaching connections, whilst also providing me with a range of interesting and adaptable resources and teaching ideas. Throughout the lesson observation process I was introduced to the 4 part lesson structure, guided in planning for and providing for the needs of EAL and SEN students; given thoughtful, complimentary and constructive advice on how to improve the teaching and learning within my classroom. Throughout my association with Academics I have not only made valuable friends, but have been enriched by people that I am privileged to call my mentors. The impact Academics has had on my teaching career is immeasurable; without them I wouldn't be the teacher that I am today.
I wanted to write to express my gratitude for a superlative service from Danny Jillions at Academics Ltd.
Within two hours of registering online (which was seamless) I was engaged in a long and searching discussion and within two weeks I found myself in a final shortlist for an exciting leadership position. I was most impressed that prior to interview I received several emails from Danny, offering words of advice or encouragement and offering the services of another colleague, Kay, to help to prepare for the interview. In the end, I was not successful, as the other final candidate offered a better match to the needs of the role. However, I came away from the entire process with a renewed confidence in the potential of a recruitment agency to be dedicated to candidates and to be responsive to each situation. Having worked as a Headteacher previously, and having reverted to such agencies in the past, I have never before found this level of attention to a personal service. Thank you very much to the Danny and the rest of the team there. I would recommend your company without reservation Ė and in fact I already have! I believe you have now obtained another large client as a result of my recommendation and wish you every success in servicing their needs.
Our school has been working with Academics for two years now and I have always been impressed by their personal service and efficiency. The recruiters have taken time to build up a personal relationship with me and sought to understand the needs of my school so that candidates that are sent are screened and this saves me an immense amount of time. Response times are quick and they have a huge database of candidates. I have been impressed with the speed of response and the high quality of the follow up. I have no hesitation in recommending Academics as they have always provided me with first class candidates and a very high level of service.
John Todd, Head of School