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Academics in Berkshire is a growing education supply agency for teachers and support staff, located in Winnersh Triangle. After great success across most of England and Wales, Academics branched out into Berkshire, Swindon and Oxfordshire to ensure we were providing a thorough and personal service to our candidates and clients along the M4 corridor. We provide daily supply, long-term and permanent teaching opportunities for teachers, both from the UK and overseas, as well as offering Graduate TA, Classroom Support and SEN TA positions.

The relationships we share, both new and old with schools across Berkshire, Swindon and Oxfordshire mean we consistently offer a wealth of opportunity to our candidates, tailored to their needs. The Berkshire Team have exceptional knowledge of education with trained teachers playing a huge part in our office and it is this understanding, combined with our extensive recruitment experience that makes us a market-leading supply agency. Our Berkshire-based consultants ensure to offer a wide range of roles across all sectors including mainstream Primary and Secondary schools as well as SEN settings.

Our office is built on providing great attention-to-detail and a personalised service to each and every candidate we work with. We are proud to represent Academics and we will ensure we do everything in our power to be your first choice of recruitment agency in Berkshire, Swindon and Oxfordshire. Call us on 01182145080 or email to register with Academics and experience our personal service today!

Abigail Ralph Abigail Ralph

Abi Ralph has been committed to her role in providing the highest quality service to both candidates and schools since joining the company in 2016. After specialising in supporting South-West London schools for 4 years, Abi moved internally to lead the launch of the Berkshire office and establish Academics across the M4 corridor. She has a particular specialism in supporting Primary Mainstream Schools as well as SEN settings including local PRUs, ASD units and SEMH schools in Berkshire. Abi values honesty and integrity above all and uses this to build trusting relationships with both her client schools and the teachers and TA’s she supports. Outside of work, she spends her time training in the gym and planning her next holiday!

Emma Colton Emma Colton

Emma joined the Academics team after 7 years working as a teacher for deaf children and is now specialising in SEN recruitment, a sector of Education that she remains very passionate about. Emma is fluent in British Sign Language and likes to put her teacher hat back on every now and then by teaching the rest of the office some signs. She is a big advocate for the deaf community as she writes blog posts about being a hearing person in the deaf community. Emma is a Loyal Royal since moving to Reading and goes to many Reading FC football games. When she gets some spare time, Emma likes to bake cakes and bread (which all end in disaster) and go on cruises!

Dan Clayton Dan Clayton

Dan joined Academics Reading after working in the sports education industry himself for 14 years. Dan has experienced first-hand the difference that excellent educators can make in the both in classroom and on the sports field as well as the day to day practices within a school setting. Since joining Academics as a Resourcer, Dan has been focusing on working with Primary & Secondary school teachers as well as mainstream and SEN teaching assistants. Dan is excited to expand his role in the company. Outside of the office, Dan is kept busy by his 2 energetic sons and has a passion for football and sport in general.

Sam Alozie Sam Alozie

Sam joined Academics after working in education himself as a Primary School Teacher. Sam specialised in Year One and Two, were he found the development of his class extremely rewarding. Sam supported numerous children with SEND, and learned how to effectively support them academically and emotionally. Since joining Academics as a Resourcer, Sam has been focusing on Mainstream Teachers and Teaching Assistants. Sam is now the Mainstream Primary Consultant for Oxfordshire and enjoys finding high quality candidates for schools. He is excited to bring outstanding staff into schools and develop throughout the company.

You could say Sam’s positivity has been built from supporting Liverpool and their recent success. Although, just like his colleague Cameron he is humbled by supporting England.

Lydia Allen Lydia Allen

Lydia joined Team Reading in September 2022 as the SEN Consultant for Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. Before joining Academics, Lydia worked for Children in Need, supporting children with SEN/SEMH needs, as well as working as an LSA. She now puts her SEN knowledge to good use, finding passionate teachers and support staff who truly want to make a difference!

Lydia prides herself for being organised and loves a spreadsheet! In her spare time, you’ll find her watching Gavin & Stacey and eating chocolate.

Natasha Vieira Natasha Vieira

Natasha joined the team in early 2023 after working in the education industry herself as a Teaching Assistant and ABA therapist. Originally from sunny South Africa, she moved across the globe chasing greener pastures and greyer skies. Her background as a Teaching Assistant has honed her skills of spotting great talent in the education sector and she now works as the office Resourcer where she connects talented individuals with their dream opportunities. In her spare time Natasha likes to unwind by watching the trashiest of TV shows and eating food with her chef husband.

Joe Harkin Joe Harkin

Joe joined Academics Reading as a Senior Secondary Consultant, having previously worked in Education and Financial Services recruitment for 2 years. Joe focusses on recruiting exceptional talent to work within the secondary sector in the Swindon/Wiltshire area. Specialising in Subject Specialist Teachers, Cover Supervisors & Teaching Assistants. In his spare time Joe is kept busy with his young son and is a keen footballer, golfer and Man Utd fan!

Thomas Stratton Thomas Stratton

Tom joined Academics Reading after working as a Primary School Teacher for 5 years. Tom has a strong understanding of the impact teachers and teaching assistants can have on children due to his own experience in the classroom. Tom is committed to working alongside exceptional teachers, teaching assistants and SEN specialists and ensuring that they succeed in their careers. Outside of the office, Tom will be found on the golf course, walking his dog, or watching his beloved Tottenham Hotspur.

Applicant Testimonials

Katie - Primary Teacher - Leeds
After speaking with lots of other local supply agencies about beginning work with them, Alison has the kindness and support that actually makes you feel like you can do it! She is very sensitive to ...
Amy - NQT - Leeds
“I decided to begin working with an agency after being unable to secure a job within the Covid-19 climate. Alison contacted me in early September and was keen to meet with me and find about my ...
Ryan - Science Technician - London
Academics is an agency that cares about its employees. I interacted with different members of their team, and was treated with nothing but respect from the onset. They are professional, approachable ...
Amy - Quantum Scholars Teacher - Buckinghamshire
I decided to move to England to help gain some experience teaching abroad. Quantum Scholars was one of the first programs to get in contact with me, and having their help along the way helped make ...
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