Teaching Assistants

Teaching assistants, often known as TAs or classroom assistants support teachers with a variety of tasks in the classroom. For many people, a teaching assistant job is a great way to enter the education sector without previous experience or a degree. There is a high demand for teaching assistants across the country with many TA jobs waiting to be filled by the right person. But how do you go about finding classroom assistant jobs and what is the process to become a teaching assistant in a West Midlands school?

First for Education has almost 2 decades of being the Midlands’ leading teacher recruitment agency and we have helped countless people to become TAs and find the perfect placement. If you have thought about moving into a teaching assistant role but are unsure where to start, read on to learn more about finding TA jobs in the Midlands

How Do I Get a Job as a Teaching Assistant?

The best way to get a teaching assistant job is to sign up with a reputable teaching assistant recruitment agency like First for Education. The first step of registration involves completing the application process before we can source the perfect vacancy for you. The application process is simple and aims at getting the most relevant information from potential candidates so that we can match TAs to the most suitable TA job.

Register To Become A Teaching Assistant

To register with First for Education, you’ll need to enter our registration portal and complete the online form. In order to avoid delays with your application we highly recommend you complete the details in full. The online registration form will need the following information:

  • Your full name
  • Your full address
  • Your email address
  • Your most up-to-date CV

When you’ve completed and submitted the application, you’ll receive an email notification confirming the receipt of your registration form. The next stage of the application process is the interview stage.


Teaching Assistant Agency Interviews

The next stage of the recruitment process involves a basic interview to assess suitability, which usually takes place over the phone. Once we have received your contact details, a recruitment consultant from one of our 4 Midland locations will call to conduct the short interview. You’ll be contacted by a consultant from the Frist for Education office closest to you and our offices are based in Stourbridge, Birmingham, Worcester and Wolverhampton. The consultant will ask you about any teaching assistant qualifications or previous experience you may have. Additionally, during this call, you’ll have the opportunity to state what type of teaching assistant role you would like to accept. So if you’re looking for part-time teaching assistant jobs or perhaps sen teaching assistant jobs, the consultant will take note of your preferences during the interview. When the interview has been completed, the consultant will send you additional forms via an email link. These forms will collect your compliance information and you’ll need the following details to complete the forms correctly:

  • 2 references
  • An up-to-date Safeguarding certificate
  • Details of any relevant qualifications
  • A current DBS Certificate

When you have completed the compliance forms, you’ll need to return them to First for Education before moving on to the next stage of the application process.


Teacher Assistant Compliance Checks

The compliance team at First for Education thoroughly check all the received documents to make sure the certificates and references are up-to-date and relevant. To complete the recruitment process, all potential candidates will need to provide a clean and current DBS certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service as well as a current safeguarding certificate (within the last 2 years).

All candidates MUST have a child safeguarding certificate to prove completion of the safeguarding course before they can be cleared for work. The certificate must specify either “child safeguarding” or “child protection” and it must display the date when the course was completed. If you don’t already have a safeguarding certificate, you can complete an online Safeguarding course with First for Education. In all instances, when the certificate expires, you will need to renew the certification by completing a new safeguarding course before you can continue to work with us.

Additionally, two references that cover 3-years will also be needed and you must supply original copies of all the requested documents and certificates. When you have returned all of the compliance documents and we are happy that all the requirements have been met, a recruitment consultant will be assigned to you to begin the process of finding teaching assistant jobs.

Find Teaching Assistant Vacancies with First For Education

When you register with First for Education, the act of finding your first teaching assistant job is easy because we do all of the hard work for you. We have an excellent track record for sourcing appropriate TA jobs and our long history of working closely with local authorities helps us to understand the needs of the schools in our community. Your assigned recruitment consultant will support you throughout your time with First for Education and will ensure you have access to the ongoing training we provide as well as free teaching resources.

Are you ready to begin working as a teaching assistant? To start your journey, all you need to do is sign up now with your full name, location, current CV, and email address and we will begin the process of searching for teaching assistant vacancies that’ll suit you. To find out more about First for Education and our supporting services, contact our team of professionals who are ready to help.


Supply Teaching

Supply teaching is the perfect role for someone who wants to have a flexible teaching career. There are a number of ways to go about becoming a supply teacher, but once you’ve made that decision, how do you find supply teacher jobs?

When it comes to finding roles in supply teaching, First for Education has over 20 years of experience as a leading teacher recruitment agency in the Midlands. Our job is to place the right teaching staff in the right roles at the right schools. So if you’ve decided that you want to start a career as a supply teacher or perhaps you would like to gain more teaching experience in a supply teaching role, then read on as we share how to find supply teacher jobs with First for Education.

How Do I Get a Job as a Supply Teacher?

First of all, you’ll need to sign up with a trusted supply teacher agency like First for Education. To register with First for Education, you’ll have to complete a process of application before we can help source the perfect short or long-term supply teaching jobs for you. The stages are straightforward and allow us to get the most information so that we can find the most suitable teaching job for you.

Register for Supply Teaching

When you sign up with First for Education, you’ll enter our registration portal which is the first stage of the application process. We advise that you complete this online registration in full as it will prevent any delays in processing the application. Input your full name, email address, location and your most up-to-date CV. Once this step is complete, you will receive a notification that your online form had been accepted and you’ll move on to the interview stage of the application process.

Supply Teaching Agency Interviews

When all of your contact details have been received by us, one of our experienced consultants will call you to carry out a basic interview over the phone. At First for Education, we have 4 locations in the Midlands: Worcester, Stourbridge, Birmingham and Wolverhampton and you will be interviewed by a consultant from an area closest to your location. During this interview, the recruitment consultant will identify the type of teaching role you prefer, so if you prefer primary supply teaching or perhaps you want to work as an SEN supply teacher we can add your preference to your application. The consultant will also discuss your qualifications, rates of pay and previous teaching experience. At the end of this interview, the consultant will send you a link via email with another set of forms which will gather more detailed information. To complete these forms you’ll need to have the following information handy:

  • A current DBS Certificate
  • An up-to-date Safeguarding certificate
  • 2 references
  • Details of qualifications


Supply Teaching Compliance Checks

When the compliance team receive all of the documents to support your applications, they will make sure all candidates have fulfilled compliance requirements. At First for Education, we make sure that all applicants have an up-to-date safeguarding certificate, a current DBS certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service and 2 teacher references that should span a 3 year period. During the compliance stage of our registration process, we will need to see evidence of all documents and certificates to support your application. When the compliance team is satisfied that your documents meet the requirements, you’ll be assigned a consultant to find supply teaching jobs for you.

Working With First For Education

As an experienced education recruitment agency, First for Education has built a reputation for consistently finding supply teacher vacancies across the Midlands. We work closely with local primary and secondary schools and have acquired a good understanding of the needs of the schools we serve. Our consultants support you throughout your time with us and we provide ongoing training and teacher resources to help to enhance the skills you already have. So whether you are interested in maths supply teaching jobs or English supply teacher jobs, we can find the perfect role that will give you the best teaching experience.


If you’re ready to start working as a supply teacher, sign up now with your full name, email address, location and current CV and we will start the process of finding your ideal supply teacher job. If you would like to know more about our supply teacher agency, contact our friendly team who will be happy to answer all of your queries.