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“I cannot overstate how happy I have been with the service I have received from TARA. TARA took the time to understand the ethos of the schools within our federation and discuss my expectations of staff so that they could carefully match staff to meet our needs. As a result of this personalised approach, the quality of staff we have received, both teachers and teaching assistants, have been exceptional and surpassed my expectations of supply cover. The friendliness and professionalism of all of the TARA staff shows through consistently in all communication. All this and a financial saving for us when compared to other agencies we have previously used! I thoroughly recommend TARA to you.”
Claire Gaskin - Executive Headteacher of The Trinity Federation
We have been using Tara to source our supply teachers for the past twelve months. They have provided us with a professional and efficient service without losing that personal touch which is also important. Irrelevant of their hours (early start/late finish) it is always possible to get in touch with someone. We would have no hesitation in recommending them to other schools.
John Fletcher of Madeley Primary School
“I have been using Tara Professional for the past few years and have been really pleased with their service. Nothing is too much trouble. For us, when we need supply its all about ‘the person’; So far they have been able to send candidates who we have been pleased with and as yet, since working with Tara, I have not needed to use another agency.”
Dawn Cooper - Headteacher's PA at Elston Hall Primary School
“There are many supply agencies on the market, but our preference is to use Tara Professional who we have found to be so supportive and mindful of the needs of our school. The staff supplied by Tara have been very professional and more than met our requirements, in fact we have offered two of them contracts. We have used Tara for over 2 years now and will continue to do so in the future and would highly recommend them to other schools.”
Angie Risbridger - Senior Administator at Newport Infant School
“I have worked with Tara Education for the last 7 years and have been impressed with their professionalism and dedication to supply the right candidate for our school. Rachel James has taken the time to build a strong working relationship, she is trustworthy, reliable and always on hand to help so the best quality supply is achieved. I would highly recommend Rachel!”
Clare - Cover Coordinator – Shrewsbury Academy Trust
“We have used Tara for the last few years, and myself being new in place I have used Tara over the last year to help with staff requirements for a number of long term supply positions, we have found the staff there to be courteous, friendly and understanding of our needs. Our school has been very happy with the staff they have provided, in particular the quality of the MFL teaching staff we received. We have been impressed with the efficient and friendly service we have received, staff there are always happy to help.”
Michelle - PA to Principal and HR Administrator – The Priory School
‘I have always found TARA agency and, in particular, Rachel James to offer a very professional and efficient service. Rachel has acted swiftly when asked to find us suitable staff and continues to maintain regular contact with the school to ensure our cover needs are met’
Sue - Exams Officer – The Corbet School
“We have been using Tara Professional Recruitment for a number of years now. They have always provided a professions and efficient service. I would like to thank Rachel who works extremely hard to fulfil are staffing needs”
Alison - Cover Coordinator – The Marches School
‘Southall School have been using TARA for coming up to almost two years now and have found that their professionalism and attention to the schools needs has been fantastic. We are an SEN school with a range of teaching needs and we require staff with specific skill sets and personalities that our students will respond to. TARA has always made us feel that they have taken everything we say into consideration and have provided the type of staff that we look for and we have had consistent quality come in to cover. We look forward to more good years of service from TARA in meeting both our teaching needs and TA needs.’
Dave Tracey - Southall SEN School, Telford
We have been using Tara for some time now and have always found them to be most helpful. They go the extra mile to find good staff sometimes at very short notice. The staff are so friendly and approachable that working with them is a pleasure.
Sue Lowe – School Business Manager – Ladygrove Primary School
“I use Tara for the majority of the school supply needs, whether that be short term or long term placements. We have built up a rapour with the agency staff, who are caring, friendly and professional. The teaching staff that they send into school are a good quality. We have our regulars who enjoy coming back and we will always request. The rapour that we have built up with key consultants allows us to have honest dialogue as to the school needs and expectations. Issues are rare, but are always dealt with promptly and effectively. I would recommend Tara Recruitment to other schools, service they provide is not rivalled by other agencies.”
Sarah J Hickman, Business Manager, The Coseley School
“I use Tara for the majority of my supply needs because the teachers are professional, arrive ready for work and ensure that the pupils are offered the same standard of teaching as the students regular teacher, the teachers leave feed back for the returning teacher on progress, behaviour and rewards, We have continuity of supply teachers as who will come back time and time again.
In the rare case of any issues, Tara are quick to respond and the majority of the teachers are local and can arrive by 8.15 am if I need to call them in the morning. The teachers are happy to follow the Academy’s Dress Code Kirsty and Sarah are always on hand no matter what time of day you call to help and are always honest on the opinion of the supply teachers on their day at the Academy and If Tara can not find a suitable person they will let me know in plenty of time for me to contact another agency. I am happy to recommend Tara to another Academy / School”
Abraham Darby - Sue Collington
“I have been using TARA over the past few years for day to day and longer term cover. Staff at TARA are always very friendly but professional, and I feel that they have a good understanding of my priorities. I know that when they are unable to provide the calibre of teacher I need, they are honest about it. I have found that some agencies are keen to send a teacher at any cost, regardless of their suitability- not so with TARA. We have had some lovely teachers come through our doors and we have been able to build up a really good relationship. I am sure that other schools will find the staff as helpful and efficient as I do, and I have no hesitation in recommending TARA Professional.”
Bridgnorth Endowed School - Supply Co-Ordinator Jill Pardoe
“Kirsty has developed a company that offers friendly, efficient, and caring service. They care about ‘getting it right’ and take the time to work with you, listening to your requirements, ensuring that the needs of the school and its pupils are carefully matched to the candidates they supply. They are open, honest and accurate in the assessment of their candidates; certainly the quality of those provided have been of a high standard and those on long term assignments have proved to be as effective and committed as if they were employed direct. Immediate assistance with last minute supply requests is efficient and is refreshingly honest when confirming availability of supply to meet requirements. Their tariffs are very fair – reflecting a pay for what is used pricing structure. Administration is efficient and accurate. If occasional adjustments are required, these are always dealt with swiftly. TARA are calm and reassuring, and do not cold call for business – instead focussing on providing tailored support whenever you call. I would not hesitate to recommend Tara Professional Recruitment for your supply requirements.”
Cover Officer – Deborah Lawford, The Weston Road Academy, Stafford
“The staff at Tara have taken the time to get to know our needs and respond well to them. We use them regularly because they provide good quality cover staff to meet our needs. The service they offer is friendly but professional.”
Ian- Head Teacher, Kingsmead Technology
“TARA has been the most efficient, approachable and cost-effective agency that we have used. The supply staff have been of the highest quality and willing to support our students as if they worked here full time. Kirsty, I am sure never goes home as she is always at the end of the phone even at 7am and sometimes earlier. They try exceptionally hard to match the staff to the student and school needs. This year has been very busy for us and TARA do not leave me wondering if they have staff or not. They know immediately if they can get staff to me on time and of the correct subject and ability. They are unflappable a real saving grace on a high absentee day/week/term. I use TARA as my first port of call.”
Kristy Barratt – Telford Park School (Formally Lakeside Academy)
“We have used TARA to source staff for a number of long term supply positions over the last 2 years and have found the staff there to be courteous, friendly and understanding of our need to employ the right people. We have been very happy with the staff thay have provided, and with the efficient and friendly service we have received.”
Pete Johnstone - Head Teacher Belvidere School, Shrewsbury
“Tara provide a professional and efficient service, with excellent quality teachers and learning cover supervisors. I will continue to use their services and always recommend them to others”
Telford Langley Academy
“We have been using Tara recruitment for the last year to provide supply teachers, cover supervisors and long or short term subject specific cover advice. We have found them to be a most helpful, efficient and prompt service provider. All aspects of Tara meet the strict agency standards that we demand – from accurately identifying our needs and ensuring we are only supplied with the highest standard of staff to guarantee their staff match the post’s required needs at a competitive rate. All staff security clearance data arrives prior to their teachers attending site and conforms to strict regulations in an easy to identify format.”
Supply Co-ordinator - Holy Trinity Academy
“We have been very impressed by the quality of the service and the personal attention that we have received. TARA really provides a readily available link which is important not only on a day-to-day basis; but also that they are willing and able to facilitate a high quality service for other longer term needs. Instant contact and face to face meetings not only endorse high quality but also that they care”
Robert Hatch - Shropshire Secondary Head Teacher
“Tara Professional Recruitment offer a reliable, professional service with a really personal and friendly side. The supply staff we have had have all been high quality teachers with good and professional attitudes towards both students and staff. Tara are one of only two agencies I now regularly use and I would have no hesitation in recommending them to other schools.”
Penny Jolley - PA to HT Telford Park School
Marlon and the team at TARA provided me with an exceptional service during my search for my ideal teaching role. Not only did Marlon provide me with great opportunities, but he also spoke to me regularly, assisting and advising me when I had the difficult choice to make of which role I should accept. Due to the help of TARA, I was in the fortunate position to be offered 5 job interviews for permanent positions in schools within the same week. Before joining TARA, Marlon worked in Education which means that his connections and his ability to find candidates the right role is second to none. Both he and the team offered me a personalised service which resulted in me feeling supported throughout my job seeking phase. His dedication and drive to find the best post for me was what enabled me to receive the job I have today. Both TARA and I worked as a team, looking for the ideal role for me. I had access to the roles which were advertised in the commonly searched teaching recruitment sites, however Marlon was able to find me a position that hadn’t even been advertised due to his unique relationships with schools. If you are considering signing up with TARA, I would whole heartedly recommend that to you. They will be able to offer you with a breadth of choices that may not be available to you without them. They will give you their time, dedication and their resources in order to ensure you get the best opportunities in your search for a teaching role.
Beth - Teacher of English
Coming across Tara almost by chance, I have never looked back after the first contact. Initial contact and conversations were thorough and very professional, and so it remained throughout. Great care was taken to understand my situation, needs and plans from the outset. Very quickly, I was being presented with leads for possible permanent positions by Marlon, who was excellent throughout, while the supply teaching team found me work almost without fail; far more so than a bigger, national agency with whom I was also registered. Tara outperformed the competition in each department and I would wholeheartedly recommend their services.
Tim - Teacher of History
Applying for jobs after being made redundant has been very difficult. I saw a role on Indeed for a Cover Supervisor and felt I may have a chance. I was contacted by Rachel at Tara Education the very same day who invited me to the office to discuss the role. The role was to supervise classes in Secondary schools, I don’t have any teaching degree or LSA experience, however I do have Management and Leadership level 5. well I will have a go at anything but this seemed like a challenge I was very worried about. After filling in the forms all I had to do was wait for a call from Rachel first thing in a morning to cover sickness in Schools. I must admit the first week of calling every morning I turned work down as I was very apprehensive about going to different schools each day, not knowing what I was going to be met with. I took the bull by the horns and decided to give it a go, there was nothing to lose. I was given my first assignment at Idsall School turning up never being there before was very daunting. I was given a timetable for that day and went to my first class. Every morning since I have been contacted to cover sickness in various school from Church Stretton to Telford and surrounding areas. I have had some good feedback from LSA I have worked with who cannot believe that I have only been doing this role for 3 weeks. I would love it if I was offered a long-term contract from one of the schools. I am really enjoying the flexibility around this role and hope to continue for some time. Thanks Rachel and the team for being so supportive, friendly, Professional and great people to work with.
Wendy Bostock - Cover Supervisor
I’ve worked for Tara for a few months now and have been sent to many different schools across Shropshire - some more challenging then others. The Guys in the office are amazing and will always be there for me when I need advice, support. They will always make time for a chat and a cuppa if needs be! I have worked with all different key stages and abilities and have worked with other staff from Tara in different schools, making me an all round teacher/ Supply. I could not recommend Tara enough! I love working with them and will continue into the future!
Shaun Jordon - Cover Supervisor
This agency is very professional. The consultants are friendly, and approachable. They also make sure you are comfortable in the setting you’re sent to. Would definitely recommend this agency to others thinking about joining one.
Since leaving a full time job In a school that made me very un-happy, meeting a consultant at Tara, I felt a glimmer of hope. She listened to me and I felt she was genuinely interested in what I had to say. We are now in regular contact during the week where she sends me jobs for the week and wakes me in a morning where I go into schools last minute, when teachers are poorly. I often email her in the week to thank her for the work as the schools I work in are lovely, welcoming and supportive. I always thought having lots of new sets of children each day would be daunting but with a drama background I throw myself into it and love seeing new faces every day, when I get to see them for a second time I leap out of bed! I have gained so much experience in a range of different schools and settings around Telford and Wolverhampton and I am now loving what I do again! I even enjoy the marking again! It’s crazy. I want to thank the staff at TARA for being so approachable and friendly. They make me so happy I chose their company. Thanks so much for making me feel like I can do anything !
I have worked with Tara Professional Recruitment for 4 years, they are reliable and they have always found me long term posts throughout this period of time. The staff at Tara are always helpful, friendly, eager to please and on hand if required. Thank you for meeting my teaching requirements and having faith in me to offer me other opportunities within the secondary schools you provide teachers for.
Dawn, Secondary School Teacher
It has been with great pleasure to work with an ethical recruitment consultancy who are true to their word and put teachers in the right placements at the right time. Queries are handled effectively and efficiently with regular feedback. James Gill has been a tremendous consultant to work with who I would highly recommend, he works with integrity and commitment at all times as well as a calm and professional approach with his clients.
Rebecca - Secondary School Teacher
Joining TARA has been an all-round positive experience. From my initial meeting I immediately realised that the staff were there to support me with finding teaching roles that suited my specific requirements, even if these changed week by week! I required maximum flexibility with my hours whilst juggling my family and running a business and the TARA team have allowed me to do just that.
The support has pretty much been around the clock, always on hand to answer questions that I may have. I have also felt extremely valued with my consultant, always offering thanks and praise, even when I have often felt it should be me offering thanks.
Overall I would not hesitate joining TARA if you long to teach more flexible days/hours surrounded by positivity and overall genuinely helpful, communicative people.
Thank you for all your support. Debbie
“Tara Professional have supported me greatly in finding the perfect job to suit my requirements, quickly and promptly. I felt valued working through TARA and that my employment was in their highest interest in comparison to larger agencies I have previously been with, where I felt as though I was just another number to them. The staff are very friendly and approachable, where my adviser Sara is still in regular contact even after finding me employment to ensure that I remain satisfied within the work that she has found me. Would highly recommend!”
Shaz - Cover Supervisor
“To have Sara as an agent, makes you feel special. Not only did she find me a dream job, she also calls in weekly for a catch up! You are by no means ‘just another number’. She is always the other end of the phone to answer any queries I may have. Sara is always happy to speak with me and never makes me feel unimportant, despite how busy she may be and how broad my question is. I would recommend Sara to anyone who is searching for a job!”
Taylor - Cover Supervisor
“I have worked for TARA for about 2 years now and they have shown a fantastic ability to listen. Everyone is very clear about what kind of work I am looking for and this is explained to the schools where I often work. The team is professional in every sense of the word and extremely welcoming. I couldn’t be happier with the service that they provide. Many thanks!”
Helen - Secondary Supply Teacher
“Leaving the security of a full time teaching position and signing up with a supply agency can be frightening. You worry about financial stability, you worry about working in challenging schools, you worry about adapting to different systems and so many other things. I have been a teacher for fifteen years in a core subject and after working for Tara for the past four months in a daily supply capacity I find myself in a position where I am now reluctant to go back!
I am no longer awake at night writing lists of all the things I need to do, I no longer have anxiety over meeting looming deadlines for coursework, data and reports that are all due by the end of the week. I find myself smiling in the classroom and joking with the students. I find myself enjoying my job again.
I can still help students progress as I am teaching my subject specialism, I can still contribute to the department because I have a plethora of resources on my hard drive that I can use - to save the head of department running around photocopying at the tenth hour.
The best part of working for an agency like Tara is they use a core group of schools and if you are a good teacher, you become indispensable. You go to the same schools and know their systems and their students and also other staff; you become part of a team but because you are no longer flying a million miles an hour you can take time to enjoy all that teaching and learning entails.”
Jo - Shropshire Secondary Supply Teacher
” I registered with Tara at the start of the year and was impressed with the ease and efficiency of the process. I’ve had assignments on all the days that I’ve been available and have been happy with how each assignment was arranged, I’ve found Laura to be friendly, professional and efficient, with excellent communication skills. I have no hesitancy in recommending Laura and Tara as an agency to work with”
Jen - Secondary Supply Teacher
” Working with Tara over the past year has been an absolute pleasure. I am most impressed by the professionalism and personal approach in matching me with suitable schools. I have always been made to feel valued, as the Tara team take time to review my feedback and well-being. I admire their integrity in providing regular work and ensuring prompt and efficient payment. “
B Smith - Secondary Supply Teacher
“I have found the agency to be proactive, professional and friendly at all times. They are amazingly efficient and always at the end of the phone to answer any queries quickly. They matched me very quickly to a placement which fitted my criteria. Outstanding service. Laura’s have been a real joy to work with.”
Joanne - Supply Teacher
“Having moved to the Telford area from Norfolk, and only just starting Supply Work after many years in Full Time teaching posts, I was conscious of choosing an agency that I could trust. I have been so pleased to have found Tara and have benefited from their highly professional approach. Tara have managed to make me feel a member of their team, which was something I missed at first when I started Supply Work. They have managed to make me feel valued. I have found communication to be excellent and all of their staff know who I am when I speak to them. I feel that they have worked hard on my behalf to provide me with as much work as possible and I am rarely without work. It is all of these factors that make Tara different to other agencies that I had experience of.
I would highly recommend Tara to anyone who is looking to sign up to an agency that can offer both a truly personal and professional approach.”
Dawn – Supply Teacher
“The difference between Tara and the other teaching agencies is that they never make false promises, which lets face it is a common occurrence.
It’s nice how you are treated like a person, part of a family, rather than just a figure! In a nutshell, anyone reading this and thinking about joining Tara don’t hesitate, just do it, as you won’t be disappointed.
I can’t say enough about the staff sat there in head office, apart from you really won’t find much better.”
Graham (SEN Inclusion Mentor)
“I have worked with Sara at Tara for quite some time, and was placed in some really lovely schools - some long term and some short term. After having been teaching for nearly ten years, I found the experience of working at different schools (particularly longer term) to be extremely beneficial in terms of my career, as it was useful to see how different schools worked, and what worked well in terms of teaching particular units of work and how pupils are assessed. Also, if a position ever comes up at a school you have worked at, you have first hand experience of what it is like to work there. It’s also great to have some freedom and flexibility.
I was invited to go and visit Stuart Bathurst Catholic High School earlier on in the year, and loved the school immediately! I was lucky enough to gain the position of Head of KS5 English, a role I am really excited and enthusiastic about, as I feel ready to take the next step forward with my career. I am so glad that Sara put me forward for this role - she seemed to just know that I would be well matched to the school and thought that I would really like it - and she was right! I feel that Sara has a particular talent for matching certain teachers up with specific schools.
Unlike other agencies, the Tara team as a whole really takes time to get to really know you, and find out what your personality is like, before placing you in a school. Equally, I know that the Tara team spend time doing visits to schools. Other agencies will just place you anywhere, just so they get the fee. However, Tara will not just send you anywhere; they would rather lose the fee, if they think the teacher and school will not be well matched. This proves that they really do care about their school and teachers’ needs and the environment you would work best in. What sets Tara apart from other agencies is that they are a small agency and not part of a large chain of national agencies. They have the personal touch and are always available if you either need to pop in, or speak to them on the phone. You do not just feel like a number - they genuinely do care about you. When deciding to go and do supply, I asked a couple of colleagues who they would recommend, and they all said Tara. Equally, when I have gone into schools and met other teachers on supply through Tara, they have said how impressed they have been by them. They have a really great reputation amongst teachers and cover supervisors.
Also it is worth mentioning the pay: they have a great pay/tax/expenses system in place. If you work a full day, you get paid a full day, unlike other agencies who sometimes pay you by the hour - which really is not worth it, if you are doing two hours on some days. Stay away from any that mention this!
If you are looking for some refreshment in terms of your career and trying something different, I would definitely recommend Tara, as it is great experiencing what different schools are like - you pick up so many ideas, even if it just for a week, which is great for your professional development. Sometimes, if you’ve worked in the same place for too long, then it can become a bit stagnant, so it’s good to have a change and experience new things.
If you are responsible for arranging cover, I would highly recommend using Tara. Whatever school I have gone to, they have loved Tara and some don’t even use anyone else! Tara has teachers ready at short notice, which are well prepared and able to get to school early.
Overall, the experience of working with Tara has been great and I cannot recommend them highly enough. If you feel that you need some more variety in terms of your career, and are considering doing supply, I would urge you to go for it! I left a long term position to go and do supply and it has worked out really well for me - if you are apprehensive about doing the same, I would urge you to go for it! You’ll never look back!”
S - Head of English KS 5
“Since I have joined your agency I have been in continuous work in marked contrast to other agencies. TARA is a very professional service, maintaining regular contact in a friendly and personal manner. I wish that I had joined TARA much sooner. I can foresee a long working relationship and would strongly recommend TARA to prospective supply teachers”
Steve - Supply Teacher
“TARA Professional Recruitment benefits from an ethos combining efficiency with care and professionalism with practicality. This is particularly shown via the concern to match the needs of schools with the appropriate talents and skills of teachers. Great care is taken in ensuring awareness of teacher strengths and abilities in considerable detail and applying these to school requirements. I have found the Agency very effective in finding suitable assignments for my own educational aptitudes.”
Edwin - Supply Teacher
“I went to meet Sara at Tara Recruitment with the hope of gaining some employment as a cover teacher for the academic year 2015/16 as I thought I had left it too late in the year to apply for a permanent teaching post. We began to set up my profile for cover teaching and I went away feeling happy and confident that Sara would be in touch with some schools needing cover within the next few weeks; what I didn’t expect was to be offered an interview for a full time NQT English teaching post at a secondary school.
Thanks to Sara, I will be starting as a full time English teacher in September at a school where there is a lot of support from other staff members. She kept in touch with me throughout the process, asking how the interview went and being very excited when I explained that I had been offered the job. In addition to this, we have remained in contact since then, with the occasional email or phone call which I believe proves that she is genuinely interested and cares about my professional future.”
Olivia - NQT
“I would just like to say a big thank you to the whole team for making supply teaching to be easier than I thought it would be. It is because you are very organised, professional and most importantly very helpful and efficient. Last academic year has been very good for me because you have found me a lot of work. Thank you!”
Rina - Maths Teacher
“Laura, I wanted to thank you for all your support and help. You gave me confidence when I needed it the most. You are a wonderful person and I want to thank you”
Debbie - HOD English
“I cannot recommended TARA highly enough. From my very first meeting with Laura it was obvious that TARA were different to other agencies, she listened to my requirements and was subsequently able to find me work very quickly. Thanks to this wonderful agency I’ve now secured a position for the rest of the academic year. I wouldn’t hesitate in using TARA again in the future.”
Stephanie - Primary Teacher & TA
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