Frequently asked questions

What positions are available at BEST?

– Teachers
– Teaching Assistants
– Cover Supervisors
– Exam Invigilators
– Private Tutors

What do I need to do to apply?

You will need to complete an application form. This will allow us to gain a good understanding of your background experience and skills that you can bring to the position. Once reviewed, if your application is successful, you will be invited to attend an informal interview at our office. When attending the interview, you will need to bring three forms of ID, such as:
– Birth Certificate (with an official letter showing your National Insurance Number)
– Driving Licence
– Passport
– Marriage Certificate
– Utility bill dated within the last 3 months

I don’t have a DBS, how do I go about getting one?

Don’t worry, we can apply for one with you. One of the team will be in touch, following a successful interview, to arrange an application. The current cost for a DBS certificate is £46.

Will I need to be registered with the Education Workforce Council (EWC)?

Yes, to raise the profile of all education staff working with children, registration with the EWC on an annual basis, is compulsory. If you are not currently registered, please don’t let that put you off as our staff will be able to assist you with the process.

Will I be given any training?

Yes, all staff regardless of position are expected to complete several education related courses at Level 2.

When will I know where I am meant to be working?

This is dependent on the schools. Providing we are informed of their needs in advance, you will be called immediately to be booked for the duration of the cover. However, when last minute absences occur within schools, we will either receive a call during the evening or the morning of the day cover is needed. You can expect a call anytime between 7am and 9am, if the call is in the morning.

How do I get paid?

You will be paid on the 10th of each calendar month following confirmation of attendance at each school. You will receive a payslip in advance of the pay date and payment is made via BACS.

Do I get holiday pay?

Yes, as an agency worker you will receive holiday pay. Each time you work for us you will be accruing holiday pay. We then pay all outstanding holiday to you three times throughout the year, for pay periods including school holidays. If you were ever to move on from the company, then any outstanding holiday pay would be paid to you in your final pay with us.

How will you know when I am available for work?

You will need to record your availability, via our App, on a weekly basis. If this changes at any point you will need to update your calendar so that we can see your amended availability on the live system.