Now Education awarded SiR’s teacher agency standard accreditation

Standards in Recruitment (SiR), the UK’s first and only independent compliance programme for recruitment businesses is pleased to announce that Now Education has become the latest agency to be awarded SiR accreditation.

“Congratulations to Now Education” said John Randall, engagement director for SiR, “the company passed SiR’s general and teacher agency standards and is now an accredited education sector business”.

Randall continues, “SIR’s standards and independent process for accreditation are recognised as suitable certificated standards by the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) and National Procurement Service (NPS) Wales in their respective commercial framework agreements for the provision of supply teachers to the public sector.

SiR accreditation, evidenced by its distinctive quality mark, recognises companies that meet the highest standards in terms of their operational and legal processes. Now Education can definitively reassure schools and teaching candidates of its compliance and quality credentials, in what is a highly competitive market.”

Commenting on being awarded SiR accreditation, Lewis Atkinson, Regional Manager at Now Education said “Naturally we are delighted that we have been recognised as a highly compliant education staffing service. From the initial engagement to the audit itself, the process was very smooth and efficient. There was regular communication available when we needed it to help guide us through any required changes. I am therefore very happy to recommend SiR.”

Atkinson continues, “The SiR accreditation has been one of the steps which has enabled us to become an approved supplier within the CCS framework, this should hopefully give confidence to new and existing clients which we hope will lead to increased sales. We feel that the process, documental and procedural requirements to meet the standard has helped to centralise useful information for employees and support/enrich existing internal and external policies. This coupled with how we have used the standard to enhance our logging and development of staff training will help ensure that we are offering the best to employees and stakeholders of Now Education.”

Randall concludes “More and more recruitment businesses are seeing Standards in Recruitment as way of demonstrating their compliance credentials in a range of sectors. Our accreditation is recognised under the CCS and NPS frameworks, the National Association of Headteachers, TEAM, the UK’s largest network of independently owned recruitment and employment agents and by ARC, the Association of Recruitment Consultancies, as a standard verification suitable for businesses operating in all kinds of placement, introduction or supply capacities.”

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