Supplying only outstanding-accredited teachers to primary schools across North and West Yorkshire, the Leeds-based business expands its operations after growing demand.
Launched less than two years ago by former headteacher and Specialist Leader of Education, Lucy Patrick and her good friend Kelly Hall, Guaranteed Outstanding is experiencing unprecedented demand as it continues to support primary schools across North and West Yorkshire, supplying outstanding-rated teachers and support staff on a temporary basis. The company is expanding its operations and appointing more teachers for pre-booked and day-to-day work.
As with all good business ideas, Guaranteed Outstanding was born out of a need. In this case, a need for outstanding supply teachers to be deployed, recognised and rewarded properly, while enabling schools to keep money in their budgets to be used for their pupils’ education.
After nearly two decades’ experience in the classroom and working at a senior leadership level, Lucy was often frustrated by the lack of consideration, care and quality of supply teachers being positioned within her school. Furthermore, In mid 2017, following the birth of her second daughter, Lucy was looking for a flexible way to stay in the profession she loved whilst managing to enjoy time with her family.
Lucy said: “When I left my permanent role I contacted a number of agencies, both local and national, to find out more about becoming a supply teacher with them. As an Outstanding-rated teacher myself I was appalled at the daily rate offered to me by these agencies, especially as I knew how much the schools would be paying for 16 years of my hard work, qualifications and passion. Through some agencies I would have needed to work continuously for 12 weeks in the same school to be paid anywhere near an acceptable rate for a qualified teacher.”
These experiences led to the conception of Guaranteed Outstanding, which now supplies schools with teachers who have achieved the highest accolades from school leaders, local authority representatives and Ofsted.
Lucy continues: “We carefully place each teacher to achieve the perfect fit for both the school and the teacher. There are many excellent teachers who simply can’t commit to working five days a week nor do they want to spend their weekends doing hours of preparation. Many outstanding teachers feel they have no option but to leave the profession or feel deflated with supply teaching due to lower rates of pay, very little support and no training or development. But it doesn’t have to be like that.
“We want our teachers to feel valued every day and enjoy the teaching they’ve trained to do. We want them to be able to develop their skills while creating a work life balance that suits them. The positive response we’ve had from our schools and our teachers is testament to this and has surpassed all expectations.”
Sam, dad of two young children, who has been teaching through Guaranteed Outstanding since the very beginning, said: “Working with Guaranteed Outstanding has kept me in the teaching profession. I can work when I want, I have time with my family and I don’t need to worry about paying the bills because my daily rate is £55 higher than with any other agency I have worked with. Kelly and Lucy genuinely care about me, never apply pressure and never let me down. I am paid on time every week through PAYE so I have no payroll expenses to fork out. It’s given me the opportunity to do what I love while fitting in with the rest of my life.”
Such is the quality of Guaranteed Outstanding’s brand that the agency has been welcomed into the Noctua Teaching School Alliance and proudly works in partnership, not only to fill short and longer term teaching requirements but also to offer high quality CPD to its teachers through a dedicated professional development programme.
Lucy adds: “As well as supporting our schools, we’re equally as passionate about supporting our teachers. Not only do we offer high rates of pay from day one for every teacher we employ, we also take their continuing professional development very seriously. We provide high quality, regular staff training for all our supply teachers which goes way beyond the offer from others.
Guaranteed Outstanding is looking to give other like-minded individuals within the teaching industry the opportunity to continue to progress in their careers and at the same time provide schools with an outstanding service.
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