Support Staff Recruitment

Support staff play a very important role in the day-to-day running of UK schools. Whether working as teaching assistants, school administrators or in any other capacity, the contribution that they make to the education of children is considerable.  At Tradewind Recruitment we appreciate the job that these staff members do. We find qualified candidates that have the skills and knowledge to fulfil the duties required of support staff in schools and match them with schools requiring their services.

There are thousands of schools in the UK and the experiences you will have in them can vary enormously.

From very traditional, fee-paying, independent schools to inner-city schools, the range of resources available, expectations of pupils and teachers vary. However, what all schools want from their teachers remains constant - teachers who are enthusiastic, adaptable and flexible, with a 'can do' attitude.

Types of School Support Staff:

  • Teaching assistants
  • Nursery Nurses
  • Exam Invigilators
  • School Administrators
  • Caretakers
  • Librarians
  • Technicians

Types of Support Staff Roles:

  • Day-to-day supply is an excellent introduction into schools in London. Valuable insight can be gained into the diverse and unique way in which schools are run. Day-to-day supply will enable you to work with various age groups and in various schools within a very short period of time. Many schools require supply cover for sickness, last minute absences and course cover. With day-to-day supply you will quickly experience the diversity of schools across the UK, establishing which schools are right for you.
  • Long-term roles are for those support staff members wanting to take on the responsibilities of a full-time classroom setting. Working in one school for an extended length of time will result in you becoming involved fully in the life of the school. Long-term roles also offer the security of regular work.

Academic year:

Autumn Term 1st week in September to 3rd week in December
Spring Term 2nd week in January
Summer Term After Easter (April) to 3rd week in July (every 6/7 weeks there is a 1 week 1/2 term break)


Governing Bodies:

Department for Education
The Department for Education is responsible for education and children's services in England.

Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted)
Ofsted is the inspectorate for children and learners in England. They contribute to the provision of better education and care through effective inspection and regulation. They achieve this through a comprehensive system of inspection and regulation, covering childcare, schools, colleges, children’s services, teaching training and youth work. They are a non-ministerial government department accountable to Parliament. Their independence means you can rely on them for impartial information about education and care.

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About Tradewind

Tradewind Recruitment recruit Primary, Secondary and Special Needs Teachers plus Support Staff to work in schools and pre-schools throughout the UK.

Tradewind specialise in placing teachers and support staff in schools throughout London, the Home Counties, Essex, Birmingham and Manchester.

Who do we recruit?

  • Primary Teachers
  • Secondary Teachers
  • Special needs teachers
  • Cover supervisors
  • Teaching assistants
  • Nursery nurses

Our Testimonials

"Professional, loyal, hardworking and proactive"



Year 5 Teacher

Ealing , London



Year 3 Teacher

Hammersmith and Fulham , London



Year 1 Teacher

Hounslow, London




KS2 Teacher Bath

Bristol, Bristol




Cover Supervisor

Manchester, Manchester



Science Teacher

Bolton, Manchester



Graduate Teaching Assistant

Whalley Range , Manchester




Key Stage 2 Teacher

Clacton, Essex, Chelmsford



French & German Teacher, Suffolk

Chelmsford, Chelmsford




Cover Supervisor

Doncaster, Sheffield