Supply Teachers and Temporary Staffing (STaTS)

Recruit temporary and fixed-term teachers, education support staff and non-teaching staff for UK schools, colleges and education establishments. It is not available to independent (for-profit) schools.


You will be able to access a range of industry accredited suppliers providing temporary workers, including but not limited to:

  • teachers
  • educational support staff such as teaching assistants and cover supervisors
  • headteachers and senior leaders
  • admin, clerical, finance, IT, maintenance, caterers, cleaners and drivers

All educational establishments in the public sector can use this agreement, including:

  • schools (primary and secondary, maintained and academies)
  • further and higher education establishments
  • nurseries and pre-schools
  • other public sector organisations with educational needs such as local authorities, central government departments, hospitals and prisons


  • background screening of workers and safeguarding which complies with Department for Education (DfE) Keeping Children Safe in Education standards
  • after 12 weeks in post you can transfer a temporary worker to a permanent role at no extra cost (subject to 4 weeks notice)
  • compliance with Public Contracts Regulations 2015
  • consistent pre-negotiated terms and conditions 
  • transparency of costs: you can see how much the worker is getting paid each day and how much the agency or supplier is taking 
  • access dedicated support from our category team

Carbon Reduction

All suppliers for this agreement have committed to comply with the Procurement Policy Note 06/21: 'Taking account of Carbon Reduction Plans in the procurement of major government contracts' as required. If a supplier is required to publish a carbon reduction plan, you can find it on their individual supplier details page.

Products and suppliers

There are 104 suppliers on this agreement

Lot 1: Preferred Suppliers List
Use our agency selection tool to hire temporary and fixed term workers directly from a recruitment agency.


101 suppliers

Lot 2.1: Master Vendor (Contracts with a value under £2.5m)
Access a master vendor (single recruitment agency) who will provide all of your temporary staffing needs upto a cost of £2.5 million. The recruitment agency will use their supply chain of other agencies to meet your staffing needs where needed.


8 suppliers

Lot 2.2: Master Vendor (Contracts of any value)
Access a master vendor (single recruitment agency) who will provide all of your temporary staffing needs up to any cost. The recruitment agency will use their supply chain of other agencies to meet your staffing needs where needed.


8 suppliers

Lot 4: Education Technology Platform
Each supplier on lot 4 has a different technology app that you can use to hire temporary workers. Your chosen supplier will put you in contact with the temporary worker using their own app or online portal.


4 suppliers

How to buy

Buying from lot 1

You can buy from lot 1 through direct award.

If you are a school in England and already have a DfE sign-in, use our agency selection tool

If you are a school in England and do not have a DfE sign-in, fill out this form to request access.

If you are a school in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland or you are another type of customer, you will need to email the team to request access. We will then send you instructions on how to gain access to the agency selection tool.

To use the tool you will need to know the type of worker (job role) and length of contract you need. You will then be able to search for suppliers by distance from your organisation. You can directly contact the suppliers identified using the tool.

When you have chosen a supplier, sign an order form and send it to them. You can use “The Requirement” section of the form to further define your needs. You only have to do this once for each supplier and there is no limit to the number of suppliers you can use.

Buying from lots 2.1,  2.2 and 4

You can buy from lots 2.1, 2.2  and 4 through direct award or further competition. 

Direct award

You should only use direct award when you are certain that one supplier on the relevant lot can meet your needs more than the others. Check your organisation’s policy to make sure that direct award is a compliant route.

Further competition

We will always encourage you to run a further competition to get the best value for money. 

To do this, you should invite all of the suppliers listed on the relevant lot to take part in your further competition. For more information, read our how to run a further competition guide. 

If you would like additional help, contact the team and we will support you through the process

Once you have completed your further competition you will need to send a signed order form to the successful supplier.You should let all other suppliers know that they have been unsuccessful.

You will then need to agree an implementation plan with your chosen supplier. An implementation plan will help you to carry out the contract and is supported by regular update and progress meetings. 

Moving forward, all requirements for workers through lot 2.1 and 2.2 should be sent to your chosen supplier. For lot 4, you should contact your chosen supplier and use their app or online portal to hire future workers.