From head teachers to clerical staff - we can help with all your temporary staffing needs

We understand the pressure schools, academies and other educational organisations are under to find the right temporary staff – particularly at this unprecedented time when you are dealing with both the impact of COVID-19 and skills shortages. So why not take some of the pressure off by choosing to buy with CCS?

Our deal will help you fill a wide range of temporary and fixed-term posts in both teaching and non-teaching roles, and your buying decisions have the power to make your precious budget stretch that bit further:

  • great value for money and complete transparency of costs – schools are saving an average of 7%
  • no costly temp to perm fees after 12 weeks (with 4 weeks’ notice) – typical saving of £4-5,000
  • safeguarding standards aligned with Keeping Children Safe in Education
  • peace of mind of pre-negotiated terms and conditions that favour schools 
  • simple to use online agency selection tool to help you find local agencies that are accredited and regularly audited 
  • ability to still use your preferred ‘nominated’ workers

It’s really important to pay attention to the agency mark-up rate when sourcing supply teachers and temporary staff through agencies. It doesn’t just affect the rate you pay, it can also make a big difference to how much your worker will get paid.

Find out more about agency mark-up and the impact on worker pay

Blogs, news and case studies

“Thanks to your guidance I felt empowered to challenge the agency on their mark-up. I am so grateful that you shared this information, as I now feel confident in my ability to get value for money.”
Emma Searl
Chief Finance Officer, The New Guild Trust

About the agreement

There are 2 ways to buy that you can choose from. The preferred supplier list is the ideal option for most schools. However, you might prefer to use a managed service if:

  • you have a high volume of vacancies
  • are managing vacancies for several schools
  • are managing several supply agencies
  • Preferred supplier list (lot 1)

    This list is supported by the agency selection tool. You’ll need to know the type of worker and length of assignment you need. You can contact suppliers directly. Complete the short order form for each agency you want to work with.

    Find out more about lot 1

  • Master vendor managed service (lot 2)

    Master vendors provide workers directly from their resource pool or from other suppliers in their approved supply chain. There are several suppliers, so you’ll need to run a further competition to find the best supplier for your needs.

    Find out more about lot 2

Get started with the preferred supplier list

Find an agency

Our online agency selection tool will help you find suitable agencies in your area and view their mark-up rates. As the mark-up rates you will see are maximum rates you can negotiate to get a better rate. Not sure how to do that? Read our blog on how to negotiate with confidence for tried and trusted advice.

You will need to log in to the online agency selection tool using your DfE single sign-in:

You can also find a list of currently accredited suppliers in the documents section of the framework page. Please note, mark-up rates are not shown on this version as it is commercially sensitive information.

Complete the short order form

We recommend that you complete this simple form for each of the agencies you’d like to work with. This will mean you are ready to go when you next have a vacancy to fill.

Even if you are already using agencies on the Supply Teachers deal, it’s really important to sign the short order form with each of these agencies. If you don’t, you won’t receive the benefits of the deal, such as no temp to perm fees.

Knowledge is power

You’ll find further useful information about the deal and how to get started in this section.

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