REC Audited Education gold standard accreditation for education recruitment
Equal has been re-audited and awarded the Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s Audited Education accreditation. REC Audited Education accreditation is the gold standard certification in the education recruitment sector and offers the highest quality assurance to our client schools and our teaching and classroom team members. This recognises our industry-leading recruitment, selection and vetting standards and our commitment to child safety in everything that we do.
Equal has been awarded the Cyber Essentials Plus certification. This demonstrates our commitment to cyber security and helps guard us against cyber attacks. It also protects all of those with whom we work, including clients, employees and other partners.
ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS)
Equal has in place an ISO 9001 accredited QMS. ISO 9001 is the internationally recognized Quality Management System (QMS) standard that can benefit any size organization. Designed to be a powerful business improvement tool, ISO 9001 Quality Management certification can help to: continually improve; streamline operations; and reduce costs.
Investors in People (IIP) Bronze Award
Equal has received the Investors In People Bronze Award in recognition of our team’s commitment to the continued professional development (CPD) of our staff team members. This is a testament to how well we all work as a team, our commitment to raising standards in team management, and our dedication to investing in the professional development of our office and teaching team. All of these serve to enhance the service we deliver to our schools and teaching team members across Wales. In the coming weeks we’ll be looking closely at the feedback given in our Investors in People report to identify further areas of improvement and measures we can take.
ESC International Ethical Ratings Cymru pilot accreditation
In 2019, Equal took part in the Ethical Ratings Cymru pilot accreditation process ran by ESC International on behalf of the Welsh Government. The pilot accreditation process and subsequent report highlighted the strength of our management’s commitment to championing ethical employment.
Living Wage Foundation accreditation
Equal has been accredited by the Living Wage Foundation for our commitment to ensuring that all team members working with us always receive at least the Living Wage Foundation’s Living Wage (significantly above the statutory National Minimum Wage) for their work with us.
Welsh Government & National Procurement Service (NPS) framework for education recruitment
Equal is recommended by the new Welsh Government & NPS framework agreement for supply staffing in Wales across all 22 local authorities. We are committed to paying the new increased minimum pay rate of £138.56 per day (PAYE paid monthly) for supply teachers. This is essential and in line with the Welsh Government’s fair pay policy for supply teachers. We are aware that a high number of framework (and non-framework) providers are unwilling to commit to the new minimum pay rates. We are liaising closely with our schools, the NPS, Welsh Government, local authorities and schools to promote this to ensure it’s effective and fully implemented.
UK Government Department for Education (DfE) & Crown Commercial Service (CCS) framework for education recruitment
Equal Education is recommended to schools in England by the UK central government Department for Education (DfE) and the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) framework for education recruitment. Since August 2018, Equal has worked with dozens of schools across various parts of England to support their long-term and permanent recruitment needs for teaching professionals, administrative personnel, senior leaders and learning support staff.
Codes of Practice
As corporate members of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), we abide by the REC’s Code of Professional Practice.
We are signatories to the Welsh Government’s Code of Practice on Ethical Employment in Supply Chains.
For more information regarding our accreditations, frameworks and codes of practice, please see our policies page and contact our quality team.