TES HireWire: Transforming school recruitment - the feedback says it all

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TES HireWire is a completely free online recruitment service that is revolutionising the way schools recruit. From placing an advertisement to making a successful appointment, The feedback says it all supports the entire process, saving schools time, money and resources. The service also helps schools communicate quickly and effectively with candidates, helping them to recruit the best teachers and staff.

Following the successful launch of The feedback says it all by TSL Education earlier this year, the company reports overwhelming feedback from users about the positive impact the service is having in their schools.

What schools have been saying so far...

 "TES HireWire is an exciting service that is already having a hugely positive impact on our recruitment. It provides us with a real competitive edge in terms of getting back to all candidates quickly and efficiently." David Crowe, Head teacher, The Boswells School, Chelmsford 

 "TES HireWire is a fantastic initiative and the customer support is second to none." Ruth Cousins, PA to head teacher, Bay House School, Gosport 

 "It’s now so easy to automatically email unsuccessful applicants, something that was so time-consuming previously. In fact, we’ve had emails from those individuals thanking us for taking the time to let them know, so I’m pleased it’s promoting the schools as an efficient and caring employer.” Monica Cross, Head teacher, St Matthew Academy, Lewisham. 

"I’d certainly recommend it to other schools.” Helen Edwards, PA to the Head teacher, Tiffin School, Kingston. 

"It has been thrilling to be involved in the development of this new recruitment tool. As a head teacher I can see the benefits of the web service at all stages of the recruitment process. The developers have really taken our ideas on board when creating this service.”

Rob Earrey Head teacher Fitzjohn's, Camden.

 "TES have worked hard with experienced school leaders, absorbing their views and their experience, and I'm sure the care they've taken has resulted in something that will enable education professionals to focus on finding the best possible teachers for their schools.”

Gerald Haigh, former Head teacher and Governor. 

 "The online application form is very easy to use and saved a lot of time in the short-listing process. Not having to print all the applications was a relief!” Diane Potter, PA to Head teacher, St Matthew Academy, Lewisham. 

 "TES HireWire is an exciting new tool that will be invaluable in monitoring and managing our entire recruitment process.” Katharine Dines, Director of Marketing, Retention and Recruitment, Academies Enterprise Trust. 

 "TES HireWire has completely transformed our recruitment process for the better.” Peter Snowdon, Deputy Principal, Excelsior Academy, Newcastle. 

 "I can see the competitive advantage TES HireWire provides – faster to market, faster to make decisions and faster response to the best candidates. Speed is of the essence as good people go quickly.” Aydin Önaç head teacher, Fortismere School. 

 "It is very useful to have a system where not only can you see how many candidates have registered an interest in your vacancy but also communicate with all of them at a click of a button. Being able to see which media source the applicants have come from is useful for analysing our recruitment spend.” Halina Smith, Head teacher’s assistant, Shenfield High School. 

Bill Donoghue, Director at TES HireWire, says: "We are delighted with the feedback we have received from schools. This endorses the significant capital investment we have made in TES HireWire, which is transforming the entire recruitment process, helping schools to recruit outstanding teachers faster and more efficiently whilst ensuring they have the right teachers in the right jobs."

About TES HireWire

Developed with head teachers and their teams, TES HireWire is designed specially for schools and is very easy to use. Schools can easily set up a vacancy and are prompted for all essential information, helping to ensure that their advertising is accurate. Communication with all media, including national and regional press, recruitment agencies, local authorities and The TES, is made quick and easy, facilitating the timely booking of advertisements, whatever the media of choice.

Once the advertising appears online or in print, applicants are directed to a secure school-branded microsite automatically generated for schools when they set up a TES HireWire account. It is from here that applicants can apply online using the school’s application form. If they don’t complete their application within a few days of the closing date, schools can send an email reminder, helping them to maximise the response to their advertising. Even if candidates apply by post, the school can still upload their details in order to manage the applicants centrally.

As the applications start to arrive, the management features of TES HireWire really start to shine. The Applicant Tracking feature provides complete visibility and control of all applications and helps schools to track, manage and communicate with candidates. No more piles of application forms at risk of getting lost or misplaced!

Schools can track the number and status of all the applicants for a particular role from an intuitively designed dashboard on the homepage of their microsite, and all the mandatory checks on those lucky enough to be selected - references, medicals and security checks – can be safely logged. TES HireWire also helps schools to reduce the often enormous amount of paperwork and photocopying associated with recruitment and will therefore contribute substantially to meeting sustainability targets.

The beauty of the service is that all this information can be archived securely for future reference, should the school wish to revisit a candidate further down the line. It also saves time for the candidates themselves as, having registered with TES HireWire, their details will be there ready each time they apply for subsequent jobs via the website.

Where relevant, the school can send notification of appointments to the relevant local authority, and personalised emails can be quickly generated and sent to unsuccessful candidates. This is something that many schools, through no fault of their own, just don’t have the time or resources to do, but which can often reflect badly on them.

A major benefit of using the service is that it allows schools to evaluate the effectiveness of their advertising. TES HireWire automatically generates reports which present a breakdown of the spend per advertising medium used, as well as the cost per application and even the cost for each short-listed candidate. This enables schools to assess at a glance which media generated the best and most cost-effective response.

About TSL Education

TSL Education Ltd is the UK’s leading educational publisher and recruitment service. Its portfolio of titles includes education websites www.tes.co.uk and www.timeshighereducation.co.uk, print publications The Times Educational Supplement, FE Focus and Times Higher Education, and education exhibitions and events. TSL’s recruitment service, TES Prime, is a dedicated leadership service for the education sector, working with primary, secondary and independent school governors seeking a new leader for their school.

TSL Education recently launched TES HireWire, a groundbreaking, free-of-charge online solution to support schools through the entire recruitment process - www.teshirewire.com

www.tes.co.uk is the home of TES Connect, the UK’s leading educational website. The number one site for education jobs, TES Connect is now also the world’s largest professional network for teachers to share ideas and the best classroom resources.