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Our Compliance

At Engage, we work hard to make sure we exceed all compliance requirements for education recruitment agencies. We know that strong relationships are built on trust, and we’re proud of the comprehensive compliance measures we’ve built our agency on, which ensure our practices are safe, fair, and efficient.

REC Audited, Gold Standard

REC ensures basic statutory compliance and higher ethical standards in education recruitment. To join REC, agencies must pass a compliance test on entry and then pass again every two years to retain membership. This is in addition to complying with the REC Code of Professional Practice.

Safer Recruitment in Education

We ensure that all background, vetting, and DBS checks are completed for every candidate that works with us. In addition, we obtain right-to-work documents where necessary and always meet teachers face-to-face before making them available for schools to hire. All candidates are required to read and adhere to the Keeping Children Safe in Education DfE guidelines.

CCS Supplier

The DfE and CCS’ commercial agreement for the provision of supply teachers aims to provide greater transparency of costs to support control of supply teacher spend, introduce model terms and conditions, and establish a consistent approach to safeguarding and compliance across the sector. We are proud to be named as a provider on the supply teachers deal.

FCSA Recruitment Partner

We’re certified as an FCSA Recruiter, which means we’re committed to safeguarding the supply chain and minimise risk, complying with all relevant legislation, providing a high level of service to our workers, treating our workers with fairness and transparency, providing clear terms of business and maintain confidentiality where appropriate. Our certificate can be sent upon request.


Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed and industry-supported scheme that helps businesses protect themselves against the growing threat of cyber attacks, and provides a clear statement of the basic controls organisations should have in place to protect them. We are proud to be Cyber Essentials Certified. View our Certificate here.


We’re featured on SAFERjobs as a partner who provides safe job searches. To stay safe in your job search we recommend that you visit SAFERjobs, a non-profit, joint industry and law enforcement organisation working to combat job scams. Visit the SAFERjobs website for information on common scams and to get free, expert advice for a safer job search.

Continuing Compliance

Our safeguarding and compliance efforts don’t stop once we’ve placed a teacher in a role. All Engage teachers and support staff are invited to attend our free CPD events, which cover the SEND Code of Practice, Ofsted inspections, crisis prevention, and Team Teach training.

In-House Compliance

In addition to our compliance auditing by REC, we have a friendly in-house Compliance Team right here at Engage. The team ensures we work to the most up-to-date best practice and continue to comply with regulations, and regularly carry out in-house audits and arrange outsourced audits.

They work tirelessly to ensure all teachers are compliant with Safer Recruitment in Education and REC guidelines and confirms that the schools working with us only have teachers who meet the highest standards of compliance and pupil safety.

Compliance at a glance

Ready to work

  • Face-to-face interviews for all applicants allows us to be accountable for every teacher we work with
  • Five-year employment history must be provided upon application, with no gaps
  • Two references from the last two years
  • School and university qualifications are checked and verified

Working in the UK

  • Proof of identity must be provided by every applicant before we begin matching them to our partner schools
  • Right to work documents provided
  • UK proof of address is given
  • The National Insurance number of each teacher is checked
  • Medical declarations are made

Safeguarding compliance

  • Overseas police check where necessary
  • Enhanced DBS check
  • Gains rehabilitation of offenders declaration
  • Prohibition from teaching and EEA Teacher Sanctions check
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education and Working Together to Safeguard Children guidance



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