Compliance in the UK education system has never been more important in safeguarding children. At Athona, we adhere to stringent guidelines, not only as recipients of the REC gold standard accreditation, but to ensure we are confident only the very best, high quality teaching professionals are placed.

Although completing our compliance screening prior to placement can seem daunting at first, our experienced team are always available to help guide you through the process.

To help you plan ahead with the documentation required to register with Athona, your dedicated compliance officer will be in touch with a full list requirements.

This includes:

  • Enhanced DBS
  • QTS number (teachers only)
  • Qualification certificates
  • Verification of identity & Right to Work
  • Employment history & references

At Athona we provide in-house training to ensure you’re up to date on the latest policies and procedures. 100% of those who have attended previously would recommend to a colleague.

During training we cover:

  • Behaviour management
  • Safeguarding
  • Effective marking strategies
  • Assessment for learning (AFL)
  • Planning for differentiation
  • Observation/showing progress

Interested in attending our next training session?

Check out our events page to see when our upcoming sessions are taking place.

Wondering whether to use an agency? Curious about how it works?
Here’s some of our most frequently asked questions:


What happens when I register?

We’ll meet with you face-to-face to get to know you and understand what you’re looking for, to help us better match your requirements to the correct role.


What kind of jobs will you help me find?

We specialise in placing qualified and unqualified teachers, nursery staff, SEND specialists, teaching assistants, cover supervisors and instructors into permanent, contract or short-term supply roles.


Which areas of the UK do you cover?

We cover Essex, London, Hertfordshire, Suffolk, Norfolk and Kent. For permanent roles, we cover nationwide.


How long does it take for a DBS to be processed?

Unfortunately we have no control over your DBS being processed. For more information, please visit here.


How long does it take to become compliant?

This can vary, but if you’ve completed our registration form and have all required documentation ready for when we meet, you could become compliant a few days later. Don’t forget to let your references know we’ll be in contact to further speed up the process.


Are you open during the school holidays?

We’re open all year round and are in the office from 7am to 5.30pm every day.

If you have any compliance queries, please get in touch with our dedicated team on 01277 245840 or via email.