At Athona, we adhere to stringent compliance guidelines, not only as recipients of the REC gold standard accreditation, but to ensure you are confident we are providing you with the highest possible standard in recruitment.

By following safer recruitment practices and embedding the values of our gold standard accolade from the outset, this allows you to put your full trust into Athona and to feel confident in our experienced compliance team.

Once you have registered your interest with Athona, you will complete an initial telephone chat to discuss what you’re looking for work wise and go through the compliance documents needed to complete your registration. You’ll then be invited to meet with your consultant face-to-face at one of our offices, or in a place more convenient to you.

Alongside filling in any outstanding registration forms, you will also sign our terms & conditions and ensure you have obtained a copy of our handbook.


Which compliance documents are needed?

In line with the REC and the DfEs ‘Keeping children safe in education’, Athona check the following:

  • Right to Work documentation (passport, birth certificate, biometric visa)
  • Photo identification (passport, drivers licence, ID card)
  • Proof of address, using the DBS list of approved documents
  • An enhanced DBS certificate
  • Qualifications (translated and checked by NARIC if necessary)
  • Overseas police check (if you have lived or worked abroad for six months or more over the last five years)
  • At least two references, covering the last two years.

Alongside requiring the documentation listed above, there are also a number of vetting procedures and checks we carry out when registering with Athona.

These include:

  • Date of birth check, against a passport, national ID card or photo driving licence
  • Where necessary, sighting marriage or divorce certificates as part of the identification check
  • National Insurance number, against a NI card, P45/P60 or government letter
  • CV check, with any gaps accounted for
  • Enhanced DBS certificate, conducted annually. Candidates on the DBS update service will have their DBS checked annually or more frequently if a client requires
  • For candidates with QTS, we will check their registration with the National College for Teaching and Leadership, both as part of the recruitment process and then on an annual basis
  • Athona’s medical questionnaire, completed at your initial face-to-face registration meeting
  • Confirmation that the ‘Keeping children safe in education: childcare disqualification requirement checks’ has been read
  • As part of Athona’s registration form, completing the ‘Rehabilitation of the Offenders Act Statement’
  • Contract signed by candidates, completed at your initial face-to-face registration meeting.

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.

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

Unfortunately how long your DBS can take to be processed is out of our control, however we do regularly check to make sure once your DBS has been approved, we can get you out to work straight away. 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 face-to-face, you could become compliant in only a matter of days. 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 Monday to Friday. Don’t worry if you need to contact us out of hours, we’re always available by email or by calling 01277 245840 to reach our out of hours team.

Unsure what documents you require to become compliant or have a question about our vetting procedures? Don’t worry, you’ll be guided and supported by your dedicated compliance officer throughout the whole process to alleviate any concerns. You can reach the team on 01277 245840 or via email.

Start your registration process today by completing our online registration form.