Jobseeker FAQs


At Sugarman Education, we aim to provide you with clear and comprehensive answers to common questions about working with us. Whether you’re eager to kickstart your career in education, seeking new opportunities, or exploring a change in direction, we’re here to guide you. Read our jobseeker FAQs below for information on our registration and application processes, details about our job opportunities, an explanation regarding our pay structures, and the qualifications and education requirements you’ll need to succeed. If you still have questions, contact our team today. 


  • How do I apply for jobs?

    You can apply for a job at Sugarman Education by applying directly on our website. Browse through our current vacancies for teachers and teaching assistants and submit your application. When submitting an application on our website, you can choose between creating an account or applying as a guest. Creating an account allows you to easily view jobs that you’ve already applied for and update your CV. However, if you prefer not to create an account, you can still apply as a guest without any additional steps. 


    Alternatively, you can call our team at 0207 614 4270 or send us an email at Our team of friendly recruitment consultants are happy to discuss your options and guide you through the application process, providing information about our available roles across London. 

  • What types of roles do you offer?

    Sugarman Education focuses on sourcing talented teachers and dedicated teaching assistants for various educational settings. We specialise in recruiting staff for primary schools and SEN (special educational needs) environments. Within these settings, we cater to a diverse range of roles, including classroom teachers, special educational needs teachers, teaching assistants, learning support assistants, behaviour support workers, and PMLD support workers.


    Click here to learn more about the types of roles we recruit for.

  • Do you offer temporary or permanent jobs?

    We offer both temporary and permanent job opportunities based on the preferences and needs of our candidates. Whether you’re seeking part-time positions to accommodate your schedule or looking for long-term career opportunities, we offer flexible roles to suit your needs.


    Our diverse range of job offerings includes temporary roles for flexibility as well as permanent positions for those seeking stability and growth within the education sector. Our goal is to match talented educators with rewarding roles where they can make a meaningful impact on students’ lives. 

  • What qualifications and/or experience do I need to work with Sugarman?

    The qualifications and experience you will need to work with us depends on what type of role you are applying for. Here is what we look for in our candidates:



    • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or equivalent certification.
    • Relevant teaching experience in primary or SEN settings, depending on the role. 
    • Strong subject and curriculum knowledge. 
    • Excellent communication skills and the ability to build rapport quickly with students. 
    • Have a DBS on the update service or willing to get a new one through Sugarman Education.
    • Have the ‘right to work’ in the UK. 
    • A minimum of 2 satisfactory employment references, including most recent reference. 


    Teaching Assistants:

    • Classroom-based experience desirable but not essential. You may have experience via another setting, maybe you are at home supporting a family member, have helped at a children’s summer camps, gained experience from supporting workshops etc. 
    • Pro-active, the ability to engage with students and passionate about working with children. 
    • Knowledge of the EYFS, not mandatory but beneficial. 
    • Have a DBS on the update service or willing to get one through Sugarman Education. 
    • Must have the right to work in the UK. 
    • A minimum of 2 satisfactory employment references, including most recent reference. 
  • What is the process of becoming a teacher or teaching assistant with Sugarman?

    The registration process for becoming a teacher or teaching assistant with Sugarman is straightforward and designed to ensure that we match you with the most suitable opportunities. Here’s an overview:


    Initial Contact:

    Get in touch by contacting our team. You can either send us an email at, call us at 0207 614 4270 or submit an enquiry form via our website.



    A member of our recruitment team will reach out to discuss your qualifications, experience, and career preferences.



    You will be asked to provide relevant documentation, such as your CV, qualifications, DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, and any additional certifications.



    Depending on your location and availability, we may conduct an in-person or virtual interview to assess your suitability for roles.



    We’ll request references from your previous employers or schools to verify your experience.


    You’re out to work:

    Once the compliance process is completed, we’ll start matching you with suitable teaching or teaching assistant positions based on your preferences and availability. Once you accept the job offer, you can start working!


    Our team is here to support you at every step of the registration process and beyond, ensuring a smooth transition into your new role with us. Click here to learn more about our candidate registration process.

  • How long does the entire registration process take?

    The duration of the registration process can vary depending on individual circumstances and the time it takes for candidates to submit all required documents. Typically, once all documentation is provided promptly, the process can be completed within a matter of days.  


    However, factors such as an up to date CV, availability for interviews, obtaining references, and processing background checks can influence the overall timeline. Our team works efficiently to streamline the registration process and get you ready for work as quickly as possible. 

  • What are the average pay rates with Sugarman?

    The average pay rates with Sugarman are competitive and reflective of industry standards. For teaching assistants, the average daily rate typically ranges from £75 to £110. For qualified teachers, the average daily rate is typically between £150 and £180. These rates may vary depending on factors such as location, experience, and specific job requirements.

  • How do candidates get paid?

    At Sugarman Education, we offer two convenient payment methods for our candidates: PAYE and Umbrella Payroll.


    PAYE (Pay As You Earn)

    When you choose PAYE, you become an employee of Sugarman Education. Your income tax and National Insurance contributions are automatically deducted from your wages each pay period. This method provides the simplicity of having your taxes managed for you, along with the benefits of statutory payments such as sick pay and holiday pay.


    Umbrella Payroll Provider

    Opting for an umbrella payroll supplier means you are employed by a third-party company that handles your payroll. The umbrella company invoices Sugarman Education for your services, and after deducting their fee, they process your payment. This method can offer greater flexibility and sometimes additional benefits, depending on the umbrella company’s policies, but it’s important to understand any fees involved.


    Both methods ensure that you are paid promptly and accurately for your work. Supply teachers and teaching assistants typically find no noticeable difference to their pay-packet – whether being paid by PAYE or via an Umbrella company. Click here to learn more about the differences. If you need help deciding which option is best for you, our team is here to provide guidance based on your individual circumstances.

  • What support do you provide to candidates during the job search and application process?

    We provide comprehensive support to candidates throughout the job search and application process to ensure a seamless experience. Our support includes:


    Job matching:

    We match candidates with suitable job opportunities based on their skills, experience, and preferences.


    Application assistance:

    We assist candidates with the application process, including submitting documents, completing forms, and providing interview preparation tips.


    Feedback and updates:

    We provide timely feedback on applications and keep candidates informed about the status of their applications.


    Interview preparation:

    We offer guidance and resources to help candidates prepare for interviews, including mock interviews and tips on presenting themselves effectively.


    Ongoing support:

    Even after placement, we continue to support candidates with any queries or concerns they may have, ensuring a positive and fulfilling experience in their roles.

  • How can I update my profile or CV on the website?

    To update your CV or personal information on our website, follow these steps:


    1. Log in to your account using your credentials. If you haven’t created an account yet, you’ll need to do so first. You can create a new account by clicking here.
    2. Once logged in, click on ‘User Portal’ and navigate to the ‘Manage Account’ section.
    3. In the ‘Manage Account’ section, you’ll find options to edit various details, including contact information and location.
    4. At the bottom of the page, under ‘CV Upload’ click ‘Choose File’ to upload a new CV. Our website accepts a wide array of CV formats including PDF, Word, JPG, PNG and more.
    5. After uploading the new CV, make sure to save your changes by clicking the ‘Save Changes’ button.


    By following these steps, you can easily update your CV on our website to ensure that your profile reflects your most current information.

  • Do candidates have access to training and professional development opportunities?

    Yes! Candidates have a wide array of free training resources to take advantage of. 


    As part of the Affinity Workforce group, all teachers and teaching assistants registered with Sugarman Education will have access to Affinity Academy, our dedicated hub for learning and development. Our training portfolio has been thoughtfully curated to meet your needs. Candidates have access to comprehensive training modules such as Teaching Assistant Toolkits, Safeguarding Refresher Training, SEND, Primary National Curriculum training, Behaviour Toolkits and more. These online training sessions are held by Emma Ford, a well-respected, established, educational leader in the education sector and has a decade of leadership experience in challenging contexts and developing schools. 


    Sugarman candidates also have access to The Skills Network. There are over 45 Level 2 online courses so you can learn at a time and place that suits you. From training courses on Special Education Needs and Disabilities to Awareness of Bullying in Children and Young People, these courses are designed to help you excel in your role and beyond. You can log into your account here.


    Click here to learn more about the training opportunities at Sugarman Education.

  • What are the benefits of working with Sugarman?

    There are several benefits of registering to work with us. Here are just a few:


    • Invaluable experience working in different educational settings throughout London 
    • £250 refer a friend scheme 
    • Access to Affinity Extra – our exclusive discounts and cashback offers 
    • Access to free CPD and training via Affinity Academy 
    • Work within 30 minutes of your doorstep 
    • Higher than average rates of pay 
    • Weekly pay – payment are made every Friday 
    • 1:1 consultant to support you throughout your journey with us 
  • How do I refer someone to Sugarman?

    Did you know you can earn up to £250* when you refer a friend to Sugarman? If you have friends that are teachers or teaching assistants and looking for work in London and surrounding areas, you can refer them to us for a cash bonus! 


    To refer a friend, simply fill out our refer a friend form with your details as well as the person you’re referring. Remember to let your friend know that you have recommended them to us and that their details will be used to help them find work in education. 


    Click here to learn more about our referral scheme and to read the refer a friend T&Cs. 

  • How do I register with Sugarman?

    To register with us, get in touch with our team by calling 0207 614 4270 or sending an email to You can also upload your CV or apply to our latest jobs. We will contact you to discuss our available roles and help guide you through the registration process.