Schools Mutual Services

The only not for profit education recruitment business to be owned, run and financially supported by education establishments. Our main focus ensures education professionals such as teaching and support staff are given fair and transparent pay with support services including a ‘health and well-being package'.

As education professionals, we researched and concluded that conventional supply agencies were providing little support to agency workers in regards to fair pay, contracts and wellness support.

In our vision, we saw agency staff being paid the best locally, be given transparent ‘PAYE’ contracts and be provided a full health & well-being service, the same kind which is used by our member schools permanent staff.

As a mutual, our members include ‘Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust, Bishop Bewick Catholic Education Trust and local North East LEA Schools’.

We follow industry leading compliance and vetting standards to ensure our workers meet official DfE standards in relation to ‘Safer in Education’ practices.


Latest Offers


Refer an education professional and earn up to £250 once the individual has worked a minimum of 10 school days. We're not-for-profit and pay staff towards scale from day one. 

*referral fee depends on role.


Best Company

This is the best agency that I have ever worked with for Supply Work. Sarah and Katie has been really helpful and supportive throughout the time. The pay rate is really good and the friendliness and professionalism is amazing. I have been really pleased about the hazzle free service I have recieved so far starting from signing up with Schools Mutual Services to  working in different schools. Sarah and Katie have been really supportive and helpful throughout the time. They are the best cover work cordinators I have ever had so far. If you are looking for Supply Work, Schools Mutual Services is the ONLY place you should be looking at. I honestly believe this is the best agency for supply work out there with top notch service. Since this is a Non-Profit organization you can earn more as well.

I did a couple of short term supply work in different schools and then I was given a long term supply role at St Leonard's Catholic School in Durham which later on turned to a permanent job offer from the school itself. Honestly, I need to thank Sarah for finding my CV from CV library and getting in touch with me to start working as Supply Staff at Schools Mutual Services.

Thank you so much Sarah, Katie and the rest of the team, you all are doing an amazing job, keep up the good work. And I wish you all the very best. 


Great for anyone thinking of starting or re-entering education

A great company to work for and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone thinking of starting or re-entering a career in education. Signing up and registration was a simple and straight forward process allowing a quick start to working in a great range of schools. I found the staff to be very professional, friendly and always supportive and work bookings were efficiently organised and easy to access.


I was recruited by Schools Mutual Services in January 2021, and I have found the service extremely professional. My experience of dealing with their team has been most pleasurable. I find that I am dealing with a friend when I am dealing with my Senior Recruitment Consultant, Sarah Niblo.

Right from the outset, all communication has been clear, concise, precise and positive. All telephone calls and emails are responded to within an hour. On each assignment, Sarah phones me prior to the start to make sure that I have everything that I need, and whether I require anything else. Within an hour of the end of the assignment, Sarah calls again to find out how I felt it went, and to give me any feedback from the client school. This communication I find to be valuable and sets Schools Mutual Services apart from other agencies. They undoubtedly set the standards high for their industry.

I highly recommend Schools Mutual Services and I look forward to working with my friends.