REC Audited Education
Quality Mark - England
From 1st April 2013 the Department for Education’s Quality Mark ceased to exist. The REC will honour agencies whose award is still current with a REC Quality Mark, which will last until their re-accreditation date.
We were disappointed that the Department for Education decided to end the scheme that we had managed on their behalf for over a decade. it was highly popular and did much to improve the quality of supply teachers in schools in England & Wales.
Which is why, after consulting with members, local authorities, teaching unions and school organisations, we are proud to announce that we are launching REC Audited Education, a new robust standard for recruitment in education which builds on the legacy of the Quality Mark.
New updated standard for 2013
The gold standard in recruitment
Our REC Audited scheme was already the most comprehensive regulatory audit of its kind, covering compliance as well as the REC Code of Professional Practice. REC Audited Education, as you would expect ensures safeguarding and that agencies are undertaking all the relevant checks when recruiting teachers. REC Audited Education will enable schools and education providers to be confident that they are using an accredited supplier, who puts standards at the centre of their business.
The audit goes way beyond just compliance, requiring agencies to demonstrate that they operate best practice in areas such as customer service, staff development, diversity and client management. The package includes a feedback report specific to your business and complimentary documents from the REC Business Toolkit. The process starts with an online diagnostic and is followed by an on-site audit by one of our experts, who will not just check your documentation, but will talk to you and your staff about your processes and systems, providing practical support to ensure you are a best practice recruiter.
How much does it cost?
Achieving the gold standard in recruitment costs just £1,050* every two years and REC members that hold the REC Audited Education accreditation will not have to complete the compliance test on renewal of their REC membership.
If you would like to find out more about REC Audited Education please contact the REC on 0207 009 2100.
For a list of agencies that have already transferred to the REC Quality Mark award please click here.
What our stakeholders say
We have carried out an extensive stakeholder engagement campaign to ensure that the new
scheme is truly client driven and relevant to the unique needs of the education sector, click here for key education stakeholder endorsements
For more information on the end of the DfE Quality Mark, please click on the documents on the right hand side of this page.
*This rate covers businesses up to nine brances. For businesses with ten or more branches we will assess 20% of your premises. Additional costs apply.
- Audited Education Leaflet - Final PDF file - 798K
- Audited Education Application Guidance PDF file - 152K
- Audited Education Application form PDF file - 137K
- Quality Mark standards guidance PDF file - 309K
- Quality Mark information for stakeholders PDF file - 198K
- Quality Mark Q&A for stakeholders PDF file - 333K