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Hourglass consultants have been playing a leading role in education recruitment for decades, and regularly partner with schools, multi-academy trusts and local authorities to help them recruit and retain the very best teachers – at all levels.

By working closely with education leaders, and offering expert advice and guidance, we regularly help to weigh up the pros and cons of key career development and strategic hiring decisions.

We have supported hundreds of schools, multi-academy trusts and local authorities, and every placement we’ve ever made shapes our approach to senior leadership roles.

Why Hourglass?

Hourglass consultants are overseas education recruitment specialists

Reputation is everything

Hourglass is proud to utilise its combined experience of over 30 years in education to provide high calibre senior leaders, predominately in London and the home counties. Teachers come back to Hourglass time and again. They know our approach is about career management, and that we’re ambitious for them and their schools. Ultimately this means today’s middle leaders will be senior leaders tomorrow – and they come to us to help them make that move. With a strong network of leaders – constantly updated through our consultants’ activity in the market – we identify talent. With Hourglass’ state-of-the-art recruitment solutions, and dedicated consultant support, schools can be confident that they will be supported on every step of the process.
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Knowledge and experience

As specialist education recruiters, our consultants are immersed in the lives of their candidates, and the ethos of their client schools. Key members of the team have a background in classroom management and school leadership. We have a truly unique insight into the challenges surrounding successful leadership – and selecting the candidates who are best placed to lead an organisation from the front. Case study 1 – Hourglass as an extension of the SLT In 2017, Hourglass began its relationship with a large, rural all-through academy in Buckinghamshire.  In special measures, the academy struggled to recruit, and suffered from a poor reputation in the surrounding area.   Hourglass consultants worked as an extension of the SLT to rebuild essential expertise, ultimately providing more than 18 core subject specialists. Case study 2 – Hourglass’ impact across a large multi-academy trust Hourglass has been working with a complex multi-academy trust in the south east for more than eight years. W…
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State of the art solutions

Hourglass consultants use our tried and tested search methodology. We approach each search assignment by taking the time to work on our client’s specific requirements, timeframes and strategic objectives. During this process, our consultants will use their skills and expertise to advise on specific market information, recommendations and examples of what we know works well. We will also gather the information we need to market the role and promote the client’s culture values and vision, and act as your ambassador as we interact with potential candidates. Only then do we finalise the brief and start assess the appropriate talent pools using our personal networks and unique market insight. Our track record includes hard-to-fill appointments that require specific skill sets and qualifications. Hourglass consultants are extremely well placed to undertake these searches. Interim solutions With such an extensive database of leadership candidates, we’re able to respond to time-critical situat…
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Meet our education
Andrew Anastasiou, Managing Director, Pertemps Professional Group, Hourglass

Andrew Anastasiou, Managing Director

When Andrew completed his PGCE, not even he could have predicted the career path that followed. These days, he applies his encyclopaedic education expertise, passion and enthusiasm in Hourglass and the three other public sector recruitment businesses which make up the PPR Group. Since he left the cl…
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Matthew Hall, Director of Education, Hourglass, Pertemps Education Network

Matthew Hall, Director of Education

Matthew has worked in recruitment for 25 years and, after moving into education recruitment, has worked for some of the largest agencies in the UK. As a parent himself, Matthew takes education recruitment very seriously. He knows that all schools want to find talented teachers who are right for them…
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Sarah Catchpole, Head of Leadership Recruitment

Sarah Catchpole, Head of Leadership Recruitment

Sarah is a highly experienced recruiter who has been working in education and alongside Hourglass for longer than she cares to remember. Having worked as a specialist education, and executive search consultant in the south east of England, Sarah brings a wide range of experience to each and every as…
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Could this be the next step in your career path?

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Candidate-led approach

Hourglass is proud to take a candidate-led approach. Our consultants like nothing more than working out how people tick. We’ll work hard to understand what you’re looking and your thoughts on work/life balance, culture, values and management style.

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The best possible service

We listen closely to our candidates and share our passion for education, and our commitment to providing the best possible service to support you and your career development. We’ll work hard to match you with the best opportunity for you to develop your career path.

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Stimulating and challenging roles

We’re genuinely excited by our work with senior leaders. These roles are stimulating, challenging and impactful. If you’re ready to move into your next leadership role, the Hourglass team is here to provide an efficient and seamless experience tailored to your own requirements.

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