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APSCO Compliance+
26th September 2017

First Welsh education recruitment Company to achieve APSCO quality mark!


VES is delighted to announce that we are the first Welsh company to be awarded APSCo’s Compliance+, an uncompromising quality benchmark for education recruitment companies. The requirements of Compliance+ compel education recruitment companies to go beyond statutory safeguarding standards, and to aim for excellence in competency selection and service quality.


APSCo has constructed this ground-breaking standard, designed to safeguard children and to benchmark recruitment firms against the highest service criteria, following extensive consultation with its Education Sector Group members (recruitment firms) and, crucially, external stakeholders including the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT).

NQT's-Did you know?
27th July 2017

 NQT-did You Know



Celebrity Golf 2017!
3rd July 2017

The VES team had a great day down the Celtic Manor watching the Celebrity Golf Cup this weekend! The team met the likes of Bradley Walsh, Jonathan Davies, James Hook, Gareth Bale, Rob Brydon and many more! We are already looking forward to attending again next year.

Swansea Half Marathon
26th June 2017

A big well done to our Swansea Account Manager Rachel and the Ysgol Lon Las staff on running the Swansea Half Marathon on the weekend! We were delighted to be their sponsor and loved seeing you all wearing the Valley logo!

Caerphilly Head Teacher Conference
21st June 2017

Michelle, Lucy and Jennifer are at the Caerphilly Head Teacher Conference today at The Vale Hotel. The conference gives us an opportunity to talk directly to School Deputies and Heads about their supply needs and tell them about the support and service Valley Education can offer. As an exhibitor, you could not fail to feel inspired by the commitment demonstrated by the heads to improve the education of the children. We hope everyone has a great day!  

Urdd Eisteddfod 2017
03 June 2017

The weather may not have been great but it definitely didn't dampen the spirits at the Eisteddfod this week. The VES team had a great week chatting to candidates and schools from across Wales. The team even got to meet Mali, Sam Tan, Captain Jack Sparrow and a whole host of S4C celebs

Open Day
02 June 2017

We would like to say a massive thank you to all the lovely candidates that come to register yestereday and joined us in our open day. We had a great day and enjoyed speaking to all our candidates along with new candidates. We are looking forward to speaking to everyone again next term!

VES are at the Urdd!
30th May 2017

Our Rachel is very excited that the Urdd is finally here! Pop by to meet some of the team at our VES stand! Our map is filling up with all the schools we've been speaking to this week along with the numerous candidates who have popped in. Come and see what we have planned for the rest of the week!!

Welcome Aboard!
19th May 2017

We'd like to say a warm welcome to Tracey and Rhian who have joined the team in our Merthyr Tydfil branch this month. Tracey has joined our payroll department and Rhian is your new account manager for Blaenau Gwent schools along with SEN schools across the region.

Training Opportunities
16th May 2017

We still have limited spaces available on our courses running during the half term break, please call the office and speak to one of the team if you’d like to attend.
 - Basics of SFA (Success For All) 31st May
 - Behavioural Management 2nd June


We also have availability on our courses running in the summer holidays.
 - Big Maths 14th August
 - Read, Write Inc. 29th and 30th August

14th May 2017

Valley Education Services Ltd. were recently inspected by the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate (EAS). The outcome of the inspection was that the EAS inspectors were happy with all of VES’ policies and procedures.

Daisy Chain
10th May 2017

We'd like to wish Fay the best of luck on the opening of her new shop 'Daisy Chain' in Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil. So if you're in the area do pop in to see Fay and her gorgeous range of flowers, hand made and locally sourced gifts and candles!


To find out more visit the Daisy Chain facebook page: @faysdaisychain

Rainbow Run Swansea!
28th April 2017

Good luck to the staff at Glyncollen Primary and everyone else who's taking part in the Rainbow Run (5K) in Swansea this weekend. We hope you have lots of fun and end up nice and colourful by the end of the race!

Valley Education's NQT open day
12th April 2017

On Wednesday 19th April we will be hosting an NQT open day at our Merthyr branch. From 10am until 3pm new candidates will be welcome to pop in (without an appointment) to register with us.


Our compliance and recruitment team will be here, ready and waiting to register new teachers, who will also have the opportunity to meet their prospective Account Managers and discuss potential paid work between now and the end of the school year.


If you know of anyone who may be interested in attending this open day or booking an appointment to register at a different time, please direct them to our website for more information or ask them to give the VES team a call on: 01685 788018.

Red Nose Day Cakes!
24th March 2017

As well as wearing red and Comic Relief t-shirts, we tucked in to all these delicious goodies today to raise money for Red Nose Day!

Red Nose Day 2017
23rd March 2017

We're getting prepared for a day of cakes, bakes and red noses tomorrow in aid of Red Nose Day 2017. We will be fundraising in the Merthyr branch by wearing red or Red Nose Day t-shirts and eating lots of goodies baked by the team. We can't wait!

Big Maths Training
14th March 2017

In addition to our other training events, we are pleased to confirm that we will be holding Big Maths Training on the 14th August. If you would like to book a place on this course (or any of our other courses) or for more information please contact your Account Manager or email:

Valley Education Hits the Airwaves!
6th March 2017

Have you heard our new radio ad? From Monday 6th March our advert will be live on Heart FM. Make sure you listen out for it!

ARC Membership
2nd March 2017

We are pleased to announce that we have become members of the ARC. The Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC) is a professional trade association dedicated to promoting recruitment business as a leading essential management resource for clients and a career and lifestyle choice for candidates.

One of ARC’s primary aims is to identify recruiters that are committed to high standards of service, delivery and probity. Due to this ARC requires its members to adhere to a Code of Practice, to ensure the highest ethical standards. VES fully complies with this Code of Practice.

Valley Education Turns 8!
27th February 2017



This month here at Valley Education we are celebrating our birthday! Over the last eight years we've booked over 100,000 days for our supply staff and worked with more than 500 schools!


Team Building Day!
24th February 2017

Welcome to the Spring term!!

During half term the VES team took part in a team building day! We were able to enjoy a walk through Garawnant and after we lunched at the Nant Ddu Lodge. This was a great start to the new term and we are looking forward to our next team get together.

Staff Satisfaction Survey
23rd February 2017

We recently carried out a survey with all our supply staff, giving us the chance to recieve valuable feedback from our candidates. Over 86% of our Teachers and LSAs rated their experience with Valley Education as being good/excellent. We are already using the feedback to further improve our services for all our candidates and schools.


We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all our candidates for all your hard work for Valley Education.

Upcoming Training Events
21st February 2017

Over the next few months we are running the following courses for our candidates:

31st May 2017 - Basics of SFA (Success for All)

2nd June 2017 - Behavioural Management

29th & 30th August 2017 - Read, Write Inc.


If you would like to attend any of these events, please get in touch with us to ensure your place, as courses fill up quickly. For further information, please give your Account Manager a call.

LSA of the Term
17th February 2017

Congratulations to Karan, who has been chosen as Valley Education's LSA of the Term. Here she is with our Bridgend account manager Emily.

Teacher of the Term
17th February 2017

Here's our Bridgend account manager Emily with Richard who has been chosen as VES' Teacher of the Term. Congratulations, Richard!

Swansea University Recruitment Fair 2017
11th January 2017

Some of the Valley Edcaution team visited the recruitment fair at Swansea University. This was a great opportunity to to meet students who are enthusiastic and excited about starting their teaching careers.Valley Education offers the highest rate of pay in the South Wales area, which is a happy bonus!

If you are qualifying this Summer and have not yet signed up to join the Valley team, give us a call or drop us an e-mail. We would love to have you on board!

We hope everyone enjoyed the day as much as we did.

RCT Raffle Winners!
14th December 2016

Well done to Glynhafod Junior School who won our RCT raffle for the Christmas hamper this year! We hope you enjoy all of the lovely treats inside!

23rd November 2016

Christmas has arrived in the Valley Education office today!! With only 4 weeks to go until Chirtmas the VES team have decorated the office ready for December.

Children in Need!
18th November 2016

The Valley Eduacation team took part in Children in Need by wearing Pyjamas to work on Friday 18th November. VES also held a bake sale to other offices in Rabart House. We raised a total of £46.50! If you would like to donate and haven't yet then please click the link below.


The Royal Welsh Show 2016
22nd July 2016

The VES team had a great time at The Royal Welsh Show this week! We recruted some great candidates while having fun in our photobooth. We are looking forward to next year already!!

We are moving offices!!
13th July 2016

Celebrity Golf at the Celtic Manor
9th July 2016

The VES team enjoyed their day down the Celtic Manor watching the golf and meeting the celebrities.

The team met the likes of Peter Jones, Rob Brydon, Ben Shepherd and Brendan O'Carroll!!

Caerphilly Head Teacher Conference
22nd June 2016

Some of the Valley Education team attended the Caerphilly Head Teacher Conference in The Vale Hotel in Cardiff today. We hope all the Head Teachers enjoyed!


It was a fantastic opportunity for us to talk directly to School Deputies and Heads about their supply needs and tell them about the support services that Valley Education can offer.

Cupcake Day
16th June 2016

The Valley Education team took part in Cupcake Day for the Alzheimer's Society today!!

Valley Education say goodbye to our payroll officer
23rd March 2016

Sadly, Valley Education say goodbye to our payroll officer Leann Evans today as she leaves us to support the demands of her family's growing business. She will be greatly missed by the team across the Merthyr, Bridgend and Swansea offices. We wish her every success for the future!

Abi Harris with First Minister CarwynJones
11th March 2016

Our Abi Harris with First Minister CarwynJones at the official opening of the Bryncethin Campus, Bridgend this morning! What a treat!

Westpark Win the St Davids Day competition.
10th March 2016

Congratulations to West Park Primary school on winning both the Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2 Saint David's day competition! We look forward to presenting the children with their prizes in a special assembly. A big thank you to all the schools that took part. Wales certainly has some budding young artists in its midst! Check out one of the winning entries!


Chirstmas Jumper Day at VES!!
18th December 2015

Some of the VES team on the last day of term enjoying Chirst Jumper Day. We hope you all have a great 2 weeks and we look forward to hearing off you after Christmas!



Children in Need 2015
Monday 16th November 2015

Valley Eduacation took part in Children in Need by wearing Pyjamas to work on Friday 13th November. VES also held a bake sale for the members of the Orbit Business Center.

Overall we raised £112.50 overall for the cause just by selling the cakes.

Its never to late to donate, so please help raise money for Children in Need by clicking the link below-

6 Schoolboys Praised from Treorchy Comprehensive
Tuesday 9th Septeber 2015

Six teenage boys from Treorchy Comprehensive school were praised through Wales Online for giving up their seats to a family on packed train after the Wales Vs Italy rugby match at the Millenium Stadium. We would like to show our praises for the six young boys.

Read more here..

Race For Life
18th July 2015

We did it!! The VES team finished Race For Life Muddy Run!

Super Scrapheap Santa!
Thursday 22 January 2015

Congratulations to Brynmenyn Primary School  - winners of the Scrapheap Santa Competion!

The team at Valley Education was really impressed with the entries received for the Scrapheap Santa competition, which took place just before Christmas. Schools across South Wales were asked to create a Santa using recycled products and Valley received some wonderfully creative entries!


The judging panel decided that Brynmenyn Primary, Bridgend, produced an outstanding entry! We particularly liked Santa's beard, which was made out of supermarket carrier bags!


Martin and Lucy visited the school to present them with their winning prize - an iPad. Headteacher, Mrs Dale, said that Santa would be brought out every Christmas, as a reminder of the childrens hard work and creativity.


A big 'thank you' to all the schools that took part!


2015 - New Year, New Opportunities!
Monday 5 January 2015

The Valley Education team would like to wish all our Support Staff and Schools a very Happy and Prosperous 2015!


Interested in joining our team?


If you are a Qualified Teacher (Primary or Secondary), HLTA or Level 3 Learning Support Assistant and would like to receive a higher rate of pay with no payroll charges, then just give us a call! We would love to hear from you! 

Happy Christmas from Team Valley!
Thursday 18 December 2014

Valley Education would like to wish all our fantastic supply staff and schools, a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS !



Super Supply!
Thursday 18 December 2014

A big thank you to all Valley Education supply staff who have worked so hard this term!


Congratulations to Hannah Pare and Liam Roche who were awarded Teacher and LSA of the term! We really do appreciate your commitment and loyalty to Valley Education.

Merthyr Primary District Kit
Monday 1 December 2014

Valley Education is proud to sponsor the Merthyr Primary District rugby team by providing them with a new kit.


Hope it brings you lots of luck boys!

Scrapheap Santa Challenge
Monday 1 December 2014

All schools have been invited to take part in the Valley Education Scrapheap Santa Challenge.


Pupils are being asked to use their imagination and create a Santa out of recycled materials - it can be any shape or size!


If you are a school that would like to join in the fun, just give us call and let us know. You will need to be quick though, as the closing date is this Friday 5 December!


The winning entry will be judged by the Valley Education during the week of 8 December and have an Ipad delivered by Father Christmas and a very special guest!


Good luck!

Pitch Perfect!
Monday 20th October 2014

Last week the Pil Primary football team received their new kit from Valley Education.


They were very excited and are looking forward to trying it out this week!


Hope your new kit brings you lots of luck Pil !

Two team mates and a baby!
Monday 11 September 2014

Welcome to the Autumn term!


The Summer holidays proved to be a busy one for the Valley Education team! As well as registering and welcoming lots of new teachers and support staff to the team, we also had our first Valley baby! Lucy, from our Merthyr office, is now proud Mum to Logan Jay, who made an early appearance on July 16th. Both are now enjoying a well earned rest and catching up on lots of sleep!


Team Valley also welcomes two new permanent recruits - Tracey and Hannah (Account Managers) - who join the team in Merthyr. We were all able to enjoy a team building day on the Sea Safari bay blast in Cardiff  to ensure that we were ready to face the Autumn term. Lots of fun was had by all and there wasn't a dry item of clothing amongst us by the time we got back on dry land!


Lots of exciting events planned this term and we look forward to providing and supporting all our schools with quality supply staff.




Basketball Blitz
Monday 14th July

The Bridgend Schools Mini Basketball Blitz was this year sponsored by Valley Education, which included every child receiving a Bridgend Schools Blitz certificate in addition to medals for the finalists. This year the Whales Blitz (i.e. for bigger schools) was won by Mynydd Cynffig in the Boys and Girls tournaments. The Minnows Blitz (for smaller schools) was won by Brynmenyn (Boys) and Trelales (Girls).

Well done also to the 60 pupils from the Bridgend schools who represented the league teams in an inter district tournament, the Bridgend Schools Classic on Saturday 5th July.


It was an entertaining morning with a few hundred parents enthusiastically supporting their children - but best of all, was played and supported in a very sporting manner.


Congratulations to everyone - especially the teachers who gave up their time on a Saturday morning to officiate, coach, referee and support your pupils.


In these days of reports, LNF, inspections, reviews, meetings etc, it is not always easy for teachers to give more of their time - but it was good to see so many staff involved last Saturday and was certainly appreciated by parents and pupils.


Beach Rugby Festival
Wednesday 25th June 2014

Nearly 500 children from Bridgend Primary Schools took to the beach today to take part in the beach tag rugby festival.


Valley Education was there to provide all the children and their teachers with some well needed refreshment!


Organised by the WRU, in conjunction with the Ospreys, it was great to see such enthusiastic children who were making the most of the beach in between games!

Inspirational Conference
Monday 23rd June 2014

The Caerphilly Headteachers conference took place in The Vale Hotel on the 18-20th June. Deputy Heads attended on day one and Headteachers, the following day. As an exhibitor, you could not fail to feel inspired by the commitment demonstrated, by the Heads, to improving the education of children. The theme was 'The Art of Being Brilliant' and it did not fail to deliver!


The Valley Education team members that attended the conference were impressed by the motivational guest speakers, in particular sportsman Darren Campbell who talked about the vital part his teachers played in helping him to reach his goal as an Olympian medal holder.


It was a fantastic opportunity for us to talk directly to School Deputies and Heads about their supply needs and tell them about the support services that Valley Education can offer.


We all came away feeling quite inspired ourselves and echo the words of inspirational Olympian Darren Campbell who said 'It's not where you start, it's where you finish' !


Thank you teacher!
Monday 23rd June 2014

Last week was National Supply Teacher Week. It was a chance for the Valley Education team to say thank you to all the dedicated supply teachers that support our schools on a daily basis.


Emily and Martin took the opportunity to visit Sara Sadd at Betws Primary, to show our appreciation for her hard work and loyalty.


A big THANK YOU to our fantastic team of supply teachers - we couldn't do it without you!


Investors in people, Investors in YOU!
Wednesday 21st May 2014

It has recently been brought to our attention, by several concerned schools and supply staff, that some education recruitment agencies are applying a daily payroll charge to teachers and classroom assistants.


We would like to re-assure you that our payroll is carried out ‘in house’ and this is something we are not looking to change in the future.  


VES are one of the only education recruitment organisations in South Wales to have achieved the Investors in People quality mark and is therefore committed to providing a professional and personal service to both schools and all staff registered with us.  

Running for Rudy!
Thursday 17th April 2014

It was an exciting weekend for the Valley Education team, as they cheered on some very special runners who took part in the London Marathon 2014!


Valley Education supported Amanda Connolly and Nick Lawrence, who were both 'Running for Rudy', by donating £500 to Rudy’s Trust Fund.


Rudy, aged 2, was born with multiple haemangiomas  (a very rare form of benign tumours filled with blood) on his face and body and some on his brain.  Unfortunately, at just one week old, the haemangiomas on Rudy’s brain bled and left him fighting for his life.


A determined little Rudy thankfully pulled through, but he has been left with damage to his brain and has right-sided hemipareisis, very low muscular tone and global development delay.  He also suffers from epilepsy that hinders his development.  He is undergoing regular therapy to improve his condition.


All money raised will go to Rudy’s Trust Fund, which has been set up to assist with some of the therapy costs and specialist equipment that Rudy will need throughout his life.



Welsh Winners!
Monday 31 March 2014

A big thank you to all the primary schools that entered our St David's Day competition. We had a fantastic response and some excellent entries, which made it really hard to choose a winner! It was difficult to select from the Welsh themed pictures and poems but the creativity and passion of the winnners stood out in the end!


Congratulations to Sam Davies and runner up Lewis Condon from Tylorstown Primary who were our winners in the key stage 2 category and to Luke Daniel from Padre Pio RC Primary, the key stage 1 winner!


All our winners receive £100 for their school,  a Millennium Stadium tour for their families and Welsh cakes for their classmates!


Da iawn pawb! 



Join the best... we beat the rest!
Monday 10 February 2014

The Valley team has been busy over the last few weeks, visiting Welsh Universites to meet future teachers!


It is fantastic to have the opportunity to meet students who are enthusiastic and excited about starting their teaching careers.


Valley is fast becoming the first choice for NQTS who want a personal and professional service from a supportive and friendly team. Valley Education also offers the highest rate of pay in the South Wales area, which is a happy bonus!


If you are qualifying this Summer and have not yet signed up to join the Valley team, give us a call or drop us an e-mail. We would love to have you on board!


Happy New Year!
Wednesday 8 January 2014

The Valley team would like to wish all our supply teachers and support staff a very happy and prosperous 2014!


We look forward to working with all our schools and supporting their needs during the new year.

Christmas rush.... get in touch!
Thursday 27 November 2013

The Valley team has been really busy over the last few weeks supporting our schools with their supply needs! We are always looking for quality teachers and learning support assistants (level 3 +), so if you would like to join our winning team, just register your details on our website.


We look forward to meeting you!

Safety First
Wednesday 4 September 2013

Welcome back to the new term -we hope you had an enjoyable break!


During the Summer holidays, the Valley Education team has been extremely busy recruiting new candidates and scrutinising files to ensure that they are fully up to date and compliant, in preparation for this academic year.


We also recently worked with the NSPCC who provided us with training on Safeguarding and Child Protection, which we feel is essential in today's climate. Valley Education is the only local education recruitment agency to have completed this training and the team are all now qualified Safeguarding Officers; something we feel passionate about and are keen to promote to our teachers and schools. 

Top Teacher!
Thursday 4 July 2013

During National Supply Teacher Week, all the names of Valley Education's registered teachers were entered in to a draw to win a kindle, as a token of our appreciation for all their hard work.


The lucky winner was Lindsey Davies, who received her kindle at Maesycwmmer Primary School from Claire Price, Account Manager.


Lindsey has been working for the Valley Team for 3 years and was a very deserved winner.

Friends in High places!
Monday 1 July 2013

Valley Education is offering High Street vouchers to any of our supply teachers who are able to introduce their teacher friends to the team!

Please contact us if you would like further information on this special offer.

National Supply Teacher Week
Monday 14 June 2013

National Supply Teacher Week

17-21 June 2013


This week is National Supply Teacher Week, so we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the fantastic supply teachers that are part of the Valley Education team!

We really do appreciate your commitment and thank you for all your hard work. Long may it continue!

Keep an eye out for an e-mail from us that could contain a special token of our appreciation!



Head to Head
Thursday 9 May 2013

The Valley Education team had the opportunity to meet the RCT Primary Headteachers at their annual conference at the Village hotel this month.

Very well attended, it was a chance for Headteachers to discuss current topics of interest and listen to some of the inspirational presentations relating to the daily life of a Headteacher.

It was fantastic to be able to be part of this event and meet the Heads from schools that Valley Education is able to support and help every day, with their supply needs.

Valley Champions!
Thursday 9 May 2013

After several weeks of rugby game playoffs between Comprehensive Schools in Merthyr and the Cynon valley, the worthy winners were crowned!

Congratulations to the year 7 and 8 teams in Rhydywaun and to the year 9 team in Afon Taf!

Read more about the Valley Education sponsored event -



Who will take home the Valleys cup?
Monday 8 April 2013

Comprehensive schools in Merthyr and The Cynon Valley have been battling it out over the last couple of months to prove they are the worthy winners of the coveted Valley Education cup.

Year 7,8 and 9 pupils from local schools will play their final rugby games on 18 April. Who will follow in the footsteps or our inspirational Welsh team? Watch this space....!


Valley Education surfs the airways!
Monday 8 April 2013

Listen out for our advert on Real Radio!

If you are a supply teacher and would like to join our team, text TEACH to 87474


Blaengarw Primary
Friday 22nd February 2013

We were delighted to present Blaengarw Primary (Bridgend) with their new iPad as winners of our Scrapheap Santa competition, the competition was extremely popular with schools across South Wales with excellent participants, a panel of judges chose Blaengarw as the winner. Well done to all who participated!

Newport Jobs Fair
Wednesday, 5th December 2012

Valley Education will be attending the forthcoming Job’s Fair in Newport on Wednesday, 5th December. If you would like more information about us and to register, why not pop along and meet the team.

Valley Education Hits Bridgend

We are pleased to announce that we have opened a brand new office in Coychurch, Bridgend. We will still offer the same friendly, personal service that you would expect, but in larger premises with parking facilities. If you would like to pop in and meet the team the office will be open between 9:00am – 5:00pm.

"Valley Education will give you an excellent start to your teaching career. They ensure you receive regular and local (whenever possible) work. They also ensure that you gain a range of experience, teaching both Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2 - in classes ranging from nursery to year 6. Valley Education care about you; They take your views into account and they cater for your needs. I would definitely recommend Valley Education!"
Primary Teacher