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Education Staffing Link Limited (ESL) was founded in 1994 by Dorothy Dakin. Her aim was simple, to offer schools and members of the profession a high quality supply service.

Dorothy’s son, Jonathan, joined ESL in 1997 and with Dorothy’s expert guidance helped transform ESL from a sole propriety to a Limited Company which now employs 8 people within the office. 

In 2002, ESL was an inaugural member of the DfE sponsored Quality Mark scheme; maintaining 100% compliance until the scheme was closed in April 2013. Recognising the value and benefit of external audit and validation, ESL was an active supporter of REC Audited for Education. ESL were the first Midlands company to receive the award in November 2013 and have maintained this accreditation ever since.

ESL maintains a commitment to deliver to prospective and existing client schools, team members and pupils a long term high quality service based on collaboration and trust. 

ESL operates by the following guiding principles:

  • Safeguarding
  • Integrity
  • Partnership
  • Financial Fairness
  • Service 
  • Compliance

We are a preferred supplier to Birmingham City Council schools. We are also an approved umbrella body registered with the Disclosure and Barring Service to adminster checks.


Committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all team members to share in and support this commitment.

Committed to Equal Opportunities in Employment and positively welcome your application irrespective of your gender, race, disability, colour, ethnic or national origin, marital status, religion or age.