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Who We Are

Founded in 2016, by educationalist Zen Kahn, Education 1st Recruitment & Consultancy is one of the educational industry’s leading professional educational recruitment companies focused on the needs of our clients. We create custom tailored solutions that can help them find a new career in the UK, Middle East and international educational position market. We work laterally with select teachers and educational administrators who have demonstrated their commitment to the students they teach and interact with on a daily basis.


What People Say About Us

We have had an impact on many people’s lives and careers, here’s a word from Gary Williams, one of our success stories.


What We Do

Our experienced educational recruitment specialists are located throughout the UK, USA, Canada, UAE, South Africa and Australia to ensure our clients have access to vacancies anywhere in the world. This also enables us to be more effective at placing our candidates in the educational positions they are looking for with a much higher success rate. If you are looking for a career in teaching and want a recruitment company that is focused on your needs and your professional goals, contact Education 1st Recruitment today.

Our Founder

Our founder and CEO, Zen Kahn, is a committed leader in the field of education and has helped thousands of teachers from all over the world change careers, get a teaching position and find their calling within the global educational industry. As a dedicated educationalist in both the UK and the Middle East, Zen has worked as a Senior Leader and Vice Principal in schools and has identified the need for an educational recruitment company which focuses its services on the very core of the educational system; the teachers.

Why Choose Education 1st Recruitment?

Why should you trust Education 1st Recruitment for your professional teaching career placement needs? We specialise in working with some of the world’s leading educational organisations and have already placed thousands of Science Teachers, Art Teachers, PE Teachers, EYFS Teachers, KG Teachers, Elementary Teachers, Principals and Vice Principals, Nursery Managers and more in the careers they want. Education 1st Recruitment values our clients and works hard to ensure their complete satisfaction. Every time you visit our site, we will be there to answer any questions and to provide you with the best educational recruitment experience possible.

Contact Us

To learn more about Education 1st Recruitment, contact us today and let one of our experienced educational recruitment consultants assist you and answer any questions you might have about our full line of recruitment services.

You can find out more about our recruiting services, educational training and more by emailing info@education1st.co.uk.


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GL Education

ZEN PD ( a trading style of Education 1st) is proud to announce that we are now a GL Education Endorsed Training Provider.


GL Education has provided intense and thorough high-quality assessments for institutions and educational services that provide training to people who work with children’s education, mental health and wellbeing. Being certified as a GL Education Endorsed Training Provider shows you that Education 1st Recruitment is committed to ensuring only high-quality training is provided to all sectors.


IPSEF (International and Private Schools Education Forum)

From the 21st until the 23rd of September, IPSEF Middle East will be taking place where speaker Zen Kahn, CEO of Education 1st Recruitment and ZenPD will be speaking about professional development and her own experiences working with training and large-scale recruitment. IPSEF will be taking place at the InterContinental Hotel at Dubai Festival City.


MESLC (Middle East School Leadership Conference)

Zen Khan Middle East Leadership

Zen Kahn will also be speaking at the Middle East School Leadership Conference on the 9th and 10th of October, 2018, at the Le Meridien Hotel & Conference Centre in Dubai.



Zen’s conference at the MESLC will be focused around, ‘Connecting Wellbeing & Professional Development for the future of Education,’ and will be a focused talk regarding how professional development can have a major influence on teacher and leader wellbeing and vice versa. This leadership workshop will provide you with valuable information and an insight into the connection with wellbeing and professional development.