Barnsley recruitment agency gains gold award for vetting teachers

22 January 2014

A Barnsley-based recruitment agency has become one of the first in the country to gain a gold standard for the way it vets teachers and support staff before sending them in to schools.

Provide Education has been awarded the highest national accreditation for safeguarding children by the professional body which regulates the UK's recruitment industry, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

The company underwent a thorough inspection of its policies and procedures, spot-checks and interviews with agency staff to achieve gold standard status as an REC audited recruitment agency. Provide Education is one of only a handful of specialist education agencies in the country to have been awarded this standard.

Provide Education’s managing director Barry Simmons said: “We are delighted to receive the REC’s gold standard for education recruitment, which recognises our quality of service in general and our commitment to safeguarding children in particular.

“Vetting is at the forefront of our daily working lives and crucial to the two-way service we provide, helping schools and children’s centres to fill positions quickly and safely and supporting teaching and non-teaching staff to find supply and permanent jobs that suit them perfectly.

“We aim to connect schools with the right teacher at the right time and at the right cost - but our top priority will always be safeguarding children. We hope head teachers will see this REC award as further reassurance that we are doing everything we should be doing to ensure the safety of pupils.”

Provide Education, based at Barugh Green, offers a professional 24-hour rapid response recruitment service to help more than 500 schools in West and South Yorkshire and the East Midlands fill supply jobs and permanent vacancies. It has more than 2,000 teachers, teaching assistants and nursery nurses on its books, as well as other non-teaching staff. The company was set up in 2007 by former teacher Barry and his co-director Katie Jones, an experienced recruitment consultant.

The REC is the professional body for the recruitment industry committed to raising standards and highlighting excellence. The REC introduced a detailed audit for education agencies last year which focuses on safeguarding procedures. Agencies must prove they comply with and exceed all legal requirements for recruiting, vetting, supporting and managing teachers and non-teaching staff going to work with young people.

REC chief executive Kevin Green said: “This award acknowledges the dedication and professionalism of Provide Education and recognises that stringent standards of compliance and best practice are met on a daily basis. Provide Education is a credit to the REC and the reputation of the industry."

Notes to Editor

Picture shows Provide Education’s managing director Barry Simmons.

For more information, contact Barry Simmons or Katie Jones on 01226 729080 or Visit

Provide Education is a specialist education recruitment agency which offers a 24-hour rapid response recruitment service to help schools in West and South Yorkshire and the East Midlands fill supply and permanent job vacancies.  Provide Education works with schools, colleges, children’s centres and nurseries and has teachers, special educational needs specialists, nursery nurses, cover supervisors, teaching assistants, exam invigilators, office administration staff and cleaning staff on its books.

Provide Education’s head office is at Claycliffe Business Park, Barugh Green
Barnsley and the company has two regional offices, one in Brighouse covering West Yorkshire and another in Worksop serving the East Midlands.

The REC Audited Education accreditation scheme replaces the Department for Education’s Quality Mark which ceased to exist in April 2013. The new award represents a robust standard for recruitment in education building on the legacy of the Quality Mark and is endorsed by local authorities, teaching unions and school organisations. For more information visit

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