More maths teachers sought by Barnsley recruitment agency to meet demand

19 October 2015

Barry Simmons of Provide Education Barnsley - This photo was supplied by Capital B Media, a public relations and media training agency based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. For more information, please visit A Barnsley-based recruitment agency has launched a campaign to attract more maths teachers to meet rising demand in the classroom.

Provide Education works with 2,200 teachers helping them to find supply teaching posts - and sometimes permanent jobs - in hundreds of schools across the region.

The company now wants to add 20 per cent more maths teachers to its books to help respond to the increasing number of vacancies in this core subject.

Provide’s campaign reflects a national shortage of maths teachers. Latest government figures show that the number of teacher vacancies in general increased by a third last year and, in a survey by PA News, three out of four local education authorities said qualified maths teachers were amongst the hardest to recruit.

At the same time, maths has overtaken English as the most popular subject to study at A level according to the Department for Education and the importance of STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) is becoming more widely acknowledged.

Director of Provide Education Barry Simmons said: “Maths is an essential subject to be taught to children throughout their school years and demand for talented teachers in this subject is simply outstripping supply.

“We need more qualified people on our books. At the moment, there are more vacancies than available teachers. The numbers just don’t add up.”

Provide Education’s campaign is being backed by Gareth Hawley, of Rotherham, who has 35 years’ experience as a maths teacher behind him. Recently retired, he is now providing cover on short-term contracts for maths lessons in local schools through Provide Education.

Gareth said: “I have loved being a maths teacher for many years and I’ve taught children through to A levels who have gone on to university and become doctors and engineers. Its satisfying teaching to any standard though, maths and numeracy are key skills for all young people to grasp.

“It’s great to be teaching again now and I would urge any maths teacher, who has been away from teaching for any reason and would like to get back in the classroom, to give Provide a call.”

The Government is currently also trying to boost maths teacher recruitment nationally, encouraging more graduates to train as maths teachers with a package of measures including a £4,000 payment up-front.

Barry said: “We’d love to hear from all qualified maths teachers who have perhaps had a break from the profession and are thinking about coming back or, on the other hand, newly qualified teachers keen to get experience at the chalkface.”

Based at Barugh Green, Barnsley, Provide Education aims to provide an effective two-way service helping schools in South and West Yorkshire and East Midlands to fill positions quickly and safely and supporting teachers and other education sector staff to find jobs that suit them perfectly.

Every new candidate joining Provide Education has a face-to-face interview with one of the company’s consultants to ensure thorough vetting procedures and paperwork is carried out and the candidate can discuss what kind of jobs and schools would suit them best. The company then provides on-going support, training and development.

Notes to editor

Attached photograph shows director of Provide Education Barry Simmons

For more information, contact Barry Simmons or Katie Buckle on 01226 729080 or e-mail

For more information about maths teaching please visit

For Department of Education figures see

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. To find out more, visit

Provide Education operates a rapid response 24/7 service for schools and children’s centres. It provides emergency, same-day cover for illness and so on, as well as more planned supply cover.

Additional media contact: Steph Pollard on 01226 766900 or 0776 196 4492 or at

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