Yorkshire recruitment agency awarded gold standard for vetting teachers

15 March 2016

A Yorkshire recruitment agency has been awarded the Gold standard for the way it vets teachers and support staff before sending them into schools.

Provide Education has gained REC Audited Education Gold Status for the second time, following an audit to re-assess its safeguarding practices.

The award is the highest national accreditation for safeguarding children by the professional body which regulates the UK’s recruitment industry, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

Provide Education has offices in Barnsley, Brighouse and Worksop and was one of the first recruitment agencies in the UK to gain the award in 2014. To retain it, the company underwent a thorough inspection of its policies and procedures, spot-checks and interviews with its agency staff.

The accreditation comes as Provide Education celebrates ten years of business, offering a 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 2006 by former teacher Barry Simmons and his co-director, experienced recruitment consultant Katie Buckle.

Barry said: “We’re thrilled to have passed the audit with flying colours to retain the gold award, in the same year that we turn ten. I’m very proud of our compliance team and all our staff who work tirelessly at Provide to ensure that the strict policies and procedures are adhered to and followed every single day.

“The safety of the children within the schools we work with is paramount and we will continue to work hard to make sure our high standards continue. Here’s to the next ten years!”

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 in 2013 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. Agencies are re-assessed every two years.


Notes to editor

Picture shows Barry Simmons, co-director of Provide Education.

For more information, contact Barry Simmons or Katie Buckle on 01226 729080 or directors@provide-education.co.uk Visit www.provide-education.co.uk

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 www.rec.uk.com

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