Yorkshire agency's bid to tackle growing struggle to recruit and retain teachers

The team from Supported Recruitment, including Helen Russell, centre, and Richard Robinson, to her right, and James Robinson, to her left.
The team from Supported Recruitment, including Helen Russell, centre, and Richard Robinson, to her right, and James Robinson, to her left.
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A York-based education recruitment agency has pledged “to change the teacher supply agency landscape” in an attempt to tackle an increasing struggle to recruit and retain teachers.

Supported Recruitment, which is run by education professionals, supplies short and long-term cover teachers to schools, whilst offering them tailored classroom-based support.

It works with partnership schools to support teachers, including those who are new to the profession, in an effort to broaden their experience and use supply cover as a stepping stone into a full time contract.

Co-director and founder Richard Robinson said: “This concept of ‘in school support’ offered by the agency not only develops teachers, but also creates strong, professional relationships between the agency and the school.

“Their schools experience a service delivered by fellow educational professionals. This support is always free to both the teacher and the school, it underpins everything they do. In a time when more and more teachers are leaving the profession, we are working hard to re-engage teachers with the job they love.”

The agency started as a small family-run business based in York, however, after just two academic years its approach to teacher recruitment and supply has seen it go from strength-to-strength.

As a result the agency is spreading its wings into West Yorkshire and has opened a new branch in Leeds.

Former headteacher Helen Russell has been appointed as co-director at the new branch, where she will head up the Leeds operation alongside fellow director James Robinson.

She said: “I’ve loved my teaching career so far and have particularly enjoyed mentoring and coaching colleagues across the primary phase, identifying personal strengths and designing bespoke Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities. I can now bring all of this experience to Supported Recruitment to get the best for our supply teachers and the schools in which they are placed.”