New office for education firm

Clint McKellar and Michelle Olsen line up with children from Cramlington's multi-skills academy as Kevin Gill starts a race.
Clint McKellar and Michelle Olsen line up with children from Cramlington's multi-skills academy as Kevin Gill starts a race.

A specialist educational recruitment firm has opened a new office in South East Northumberland.

The Education Network – a company set up to help schools and colleges recruit teachers, teaching assistants, nursery nurses and special educational needs specialists – has moved into Cramlington’s Manor Walk shopping centre.

The Dudley Court office is its third in the region and 12th nationwide.

Since its launch in Newcastle in 2011 with just three staff, the business has seen its annual turnover rise from £600,000 to this year’s projected £7.8m, and it now employs 31 workers.

Primary education consultant Clint McKellar and Michelle Olsen, a qualified secondary school teacher, will help run the new office.

Company director Kevin Gill, a Cramlington resident, said: “Our business relies on having experienced, specialist staff to help schools get the best possible teachers.

“Clint and Michelle bring a wealth of experience with them which will be invaluable to both teachers looking for work and schools and academies within Northumberland and Tyneside.”

The firm’s expansion into Cramlington has also led to the appointment of Wayne Daley as partnership manager.

He will be responsible for developing existing sporting and community partnerships as well as looking into setting up additional service offerings.

Mr Daley’s job also includes developing specialised training programmes for school governors and academy directors.

He can be contacted on 01670 737264 or by email at wayne.daley@ednetwork.co.uk

The Education Network has already provided £50,000 worth of sponsorship to schools and other organisationsincluding Cramlington Juniors Football Club and Cramlington School Sport Partnership’s multi-skills academy.

“ We are all for giving back to the schools and to the education professionals we look after,” said Mr Gill.

“We enjoy supporting school sports events and activities, and we generally look after our clients and the community well.

“Our work ethos is to repay the confidence that our clients have placed in us by putting sponsorship back into the community we serve.

“The more we work in an area the more projects we can help.”