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Recruitment company keeping schools staffed

Thursday 18th June, 2020

Recruitment company keeping schools staffed

A specialist recruitment agency based in Newham is playing a key role in keeping schools staffed across the region during the coronavirus pandemic.

Opus Education on Newham Road is an education recruitment specialist with more than 300 teachers on its books. It provides temporary and permanent teaching staff and training and consultancy services for schools in Cornwall and Devon.

Despite the COVID-19 lockdown many schools have remained open for vulnerable children and children of critical workers. Among its specialisms, Opus works closely with the Wave Multi Academy Trust across Cornwall and Devon and the Special Partnership Trust in Cornwall, both of which support children with additional needs.

And with primary and secondary schools now reopening to some years, Opus Education is seeing increasing demand for all its services.

Opus branch manager Sam Harrison said: “Teachers are working so hard in the current crisis but may not be able to come into school due to shielding for health reasons so we’ve been busy supplying temporary staff, often at short notice.

“This is also the time of year when schools are thinking about their permanent recruitment needs for September and interviewing candidates, but lockdown has made the process much more difficult so that’s another area where we’ve been able to help.”

Opus employs six people and has been operating as normal throughout lockdown, having enabled homeworking for staff.

The business was founded in 2014 and has created its own app where teachers can register for work, upload their CV, look for jobs and submit timesheets. The app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play store by searching “Opus Education Recruitment”.

Opus currently has a special offer and will pay for DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) for any teacher that registers with them by September 2020.  You can take advantage of this offer by visiting or calling 01872 279 810.

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