Totally Focused Local Education Supply

COVID-19

Because 2020 has proved the most challenging year in our 20-year history, our thoughts and efforts have been with our teaching staff – and the Schools, Nurseries and Colleges who need them.

The NASUWT has reported that many supply teachers were denied access to the Government’s furlough scheme and in some cases, teachers working through umbrella companies were furloughed at 80 per cent of the National Minimum Wage.

So what has Focus Education done to support local teachers and education providers? Since the global pandemic impacted the UK with full force in March we have worked tirelessly to support our staff and childcare/educational settings.

Focus Education has:

  • Supported our Teachers since March through the furlough scheme

Focus Education furloughed all our staff, when changes were made to the scheme and employers had to take on additional costs from the 1st August, we continued to furlough our staff (at cost to our business).

  • Kept our phone lines open throughout the pandemic

Offering information and support, to help alleviate the pressure on teaching staff and schools.

  • Placed many teachers in schools since they reopened – and continue to do so

Since schools have returned in September, we have been extremely proactive. We continue to place staff in schools and navigate the various challenges including year groups being sent home, schools closing and staff/children having to self-isolate.

  • Offered teachers free COVID awareness courses

All staff have had access to free COVID awareness courses, been informed of individual school procedures, as well as receiving advice on claiming financial support while having to self-isolate. 

We will continue to use our experience, technical expertise, integrity and professional standards to ensure we provide the highest standards of educational placements service for both long-term and short-term appointments.

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Focus Education is a leading teacher supply agency that specialises in matching high quality supply teachers, teaching assistants, nursery nurses and cover supervisors to placements within our extensive network of colleges,schools and nurseries in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, Cheshire and Shropshire.

We are delighted to have been in business since 1999 and continue to provide excellent staff to meet the needs and challenges of the ever-growing Education Sector. Our offices are run by small teams of friendly and efficient professionals who are dedicated to helping schools and teachers alike.

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