A BUSINESS venture launched by a South Tyneside teacher is proving top of the class.
Six years ago, Premier Teachers Ltd was established by teacher Mike Donnelly.
Born in South Shields, Mr Donnelly trained as a science teacher in the late 1990s, before finding work in Hertfordshire.
After encountering a number of poor supply teachers, Mr Donnelly wondered if it was possible to set up a high quality recruitment service for schools – and Premier Teachers was the result. With the help of a friend, the agency soon made a number of placements and rapidly expanded across the region.
In August this year, Premier Teachers opened an office at St Peter’s Gate, in Sunderland.
After a series of interviews this summer, the company recruited more than 40 teachers and teaching assistants.
Ex-primary headteacher Garry Terretta was taken on, working as a consultant, specialising in SEN (Special Educational Needs) and primary education, leaving Mr Donnelly to concentrate on the secondary sector and running the business.
Premier Teachers has also recruited Jennifer Marsden, a work placement student from Newcastle University, to help with the administrative side of the business.
Mr Donnelly said: “The challenge now is to get enough teachers and teaching assistants to service the needs of schools in the whole of the North East, including South Tyneside schools, as demand is currently very high.
“As a local agency run by teachers, Premier Teachers is uniquely well placed to expertly place staff in local primary, SEN and secondary schools, and the agency is now successfully placing teachers as far as Teesside.”
Any local teachers or teaching assistants requiring more information should call Mike Donnelly on 556 1033 or e-mail their CVs to firstname.lastname@example.org.