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Classpeople appoints Primary Team Leader and Special Education Needs Consultant

Classpeople appoints Primary Team Leader and Special Education Needs Consultant to support company's development

Classpeople, a leading specialist recruitment consultancy in the education sector, has hired Lydia Hill and Amanda Spearey as Primary Team Leader and Special Education Needs (SEN)/Secondary Recruitment Consultant, respectively, to join their growing team at their new head office in Cheltenham.

In line with Classpeople's development strategy, Lydia will be responsible for a number of managerial duties, including leading the Primary team, while Amanda will be responsible for heading up the dedicated SEN service, which is the latest consultancy offering for development at the business.

As an independent teaching agency, run by teachers for teachers, Classpeople place great importance on their staff to always ensure they put the best interests of children, schools and teachers at the heart of the recruitment process. These values go in line with both Lydia's and Amanda's beliefs and previous experience, which made them the strongest candidates for the positions.

Prior to joining Classpeople, Lydia worked as a Senior Consultant at Hays Recruitment for more than three years and is now looking forward to expanding her invaluable recruitment experience into new areas and putting her strong existing relationships with both teachers and schools to use.

Commenting on her new position, Lydia said: "Classpeople was recommended to me by teachers who were registered with several recruitment agencies, including Classpeople, so I've always known what a great reputation Classpeople has within the teaching community, so it was a dream achievement for me to be selected for the role.

"After only a month, I've already had client meetings with more than 15 schools, which has been a particularly exciting experience, allowing me to move away from the corporate treadmill. Developing strong relationships with schools and teachers is my favourite part of the job, in addition to and supporting them in their roles and personal development."

Special Education Needs (SEN) is the latest consultancy offering and is being developed by Amanda Spearey, who joins the team with a wealth of experience having working previously as a supply teacher, SEN teacher and Head of ICT and Science at Cotswold Chime for more than four years. As a result, Amanda understands the complexities of Special Needs jobs and will lead Classpeople in its commitment to offering rewarding opportunities with pupils who have severe and complex needs, including autistic spectrum disorders, and emotional and social difficulties. This experience has already proved beneficial for Amanda in her new position, as she knows first-hand what it is like to be a supply teacher and consequently has an appreciation of the required candidate qualities to find a perfect fit for Special Education Needs schools in search for supply teachers.

Amanda said: "I was already looking for a new career direction when I heard about the career opening at Classpeople, so I applied immediately. I look forward to working with the team and growing this exciting new area of the business into a specialist offering with an extensive base of SEN supply teachers and strong client relationships."

Lynis Bassett, Managing Director of Classpeople, added: "We're delighted to welcome Lydia and Amanda on board their enthusiasm and understanding of the challenges provided by teachers and schools will strengthen our team to provide the best recruitment service in our market. Lydia and Amanda have already become invaluable team members at our new vibrant pink office at the Eagle Tower in Cheltenham."

Classpeople offer an alternative to the standard supply teaching recruitment process to best match their teachers with the individual ethos and culture of a school. The agency was launched in 2003 by Lynis Bassett and has grown to become a leading market provider with offices now in Bristol, Swindon and Birmingham, as well as the head office in Cheltenham.


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