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First wave of recruiters secure REC Audited Education status

First wave of recruiters secure REC Audited Education status

Specialist recruiter PK Education is one of the first wave of recruitment agencies to achieve the new REC Audited Education status.

Launched in May this year, the REC Audited Education scheme provides quality assurance of recruitment agencies that supply teaching and non-teaching staff to schools, academies and education providers across England and Wales.

Following an online diagnostic assessment two REC auditors visited PK Education’s Nottingham office in July and spent a full day reviewing processes and procedures related to safeguarding, client relationships and adherence to relevant legislation.

PK Education director Karl Housley says:“We are placing professionals into schools to educate, challenge and mould young minds, an honour and responsibility we take very seriously. We are extremely proud to be one of the first national supply teaching agencies to be awarded this new standard.

“Applying for REC Audited Education was our chance to prove to ourselves, our staff and the outside world that we are working to the highest possible standards. The process, even though rigorous, has extremely clear expectations and makes sure an agency has all the fundamental business processes in place as they should.

“We take our safeguarding responsibilities very seriously and all of our company policies are geared towards delivering the best possible service to our clients and candidates. The REC Audited Education award validates this and will only add to the continued success of the company.”

REC chief executive Kevin Green says:“We have had a tremendous response to our new scheme from recruiters as well their clients in schools and local education authorities. The first agencies to pass the grade should feel rightly proud. To be awarded the badge, recruitment agencies have to prove they are not just compliant with all necessary legislation and regulations but that they operate the very best practice.”

REC Audited Education builds on the legacy of the Quality Mark, which the REC managed on behalf of the Department for Education for over a decade before the coalition government withdrew funding as part of its austerity programme. For more information visit


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