The new company acquired Empowering Learning on inception in 2017 and TimePlan later that year. Both companies are among the most established and well-respected agencies in the supply teaching market. In 2018, the company acquired Team Teach, the UK’s leading provider of behavioural management training to teachers.
Empowering Learning is led by a highly talented CEO with an extensive and successful track record in the sector. Graphite has significant experience in this market, having previously successfully invested in Education Personnel. The organic growth of the recruitment division is driven by attracting talented consultants and opening a substantial network of offices across the UK. The training division is expanding its course offering in the UK and internationally. The company has a bank of skilled EAL (English as an additional language) teachers while its flagship training package, the Teachers’ Standards Programme, supports teachers with overseas training wanting to work in UK classrooms.
Supply teaching involves the provision of temporary staff to cover planned and unplanned vacancies in classrooms. Short-term vacancies typically result from teacher sickness and training days. Longer-term placements are driven by cover for maternity leave and unfilled full-time vacancies. Behavioural management training for teachers is underpinned by strong demand drivers, including rising levels of inappropriate behaviour by children and the continuing upward pressure on class sizes.
While Covid-19 had an immediate and material short-term adverse impact on the education services sector, due to the school closures across the UK, activity levels started to recover as soon as schools reopened. Demand for education services is fundamentally resilient and the sector is expected to be at the forefront of the recovery journey from Covid-19.
Graphite is supporting the business in broadening its service offering including further potential acquisition opportunities.