A SUPPLY teacher agency has announced plans to expand into schools in Runcorn and Widnes.

SIL Supply, which previously operated predominantly in the Liverpool area, will now provide short-term and long-term cover for teachers in Halton.

It comes after the company received a prestigious accreditation from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.

Recruitment consultant Paul Gibson said: "We are proud of placing the right staff with the right schools.

"Whether it’s a teacher or administrative officer, we're driven by the desire to support the wellbeing of the wider school community and make a difference to the lives of children.

"Our REC-audited status award supports our vision to be the most trusted, reliable supply agency in the region and offer a viable solution for educational professionals looking for a flexible work-life balance.

"Supply agencies provide a crucial service to schools and we’re proud to play our part in helping local schools find the talented staff they need."