New jobs at Gateshead firm as demand grows for education software

A fast growing Gateshead technology firm is gearing up for expansion as it looks to create new jobs on the back of demand for its specialist online education software.

Team Valley-based Mesma, which has seen sales take off among schools and colleges in its first full year of trading, is currently looking to recruit additional software developers to bolster its existing team of highly skilled experts.

The move is part of plans by the firm’s directors Neil Donkin, Carole Loader and Louise Doyle to develop and diversify its core improvement planning Mesma software.

Launched into the education sector in 2013, this highly versatile software ensures schools among other education providers are properly prepared for Ofsted inspections, which often take place at short notice.

The system enables heads and other staff to focus more time and resources on teaching and learning provision and less on paperwork, helping them to complete self-assessment reports – a requirement of the Ofsted common inspection framework.

Now, the firm is aiming to recruit more developers to facilitate the design of additional new components that schools, FE colleges and national not-for-profit groups like The MindSet require.

This includes features such as new self-assessment and SWOT reports and alongside the versatile improvement-planning module.

The Mesma platform was initially set-up in response to changes implemented by education watchdog Ofsted, which led to schools, colleges and independent providers receiving reduced notice of inspection.

Company director Louise Doyle said: “We have exceeded our expectations and are now ready to bring on-board additional developer resources to meet demand and move our core software offering forward to the next stage.

“We are actively looking to create a number of new posts for talented and skilled developers, who are keen to join a young and hungry business that has huge potential for growth over the next five years.

“We are also keen to speak to individuals interested in part-time business development positions, in line with our ethos to provide flexible working opportunities as we build our company.”

Louise and her fellow directors have more than 30 years experience in business and working in with the education sector between them, helping head teachers and other staff complete self-assessment – a requirement of the Ofsted common inspection framework. More at