A TEACHER is helping other singletons in education meet their love matches through an online dating website created during the lockdown.

History teacher, Tom Rodgers, 37, who is originally from Pensby set up his latest brainchild, ‘Edudate’, from his bedroom during the coronavirus pandemic.

The website, which now has 5,000 members, began by offering teachers the opportunity to virtually speed date other teachers but has since relaunched into a traditional dating website since restrictions eased.

Tom told the Globe: “At the start of the pandemic I wanted to create something online that would be fun.

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“I just set it up in my bedroom and it took off pretty quickly.

“It started off as online speed dating events, but I’ve had to adapt with the changes of the pandemic so now people can send messages and see profiles like a traditional dating service.”

Since the launch of Edudate, Tom has received numerous feedback from teachers who have met their match.

He said: “There are a lot of success stories. People message me to update me on their relationships because of the site.

“We’ve even had a baby born that was from people who met on there. So, it’s going really strong.

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“I think there are certain things teachers have in common. Obviously, there are the holidays but there’s also an understanding of the job and the way it works.

“I guess it’s hard for teachers to meet other teachers because they’re busy and a lot of the time don’t have the opportunity to interact with other adults in school.”

Members of the site can join for free or pay £8 for a priority membership which includes unlimited instant messaging.

Tom said: “It was really a DIY job which started as a lockdown project but I’m so happy with the success stories and knowing I’ve made other people happy with what I’ve created.

“It’s been a lot of fun I’m excited to see what the future holds for it.”