At Breslin education is one of our greatest passions and the wealth of educational expertise across our team underlines this: we work, or have worked, variously as OFSTED inspectors, senior examiners, senior and subject leaders in schools and colleges, Local Authority Advisers and text book authors and editors.
To date, our education clients have included a secondary school in Stevenage, a secondary academy in Enfield, a group of schools in Herfordshire exploring the possibility of setting up a new sixth form consortium, the backers of a new Free School in North London (and for whom we produced the curriculum plan), the Orwell Youth Prize (which we were commissioned to lead through to pilot and launch), the academy group, Oasis Community Learning, the British Educational Research Association, the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), Cambridge University Press (for whom we have just published a range of examination preparation guides for students, parents and teachers), and the Centre for Leadership in Education at UCL Institute of Education.
For us, learning has to be lifelong and life-wide, something that precedes and continues after statutory or formal schooling and something that takes place in a range of contexts: the classroom, the lecture hall, the workplace, the youth group, the nieighbourhood, the on-line community, the family and the friendship network.
We have a particular interest in professional and vocational education, in 14-19 provision, in family learning, in citizenship education and the wider social curriculum, in adult and community learning and in informal and alternative models of education.
We are interested in models that deliver achievement and inclusion, in approaches that are demanding and challenging of the learner while remaining compassionate and human scale, and in strategies that deliver the skills and qualifications required in the employment market while nurturing the qualities and outlooks that make for personal effectiveness and fulfillment.
During 2016, we will begin to locate all of our educational activity under the Transform Education identity, partly to emphasise our specialist knowledge in this field, and partly as a statement of intent. We believe there are few things more important than transforming education, and we plan to make our contribution to such a project.