Focus Education is a family run company running for over 25 years, providing advice and educational support to primary schools and academies. We are committed to enabling schools and academies to be the best that they can be.
We’re proud of our work and our values; we use our backgrounds in education to build links with schools and academies; that’s why we currently work with over 3,500 primary schools and early years’ organisations in England.
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Established in 1993 by Clive & Linda Davies, Focus Inspection Services, now known as Focus Education UK Ltd is a private family owned and run business with both Clive and Linda Davies and their daughter Claire Duggan actively managing and working within the company.
The company has grown from a small inspection provider to a large Educational Consultancy operating nationally and internationally. 15 years ago Clive and Linda made the decision to expand the business into other markets.
Claire joined the business and set up the first ever Focus Education one-day course in Leeds, on the 27th September 2000. This was so successful it was closely followed by a further 4 courses. The realisation was that there was a real need for educational support in schools outside of the local authority. Focus Education went on to run 45 courses that year throughout England.
On the back of the courses came a real demand for inset in schools. Schools also started snapping up the range of subject leadership manuals Clive Davies had written. This was superseded later that year with a new book on ‘Raising Standards by Setting Targets’. So successful was this publication that half of all the schools in England owned a copy!
It was during this time the family finally stopped ‘working from home’ and bought its first premises, a large office building in the local village of Uppermill in Saddleworth, just outside Oldham.
The family recruited another consultant and a further 2 team members to work alongside Clive, Linda, Claire and Linda’s dad, Cliff.
The company outgrew these offices but resided there for 6 years, expanding the central admin and consultancy teams. Throughout this time, we built a strong reputation for quality, professionalism and value for money.
In 2008, Clive Davies was awarded an OBE for his services to Education.
In January 2008, the Focus Education team moved into the ground floor of Talking Point and have been there ever since. This is a renovated church in Saddleworth.
The team have expanded again both centrally and through consultancy, now running 250 conferences every academic year, selling a publications range that exceeded over 230 titles and working with over 3500 schools annually in the UK. Additionally, Focus Education also diversified into software, apps and subscription services.
We also carry out a large number of consultancies worldwide including America, UAE, Far East, Japan, Africa and Europe.
In 2012, the Focus-Trust was set up; a multi academy trust with Focus Education as the sponsor. This currently has 13 Primary Academies all based in the North of England. Clive, Linda and Claire are all actively involved with the Focus-Trust. Clive sits on the Board and is also a governor of one of the Trust’s Academies. Clive describes the Trust as his legacy to primary education.
“I am extremely proud of what we have achieved in the Focus-Trust. It’s not been easy as we have taken on under-performing schools, but the central team work really hard to support and challenge these academies. This is an opportunity for Focus Education to put its money where its mouth is. Children are at the heart of everything in the Trust and although Focus Education is a commercial company, the Focus-Trust is a charity and is an opportunity for us to give something back. We have contributed hundreds of thousands of pounds to the Trust, not to mention the set up costs but at the end of the day, the children will benefit.”
Focus Education will continue working hard to support schools nationally. We hope to grow the publications range and increase the numbers of schools we work with annually, while maintaining and improving the standard of service we give schools and academies.
“Most of Focus Education’s business is through recommendations and word of mouth with much of it being repeat business. This is heart-warming to us as it means we are doing a great job. When the business started to grow, my parents and I maintained we wanted to continue to make a difference to schools, never lose the quality but provide a personal, professional and worthwhile service. No matter how big we get, we’re still a family business and maintain those values in everything we do.”
The visions and values of Focus Education define our company. Our vision is outlined below by the areas we consider key.
Quality Education Resources
Our Education resources are designed to save time for busy school leaders and teachers. They are all written by our expert education consultants. All our resources are designed to be simple and straightforward to use.
We work hard to keep things simple. We don’t believe in jargon or being complex for the sake of it – it’s why we take the difficult topics and present them in a user-friendly manner.
We work to do the right thing – keeping children at the centre of all advice and decision making.
Credible & High Quality Support
All our Education consultants come from an education background as teachers, headteachers or Ofsted inspectors and use this background to speak from experience.
We value diversity in all schools we work with and ensure that all our advice and practice reflects the diverse nature of the communities we serve.
The Best People
We employ the very best – our expert education consultants are the best in their field and their backgrounds as headteachers and Ofsted inspectors gives them a unique perspective.
A True Partnership with Schools
We work with you. Your agenda is our agenda. Our consultants want to understand your school and your needs to help make the biggest difference for your pupils.
- The paper used in our books is FSC approved – this means all our paper is from responsible sources;
- We recycle our ink cartridges;
- Recycle paper, cardboard, plastic and bottles;
- Encourage cycling and walking to work and car shares when possible;
- All the Focus reports are produced and reported electronically, this saves heaps of paper during the year;
- We use reusable glasses for our drinks.
If you have any suggestions please get in touch, we are always looking for new ways in which we can help the environment within the office.