Focus Education is a family run company, 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.
Feedback from schools
Feedback from teachers and leaders in primary schools and early years' organisations
Beaver Road Primary School
We have benefitted enormously from Focus. Focus provides excellent support for long term, strategic planning & school improvement.
Wilsden Primary School
All of the consultants are easy to get along with & approach the days with a sense of humor. They take time to listen carefully to our needs & are friendly and approachable.
Excellent, allowed us to plan for the future.
Escomb Primary School
Always a pleasure to have in school. Very easy to talk to honestly. Great company for the day! Looking forward to the next time.
Deeplish Primary Academy
The consultant worked well with all, developing knowledge & skills in a positive manner. Teachers left sessions with concrete plans & ideas for further development.
Stamford Park Infant School
The consultant was able to very much meet the needs of a very broad range of staff in terms of skills. Lots of dialogue previous to training which was very useful.
New Ford Primary School
We look forward to working alongside Ros in the future where we can personalise the support even further.
Maple Court Academy
Our Standards in English continue to rise. Staff subject knowledge continues to increase. All staff feel confident and comfortable, adapting her style to suit the people she is working with.
Hawksworth Primary School
Staff are supported at all levels.
St Stephen's Primary School
Very professional and well organised. Worked well with our team.
Parkstone Primary School
Absolutely brilliant! Lovely to work with, very knowledgeable, honest and gives great advice. A real asset to our SLT on the day.
St Anselm's Catholic Primary School
Great trainer. Inspiring. Wealth of experience to share.It was great!
Pocklington Junior School
Extensive subject knowledge and enthusiasm. Excellent recommendation of inspirational books. Very useful course materials for reference later.
Bankfields Primary School
Very professional and well informed on the subject delivered. Excellent! Appropriate use of humour to aid delivery and keep audience engaged. Met the needs of the staff.
Woodchurch CofE Primary School
Extremely knowledgeable and able to relate to changes in the new curriculum. The whole day worked well.
St Stephens Primary School
Very professional. Very warm, caring and has a way of getting across to ALL members of staff.
Whitegate End Primary and Nursery School
Very easy to get on with, listened carefully to all staff. Quickly developed a supportive relationship with leader and staff.
Waterloo Primary School
Very professional, knowledgeable, aware of the realities of school life. Easy to get along with.
Gaddesby Primary School
Very professional. All delegates came away with lots of ideas and resources.
Woodland Community Primary School
As per the usual quality of Focus consultants is superb! A pleasure to work with. All staff enjoyed it.
Limehurst Community Primary School
Excellent – Concise & knowledgeable. Easy to communicate with! Down to earth & realistic about the challenges our school faces on a daily basis. Great with governors.
Wood Fold Primary School
Very knowledgeable. Provided clear strengths and areas for development. Had a clear idea of how to structure the day to get the most out of it. Put staff at ease.
Very Informative, the consultant was excellent and very professional
Ravensthorpe Junior School
Very good delivery. Content was well matched to our needs and our request. Clear, accurate, friendly and supportive. Extremely positive feedback from the different schools.
St Matthews Primary School and Nursery
Identified areas which are good in a positive way and areas which need some work constructively. Very easy to work with and non-judgmental.
Our Lady and St Brendan's Catholic Primary School
Very personable. Easy to talk to & approachable during the day. Understanding & sympathetic to our situation.
Meadow View Primary School
Very professional and knowledgeable. Ability to give clarity for an area of teaching that requires a shift of thinking is excellent.
Barrs Court Primary School
Well worth it! Related training to current trends and thinking including the latest Ofsted framework. Good mix of key messages sprinkled with humour which kept trainees engaged.
Redhill Primary School
Well prepared and relevant content. Approachable and gave staff the confidence to contribute.
Allerton Bywater Primary School
Very Professional, Good to talk to and discuss current issues.
St Clement's CofE Primary School
Excellent. Made the session enjoyable and related well to all staff. Broad knowledge-base and understanding of practical issues.
Eaton Park Academy
Very friendly and approachable. Adapted to the needs of staff. Very professional.
St George's Primary School
St Stephen's Catholic Primary School
Always a pleasure to have at our school! Made all staff feel comfortable, happy to advise all areas asked about. Adapted the sessions to meet our requirements.
Very professional, well organised and prepared, Clear and easy to understand, experienced and knowledgeable. Approachable and humorous, practical and positive
Barnfields Primary School
Well organised and delivered the material in a structured, relevant and interesting way.
Excellent. Understood the context of the school and our needs.
Dunn Street Primary School
All exceptions were met. Communication prior to and after the day were first rate. We enjoyed the day. We were challenged but aware of the next steps to take. Thank You.
Acre Rigg Academy
Very knowledgeable and provided an engaging presentation for staff. An enjoyable and informative day was provided for all.
St Michael with St John CE Primary School
Very friendly and approachable. Excellent.
Very helpful and useful. I was happy with it all. Really Good. He always is.
Caedmon Primary School
Enhanced the quality of teaching and learning. Brilliant. The visit enhanced the quality of teaching and learning.
St Luke's CofE Primary School
Fantastic training delivered. Very knowledgeable and delivered a bespoke package. Outstanding would highly recommend to other schools.
Oatlands Junior School
Excellent! Well prepared and had a clear understanding of what our expectations for the day were.
Very professional and well informed with all the latest educational changes
Nelmes Primary School
Warm, friendly, supportive and encouraging.
Cawood Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School
The consultancy session was well planned and engaging.
Milton Primary School
Excellent support moving and developing our English practice
Carisbrooke CofE Controlled Primary School
Excellent professionalism, very knowledgeable and thorough.
Cherry Tree Primary School
Excellent service, practical ideas and follow up resources.
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 owning 100% of the shares and 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 quickly outgrew these offices but resided there for 6 years, slowly 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 180 titles and working with over 3000 schools annually in the UK. Additionally, Focus Education also diversified into software, apps and subscription services.
Although not actively advertising internationally, we 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 and cardboard;
- 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.