About Us

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.

Our History

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Our Story

Focus Education was Established in 1993 by Clive & Linda Davies as Focus Inspection Services and, at the time, was predominantly an Inspection provider. In 2001, their daughter Claire joined the company and they expanded to provide CPD in the form of INSET and conferences and began selling their first publications written by Clive.

The company moved from their home office to an office in their local village and they became a publisher, publishing and retailing their ever-growing range of resources for schools.
As their consultancy team and business grew, so did the central team. In 2007, the business moved to new premises in a converted church on the outskirts of Saddleworth.

In 2008, Clive Davies received an OBE for his services to Education, and the business had built a strong reputation for quality, professionalism and value for money.

Setting up Focus-Trust

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.

Looking to the future

Fast-forward to 2024, and the education landscape has changed post-pandemic. Focus Education has streamlined and adapted to work with schools’ ever-decreasing budgets and the challenges they face daily. We now offer a full range of courses via live webinars and have a vast library of on-demand recorded courses. We still provide high-quality bespoke CPD training, but with the choice of face-to-face or via Zoom.

Our range of publications has continued to increase, but these are now available as e-books and downloads.  Our Learning Challenge Curriculum, first created over ten years ago, has been adopted in thousands of schools throughout England and has received excellent feedback.

As we enter our 30th year, our aim for the future is simple… continue working hard to support schools nationally, increase the number of schools we work with while maintaining and improving the standard of service we give to schools and academies, and provide a personal, professional and worthwhile service.

Visions and Values

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 educational resources are written by our expert education consultants to save time for busy school leaders and teachers. They are also simple and straightforward to use.

Practical Solutions
We work hard to keep things simple. We don’t believe in jargon or complexity for the sake of it - that’s why we take complex 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 consultants come from an educational background as teachers, headteachers, or Ofsted inspectors, and they use this background to speak from experience.

We value diversity in all the schools we work with and ensure that our advice and practice reflect 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 give 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.

Environmental Policy

  • The paper used in our books is FSC approved – this means all our paper is from responsible sources;
  • We recycle our ink cartridges;
  • We recycle paper, cardboard, plastic and bottles;
  • We encourage cycling and walking to work and car sharing when possible;
  • All the Focus Education reports are produced and reported electronically; this saves heaps of paper during the year;
  • We use reusable glasses for our drinks.

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