Growing your team’s capacity and strength:

bespoke professional development programmes for the education industry

Our leadership team, senior associates and world-leading specialists develop and deliver programmes for individuals and teams. Our lead consultants work with you to understand what would be most useful to you and your team and then design and deliver bespoke programmes to meet those needs. 

  • Bespoke programme design and delivery
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Culture change implementation 
  • Delegate and application management
  • Executive education course design and delivery
  • LMS management 
  • New or adapted course material
  • Sourcing keynote speakers, authors and coaches
  • Teacher professional development
  • Workshop facilitation
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Our areas of expertise include:

  • Personal development
  • Strategic thinking
  • Implementation and content delivery
  • Values and culture change
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“Oriel Square’s training was personal, face-to-face and, most importantly, relevant to our business and our needs. The trainer was extremely discreet and highly credible – all of my team listened carefully to him as he delivered the workshop. They were respectful of his approach and his experience and fed back very positively on the whole day.”

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PROGRAMME DESIGN AND DELIVERY

Our leadership team, senior associates and world-leading specialists develop and deliver programmes for individuals and teams. Our lead consultants work with you to understand what would be most useful to you and your team and then design and deliver bespoke programmes to meet those specific needs. 

We work with you to conduct a needs analysis of a change required, including process, team development, training and culture change. Working with you, we then draft and agree on a programme to address those needs and bring about that change. This could include training input, facilitation of team sessions, and mentoring and coaching.

Our courses reflect our values: they are designed to promote inclusivity, sustainability and effective leadership within our industry, to support better education.

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Interested in getting started straight away with off-the-shelf short courses? Our programme of bookable courses is available now.

“The course was very accommodating and flexible. John and Sam provided engaging well-run sessions and a great deal of relevant experience.”

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King's College, Cambridge

Cambridge Partnership for Education, EdTech Fellowship for The Gulf

Developing and delivering an academic fellowship for EdTech leadership in the Gulf on behalf of Cambridge Partnership for Education, sponsored by HP.

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Cambridge Partnership for Education, EdTech Fellowship for The Gulf

We worked with CPE to develop the teaching curriculum and then deliver it by inviting guest speakers and expert trainers to engage with the Fellows.

Cambridge was looking to communicate expertise in EdTech to cohorts globally by bringing expert voices into the room so that our Fellows could hear from a range of experiences from major interventions in all parts of the globe. It was also looking to build a genuine fellowship so that the alumni would stay in touch for the rest of their careers to exchange ideas.

We were able to deliver those outcomes by developing the teaching curriculum and then working with experts in EdTech – be that academics or political leadership from Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa – to deliver the learning outcomes.

The calibre of the Fellows has meant that there has been a great desire to learn and we have a cohort who can apply their learning and the experience of others immediately in the work they’re doing.

We have successfully set up an environment where people can discuss their experiences and concerns while navigating these difficult waters. We succeeded in building a fellowship where people will continue sharing ideas and experiences for years to come.

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King's College, Cambridge
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Corporate strategy facilitation

A review of strategic priorities for a major educational publisher in the wake of the pandemic.

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Corporate strategy facilitation

We worked with the senior team within a major educational publisher to review their strategic priorities in the wake of the pandemic. This involved planning and delivering a hybrid workshop for the global team and, subsequently, producing a strategy report which offered a clear, practical action plan.

Our approach to strategy follows the framework laid out by Richard Rumelt in Good Strategy/Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters (2011), which is notable for its lack of jargon and insistence on clarity and coherence in action planning. After delivering an interactive, tailored workshop, our report included a diagnosis of the publisher’s competitive position as well as a guiding policy statement to inform the final action plan.

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RM inclusion workshop

Oriel Square’s Five Aspects of Representation in Education workshop helps participants to understand the different aspects of representation and learn how to use them to prioritise intersectionality and transform their approach to diversity and inclusion initiatives.

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RM inclusion workshop

Our diversity and inclusion Subject Champion, Imaan Munir, leads our inclusion training offering. Oriel Square’s Five Aspects of Representation in Education workshop helps participants to understand the different aspects of representation and learn how to use them to prioritise intersectionality and transform their approach to diversity and inclusion initiatives. This diversity and inclusion workshop for RM focused on representation in educational content.

All of our training can be tailored to meet specific needs. For RM, we delivered an in-person diversity and inclusion workshop to help the team gain a better understanding of how to assess and adapt specific resources to make them more inclusive. We used Oriel Square’s Five Aspects ‘Specs’ of Representation to approach intersectionality through the lens of race, gender, class, neurodiversity and disability. 

The RM team is working hard to achieve its goal of making its resources inclusive for all as they seek out new ideas and best practices to develop their understanding.

Our training is continually updated and is informed by leading industry events and research with organisations working to make the education sector more inclusive. Read our blog about why representation matters or click below to find out more about our diversity and inclusion training. 

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Online CPD modules with Carina Consulting for IBMS

Working with Carina Consulting to produce CPD eLearning modules for The Institute of Biomedical Science.

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Online CPD modules with Carina Consulting for IBMS

We worked with Carina Consulting to produce CPD eLearning modules for The Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). Each module included interactive elements such as quizzes and animations to create an engaging user experience, suitable for all types of learners. 

As well as briefing the module content and carrying out all editorial stages, we briefed media content and developed interactive quizzes and assessments to adapt the modules for an online format. Since the content required very technical diagrams and images, we worked with a science animation specialist to ensure high quality and accuracy across the modules. Alongside this, we briefed storyboards and scripted videos which were then produced to assist learning and enhance the user experience further. 

Here’s what the client had to say:
“Competent team, good planning, great communication and high-quality outputs.”
Andrew Pember, Managing Director, Carina Consulting

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trusted by the most successful education organisations

After 8 years of providing strategic planning, professional development, communications and content delivery services to education organisations, 100% of our clients are “likely” or “extremely likely” to recommend us. We work with major publishers, ministries and their agencies, start-ups, EdTech suppliers, charities, and professional organisations. Our clients are big and small, in the UK and worldwide.

Testimonials

“Very accommodating and flexible. John and Sam provided engaging well-run sessions and a great deal of relevant experience.”

Course delegate

“The background in publishing and experience of the education sector, coupled with research expertise, is a big win.”

Head of Insight

“[Oriel Square’s course was] personal, face-to-face and, most importantly, relevant to our business and our needs.”

Course delegate

“You trust and have confidence in their process and expertise; the quality of people being used; the quality of the output; doing things in the right way. As a [content services provider], we’re very confident in their services. … I tend to think of it as somewhere to go when I need help.”

Managing Director of School Qualifications

“Sam is extremely discreet and highly credible – all of my team listened carefully to him as he delivered a workshop. They were respectful of his approach and his experience and fed back very positively on the whole day. Nothing was missing or at all disappointing.”

Course delegate

“Efficient and friendly. Guided our organisation through the process as publishing newbies.”

Senior Education Policy Adviser

The tutor was very straightforward to work with. Came back to and with queries very quickly, which kept the course organisation flowing.”

Course delegate

“[I valued] The opportunity to talk on a one-to-one basis on a specific issue with someone who understands the context in which my organisation is operating.”

Anonymous

“You have to understand the commercial side in education to advise on the policy side because there are so many vested interests. They understand it, because they have a very good client list.”

Head of Education Programme

“We’re a quirky organisation, and not everyone understands [us], and [OS] was really good at understanding us, some of the constraints we have that other organisations don’t.”

Director

“From our experience, they are very good at understanding their customers’ problems, and how to make their lives easier, whether that’s a small editorial project or something on a bigger scale. They have enormous credibility. … When you talk to people in the team, they have that strong publishing and market expertise, so straight away you feel reassured.”

Primary and Secondary Publishing Director

They have a really good understanding of how a publishing company works, probably because they have a lot of people who’ve come from that background.

Primary Publishing Director

“Oriel Square understands the education environment.”

Education Development Director

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Strategy

Working with you and your team to identify and develop opportunities for new products, services or markets.

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Research

Research that answers your questions, communicates your findings and strengthens your strategies.

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Publishing

Creating high-quality, inspiring content to deliver transformation through education.

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