Our volunteers are experienced education professionals, still in service or recently retired. They have strong professional skills, built up over a career in the UK public education service, at national level. They are usually still working, so cannot commit to long placements. Because they are hand-picked for specific roles, each placement can be carefully timed and kept quite short – thus allowing them to maintain their “day job” in the UK.
Our volunteers have their travel and local costs met, but do not normally receive any fee. If employed they negotiate terms with their current employer, often drawing on their own leave entitlement.
Local support for volunteers will in many cases be provided by VSO in which case they will have VSO short-term volunteer status.
Our strength is our network of contacts which reaches a wide range of experts in the “niche” field of education system reform within the UK. If we ourselves do not know the people with relevant skills, we are likely to know someone who does. Beyond that we intend to spread the network more widely, through this website and by an extensive programme to raise awareness. However we do not intend to maintain a register since (a) this would quickly become out of date and (b) the need for our services must be the main driver, not the supply of potential consultants.