Society of Education Consultants' and Related Events

2018 AGM

June 20 2017

Our 2018  AGM will take place on April 27 at 5 Gore Road, London.


May 5 2017

Our 2017 Annual Conference "Facing the next five years" will help you look at the development of your consultancy practice at a time of unprecedented upheaval.

Our 2017 Annual Conference "Facing the next five years" will help you look at the development of your consultancy practice at a time of unprecedented upheaval.

Keynote session: Ian Wigston

Date: May 5th 2017 - 9.30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Venue: Broadway House, London.

 Booking is now open. You can book your place here


About Ian Wigston

An independent consultant for more than 20 years, Ian has worked in Europe, the USA and Africa, specialising in leadership development, innovation and coaching.

Ian trained with the Global Business Network in Scenario Planning in 1996, and has since built scenarios for organisations as diverse as Barclays Bank, Thornhill Community Academy (Educating Yorkshire), The Hazeley Academy, Harris Academies, The Education Division of the Church of England, and Woodard Corporation.

He was a pioneer in introducing coaching into business in and has been quoted in a number of books including “The Manager as Coach” and “Coaching for Performance”. His coaching clients in education include Academy Principals, CEOs of Multi-Academy Trusts and a number of key education influencers.

Building on work funded by the Big Lottery Fund, he is currently working in collaboration with two schools in the East of England developing new teaching and learning strategies to improve the engagement and motivation of “Lippy Kids”, creative young people at risk of becoming NEETs.

His previous work in education includes the following projects:

  • A US Charter School, where he trained the leadership and teaching staff in a K-8 school in Pasadena.
  • For the DfES Innovation Unit, he undertook a number of projects, including research into Parental Engagement. He also led a group of National Heads developing new strategies for pedagogy.
  • For the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, he contributed to the curriculum for their Community Leadership courses. In more than 5 years, in excess of 300 schools participated in the programme, which he co-facilitated.

Elsewhere he has undertaken projects with the Swedish school group Kunskapsskolan, (Learning Schools Trust), Woodard Corporation, and a number of secondary and primary schools across England. He has also worked with Slovenian Education Ministry on a programme to develop e-competency in ICT teachers and leaders. 

Ian’s earlier career was in the Barclays Bank Group. Over 17 years he worked across a range of departments, including 5 years as a relationship director in the Natural Resources team, and 4 years in the investment banking division, in charge of Divisional strategy. He established and ran profitably one of the first Innovation Units in Europe (1993-5).  

He has an MBA from Henley Business School. In recognition of his work in education and elsewhere, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2005. Ian is a Trustee of Potential Plus (UK), and is currently leading, pro bono, a working party for one of the newly consecrated Bishops of the Church of England.




February 12 2014

This year's symposium, again at BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, features a keynote address by Professor Louise Stoll. Drawing on her research and international findings, Louise Stoll will explore what it means to create capacity for learning, posing questions for education consultants to consider in relation to individuals, schools and systems they support.

The symposium will be followed by the AGM and networking over a glass of wine. The cost of symposium and wine is £30 for all members. Attendance at just the AGM is free.

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