The Education People - a new one-stop shop for education services, supporting the full age range from early years to young adults. Our mission is to support early years and childcare settings, schools and colleges, to improve learning, wellbeing and children’s development in Kent and beyond.

We have a wide range of professional services and resources to offer you, and will ensure quality as well as value for money. We already work with many education professionals, delivering services that have supported education settings to transform outcomes and the quality of education across Kent.

This website features a large selection of training opportunities and services ranging from leadership to safeguarding and from business services to outdoor learning. We also offer a host of downloadable resources to schools, academies, Multi Academy Trusts and early years settings globally.

Our advisers and managers are experts in their field, bringing experience as headteachers, teachers, early years managers, youth workers and more. We therefore understand the challenges, know how the system works and can help you to take advantage of new opportunities when they arise.

Better. Together.

We passionately believe that with the right support, and by working together, we can improve the life chances of all children and young people. We know that our success depends on the relationships we forge. That’s why our strapline is ‘Better. Together.’ because we know it’s all about us supporting your people to deliver the things that matter.

The company has representation from the Kent Association of Headteachers, the Early Years and Childcare Providers Association and the Kent Association of Special Schools on its Board.

Our About Us Team

James joined as CEO of The Education People in July 2018. He started his career in education as a teacher in inner city London secondaries, progressing through senior leadership roles in both challenging and outstanding schools. With two successful headships under his belt he then moved into the role of Director of Standards for the second largest education group in Dubai: working closely with the CEO to drive transformational change across the group of all-through schools and nurseries by raising educational standards and expanding the business in a highly competitive market.

He brings over 20 years of educational expertise to the role of CEO, along with experience of forming sustainable business partnerships with local, national and multinational companies. His most recent role involved successfully establishing an education service that had a significant impact on improving outcomes for children and young people. He is committed to ensuring the same impact is felt at The Education People, as the company strives to become the one-stop shop for professional education services, support and products across the country.

Richard is the Director of Organisation and Business Development and the company’s Deputy Chief Executive.  He is a qualified accountant with nearly 30 years’ experience, many of those in the education arena.  He has carried out a wide range of roles during his career, including finance at Director level, Business Intelligence, Enterprise Resource Planning, Performance and Risk. He has also been a non-executive Director of a local law firm.

He is a keen supporter of the voluntary sector and has been the honorary treasurer of a Kent based charity helping young people set up their own companies.  His most recent involvement in the third sector is as a director and trustee of a Kent based charity offering therapeutic and educational support for young people through operating an organic market garden, organic dairy farm and conference centre.

Mirela has 20 years of financial experience across practice, charity and industry.  She started her career in accountancy practice where she qualified as a chartered accountant.  Since then she left practice and her keen interest in education led her to join the Institute of Physics in 2005.  As financial controller she supported the teams across the entire institute and led the finance department to be integrated as a true partner in the business.

In 2013 she joined GLL (Greenwich Leisure Ltd) where she supported the business while it was going through significant growth of over £140m over 5 years.  In addition to managing all day-to-day finances for the company, she was involved in many projects such as implementation of new EPR system and changeover of banking arrangement, business restructure and provided key support for the bids for the management of Council owned leisure centres and libraries.

Throughout her career she used her expertise to support the business, improve and deliver efficiencies, growth and significant cost savings.