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Becoming an Educational Consultant

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by djhappy, Oct 23, 2019.

  1. djhappy

    djhappy New commenter

    I am noticing across a number of platforms people who describe themselves as self-employed educational consultants. How can you make this happen?
  2. Skeoch

    Skeoch Star commenter

    Get some business cards printed. Register with HMRC as a Sole Trader.
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  3. newposter

    newposter Occasional commenter

    Those who can’t, consult.
    annascience2012 likes this.
  4. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

  5. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Education is littered with people who couldn't teach but fancy themselves as consultants.
  6. fingertapper

    fingertapper New commenter

    Some consultants still teach but have wider roles outside of school. Maybe look into becoming an SLE (Specialist Leader of Education) as a starting point.
  7. CWadd

    CWadd Star commenter

    By going into a school, criticising people who do the job day in, day out, then swanning off with a fat fee from an ever reducing budget, usually.
    gruffalo4, mp75, MissGeorgi and 3 others like this.
  8. annascience2012

    annascience2012 New commenter

    I also know one or two people who do this and it's really true... they couldn't hold down a job at a school so they do bits of tutoring and occasionally give talks at schools. Don't be envious, they really struggle financially. And yes, like Skeoch implies, they're entirely self-styled consultants (just decided one morning to jazz up their LinkedIn with "consultant", and exaggerate all their experience). I know I'm sounding judgemental, but I'm really not... one guy I'm thinking of is a good friend. I just hope he wakes up one day and realises that education just isn't for him. He hates being in the classroom, isn't confident about his subject, finds faults with the mainstream education system.
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  9. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    A really useless consultant became our HOD many years ago.

    They were a useless HOD too.
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  10. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I have noticed recently though that schools use these parasites much less than they used to.
    Shedman likes this.
  11. djhappy

    djhappy New commenter

    Hmmm …. Some very strong comments. Parasites? In my 32 years of teaching, 25 as either a subject or senior leader, I have worked with some very good consultants/advisors.
    I was hoping that when I leave classroom teaching next year as still an outstanding teacher, there may be opportunities to share some of the experience and skills I have rather than just leave education completely. But maybe if that is the general perception, then I might be better putting my application into B & Q!
  12. circuskevin

    circuskevin Established commenter

    Why not carry on teaching and continue to share your experience and skills with your colleagues?

  13. JohnJCazorla

    JohnJCazorla Star commenter

    I suspect that you may find it very hard going unless you have lots of contacts to make it happen. ie) it's not what you know but who you know.

    Several years ago I tried to launch a cover consultancy (advising schools and cover supervisors). The best bit of advice I got from my then Head was on pricing.
    "I can get {recent Head who now does consultancy for OFSTED} at £600 a day which will include addressing all staff and involve the whole school. How can you offer comparable value for money dealing with several staff?"
    The business model fell apart then as I realised that supply paid better. At least I'd blown no money on marketing at that stage.

    Perhaps if I'd got a black book full of sympathetic SLT around several schools I could have launched myself on those gigs but I can't see how I could have become the 'pratt with a powerpoint/flipchart' I dreamed of.
  14. sasbme

    sasbme New commenter

    Think about what you would like to consult in - e.g a key stage, a subject, a teaching method, technology, school leadership. Then think about how you can demonstrate you are particularly skilled in this area: have you got a great results track record for example? Then do your market research - who else in your area does the same thing? What would you look for in a consultant - what would your colleagues look for? What current needs are there for your expertise? Essentially you need to create a business model - free resource below.

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