Educate Services is pleased to announce the acquisition of EM Direct, the East-Midlands based provider of initial teacher training. This acquisition fits Educate’s core strategy of providing high value added middle and back office services to schools.
As government policy presses for the greater involvement of schools in teacher training, through the School Direct programme, EM Direct is well positioned to grow by providing recruitment, tuition, moderation, assessment and other support services for trainees. As part of a larger organization, EM Direct will benefit from greater investment in marketing and personnel, as well as access to Educate’s network of over 3,000 schools throughout England.
James de Bass, Chief Executive of Educate Services commented: “EM Direct is an excellent fit within the Educate Services Group as both companies share a common business culture of providing excellent, and personalised, services to schools. We look forward to introducing our school partners to the initial teacher training team at EM Direct.”
About Educate Services
Educate provides a range of services to senior leaders within schools with the aim of reducing their bureaucratic burden, which in turn allows them greater freedom to teach. Over 3,000 state schools in England have used Educate’s strategic HR offering, which includes appraisal policies, training and advice on performance related pay. Educate’s Bursar Support offering helps schools save time and money with procurement and tendering. Educate also provides project management services for capital projects within schools and for new school openings both domestically and overseas.
EM Direct is a long-established and successful accredited teacher training provider, working with partnership schools in and around the Midlands, Yorkshire and North-East of England to offer school-based routes (SCITT) to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). EM Direct also offers a PGCE option for their trainees through a partnership with Leeds Metropolitan University.
David Newton, Director of EM Direct, said: “We are very pleased to be part of the Educate Services team and look forward to introducing our clients to the benefits and expertise that they bring.”
For further information, please contact:
Simon Connell, Educate Services Limited
0203 411 1080
The Kensington Centre
66 Hammersmith Road
London W14 8UD
David Newton, EM Direct Limited
Grantham NG31 9SN