Acumen Education

Nurture . Inspire . Empower

 

A LEADING OPERATOR

of affordable premium international schools and universities and a trusted partner for government and private school led educational reform

By providing an international British approach combined with local values we aim to create an environment which fosters collaboration, promotes academic confidence and at its core supports improved educational opportunities and outcomes for children and young people.

 

 

WE DELIVER BEST TEACHING AND LEARNING PRACTICE

aligned to world renowned British standards across diverse curricula to become recognised beacons of educational excellence.

Working in partnership with schools, universities and governments we provide quality provision and expert advice for sustainable educational transformation.

OUR ETHOS

a personalised and holistic education with quality and integrity at the heart of everything we do

Our students are global citizens with an embedded sense of social responsibility, spirit of leadership and creativity, readily equipped with the necessary tools to unlock their full potential.

Acumen Education Schools promote:

  • Student happiness and well being
  • Love of learning
  • Forward-thinking education
  • Global community
  • World class teaching
To Nuture, Inspire and Empower

 

 

WE ACTIVELY ENGAGE WITH GOVERNMENTS, INVESTORS, SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES

to provide a comprehensive and bespoke education consultancy and professional learning service that is cost effective, constructive and sustainable

Through an effective evaluation process, we support clients in the identification of their needs and priorities and create impactful solutions that build future capability and capacity.


Our team has significant experience across the varied education sector both in the UK and globally including leading government education reform initiatives, school business start-ups and education advice and consultancy.

OUR SERVICES

Quality provision, sustainable solutions, trusted partner




DEVELOPMENT
& TRAINING

  • Curriculum and assessment
  • 21st century and digital learning
  • High impact teacher effectiveness coaching
  • Leadership development and mentoring
  • Student wellbeing and performance

EDUCATION IMPROVEMENT & QUALITY ASSURANCE

  • Ministry of education capacity building 
  • Education policy development and reform
  • Self- evaluation and review
  • Quality assurance and inspection framework
  • International validation and accreditation

OPERATIONS
& MANAGEMENT

  • Budget forecasts and planning
  • Infrastructure and technology
  • Health and safety
  • Marketing and promotions strategy
  • Facilities




GLOBAL HR
SOLUTIONS

  • International recruitment campaigns
  • Teacher screening and competency-based interviews
  • Child protection and safeguarding
  • HR packages and salary scales
  • Staff performance reviews

EDUCATION INVESTMENT & BUSINESS START UP

  • School licensing and regulatory requirements
  • Financial modelling
  • Building design brief
  • Finance and income generation opportunities



ENGLISH LANGUAGE
PROFICIENCY

  • English language training
  • British accredited qualifications
  • Native English-speaking trainers
  • Global exchanges and connections







Our Team



Mark Cooper

Mark Cooper
CEO

Mark, an experienced barrister and expert in legal corporate governance, regulation and compliance matters, brings a wealth of knowledge, clear thinking and sound judgement to the Acumen team. He began his career as a barrister in private practice before taking up in-house roles in financial services organisations, most recently as the General Counsel for a global investment bank with responsibility for all legal and regulatory aspects of the group’s operations throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

As CEO of Acumen Education, he brings a measured approach to leadership, delivering strategies for long term financial stability to the diverse family of educational establishments in the group.
Angus Laing

Professor Angus Laing
Education Advisory Board

Professor Angus Laing was appointed Dean of Lancaster University Management School in October 2015. In addition to his role leading the School, he is the past Chair of the Association of Business Schools and is a Director of Nurture HE.

Professor Laing was previously Dean of Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics. He has also held posts at University of Glasgow Business School, where he was Head of School, and at the Open University Business School, where he was Director of Research.

As Dean at Loughborough Business School he was responsible for developing the research base and teaching performance of the school.

Peter Upton

Peter Upton
Executive Head of Education

An experienced international leader with extensive board level experience who has worked in Higher Education, Education system reform, HR transformation and cultural relations with national governments and senior policy makers.

He has led multi-disciplinary teams on global programmes, led the UK National Agency for Socrates and the UK National Commission for UNESCO.

He was the British Council global lead for education and has served as Country Director for Thailand, Nigeria, South China and Pakistan and has worked extensively on projects China, Europe and the USA. Peter is skilled in managing complex partnerships, led large system wide reform programmes in Higher and Secondary Education, driven large scale HR transformation projects, managed Board reform and has a track record of success in a competitive environment.




Sakina Zafar

Sakina Zafar
Operations Director

Sakina is an experienced education consultant and has worked with schools both in the UK and internationally.

She held the position of Director of Global Membership Services at RAD and previously she was Director of Academic Development and Deputy CEO at the Council of British International Schools.

Her responsibilities have included business development, leading programmes for whole school improvement as well as school operations and management. In addition, she has overseen professional development and teacher training initiatives and the setup of private schools overseas.

Sakina has also worked as a School Improvement Advisor and as a Vice Principal of a secondary school. Sakina is a Qualified Teacher and holds a LLB in Law and a LLM in International, Commercial and European Law.
Raju Haldankar

Raju Haldankar
Financial Director

Raju Haldankar qualified as an accountant with a leading firm of Chartered Accountants headquartered in London.

He started his career in financial services with a FTSE listed investment bank as an internal auditor and then moved to the investment management part of the bank which provided discretionary portfolio management services to high net worth individuals along with a wide range of investment funds for the retail market as well high net worth family funds.

Raju’s experience in financial services continued where he was as a partner at a boutique brokerage firm specialising in cash equities and bond trading for blue chip institutional clients.
Simon Collins

Simon Collins
Education Director

Simon has worked in the UK state education system for nearly 20 years as both a teacher, head of department and a senior leader. Starting his career in internet development, he moved to train as a teacher, securing his first position at a grammar school in Kent where he quickly progressed to lead the ICT department.

He Worked as the assistant and subsequently deputy head of the world famous BRIT school for Performing Art and Technology in South London, developing their curriculum offer and improving their use of data. Most recently, he was the inaugural principal at a new University Technical College with a focus on Media and the Arts, based in West London.


Simon has an excellent understanding of how schools function and operate and is an expert in delivering sustainable change to improve student progress.




Mikala Aboorashtchi

Mikala Aboorashtchi
Head of Human Resources

Mikala is an experienced CIPD qualified HR professional. Mikala previously held the position of HR Manager at Santander Asset Management. Her 7 years’ experience within HR has primarily been within financial services.

As Head of HR Mikala is responsible for providing strategic advice and driving forward the people agenda. Mikala supports the business by leading on all employee relations matters, talent management, performance management and business change.

Henry Emuwawon

Henry Emuwawon
Digital Marketing

Henry has worked in digital marketing for over ten years. His experience spans the charity sector, travel, hospitality, oil and gas and banking industries.

Henry is a certfied Master CIW Designer and Digital Marketing Expert. He has occupied roles as online marketing manager and creative director. He is responsible for building our online presence to attract the best quality candidates in our specialist market.

As the resident expert for all things digital, Henry enjoys sharing his expertise to the rest of the team and making a difference in schools and universities and how they communicate in the modern world.

Shaun Scoon

Shaun Scoon
Investment Analyst

Shaun has 7 years experience working across Strategy Consultancy and M&A. He worked at Accenture on Commercial Due Diligence mandates for prospective cross-border, corporate and private equity acquisitions.

Following this he was part of a sector agnostic team, executing sell-side mandates for RSM Corporate Finance LLP. Shaun is a Barrister-At-Law and holds an M.B.A from Imperial College London. He graduated in Law from King’s College London.




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