Outset Teacher Education Ltd

Outset Teacher Education is a collaboration between teacher educators and IT specialists. We design and provide e-portfolios to support teachers' professional development. 

The genesis for Outset Teacher Education came via the Oxon-Bucks Partnership, which provided teacher training on the graduate teacher programme, overseas trained teacher programme, SCITT and Assessment Only QTS between 2003 and 2015. Neil Brading was its manager between 2004 and 2015. In 2006 the Partnership was successful in bidding to the TDA (Training and Development Agency for Schools) for funding to develop an online portfolio.

The Partnership commissioned Frazz Jarvis from Flux2fusion Software to undertake the software development. At the same time Neil wrote his Masters' dissertation focusing on how portfolios can be designed to support professional learning. His dissertation research informed the design of the system. The portfolio system was reviewed very positively by the TDA and subsequently Neil was invited to join the TDA ICT Advisory Group and speak at the NAACE conference in 2010. 

Simon Lockwood was Senior Advisor at Buckinghamshire County Council and represented Buckinghamshire on the Partnership Steering Group. In 2015 Simon and Neil set up Outset Teacher Education and invited Frazz to design its portfolio system. Our Teachers' Standards portfolio was first used in 2016-17 and since then over 2000 trainee teachers have used it to support their professional development and address the Teachers' Standards at the highest level. In September 2018, in collaboration with the University of Buckingham we launched www.sencostandards.com, to help SENCos achieve the National Award for SEN Coordination. In June 2019 we introduced www.mentorstandards.com aimed at helping mentors involved in initial teacher education and early career development. 

We are happy to offer free consultation to help you build a system that meets your needs. 

Who We Are 

Neil BradingNeil Brading has worked as a teacher educator with a range of providers for the past 15 years. In his role as a SCITT manager he recommended more than 800 people for Qualified Teacher Status. He was a founding trustee of NASBTT (www.nasbtt.org.uk). 

Prior to specialising in teacher education, Neil was a history teacher.

       Simon Lockwood

Simon Lockwood has worked in Education for 35 years as teacher, leader and local authority school improvement adviser. He is an expert facilitator of adult and professional learning, with wide experience in delivering programmes from ITT to NPQH.

Simon provides training that is focused, agile and flexible to the needs of schools and delivered to high levels of quality.

Simon has several years’ experience working with initial teacher education providers and in leading a Newly Qualified Teacher Appropriate Body.
Frazz Jarvis is Managing Director of Flux2Fusion Software - a leading outsourced technical software house based in Oxfordshire, UK specialising in the design and development of complex software systems.