Business Feature — 09 November 2016


A specialist teaching college in the Midlands has delivered its first training sessions in Nepal as it looks to expand its professional development programmes globally.

Eva Cartwright, founder of The Teaching Assistant College, in Stafford, travelled to the south Asian country to observe and audit teachers and teaching assistants, and deliver training to improve their work in the classroom.

It’s the 17th country that the former primary teacher has travelled to deliver her bespoke training, thanks to working with an international trade adviser at the Department for International Trade (DIT) in Staffordshire to expand her global reach.

Christine Hamilton, interim regional director of the Department for International Trade Midlands, said:

“When people think of exports, they usually have products in mind, but the majority of exports are actually for services, such as education and teaching.

“We offer a great deal of support to businesses that want to sell their services overseas and the Teaching Assistant College is a great example of the success that can be achieved by working with our export experts.”

Eva said the college, which also trains teaching assistants in the UK, was only able to export its training overseas because of the support she had received from Wendy Hall in the Staffordshire team. The college has also participated in a number of DIT programmes for exporters and has received funding from the Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP).

She said:

“We wouldn’t have been able to start promoting our overseas work at conferences if it wasn’t for Wendy finding the funding for us to exhibit.

“She has consistently offered support, through directing us to training days, finding experts to help us with specific gaps such as marketing, internationalisation of the website and understanding cultural differences. Wendy has supported us for seven years now and we think of her as part of the TA College team.”

The latest training programme was commissioned by the British School of Kathmandu for their own teaching staff and teaching assistants.

Eva spent five days training more than 70 teaching assistants and teachers about good practice, working as leaders, making an impact in the classroom and effective lesson planning.

The college already provides training in countries including China, Vietnam, Luxembourg, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and Russia, and it is known for its interactive training with reflective follow-up activities.

Eva has put in plans to work with more schools in the Far East, Middle East and Central America and is also travelling to Saudi Arabia for the first time next year as part of strategic growth plans.

The Department for International Trade’s Export Opportunities website has more than 100 live opportunities for UK businesses in the education and training sector, from online assessment resources in Australia to providing educational toys in Switzerland.

Any business that wants to find out more about exporting should visit and book an appointment with a local international trade adviser (ITA).


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