Who’s involved

Restart-Ed Ltd was founded in 2010 by Ben Gibbs. It enables him to apply what he’s learned from nearly 20 years experience and training in the sector, since training to teach in 1998. His rather eccentric career has included:

  • an eye-opening baptism of fire at one of the government’s first ‘Fresh Start’ schools supporting a ‘super-head’ in turning a ‘failing school’ round in a hostile political environment
  • a secondment at the DfES (2000), negotiating deals to sponsor the first academy schools, and other national education initiatives
  • providing marketing research and strategic communications consultancy to UK independent schools
  • five years at a leading international assessment organisation, developing and managing accreditation and quality assurance business with global private, public and government sector clients
  • gaining an MEd (Open 2007) with a focus on leadership and management, and sitting the University of Melbourne’s MOOC on the ‘assessment and teaching of 21C skills’
  • twelve years as a school governor, during which time we became a specialist school, appointed a new head, set an entirely new strategy, joined a MAT, achieved success on Ofsted & DfE terms, tried to leave a failing MAT (but couldn’t), failed to get additional support when required, suffered a brutal & contentious Ofsted inspection, lost an SLT and were disbanded

Since establishing the business in 2010, Restart-Ed has worked for a range of clients, including:

Relational Schools Project – initially supported fundraising and business development support; then supported business planning toward a merger with a sister charity; now leading research and consulting projects and designing a consultancy offer to apply relational proximity IP at system (school-to-school) level (since 2014)

Koulu – providing strategic support to a Helsinki-based start-up, with the aim of exporting Finnish teacher training and school curricula (since 2017)

Education Support Partnership – initially led a project evaluating organisational culture and employee engagement, to inform a restructure (2013-14); was then hired for a year as strategy lead for post-restructure business planning and design (2015-16)

Engage Education – provide market and policy intelligence, and strategic advice to this specialist recruitment agency (since 2012)

Meissa – work as an associate with this leading education-specialist market intelligence and strategic consulting firm, supporting the production of a monthly journal (The Assignment Report), plus corporate research projects for clients like Cambridge Assessment Group, Pearson, TES & Wiley (since 2011)

CfBT – supported the international and UK business development team with advice, research and bid writing services (2014)

InnoOmnia – supported the preparation of a brand and export strategy for this innovative Finnish FE provider (2013)

RSA Education – worked as an education associate; led the development of the Grand Curriculum Designs course in curriculum-design for school leaders; developed the area-based curriculum project in Peterborough; contributed to the Academies Commission and Missing Middle reports; and helped establish a network of ‘associates’ to support ongoing work (2012-15)

Institute of Education – carried out a strategic review of the Grand Curriculum Designs programme for re-launch (2015)

RSAcademics Ltd – contributed chapters to the Ten Trends report for independent school leaders and governors; assisted with executive searches for MAT CEOs (2015)

Norfolk & Norwich Festival Bridge – commissioned to produce the state of the region report into the quality of arts education in the East of England (2013)

Whole Education – provision of business development and communications support (ad hoc since 2011)

Ben is a busy dad / frustrated sailor, loves walking up hills and cycling down them, is (according to his kids) “always reading Private Eye or boring books about organisations and schools and stuff”, and is slowly coming to terms with the realities of middle-age, and the fact that his knees don’t work properly any more.

Click here for a visual representation of his CV.