"Teaching is your chance to use your creativity, personality and passion every single day, in an environment that's challenging and rewarding in equal measure"
Louise Lumsden (Managing Director)

Initial Teacher Training & Supporting Teacher Development

Teach UK

We believe that inspirational teaching and learning is vital to helping every child succeed.

Forces Into Teaching

We train and support Armed Forces Personnel, Veterans and Spouses or those who wish to change their career.

Coaching for Education Programmes

Coaching promotes learning and builds the capacity for change in schools as teachers learn with and from one another.

Classroom Based Training

Training to suit everyone individuals, companies to large scale businesses.

Online Learning

With excellent online facilities & resources you can
learn at a place & time to suit you.

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Essential Teaching UK delivers professional teaching, coaching and learning support courses. Our training courses are a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical sessions that are designed to develop ability and most importantly practical confidence to our learners. With all of our courses you will receive engaging, dynamic, inspirational and up to date training from the experienced and knowledgeable course tutors. To see our full course list click here.

Level 3 Award in Education & Training

The TQUK Level 3 Award in Education and Training (QCF) is an introductory, knowledge based teaching qualification which can be undertaken by individuals who are not yet in a tea...

Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement

This qualification is intended for those who assess both occupational competence in the work environment and vocational skills, knowledge and understanding in a workshop, classr...

Level 3 Award in Coaching & Mentoring

This qualification is designed to enhance the principles, skills and impact of coaching and mentoring and will develop expertise in coaching and mentoring for individual and tea...

Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring

A more extensive qualification, this qualification gives a broader knowledge of coaching and mentoring skills, focusing on coaching and mentoring relationships, operational proc...

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Essential Teaching UK Ltd is a recognised education and training consultancy delivering high quality learning outcomes throughout the UK. Our reputation is built on delivering initial teacher training courses. We have highly qualified teachers and trainers from diverse educational and training backgrounds, all of whom have a wealth of knowledge and relevant occupational experience.

Education & Training

For inspiring teachers, trainers and tutors looking to work in academies, further education, adult and community learning or work-based training within public, private, voluntary or community organisations.

Coaching & Mentoring

These qualifications are designed to provide the principles, skills and impact of coaching and mentoring and develop skills in coaching and mentoring for individual and team needs.

Assessing & Verifying

Intended for those who wish to assess both occupational competence in the work environment and vocational skills, knowledge and understanding in a workshop, classroom or other training environment rather than assessing competence in a work environment

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Online Learning

For over 10 years we have been providing teacher training, coaching and professional development courses both online and face to face. Near pr far... wherever you are in the world, we hope to share your learning journey.

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Essential Teaching UK, 
Office 20, Pure Offices, One Port Way, 
Port Solent, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 4TY
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Meet The Team

Our aim at Essential Teaching UK is that every Learner makes good progress and enjoys and engages in a rich, diverse and challenging learning experience. The strong partnership between Organisations, Schools and/or Businesses, and the dedication and commitment of our team of well qualified and skilled staff provide the experience that enables our Learners to achieve.

Gavin Lumsden

Director of Education & Training

A qualified teacher, assessor and mentor with a passion for teaching and Co-Founder of Essential Teaching UK. Gavin is proud to have over a decade of experience in providing engaging, dynamic, inspirational education and training.

Delivering initial teaching qualifications for more than 10 years, working within further education colleges, the community, commercial and charitable organisations, the armed and uniformed services, and other public sector organisations.

Gavin has a Bachelors Degree in Education (Honours), holds Qualified Teacher Learning & Skills (QTLS) and is a Member of the Society of Education and Training.

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Louise Lumsden

Managing Director

Louise manages the head office, coordinating staff, course material and resources ensuring our learners needs are fully met.

Louise has a teaching and business background and Co-Founder of Essential Teaching UK. She is an experienced HTLA and has worked in a variety of  educational setting from EYFS through to key stage 4 including targeted support, inclusion, behaviour management and gifted & talented provision. She often combines her teaching and business experience when developing future courses.

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Stephen Shaw

Teacher Trainer / Tutor

Initially trained as a Fabricator & Welder and then Naval Architect working in a Hull Design Drawing Office Stephen moved into education and training in 1982.

Stephen is an experienced teacher and lecturer having worked in 11-19 education for more than 30 years. He has held a range of Senior Management posts in schools and colleges including Head of Teaching & Learning 14-19; Head of Student Support Division; 14-19 Consortium Manager; Innovation and Development Manager. Stephen is a qualified teacher Cert Ed, BEd, MBA, MSc (Education & Training Management)

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Gillian Smith

Internal Quality Assurance Officer

Initially trained in the Royal Air Force as a Telecommunications Operator Gillian moved into Education and Training in 2001 after a career break to bring up her children.

Gillian is a professionally qualified and experienced course designer/assessor/internal verifier. She has spent more than 15 years working in the Defence and Education Sectors where she has trained students/trainers and assessors. 

Gillian teaches on Essential Teaching UK’s assessing and internal verification courses ensuring her own high standards and knowledge of quality assurance is passed on to her learners to enhance their teaching experience.

Holly Saunders

Internal Quality Assurance Officer

Holly has over ten years experience within the education sector and has worked within a range of educational establishments from Primary to FE.

She has held a number of roles from assessor, IQA, teacher and manager and is currently the Director of Adult Education & Apprenticeships at Portsmouth College. Holly has extensive experience of teaching and how to ensure quality.

Holly is a qualified teacher (QTS) with a Masters in Education, and holds the Lead Internal Quality Assurer and Assessors qualifications.

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William Ralston

Training Consultant

William (Billy) Ralston BSc PGCE MBA, is a professionally qualified and experienced teacher in both Secondary and Further Education.>

He spent more than 16 years as a Royal Navy Engineering Training Management Officer where he trained Defence trainers and assessors.

He designed and delivered coaching and leadership courses to nationally recognised standards. He also had direct involvement in the acquisition of training and education equipment across all Defence Lines of Development. Billy has been a "Key Customer" for a number of outsourced Defence training contracts.

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