About Pivotal Education

Pivotal Education Ltd is a multi award winning Education Consultancy working in the UK and Internationally. Founded in 2001 Pivotal Education has always been committed to providing exceptional training for teachers and across institutions. Our aim is to practice what we preach, to train teachers as skillfully as the best teachers teach students. Our experienced in-house training team work with a huge variety of teachers and educators in diverse settings. From schools in challenging situations to vast FE colleges, from Independent Schools to Free Schools, from early years to adult. Pivotal training inspires, motivates and creates measurable change in behaviour, relationships and learning. Pivotal work in the UK and Internationally.

Pivotal Mission

Pivotal Education…

  • delivers leading edge teacher training through live and online training models
  • provides highly engaging speakers who have thrived the most challenging schools, colleges and educational settings
  • promotes strategies that take care of the child as well as the adult
  • delivers continuing professional development that is tailored, practical and sustainable
  • helps schools, colleges and educational institutions through periods of crisis and major institutional change.

Pivotal Values

The 8 Pivotal Values that define the way we work. delight

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Pivotal People

Pivotal’s strength lies not just in the content of the training but in the expertise of our training team. When you book a Pivotal Trainer you get an expert in their own right, not a dilution of another trainers ideas. Pivotal trainers have spent their careers succeeding with the most vulnerable children and adults: Mainstream Schools and Colleges, Residential Care, SEBD schools, Pupil Referral and Inclusion units and Young Offenders Institutions. Our trainers have the breadth of experience to deliver training that succinctly translates policy to practice, tailored correctly to your needs. Pivotal trainers meet regularly to share current practice, dissect new legislation and discuss case studies of best practice. What you can expect from a Pivotal Trainer.


Paul Dix B.Ed. (Hons) Cantab
Principal Trainer and Managing Director

Paul DixPaul is a speaker, author and notorious teacher wrangler in huge demand.  He is CEO of Pivotal Education.  As a teacher, leader and teacher trainer Paul has been working with the most difficult behaviours in the most challenging urban schools, referral units and colleges for the last 25 years. Miraculously Paul trained at Homerton College, Cambridge after countless attempts to sabotage his own education. Paul has advised the Department for Education on Teacher Standards, given evidence to the Education Select Committee and done extensive work with the Ministry of Justice on Behaviour and Restraint in Youth Custody. He has five published titles on Behaviour and Assessment writes for Teach Primary Magazine and has over 250 published articles on behaviour. Paul won a National Training Award Winner for his work in helping a school transform in just 9 months. In the last 12 months Paul has been leading the first wave of Pivotal Instructors trained in the Pivotal Curriculum. He is currently leading a Behaviour project across 90 schools in Caerphilly and co hosting the Pivotal Podcast providing free training to over 100,000 teachers worldwide every week. If you don’t recognise his voice you may have seen Paul’s face on many of the Pivotal training videos. In his ‘spare time’ Paul is Chair of the Board of Directors of the TBAP Trust  (Tri Borough Alternative Provision) the UKs first Multi Academy Trust for Alternative Provision and AP. The Trust is based in London and has schools in Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham, Cambridge and Haringey.


Ellie Dix B.A. (Hons), PGCE
Training Director

Listen to Ellie on the Pivotal Podcast: Pivotal Education Training with Ellie Dix – PP49. Read the show notes.

Ellie DixEllie has been Director of Pivotal Education since 2004. She drives the development of the company and manages the growing team of staff that work from Pivotal HQ.  Ellie is strongly focussed on making sure that our behaviour training and support is available to as many people as possible, without losing the personal touch that makes Pivotal special.  Pivotal Education has been identified as a high growth company and is part of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills ‘Growth Accelerator’ programme. Ellie is working closely with the Growth Accelerator coach.

Ellie has responsibility for Pivotal Australia and is working with the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), our exclusive distributor in Australia, towards a 2016 Pivotal launch.

Prior to becoming a Director of Pivotal Education, Ellie studied Drama and Theatre Arts at Birmingham University, graduating in 1997.  After finishing her PGCE, Ellie was appointed Head of Drama in a secondary school in Wolverhampton EAZ.  Ellie is now studying for a BSc in “Mathematics and Its Learning” with the Open University in her ‘spare’ time. And yes, Ellie is married to Paul. They have two sons.


Ollie Frith B.A. (Hons) 
Principal Trainer and Head of Training

Listen to Olle on the Pivotal Podcast: The teacher as performer – PP13. Read the show notes. Ollie Frith

Teacher, Trainer, Facilitator, Performer. Following his theatre degree at St Mary’s University, Surrey, Ollie taught Performing Arts and Drama in secondary schools as well as co-founding a Street Theatre Company. He then went on to train in Accelerated Learning and in 2004 completed his practitioner training in Neuro Linguistic Programming.  Ollie then developed Absolute Inspiration, a company delivering inspiring and motivational workshops for students in Primary and Secondary schools and in FE colleges.

As a drama teacher, Ollie continues to find ways to bring a greater creative value to students learning and often works in Primary schools, approaching key curriculum subjects with imaginative flare.  His work with secondary age and 16-19 learners is centred around the promotion of independent learning and teaches key learning skills that support students evolving achievements.  In the FE environment, Ollie continues to develop his work in independent learning as well as student motivation and engagement.  Ollie provides training for schools and colleges in Behaviour Management, Active Approaches to Learning, Motivation, the Teaching Performance, NLP, Learn to Learn, PSHE curriculum, Theatre and Communication skills.

During the most recent 12 months, Ollie has been working closely with a school in Newham, East London by supporting students to develop their emotional literacy and anger management skills.    Ollie started working with Pivotal in 2006 and has recently taken the full time post as Head of Training for the Pivotal team.

In his spare time, Ollie still enjoys performing as a street entertainer and has found doing this a helpful way to develop his rapport skills as well as intuitive responses.   Being a trained performer Ollie has a lively and energetic approach to his training.  Ollie believes that through positive rapport and thoughtful communication great things can be achieved.


Tara Elie B.A. (Hons), PGCE
Principal Trainer

Listen to Tara on the Pivotal Podcast. Behaviour management in active learning – PP30. Read the show notes.

Tara Elie

Tara has over 15 years teaching experience working with a wide range of students from inner city to international private schools. During that time she has lead thriving departments as a Head of Department and Head of Faculty.

Tara has created programmes to improve boy’s achievement and support successful transitions from primary to secondary school. She has led Behaviour, Teaching and Learning teams. As well as mainstream achievements Tara has worked closely with Pupil Referral Units to develop student centered Behavior Management Strategies. She uses her diverse experience to drive her empathetic and dynamic training style.

Tara is currently working in FE colleges, secondary and primary schools with enormous success. Her work includes Behaviour Management, Moving from Good to Outstanding, Differentiation and Literacy. Tara looks at the whole school approach and works with all adults involved in a learner’s educational experience from support staff to management.

Tara is renowned for her engaging INSET. Her performance background and passion for student-centered education characterise her delivery style. Tara appreciates and celebrates the individual, their differing backgrounds, cultures, experiences, perceptions and values. Moreover, it is her genuine excitement about education and learners that stimulates the experience in her training sessions.



Jake Chandler
System Support

jake chandlerJake recently completed his final year of sixth form studies and was awarded his BTEC Level 3 in Business.   He has also been actively involved in local charity work on a regular basis.

He joined Pivotal Education excited about the prospect of personally developing alongside the growing company by taking the opportunity to broaden his skills and gain valuable business experience.

Having completed his Apprenticeship with Pivotal Education, Jake accepted the position of System Support as a way to further build on the skills and abilities that he had picked since he first joined up with Pivotal Education.