In 2001 Rachel Vecht founded ‘Educating Matters’. She started out her career as a primary school teacher and also trained student teachers. Throughout Rachel’s teaching career in both the state and independent sector, she was inundated by parents seeking advice on how to support their children’s learning at home. Educating Matters evolved through her substantial experience teaching children, having 4 children and addressing parents’ concerns, questions and difficulties over the last 25+ years.
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Over time the Educating Matters offering has evolved and we provide guidance and support beyond parenting, around much broader topics relating to creating diverse and inclusive cultures at work, such as: allyship, race, gender, ethinicty, mental health & wellbeing, neurodiversity, disability, work life integration, caring, LGBTQ+ and emotional intelligence.
We work with and support:
Diversity & Inclusion
Learning & Development
Employee Resource Groups & Networks
Meet The Team
Rachel Vecht – Founder Trained as a primary school teacher at the Institute of Education in London and taught in both the state & independent sector. She has also worked as a University Mentor and lecturer to student teachers. In 2001 she founded Educating Matters to provide practical parenting support and guidance to employees at work, covering a broad range of topics including educating children, positive parenting skills, diversity and inclusion and balancing work and family. She draws on her experiences as a mother of 4. She also privately delivers a ten week ‘Positive Parenting Course’ covering more general parenting issues, speaks in schools, writes in the national press and offers one-to-one consultations to parents globally. Rachel focuses on topics relating to education and positive parenting skills.
Gwen Jones Gwen studied Psychology at the University of Utah with a focus on child and adolescent development. She then trained to become a teacher in Special Education, working with children with severe behaviour disorders, autism and the at risk population in both the UK & US. She has trained many educators on behaviour management and cultural awareness. Gwen is a mother of 4 and has children with both autism & ADHD. Most recently, she is completing an MSc in Organisational Psychology. She has trained as a psychotherapist, family therapist and parent coach and now works with both children and parents in that capacity. Gwen focuses on Special Educational Needs, LGBTQ+, single parents, unconscious bias, diversity, allies, blended families and bullying.
Alice Gilkes Alice has a background as a producer in corporate and commercial video and communications, working for brands such as Astra Zeneca, Virgin Money, KPMG and BP. She is also a trained volunteer at a charity that provides face-to-face support for people who are feeling suicidal. Alice has taken courses in counselling and coaching and hopes to start a psychotherapy degree later this year. Alice’s role at Educating Matters focuses on account management, social media and marketing.
Catherine Oliver Catherine worked in PR for Cable & Wireless Communications followed by Brand Management at the New Covent Garden Soup Company. She then specialised in digital marketing at the IoD and Robert Walters,before joining Sky in 2009 working at Exec level on major change projects. Whilst at Sky she had a child and founded Sky’s parenting network and the Women in Leadership initiative. In 2017 she left Sky to focus on her vision of creating a world of work where working parents and women in leadership can reach their full potential. Catherine delivers guidance around work life balance, professional & work related issues.
Jane Myers Jane has been working for Educating Matters since October 2018 and is a mum of 3, including 10 year old twins. She has a long working background in developing client relationships primarily in the hospitality and events sector for companies including Marriott and Radisson Hotels and has been invaluable as a team member in raising awareness of Educating Matters diverse range of services to the corporate world.
Daniel Tannenbaum – Digital Marketing Daniel has been a digital marketing specialist for over 10 years running his own consultancy practice Tudor Lodge Digital and working with clients such as McDonalds’s, Groupon, Savills and Betway. He has a passion for education following his degree in Business Management and Modern Languages at the University of Nottingham and he is currently a board member of Immanuel College School in Bushey, Hertfordshire.