Educational consultancy expands into Barnsley to support local schools

Educational consultancy expands into Barnsley to support local schools

An educational consultancy and children’s social care provider has expanded into Barnsley to offer support to local schools.

Pivot Educational Consultancy has opened a new office at the Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC), which they will use as a base for growing the business in South Yorkshire.

Pivot’s head office is in Huddersfield and they already work with schools, multi-academy trusts and partnerships across West Yorkshire. They are also contracted nationally by the Department for Education and in total, the team has supported over 60 schools across five local authority areas.

By opening their new office, they are hoping to attract more schools in Barnsley in the first instance before extending across South Yorkshire.

Pivot Educational Consultancy evolved from Pivot Care, which was set up by directors Michael and Lucy Smith and Andrew Kitterick in 2013, initially offering residential care for eight to 18 year olds.

The educational consultancy arm was then launched in 2014 to provide assistance to schools dealing with challenging pupil behaviour. Pivot help through training, staff deployment, assessment and leadership support, with the aim of improving performance and promoting best practice.

Managing director Michael Smith said: “The business has grown very quickly over the last couple of years and we’re really proud of what we have achieved. Barnsley is an area where we have seen some fantastic examples of inclusion that have often been hindered due to a reduction in public spending.

“Our aim is to work with local schools and social care providers to ensure that children get the best possible outcomes and our long term vision is to bridge the gaps between public, private, social care and education in South Yorkshire.”

Pivot is being supported by Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC), through Enterprising Barnsley, the business development arm of Barnsley Council.

They have helped them set up their second office at BBIC, in the Wilthorpe area of Barnsley, provided specialist coaching and advised on areas including recruitment, marketing and business strategy.

Michael said: “From day one, BBIC have been really supportive. Coming from a local authority background in education, the private sector was relatively new to me, so their advice and signposting has been a huge help.

“We’ve found the Barnsley business community to be inclusive and innovative, with strong values, and we are really looking forward to expanding Pivot in the area.”

Kevin Steel, Enterprising Barnsley’s business development manager at BBIC, said: “Michael and his team are forward thinking and ambitious and the business has come a very long way in a short space of time. It’s been a pleasure to support their expansion into Barnsley and we wish them all the best for the future.”

Over the next few months Pivot plans to link up with other businesses in Barnsley to provide opportunities for pupils to experience ‘real life’ workplace situations. They are currently looking to add to their 28-strong team and are recruiting staff in both the social care and education sector, with roles ranging from senior managers to support consultants.

Notes to editor

For more information about Pivot, go to, call 01484 766350 or e-mail

For more information about Enterprising Barnsley business support, funded by Barnsley Metropolitan Council and delivered by Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre (BBIC), please contact Kevin Steel on tel: 01226 249590 or

BBIC is committed to assisting economic regeneration in the Barnsley borough. It aims to stimulate, promote and encourage the development of innovative technology and knowledge-based businesses in order to create jobs and economic growth.

Additional media contact: Mary Ferguson at or on 01226 76690.

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