With effect from 1 September 2021, we will be known as Direct Education Business Partnership (DEBP).  We continue to work extensively in Derbyshire but also work much further afield and the change reflects our work in the wider education landscape.  Alongside this, we will also be fully established as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).

Clare Talati, CEO of DEBP, said: “This is an exciting move for us as we transition from being a private limited company with social aims to a fully-fledged charitable organisation. We want to be part of a sector whose primary purpose is to create social impact rather than profit. All Directors and staff, our greatest asset, will continue with us on this journey and we look forward to furthering our work to help young people reach their full potential.”

Alongside this, we are also excited to introduce the new research and evaluation arm of our business; Insight+.  This has grown from an existing project commissioned by Derby County Community Trust – as part of the Opportunity Area Inclusion Programme – to undertake a research and evaluation project capturing the educational experience of learners educated within a pupil referral unit environment.  This focusses on the inclusion/exclusion process and will help inform the City around their commitment to be a zero-exclusion centre of excellence.

Clare said, “Our core work will continue to focus on the delivery of programmes with business and educational partnerships.  Insight+ will extend our work to providing research solution options, looking at best practice and new ideas, to address community needs and gaps.  It will also enable us to extend our focus and use our expertise to help to advance education nationally.”