Oriel Square lends you breadth and strength: to develop strategy, and publish.
Oriel Square is a trusted publishing partner to the most successful education companies in the world. We can work for you in all the key areas of content development, using market and policy expertise to deliver high-quality, effective digital and print publishing throughout school-age education.
We know that improving education transforms lives, and we want to use our expertise to help. We are committed to developing the global reputation of UK educational publishing and to helping everyone we work with to develop their skills.
Oriel Square turns opportunities into publishing. Like you, we are immersed in education policy and the education market. Like you, we follow and contribute to the conversation. Take a look at what we've been doing recently in our latest termly newsletter.
We can work for you in one or more of the three key areas of content development for school-age education. Ideally you will involve us early to get maximum value from our expertise.
Analysis and strategyWe work with you to identify and develop opportunities for new products, services or markets.
Research, thought leadership and concept developmentWe provide a deep understanding of the potential audience, and associated customer or user needs, and recommend in detail how your organisation can best meet them.
Delivery of digital development, editorial, publishing and design servicesWe can handle all aspects of project delivery for print and digital publishing, including any associated professional development or customer experience services.
What’s most important to you is your customer; so at Oriel Square that’s where we start. We’ll help you find opportunities to grow your list or expand your portfolio, and we’ll use our three-phase model to develop concepts into proposals, and proposals through to publication. From customer insight and strategic understanding we identify opportunity, then research and develop the concept for commissioning. Finally, we take the project through until it’s ready to go to press or to go live.
We also offer in-house, bespoke coaching, mentoring and training courses in-person and online across a variety of themes. Click the thumbnail to read more about the workshops we can run, or talk to us about something bespoke to your needs.
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What’s most important to you is your customer; so at Oriel Square that’s where we start. From opportunity to publication, our experienced team will be working for you at every step. Just as we can lead or facilitate strategic discussions, our publishers and editors are there to add breadth and strength to your team’s capacity, giving you and them the space and time you need to achieve more.
From customer insight and strategic understanding we identify opportunity, then research and develop the concept for commissioning. Finally, we take the project through until it’s ready to go to press or for switch-on.
Oriel Square is led by John Deans and Sam Derby. John and Sam have between them four decades of experience in the UK and international schools education markets, with leadership roles in a range of education companies, from digital startups to market leaders.
Hannie is an experienced publisher and editorial manager, working with publishing teams across the industry on a variety of outsourced education projects.
She's worked on inhouse teams delivering printed and digital resources for UK education, ELT and vocational markets.
Keira has recently made the move to educational publishing after having worked in schools in China and London, either side of studying for a master's degree in Contemporary Literature in The Netherlands.
Keira has worked on development projects for a refugee education charity and hopes to keep up her work with schools and young learners.
Liz has ten years of experience in educational publishing, working most recently as an editor and publisher for Pearson, one of the largest U.K. and global educational publishers, and has led several complex print and digital projects, mostly in Primary English and Maths.
Maegan has ten years of experience in the publishing and media industries, split between India and the UK. She has worked as a commissioning editor, author and project manager, with her most recent experience in the international team at Oxford University Press.
Lydia is a recent graduate with a background in Film and Media Studies. Working on scripts and stories piqued her interest, and so now she is working on gaining a qualification for publishing.
Lydia has tutored children in maths and English, and has volunteered with primary schools to create projects for young learners.
Rebekkah has held design roles in adult education and training, most recently for an Oxford-based research and events company. She is currently studying for a master’s degree in Graphic Design.
While studying for her degree in English Literature with Creative Writing Rebekkah was Head Editor of the student magazine.
Lauren has worked in UK edtech and as a freelance author. More recently, she worked as a development editor in the UK secondary team at Oxford University Press. She especially enjoys getting to grips with digital platforms and solutions.
Helen has more than two decades of experience in educational, medical and academic publishing, including as an editorial manager at Pearson. Most recently she spent eight years as a freelance editor working for most of the large UK and international educational publishers.
She has also worked as a teacher of chemistry and physics.
Kristina has worked in educational publishing for four years, most recently as a Development Editor in the English Language Teaching department of a major publisher.
Earlier in her career, she worked as an ESL teacher in Spain and a SEN teaching assistant in UK schools. Kristina volunteers as an English teacher to refugees new to the UK.
Claire has worked as a Development Editor for secondary Science resources for several years. In particular, she enjoys creating resources for blended learning, and promoting diversity and inclusion through her work.
She recently completed a PhD in Evolutionary Biology, so she has experienced the publishing process as both an author and an editor.
Mairi has worked in ELT for the last nine years, doing editorial work and project management across print and digital for English courses published worldwide. She holds an MSc and taught English in Germany for a couple of years. Her main publishing interests are in specific market requirements, SEN and creating effective content for digital platforms.
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