TCE is an education consultancy providing effective, measurable and sustainable whole-system education solutions. We work with learning organisations and NGOs, universities, schools and teachers globally to find innovative, context-sensitive, cost-effective, efficient and pedagogically sound solutions to a wide range of educational challenges.
Set up in 2003 by Directors Gavin Dudeney and Nicky Hockly, TCE includes an international team of qualified and experienced educational consultants specialising in educational research, programme materials and course design, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), assessment, and online and blended learning approaches. Several of our consultants are prize-winning coursebook and methodology book authors, and international conference speakers.
TCE’s core values include:
- Quality: we commit to providing an outstanding service to all our clients
- Integrity: we act with honesty and integrity to honour our commitments with organisations and individuals
- Collaboration: we work collaboratively with our clients to find optimum solutions to their educational challenges
- Diversity: we work with clients to ensure inclusivity within consultancy projects and we respect diversity and gender equality in our own practice
- Environment: we strive to reduce our environmental impact in all areas of our work
Gavin is Director of Technology at TCE, and lead tutor (MATALL) on the NILE / University of Chichester MA in Professional Development for Language Education. He has worked in education for the past twenty-nine years and gives seminars, workshops and teacher training courses for practising teachers all over the world and is also involved in materials development, for both print and online delivery. He is a past coordinator of the IATEFL Learning Technologies Special Interest Group and also past editor of the SIG newsletter. In 2007 he was elected Honorary Secretary of IATEFL, and in 2011 he became the first Chair of the Electronic Committee (ElCom). Since stepping down from IATEFL in the spring of 2013, he has volunteered as a trustee for the International House Trust in London, and also served on the Educational Writers’ Committee for the Society of Authors. He is currently a trustee for Volcano Theatre Company in Swansea. Gavin lives in Wales, where the company is also based… MORE >>
Nicky is Director of Pedagogy at TCE and has worked in the field of face-to-face and distance language education since 1987. She holds an MA in TEFL from the Universidad de Granada, a CTEFLA and a DTEFLA. From 1997 – 2002, she worked as the Academic Director of one of the first fully online MA in English Language Teaching programmes, with a consortium of Spanish and Latin American universities under the auspices of Funiber. She became one of the founding directors of TCE in 2003. She is an international plenary speaker, and also runs workshops and teacher training courses all over the world. Author of methodology books on the application of technology to language teaching, she is also currently on the Editorial Board of the TESOL Journal, a member of the Oxford University Press ELT Expert Panel, a consultant for Cambridge University Press’ ‘Cambridge English Teacher’ platform, and a member of the NILE Advisory Board. Nicky lives in Barcelona, Spain, where the company was based until 2014… MORE >>
Nicky and Gavin met in the late nineties, whilst working together at the online language school Net Languages. Gavin was Lead Developer for the technical team, whilst Nicky was part of the materials writing team. They gradually discovered a shared interest in teacher development and online courses, and hatched a plot to start their own company
First Online Courses
In January of 2003 they ran their first online e-Moderation course to test the waters. Much of this course was based on Nicky’s previous work on an online MA for Latin America. The course was a resounding success.
The Consultants-E was officially formed in April of 2003 – initially with a third partner, who later left to pursue a career in education technology at tertiary level in the UK. The company initially started with one course.
With more educational institutions moving into blended and online learning, The Consultants-E were soon in demand as consultants, helping others to convert their courses to blended and online delivery modes. TCE also began several large-scale educational programme consultancies with the European Union around this time.
With more demand came more courses. The company developed its first course in using EdTech in the classroom, and a variety of shorter courses looking at key EdTech approaches in the Web 2.0 era.
Awards & Certificates
With their key EdTech course winning a prestigious British Council ELTons award in 2007, The Consultants-E went on to further develop the course, turning it into the CertICT, a full qualification validated by Trinity College London.
In 2009, The Consultants-E launched the first fully-online CertIBET, jointly managed and validated by Trinity College London and English UK. Written by Nicky and Carl Dowse – and tutored by Carl Dowse – this course has prepared over 200 teachers to enter the world of professional English
This year saw The Consultants-E start work for Laureate Education on an ambitious online global teacher training initiative – a relationship which survives and thrives to this day. Many hundreds of teachers in the Laureate network have trained on this programme. More international consultancies followed, including work with the British Council in four continents.
In 2012 The Consultants-E started another long-term relationship – with the Norwich Institute for Language Education (NILE), with Nicky & Gavin working on a suite of online courses for the organisation, and Gavin writing and tutoring on the NILE MA MATALL module (Technology Assisted Language Learning). Another professionally-rewarding long-term relationship.
With Gavin’s return to the UK – and Spain’s economy suffering – Nicky & Gavin decided to move the company to the UK and set up there. Day-to-day administration passed from Nicky in Spain, to Gavin in the south-west, and later, in Wales, where the company is now based. This also saw the start of the rebrand to TCE, with a new mobile-friendly website.
2013 saw the publication (co-written with Dr. Mark Pegrum of UWA) of ‘Digital Literacies’, a ground-breaking EdTech book for a new era of communication. The book went on to win the British Council – Society of Authors award in 2014. Initially published by Pearson, this book was acquired by Routledge. and a second edition is due out in 2020
In 2015 Nicky & Gavin published ‘Going Mobile’, part of the DELTA Handbooks for Teachers series. This was the first mLearning book to be published for ELT, and continues to be a best-seller today.
With more teachers going freelance, and a blooming business in teaching online via Skype and other video-conferencing platforms, TCE launched a new two-week course ‘Teaching Live Online’. To date, over 100 teachers have benefitted from this course in their daily practice.
TCE were also one of the three founding partners of AQUEDUTO – the Association for Quality Education and Training Online.
And More Courses
Always on-trend, TCE launched ‘Teaching One-to-One’ a new two-week course aimed at teachers exploring the world of one-to-one teaching, and coaching. The course launched at the same time as a new version the TCE website – a modern, flat design update with improved support, shopping cart and ultra-secure browsing.
2018 saw the start of several large-scale educational programme consultancies, including Cuauhtemoc Connected in Mexico, Core Skills in the Americas, English Connects in Sub Saharan Africa, EDGE in India and more.
What We Do
Since 2004, we have worked with a wide variety of clients, including publishers, universities, app and software developers, charities, schools, CPD providers and more. We provide consultancy to a wide range of prestigious educational institutions and publishers. We have an outstanding-
Who We Work With
TCE provides international consultancy services in the world of education. We have worked closely with prestigious educational institutions and NGOs, training and development providers, educational publishers, universities, schools and more. We have an outstanding track record-