Founder of Stephanie Rumney Consultancy Ltd, is a worthy receiver of our referral reward scheme

March 7th 2022

Stephanie Rumney, founder of Stephanie Rumney Consultancy ltd, is a worthy receiver of our referral reward scheme

Stephanie Rumney Consultancy Ltd, an independent educational company was founded by Stephanie Rumney in 2017. The company offers specialist teaching for neurodiverse individuals and full diagnostic assessments to assess for specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

I am delighted to announce that Stephanie is a worthy receiver of our £200 referral reward scheme. On presenting Stephanie with her vouchers, what better time to catch up and ask how she started the company, what she is currently working on, and what makes Scott Bader Innovation Centre an ideal location for her business.

How did you start your company?

Having worked in mainstream and special schools as a class teacher, and although I enjoyed working in a school environment,  I was looking for a new challenge and I craved the opportunity to do a job where I could manage my own diary. So I enrolled in Northampton University to study for two and half year’s part time, to become a specialist teacher and assessor to build in some flexibility so I could be more available to my children, who were very young at the time. I had no idea how to run my own company and certainly did not feel confident leaving the public sector – that was all I knew. My husband was a contractor at the time and encouraged me to take the leap.  He was a huge support in helping me set up and navigate my way through all the new terminology and systems I needed to set up. It was such an exciting time, but very daunting.

After I qualified in January 2017, business was steady. I’m now always fully booked about two months ahead and 45 schools in Northamptonshire have at some point received one of my reports.  I have also had clients from Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Leicestershire.

What are you working on at the moment?

I never got around to setting up my website, all my work is through word of mouth, which is quite a nice way to have grown. In fact, things have grown so much that this year a colleague and dear friend of mine, Amy Coombes, who has also trained as an assessor kindly helped with my workload. She has now resigned her class teacher role at a local special school and has also made the leap to become self-employed and come on board. This will be an exciting time and I hope to mentor Amy as she settles in to her new working life.

We still enjoy the teaching side of our roles, so we intend to expand the tutoring services. Schools are continually stretched and need support, so we’ll be looking at where schools feel they are struggling and hope to help fill any gaps and support teachers and their pupils where we can.  We will also continue to take on private clients and are able to assess from primary age to adulthood.

What projects / ambitions do you have for the future of your company?

I have been in teaching for 22 years. Most teachers, you will find, have a thirst for knowledge and want to develop their skills.  Last year, I completed a counselling skills course to help improve my listening skills when supporting clients.  Sadly, most people who have special educational needs find themselves struggling at times both mentally and emotionally. Although not a trained counsellor, it’s improved the quality of service I offer my clients.  I am now trying to decide whether to apply to Northampton University to complete a two year part-time MA in Psychology – I just need to weigh up studying alongside my full time job and being a mother to two teenagers!

What do you like about Scott Bader IC?

I was looking for an environment that looked and felt professional, but as a parent it was also important to find space that I would feel comfortable leaving my own children with a professional.  Many clients and parents have commented what a lovely environment I work in, and that they have felt happy leaving their children.

I am very fortunate that I only live a short, scenic drive away from Scott Bader Innovation Centre, so it’s a lovely way to start the day. I first rented the small office which was a great space to start in. Our office manager Rita made me feel so welcome, introducing me to others working in the building and I settled in quickly. Soon enough, I wanted a larger space. The week I enquired, there just happened to be a great office coming available. I am now settled in a lovely big room that overlooks the lawns. The building is peaceful, and I am so productive in the environment. I have got to know my new neighbours and our office manager helps encourage this by putting on lunches a couple of times a year. I feel safe here and was confident in recommending these premises to another female colleague and friend, who is now in an office and growing her own business. This has been a great move coming here and I hope to be staying for some time yet!

 

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