By encouraging those involved in education to reconnect, become strategic thinkers and propel themselves forward, Olivia shows how collaborative efforts and having a growth mind-set are fundamental for change. Supporting and tutoring students for more than half a decade (whilst being a student herself), Olivia continues to ‘pull up as she rises’.
Although Olivia was privately educated from the age of three, her life was not ‘privileged’ not least as her parents divorced when she was just 5 years old and she found herself having to juggle her education between two homes. However, irrespective of Olivia’s home life, this did not hinder her determination for academic excellence, as she successfully secured a place at a high-achieving grammar school; with a strong national reputation.
Olivia excelled in her academic studies, whilst developing softer skills and leadership practices through activities outside of the standard curriculum offer. It was immediately following her A Levels that Olivia began to think of ways to guide students towards what they wanted to do, rather than what others believed they should do – Her own journey became an example to others, of how to navigate the educational landscape, and pursue a vision beyond the school gates.
To date, Olivia contributed on BBC Radio WM to offer a young and fresh but mature perspective on current issues, and has spoken to global audiences online ie Canada, USA, Australia and across the UK. In June 2017, Olivia was invited to speak to educators in the UK at an international Connecting Teachers conference, exposing them to the student mind. This further sparked more training for educators and graduate mentors/coaches from 2018 onwards, on how to better understand and connect with the current generations in their classrooms, and stimulating more effective communication across the board.
Following a six-month intensive and accredited Corporate Governance course, in October 2017, Olivia was appointed as the Chair of the strategic body of a local primary academy, becoming one of the youngest governors in the country! In March and November 2018, Olivia secured positions as Vice Chair in a newly-formed Multi-Academy Trust secondary school, and Co-opted Governor in an all-girls Grammar School within the King Edward Academy Trust, respectively. These roles have enabled Olivia to further expand her involvement and influence in education, adding value to the conversations that take place at the table, to greater enrich the lives of the students it serves.
Since then, Olivia has incorporated two new companies with progressive brands - Transforming Students Ltd, and Onevma Limited for which she is the Co-Director and Creative Lead. The latter specialises in the innovation, creation and execution of Video Marketing for Education, as her team supports each client at every stage of the process. Olivia has honed and continues to evolve her skills, and delivers on the bespoke production of digital content to develop their respective online presence and boost engagement with those in the 21st Century.
With her vast experience in private virtual tutoring, and receiving positive feedback from parents, students, and other professionals, Olivia has become the UK’s No.1 Maths Coach. Likewise, through designing and delivering tailored talks, workshops and projects for schools, colleges, universities and other organisations, on various subject matters such as Life Beyond the School Gates, Mapping Out Your Next Steps, Strategic Study Skills, Let’s Evaluate and Feedforward, Who Am I, and many more. Olivia raises aspirations, develops self-awareness and builds confidence that re-energises a drive for success.
In 2019, Olivia will launch her own video series LetLivExplain, which aims to inform school leaders and the wider network of interested or involved parties on Generation Alpha, Generation Z ('Digital Natives') and Generation Y (Millennials), who are in the majority and the lead change-makers.
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