Regent Group – Journey So Far
Regent Group was established in 2000, founded by Selva Pankaj, Tharshiny Pankaj and Senior Selvanayagam. Currently the Group has the following operations: Regent Independent College, Regent Learning Centre, Regent Nursery, Regent College Higher Education, Regent Skills Training, Regent Leadership Academy and Regent English Academy. In 2015, it is celebrating its 15 years of educational excellence.
Regent Group is led by Selva Pankaj and supported by a strong management team. Key staff include Tharshiny Pankaj, Professor Donald Pennington, Professor Paul Hartley, Steve Hurl and the members of our Regent Advisory Group including Richard Solomon, Deputy Group Finance Director at RBS, Paul Hartley, Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor at Birmingham City University, Navin Thaker, partner at HW Fisher & Company, and Harold Sorsky, a partner with SPWCA.
Regent Group can be defined as follows:
Regent Group owns and operates Educational Businesses ranging from Child Care, Primary, Secondary, Sixth Form, specialist, Higher, Further and Executive educational landscape. Currently all the owner operations are based in the UK, however the desire of the group is to expand into the emerging markets.
Regent Group believes in Collaborative Partnerships with likeminded partners. As Collaborative partners we agree to share resources, finance, funding, knowledge and people, in order to achieve common goals. The essence of collaborative partnership is for all parties to mutually benefit from working together. Some Regent Group relationships have led to long term strategic partnerships, where partner organisations have common core values.
Training & Development:
Regent Group provides various training and development programmes ranging from specific skills training to strategic executive coaching. The group can also organise and deliver specific custom made training and development programmes to meet the specific needs of customers in the UK and anywhere across the globe.
Consultancy & Advisory:
Regent Group and its partner organisations can provide a wide range of consultancy and advisory services from educational enrichment projects and educational development projects to advice on careers and professional development.
Regent Group Divisions
Regent Independent College
Regent Independent College was the first division within Regent Group and fifteen years on, has developed a history of solid performance at GCSE and A-Level, a known name in the area, and a reputation for being a very supportive environment, taking students from local state, grammar, independent and overseas schools.
Regent Learning Centre
Regent Learning Centre was established in 2002. Many parents and students were attracted to the schooling offered by Regent Independent School & Sixth Form College but were unable to send their child there full-time. Thus it was that a gap in the market was identified and Regent expanded into offering part-time tuition for students from primary school all the way to A-Level. At present Regent offers tuition in the core subjects of Maths, English and Science, and ICT in group classes, as well as offering private tuition. Students also attend the centre when preparing for entry assessments for grammar and independent schools. Regent has since opened two more centres.
Regent Learning Centre is in the process of launching i-regent for children from 5 to 18. The centre will be operating 7 days a week, assisting students with English, Maths, Science and computer coding. Children can attend the centre up to twice a week.
Our ‘educational gym’ will enable children to boost their confidence and learn how to learn in the digital world of technology. The current generation of children are mobile savvy and expected to understand concepts very different to those that children in the 20th century learned. Our educational ethos is academically sound but has adapted with the times of the 21st century. Our first of the model, the i-regent learning centre will be opened in brand new state of the art premises in Harrow, from the autumn. The membership will be flexible to cope with parental demand. Our approach is likewise flexible and tailored to assist the child and the parent in the most cost effective, educationally sound and practical manner to cope with the day to day pressure of parenting and working in highly pressurised jobs.
Regent College Higher Education
Regent College Higher Education was established during the 2010/2011 academic year catering for students progressing from our Sixth Form offering the Edexcel Higher National Diploma with a number of specialisations. However, in the following few years, numbers of enrolments grew considerably and it is now our largest division. We have passed our QAA monitoring view and our Edexcel review successfully and been re-designated by BIS for 2015/16.
Regent Leadership Academy
Regent Leadership Academy was launched in association with Huete & Co. Regent Leadership Academy consultants are based in various European countries and are a team of professionals who bring intellectual strength and spirit of service to corporate clients and senior government officials. Professor Luis Huete, who has already served 700 companies, is our key architect and advisor to founder Selva Pankaj. Our consultants specialise in strategy, transforming sales and service, branding, communication, leadership, strategic marketing, financial engineering, change management and conflict management. Services range from CEO coaching to small group sessions for senior management.
Regent Skills Training
After Regent was approved to enter the Skills Funding Agency’s Register of Training Organisations, it became eligible to sub-contract work. A partnership was formed with 5E and Regent Skills Training embarked on a sub-contracted project of Edexcel Level 3 courses funded by 24+ loans, Apprenticeships in Health & Social Care and child care via a work based learning model. This is a thriving sector and we look forward to more growth. We are approved to offer various vocational courses and our funding partners have also indicated that they are looking to sub-contract further work to us including other funded programmes and ESOL.
Regent Nursery was established in 2004; it provides childcare for children aged 2 to 5 offering full day and half day sessions. The nursery began a programme of improvement in 2014 including maintenance and decoration and new materials and equipment.
Regent English Academy
Regent English Academy was established to meet the demands of the highly multi-cultural population. With the locality proving a popular destination for immigrants, there was a need for provision of English courses to allow newcomers to learn or improve their language skills to facilitate a move into employment
Burlington College & Albany College
Both currently operate as private candidate centres and are ready to be rolled out as sixth form colleges.
Regent Group in 2015
At the heart of Regent Group are the following key themes and core beliefs. It is around these that Regent Group evolves.
Regent Group is in the Education Sector to create a powerful and influential Regent Alumni. Regent Group is proud of our past students’ achievements. Since its inception, thousands of students have achieved academic success and studied at various prestigious universities. Our Alumni have achieved professional status as medical doctors, dentists, pharmacists, ophthalmologists, chartered accountants, lawyers and engineers to name but a few
Regent Group is extremely proud that as a result of its existence, it has created various professionals and business leaders that lead the world across various fields.
Regent Alumni are the end product of Regent Group’s ultimate success; as per our ethos: – “The End of Education is Character.”
Regent Group’s philosophy of business is to empower its team members. Empowerment is achieved through fostering open communication, rewarding self-improvement, encouraging safe failure, providing plenty of context, supporting their independence and appreciating their efforts. Having an empowered team is the dream of Regent Group.
Regent Group has created many leaders who started as students or started as staff members. The culture of the organisation is to provide an environment for people to flourish and become true leaders.
Today’s students are our future leaders and Regent Group’s emphasis is on natural growth and encouraging the younger generation to understand the need to take responsibility and to seek leadership roles in the society.
In the same way as we want the very best for our students, we want the very best for and from our staff and we aspire to recruit individuals who share our ethos and our vision and who are looking to join an organisation that is frenetic and exciting.
Modern ways to Learn:
Regent Group, whilst still fully retaining the belief in the importance of a good education and the importance of traditional skills such as essay writing, has noted with interest the increasing use of technology within the education sector and took a committed step to integrate digital learning into its Group activities, albeit, little by little.
As a whole Regent Group is engaged with innovative methods of education delivery, and uses state of the art platforms for curriculum development and support systems. The Group responds to developments in information technology and invests in specific enhancement programmes aimed to increase ease of access, and to increase the relevancy of the learner experience. The most recent developments include a blended learning delivery platform – iRegent – enabling access from anywhere in the world via a specified portal, with all course delivery at all levels being achieved via a simple internet connection; the Higher Education Learning Platform (HELP) offering a portal for both students and staff to access and be contributors to the evolution of higher award delivery; a state of the art management information system to track learners’ progress at all levels. All of these build upon an established expertise in on-line development of course related material, study support systems, and experimentation with levels of learner interaction.
Regent Group has as its motto: The End of Education is Character – and character is built through experience. All parts of the Group are intent upon offering learners the opportunity to extend their knowledge base and to contribute to how they access and experience learning.
The opportunities at all levels actively encourage learners to be participative, whether this be through in-class activity or through innovative assessment methodologies. All learners are deliberately challenged to reach their full potential, and to enrich their experience of learning both as individuals, and within group dynamics. All the academic team, as well as support and administrative staff, are expected to engage with learners as partners in their education, and as stakeholders in the experience that the Regent Group is able to offer them.
It is through these methods of engagement that learners are always seen as contributing and participating in their own development to fulfil their own aspirations, and to enrich their own life experience.
Regent Group has adopted a traditional educational delivery since its inception, however recently as part of its strategic re-positioning of its educational delivery program, Regent Group is embarking on a 21st century educational model to suit the future leaders of this world.
Regent Group’s blended learning model is branded as iRegent.net. Blended Learning is a formal education program in which a student learns, at least in part, through delivery of content and instructions via digital and online media with some element of student control over time, place, path and pace
Regent Group would like to introduce this learning methodology to its educational divisions in an evolutionary manner, while still retaining a “bricks-and-mortar” school structure where face to face classroom methods are combined with technology mediated activities.
Regent Group started its journey as a tutorial college and believes in individualised learning tailored for each students in small class sizes in a warm and caring environment. Tutorial based teaching and its learning method was adopted for learning for the Oxford University teaching methodology. However, it would also like to embrace change and accept that in the 21st Century, a modern approach to learning is enviable and embarking on a journey of Adaptive Learning.
Adaptive learning is an educational method which uses technology devices as interactive teaching devices, and to orchestrate the allocation of human and mediated resources according to the unique needs of each learner.