40 Minute Mentor

Episode 7

August 12, 2019

Giving Children The Best Possible Start In Life with Henry Faber & Walter Kerr

Today’s 40 Minute Mentors are Henry Faber and Walter Kerr, Co-Founders of Oppidan.

Frustrated by shortcomings that they saw in the tuition sector, Henry and Walter set up Oppidan to tackle the pressurised, anxiety-driven education market in the U.K.

Their goal was to disrupt the tuition sector by focusing on mentoring children – not simply teaching them fact. Their services help children develop critical life skills like empathy and emotional intelligence and not just how to pass their 11+.

Since founding the business in 2016 they have grown rapidly and in 2017 expanded from tutoring in to summer camps with their unique, Oppidan Camps. Taking the US summer camp experience and bringing them to the U.K for children aged 7-14.

If you’re currently working in the education sector, you’re a parent wanting to know how to give your child the best possible start in life or you simply want to hear how two inspiring entrepreneurs are carving a brand new niche in one of the UK’s most traditional industries, I know you’re going to love this one.

“The reason why we started this business initially is that the role of a mentor exists in all walks of life, sport, music, etc. but not in education…”

Henry Faber & Walter Kerr

Tune in to discover

30 second CV [03:13]
Mission behind Oppidan [04:42]
Importance of mentorship [06:30]
Finding a mentor [09:39]
Teaching resilience [10:14]
Making the decision to become Co-Founders [17:01]
Managing conflict as Co-Founders [20:24]
Making early-stage hires [23:33]
Finding mentors for children [26:26]
Accessibility in education [30:35]
Making decisions on your child's education [34:08]

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Helpful links

If you want to find out more about Walter and Henry you can check out their LinkedIn profiles:

➡️ Henry Faber – https://www.linkedin.com/in/henry-faber-7989b5109/

➡️ Walter Kerr – https://www.linkedin.com/in/walter-kerr-145308119/

 

➡️ If you want to find out more about Oppidan you can check out their website – https://www.oppidaneducation.com/

 

We’re always keen to get feedback so if you have any thoughts once you’ve listened to this interview just drop me an email at ku.oc.cmbj@semaj

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