The ESP range of products are aimed at providing a new set of solutions to some of the major problems facing education. A poll published in the Guardian in late 2014 showed that over half of teachers were considering leaving the profession. Having experienced this myself for five years I have tried to identify some of the central pain points and provide solutions. The first thing I had to recognise though is that education fundamentally struggles because there are no simple solutions and sometimes the issues seem to have opposing viewpoints pulling them in several directions at once. These are what I have termed as ‘educational enigmas’ and the ESP applications are some of my proposed solutions.
Teaching can be a truly amazing occupation and we are not the first ones to suggest that technology can be a help. The difference with ESP though is the detail. It's not just providing tools, it is putting them right at your finger tips and making them incredibly quick to use. As we go through our set of applications we will be aiming to create new ways of tackling those time consuming, energy sapping jobs that keep taking you away from helping your students or having a life of your own.
Often in teaching the idea of automating systems is linked with cutting corners. This is not the case here. This is an attempt to give teachers working frameworks where they collect useful data quickly and then share that to help give students the indiviual help and attention they need. This isn't following trends, it is setting them.