About us



Changing Education was created out of the passion to make a change in the way that young people were supported, from learning at school to eventually taking the steps to employment.

Our goal is to complement a school’s national curriculum and student support programmes with high quality, effective work experience solutions that achieve the best outcomes for students.

Changing Education is an expert provider of the full solution to work experience, including CONNECT, the optimum software in work experience management.

Established in 2008 by education professionals, everyone in the team comes from an educational background and has a thorough knowledge base of Careers Advice and Guidance, Traineeship Programmes, Risk Assessments and Health and Safety.

Meet the guys behind Changing Education

CONNECT work experience

Matthew Hodgkinson

Matthew is a Director and Co-founder of Changing Education. He is a former business studies teacher who has previously worked in sales and marketing. Passionate about all things education, he regularly keeps up-to-date on everything from government policies to changes in the national curriculum.

In his spare time, you’ll find Matthew in Manchester, either at Old Trafford or trying new eateries and music venues. A big part of his life is travelling the world. He’s visited almost every continent, with just the Arctic remaining!

CONNECT work experience

Stephen Hackney

In partnership with Matthew, Stephen is also a Director and Co-founder of Changing Education. Prior to this, he spent 16 years working in the NHS, finally specialising as a Community Public Health Practitioner within schools across Cheshire.

Stephen is passionate about critical thinking and the continual development of effective work-based learning for young people, which he shares as an editor of the British Journal of School Health. Away from work, his three sons ensure that family time is always active and fun!