Improving learner outcomes

About us

We believe that all children should be offered a high quality inclusive education

OnLineTraining was established in 2008 to provide flexible professional development for teaching professionals in the UK who support children and young people with special educational needs.

In 2008, we began our collaboration with education systems in Australia, initially partnering with NSW Department of Education to adapt our courses to suit the Australian education system. Since then our courses have been implemented by education jurisdictions across Australia, including state government departments, catholic dioceses and independent schools and associations.

Accredited Teacher Training

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We're rated Excellent

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140k+ enrolments

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9k+ Australian schools supported

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98% reported a positive impact on teaching

Our tutored courses are accredited by a number of teacher accreditation authorities in Australia, and contribute to the professional learning hours requirements in many states and territories. Our courses support progression through the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and help educators to understand and develop teaching practice through the Standards, with maximum impact for learners.

We offer tutor led courses and open short courses through a licence arrangement with education systems. Individual educators and schools can undertake our courses on an individual fee basis.

Additionally, parents can take advantage of our free short courses designed specifically for their needs.

In collaboration with our Australian partner organisations, an annual conference is held to exchange experiences, discuss challenges and successes, and explore technological advancements in course development. This event is supported by our local staff.

Commissioned courses

At OLT, we continually update our courses and develop new content to meet specific needs. Our commissioned courses include:

Recent Partnerships

We've partnered with Melanie Porter and Macquarie University (NSW) to analyse the impact of our new Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder course, now part of an ongoing research program (YouTube)

Join over 140,000 participants worldwide who have benefited from our courses.


Nick Maloney

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Our unique approach to courses combines stimulating visuals with interactivity and humour.

Nick has been a director of OnLineTraining since 2008, and is responsible for our international IT infrastructure, course development and data compliance.

In 2002, after 35 years as a professional theatre and television actor (check out the IMDb website!), Nick began to develop an interest in website and database design.

He designed websites and data systems for the Home Office drug and alcohol in the workplace policies initiative, and for Inclusion Partnerships in a number of regions, such as South Central (SCRIP), the South East (SERSEN), London, and the South-West. He developed the original NatSIP website, and the West Sussex Drug & Alcohol Action Team’s website and event booking systems.

Nick created the framework for the original SEN online courses produced by Onlineinset in 2002, bringing humour and imagination to course designs and animations, and a comprehensive learning management system for tutors and administrators. With his team, he continues to explore new approaches in technologies and designs to produce engaging and stimulating training.

Hugh Clench

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Built-in evaluation demonstrates impact on both teacher expertise, and learner outcomes.

Hugh (B.Sc. (Hons), P.G.C.E., M.Ed.(Psych), C.Psychol., MPA*, AFBPsS) is a UK based educationalist and, since 2008, has been a director of OnLineTraining.

In 1978, after teaching for four years, he trained as an educational psychologist, and then worked in postgraduate teacher training for the next seven years.

He began working as an educational psychologist in 1987, becoming a senior in 1995, then Head of SEND in Brighton and Hove in 1997.

From 2000 to 2008, he was Regional Facilitator for Development in Children’s Services covering 13 UK local authorities. In this role he served on several national policy-making committees in the UK, and had a national lead on a number of initiatives, including the development of Quality Standards for SEND Support and Outreach Services.

Hugh has held several voluntary positions, and is currently chair of Amaze, an award-winning charity providing support to parents of children with SEND.

Meet the team

Trish Rymer

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Education Consultant

Trish has over 40 years of experience in education, both in the UK and since 2006 in Australia. An experienced teacher, educational psychologist, school inspector, and leader in disability and inclusion, Trish has supported schools in providing quality education for students with disabilities. At the NSW Department of Education until 2020, she led teams in inclusion and professional learning, developing systemic approaches and introducing Online Training courses. Since 2020, Trish has been the education consultant for OnLine Training in Australia, supporting education systems, tutors, and schools, and enhancing course development and utilisation.

Kim Webb

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Associate Tutor

Kim brings 32 years of experience with the NSW Department of Education to OLT. She taught all grades in a large primary school for 16 years and served as a Support Teacher for Learning Difficulties for three years. With 16 years in regional support roles, Kim has collaborated with teams, agencies, and networks to support students with disabilities and behavior issues. Passionate about autism and early intervention, she completed a Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma in 2018. An Associate Tutor with OLT since 2008, Kim tutors courses, mentors tutors, coordinates programs, and supports OLT's work in Australia.

Support team

Billy Blair

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Graphic Designer and Front-end Developer

Billy is OLT's graphic designer enforcing the company's branding throughout. With many years of experience he designs for multiple formats such as print, websites and videos. In his spare time he is a keen gamer in the VR space.

Maria Buttuller

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Marketing Campaigns Manager

Maria is the driving force behind OLT's marketing campaigns. With over a decade of expertise, Maria spearheads our brand strategy, oversees communication channels and nurtures our social media presence.

Maria is passionate about seeing the impact OLT can have on children with SEND and is at her best when collaborating with the talented individuals of the OLT team. Off the clock, Maria finds solace in the art of printmaking and cherishing moments with her beloved cat Bruce.

Rob Gordon

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Chief Technical Officer

Rob is our Chief Technical Officer and combines his Physics degree with a passion for software engineering, to drive our technological innovation. His leadership ensures top-quality service for our customers. Outside work, Robert is an avid golfer, sports enthusiast, and enjoys music, movies, and books. He also loves walking his collies, Fawkes and Jive. Robert's diverse interests and dedication to excellence make him a key asset to our team.

Youssef Haggag

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Marketing and Admin Assistant

Youssef is our Marketing and Admin Assistant bringing enthusiasm and fresh perspectives to OLT. Based in Brighton, UK, he joined us after earning a Business Management degree from Sussex University and completing two enriching internships. Youssef combines his passion for helping people with his marketing and admin expertise to enhance the learning experience. Outside work, he enjoys music, gaming, and sports. Dedicated to making a positive impact, Youssef strives to add value to every interaction at OLT.

Finn Smythe

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Full-Stack Developer

Finn is our Full-Stack Developer and is the creative force behind OLT's animations and course design. With over a decade of experience, he crafts engaging multimedia courses and oversees local and cloud infrastructure, ensuring seamless operation. Passionate about educational impact, Finn supports OLT's mission to transform learning with cutting-edge technology. Based in Norway, he enjoys cycling, hiking, and swimming.

Our partner organisations in Australia

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