Our approach to learning sets us apart from all the others. Taught to you by inspiring, highly qualified and experienced teachers, our unique methodology helps students maximise their potential in school and their personal lives too.
By the way....we also offer the best outdoor experiences in the world.
Our Senior Team
Matthew Barnsley BSc (Hons), PGCE Geog QTS IML
Mat is a qualified teacher with a background of working with young people with special needs in the juvenile criminal system and social services sector for 6 years and in mainstream education for 8 years. This has equipped him with a wide range of teaching approaches that helps students of all needs and backgrounds not to just survive but to be able to excel and thrive, whatever the circumstances.
He has served as a departmental head in a number of schools across several different subject areas. Mat has also successfully designed and implemented multiple initiatives to improve departmental structures and facilities in schools around the UK.
He is a Qualified International Mountain Leader and has led expeditions to the highest peaks on 4 continents in summer and winter conditions. He has participated in expeditions to the Himalayas where he successfully completed a first ascent on the prominent 6185m Telthop Peak in Ladakh.
He trained as a mountain rescue leader in the U.S Rockies and is qualified in bush craft and survival techniques. He has led teams of scientists on geological expeditions to remote areas. His practical knowledge of human survival and well being in remote places is extensive.
Today, Mat leads expeditions to arctic, jungle, mountain and desert environments. He links lessons learned from the Wild to the academic learning and the personal development objectives of each participant. As a result, students have performed better in school and in their personal lives too - demonstrating far greater confidence and drive. Many of Mat's students have pursued careers in the outdoor sector.
Steven Shove MBA, DipM
In 2009, Steve brought together a team of outstanding teachers, highly qualified outdoor pursuits experts and professional trainers to teach, inspire and enable people and organisations to succeed and to become the very best they can be. Steve is the author of Really Wild's unique and proven methodology for success that has improved the performance of children, young people, professionals and businesses alike. Lessons from nature and the ability of humans to survive and thrive in the wild in even the most challenging of circumstances have been combined with the very best of modern teaching, training, coaching and consultancy practices to create a truly powerful and inspiring approach to personal and organisational development.
For over 25 years Steve consulted to and ran a variety of international businesses before leaving his role in the City of London to set up the Really Wild Group. Throughout his career, Steve developed a number of operational and performance improvement initiatives that were implemented by some of the largest corporations in the world (e.g. P&G, American Express). He has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and a Diploma in Marketing (DipM) and has worked in multiple sectors and business functions specialising in change management, education, leadership and sales.
Steve is a highly qualified bush craft and survival instructor and has spent a lifetime outdoors learning key lessons from nature and studying the principles of human development and achievement. He is experienced at teaching groups ranging from primary years, through to secondary and further education and has a natural ability to connect and engage with his audience whatever their age or background.
Steve has extensive knowledge of British woodland environments, lowland expedition leadership, bush craft and survival techniques that are paralleled by only a very few.
Nigel Painter MBE, IML
Nige is a senior officer within the RAF with nearly two decades of experience leading and developing young people and adults at home and abroad. He is a flight engineer on Hercules aircraft and leads a team of RAF survival instructors who teach pilots how to survive and thrive in all environments - Arctic, jungle, desert and mountain.
When he is not on operations with the RAF, Nige works with Really Wild Education to deliver the very best in wilderness and personal development education for our students. He has led groups in Nepal, Slovenia, Norway, the USA, the Arctic and the lesser traveled Ant-Arctic.
As a keen outdoors-man Nige is also a qualified International Mountain Leader. He utilises his vast experience to add real value to the content and delivery of our courses, leadership development programmes, team building events and our unique success methodology.
Nige is a qualified bush craft instructor and was trained by Ray Mears and John Rhyder
Ian has been in the outdoor industry for over 20 years, starting off as an Expedition Leader for a Naval Unit based in his hometown of Portsmouth. He has led expeditions all over the world honing his skills in the harshest of environments.
Ian is an ISKGA (International Sea Kayak Guide Association) guide, BCU (British Canoe Union) Level 2 coach, BSUPA (British Stand Up Paddleboard Association) Level 2 instructor, British Cycling Mountain Bike Leader and trained Mountain Leader. His passion for teaching and progression in an outdoor environment is second to none.
The past 10 years have seen him working with scientists and engineers within the British Antarctic Survey, building and repairing research establishments, setting up temporary field camps, while studying all of the amazing wildlife you can find throughout this amazing continent.
His polar experience culminated in being asked to join Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the worlds greatest living explorer, on the 'Coldest Journey' Expedition as the team's engineer. The Coldest Journey was the 1st ever attempt to cross the Antarctic Continent in winter. Ian is one of only 5 people on the planet ever to have attempted this feat.
Nev Corbin - SEN specialist
Nev is an Outdoor Instructor with extensive SEN experience gained over a long career as a mentor to young people with learning disabilities, specific educational and social needs.
Nev guides the design and implementation of our SEN programmes to help young people enjoy their experiences with us, to help them grow in confidence and to improve their chances of better integrating into the community and work place. His aim is to give young people a new lease of life and to inspire and create options that will make a real difference to their future development.
Hiking on foot and living outdoors, Nev has gone Walkabout in the Australian deserts, explored the Boreal Forest, hiked across the Alps, Canada, the Rocky Mountains, jungle terrain and Scotland in winter. He is also an experienced bush craft practitioner, archery and abseiling instructor.
Nev is a keen amateur archaeologist and primitive technologies enthusiast which gives him a unique edge when teaching his students.
Being well travelled and sharing his adventures also allows him to add insight and personal experiences that bring his lessons alive and inspire his students to be their best.
"Seeing others succeed is a really big motivator for me as a teacher and mentor, and there is no better place to doing that than in the outdoors".
Abbi Naylore. QTS IML (T)
Abbi is a teacher with a serious outdoor edge; her teaching skills and experience in outdoor environments is extremely wide, specialising in working with young people with specific educational, behavioral and mental difficulties. Her other skills include: being in the British armed forces, sailing and yacht racing, sky diving and mountain walking and bushcraft. She is a qualified ski instructor and is currently working towards her International Mountain Leader award.
Abbi not only runs expeditions all over the world for students and adult groups, but she also plans and manages them. She is an advanced first aid instructor which allows her to create the safest environments possible for working outdoors. The key to success is in the preparation and Abbi is certainly prepared with her skills set.
Abbi has been to more places than most people will get to do in a lifetime and for that, her knowledge, experience and expertise puts her up there as one of the best.
Naz is one of the best outdoor practitioners in the business and as a result he has worked with the best of the best. Naz specialises in everything remote, and has great expertise in the tropical places of the world, where he leads people into the deepest jungle environments and teaches advanced fauna, flora and survival skills.
His rope work, climbing and safety skills off the ground are amongst the best in the world. He has set up some of the longest and highest rope ways, zip lines and industrial roping projects in on the planet!
His safety record and his immense skills are proved by the fact that he has worked with Bear Grylls, Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Gordon Ramsey, Sir David Attenborough, National Geographic, the Discovery Channel and Really Wild.
Coralie Hooper M.Sc., ACA - Leadership and Organisational Development Consultant
Coralie has spent many years working with teams and individuals, helping them to discover and develop their own leadership skills to enable them to drive and deliver long-lasting cultural and personal change.
She supports and challenges individuals to understand and reach their own potential while at the same time ensuring long-lasting impact.
"I am privileged to be working with a number of global organisations across many different business sectors. I enjoy working across cultures, learning about different ways of working and then helping people get the best out of each other by working together more effectively".
Coralie's works with many of the world's largest organisations within the private sector. She has particular experience working with senior management teams within the education sector. Her talent is helping schools to apply the lessons of industry in a manner appropriate and sensitive to the needs of schools.