The Founding Story

Kirstin Coughtrie started Gaia Learning in 2019, by 2021 Kate Longworth joined the business and now the team of 12 support schools, students and families worldwide through online education and holistic wellbeing to help neurodivergent students thrive.

Gaia Learning was born to serve the needs of our own children, now 4 years on we help neurodivergent children like our own, thrive.

Kirstin (white top, right), tech obsessed Geography teacher and her son have ADHD and so are familiar with the challenges of the school system, traditional classroom and how online learning can engage those less likely to attend school. When Kirstin was told that medicating her son was the only way to get him into education, she knew there was another way.

With her experience in tech, learning systems and being a qualified teacher, Kirstin took matters into her own hands and now can share her experiences with families and schools alike whilst building Gaialytics to address some key, global challenges.

Since 2012 Kate (stripy top, left above) has been an entrepreneur working across education and community partnering with the NHS, local authorities and colleges to understand learner experiences in education. Whilst identifying and struggling with the challenges of her own young daughter who has suspected PDA, Kate and Kirstin met on Linkedin and became a force of nature.

Taking the business from a small, specialist tuition business to a national alternative education provider, Cambridge Registered International School Online and partner to many schools showcases how a lifetime of work and aligned values has turned into something so powerful - Gaia Learning.

In summer 2023 Gaia Learning were successful in securing a place on the Baltic Ventures Accelerator Programme. Read more about it here and see the class of 2023 below.

If you'd like to hear more on our back story, listen to this podcast with international education consultant, Tim Logan from September 2023.