About BraveHeart education

Education is about helping and supporting those working with vulnerable children – whether they are looked after, adopted or in challenging home environments.

BraveHeart Education came about through many contacts with adoptive parents and foster carers whose children struggle within our educational settings. For children who have experienced early trauma it can be incredibly difficult for them to engage in learning and to feel safe enough to trust those adults around them.

There are many times when these children’s fears and anxieties prevent them from learning, and actually the nurseries and school settings especially can add to their anxieties.

What qualifies me to talk about this subject you might ask?

Nicola-MarshallMy background is in personal development. Trained and certified as a coach I have spent the last 5 years helping others in all walks of life to achieve their goals, through training and coaching. In May 2008 my life changed when my husband and I adopted a sibling group of three. That led me into the world of attachment and trauma with a bang. Living with the realities of children who have experienced trauma has been a roller coaster. I have studied theories and strategies to help them, attended many courses, read numerous books and generally immersed myself in this world.

Nicola Marshall, Founder, Educator, Adoptive Mother & Author

Meet The Team


Julie Chilton

Julie is our head of making stuff happen. Keeping the office running smoothly and organising our Training Courses.


Zara Hunt

One of our amazing volunteers, Zara does a great job working together with Julie on the administration and marketing.