1 What's your company called?
Schofield & Sims.
2 What do you publish?
Educational resources for teachers, parents and tutors, focusing particularly on Maths, English and Science at the early years and primary levels.
3 What's the story of the company?
It all began in 1901 when our founder, Colin Sims, began to publish for the requirements of compulsory elementary education. Inspired by John Wesley, he sought to take education to the masses, with affordable, high-quality books that could be used throughout the country. His vision was to provide ‘a book for every child’ and this remains our philosophy today.
Schofield & Sims quickly became a market leader in primary education in particular, well-known for our bestselling primary Maths series Alpha and Beta Mathematics and the Through the Rainbow reading scheme. These major sellers were supported by a full range of other books for primary and secondary schools. Our resources continue to be used in schools throughout the UK and internationally, and the company has become one of the leading retail brands for primary education.
4 How's business?
Any publisher who has been trading continually for as long as we have will have experienced ups and downs. We are pleased to say we are currently enjoying an up!
5 What do you enjoy about being independent?
Being able to plan for the long term and being able to publish up to a quality, not down to a price.
6 What do you think is the biggest single issue in publishing right now?
Reading fluency. A substantial proportion of children are unable to properly access secondary education because they have insufficient mastery of the skills needed to absorb the written word.
7 What one piece of advice would you give to a fellow independent just starting out?
Ask the question ‘How am I going to sell this?’ before publishing anything.
8 What do you get out of belonging to the IPG?
It’s very early days for us, but in an industry dominated by giant corporations it’s nice to be among like-minded independent publishers.