Until recently the railway had an Education Department that provided a series of educational activities and experiences for visiting schools. 

The enforced closure of the railway due to the Covid-19 pandemic has given the NSRC the opportunity to reassess our commitment to education. Our mission is to make the history of the railway, its rolling stock, buildings, practices and historic artefacts as widely accessible as is possible. There are many stories to tell, which range from the development of railways in Staffordshire, the Churnet Valley as a crucible of the Industrial Revolution, the flora and fauna of the valley and the conservation of heritage skills. Education is not just an aspect of the National Curriculum but is for life.
As well as developing activities for schools, the charity has bespoke programmes for Local History societies, the University of the Third Age, Probus, Rotary and the Women's Institute.

The Education Department is working closely with the museum to help make the collection digitally more accessible for researchers. 
Looking beyond the traditional school visits, the department is committed to developing materials for schools that support many areas of the curriculum.