What we do

School system reform

From direct-to-school school improvement initiatives to the shaping of government educational policy on a national scale, we know how to effect change within school systems. Our global expertise has been proven over the last 50 years as we deliver transformational programmes that leave a lasting legacy of positive change.

We work with governments and others in charge of determining the content and direction of education in diverse countries, each with their own specific context and needs. Our work ranges from the strategic – short- or longer-term consultancy – right through to on-the-ground design and delivery of programmes. We identify what action governments need to take or, alternatively, we respond directly to a pre-determined brief to deliver specific contractual programmes. In some markets, we work directly with groups of schools to deliver our unique approach to improving educational outcomes through a managed framework of school-to-school collaboration.

Underpinned by research


Our approach is founded on both our international experience and our continuous research programme. We are the only education services organisation that spans research right through to delivery of programmes for and in schools – including in our own UK based multi-academy trust, and our owned independent schools in the UK and internationally.

For us, transforming a school system is all about increasing life chances for children. We might look specifically at school leadership and management, alternatively, we might design and deliver high quality, collaborative and empowering continuing professional development for teachers. Equally, our remit might be to work with the government in charge to set the entire educational blueprint as was the case in Rwanda. Our response varies to need and context.

Tailor-made education solutions


With almost 50 years of experience of working with education systems around the world, we have started to design our own frameworks and solutions that schools can access directly – we know what works. Our Schools Partnership Programme has been constructed for UK schools and is growing year on year. Similarly, our expertise is potentialised through our education consultancy offer whereby we provide lasting solutions tailored to individual requirements around the world.

Improving outcomes through effective collaboration


Developed in close collaboration with schools, our Schools Partnership Programme works with 'clusters' of schools to build their capacity and capability in leading continuous improvement and a joint commitment to pupil outcomes. Drawing on our international expertise in school improvement and our knowledge of what inspirational schools do, Education Development Trust trains schools in rigorous self-evaluation, peer scrutiny and school-led support and challenge. Through their affiliation to Education Development Trust, leaders can also connect with our national network of schools and engage with influential educationalists from around the world.