Education Development Trust

Education Development Trust is a UK charity that exists to make a difference to the lives of learners throughout the world. Working with governments, schools and other partners, we strive to provide excellent education for all.

Education Development Trust has worked in more than 80 countries around the world on projects that range from reforming national level education to improving the performance of an individual school. Education Development Trust employs more than 3,300 staff worldwide whose mission is to improve education to improve the lives of learners.


Established in 1968 as the Centre for British Teachers, the charity officially changed its name to Education Development Trust in 2006 as a result of the organisation's far-reaching portfolio.

As a leading authority on school improvement and school inspection, we apply our expertise in the UK and across the world. We manage a portfolio of free schools and academies and own a select network of private schools. We also manage education facilities for young offenders in prisons.

Education Development Trust is a respected leader in reforming national level education both domestically and worldwide and our rich heritage in English language teaching provides us with expertise in supporting the teaching of English and other languages.


Education Development Trust has worked successfully to implement reform programmes for governments throughout the world. Government clients in the UK include the Department for Education, the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and local authorities. Internationally, Education Development Trust works with educational ministries in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Brunei among many others.


Education Development Trust does not raise funds via the public. Our revenue is generated by winning education-related contracts from governments and public or private bodies. What sets Education Development Trust apart is that any surpluses are reinvested into educational research and development. Education Development Trust's research programme is freely available and aims to improve educational practice on the ground while widening access to research in the UK and overseas.


Mission: Education Development Trust exists to advance education for the public benefit

Vision: to provide outstanding, sustainable education solutions that transform the learning in schools and settings for millions of children and young people worldwide.

Values: Education Development Trust believes in the power of education to help individuals to fulfil their potential and benefit society. In conducting our work we seek to embody the following values:

  • excellence in learning outcomes, our people and our solutions
  • integrity in the way we build trust and bring purpose to our work as an education charity
  • accountability through rigorous and transparent assessment of our performance
  • collaboration in working together across teams and in partnership with our clients to build capacity and sustainability

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