Education consultancy

The work of our specialist consultants is as diverse as the geographical, economic and social environment we work in. Our consultants are overseeing curriculum design and drawing up  financial frameworks for education. We advise and support our clients to make sure our solutions can grow and prosper long after we have gone.

Our portfolio includes

 National education reform         •  Capacity building                         •  Institutional strengthening
•  Teacher development                  •  Curriculum design                       •  School improvement and management
•  Leadership and training              •  Careers advice and guidance   •  Inspections
•  Developing strategy                      •  Literacy and Numeracy             •  Vocational Education
•  Leadership and Management    •  Textbook and multimedia development
•  Adult basic skill and special educational needs

Working with governments
Many of our clients are government entities. We bring decades of  expertise in education systems to provide practical and sustainable solutions. Education has the power to transform lives – and we want everybody to have access to high quality education. By working with governments, we can play our part in making this a reality through our comprehensive understanding of different educational contexts and our proven expertise.

Working directly with schools
Our work is often applied differently in various educational environments around the world. The varied environments provides us with the experience, the knowledge and the opportunity to develop products and services, which meet specific organisational need.

These include our:
• Schools Partnership Programme – driving improvement through a framework of collaboration and peer review
• Our direct-to-schools careers advisory services for inspections and evaluation
• Our own-brand international school evaluation
• International Schools Quality Mark

We offer consultancy services to government and private sector clients on education strategy and design. We also work directly with clients to build capacity and to deliver educational programmes and services.

Our consultancy expertise is drawn from our experience around the world and our capabilities are in the following areas of education:

We design school improvement frameworks, develop curriculum, train teachers and leaders to transform schools.

Our team has significant experience of school improvement in Oman, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Brunei, India, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand. In these countries they have implemented successful change programmes on local, regional and national scales.  With our global partner, Education Development Trust, we have significant experience of school improvement across 80 countries including:

United Kingdom
In September 2002, CfBT began a 15-year partnership with Lincolnshire County Council. Under this agreement CfBT has full responsibility and accountability for school improvement in 275 Primary Schools, 58 Secondary schools, 300+ Settings and over 100,000 students. We work with 10,000 teaching and non-teaching staff and directly manage a team of 425 advisors/officers and back office staff. Lincolnshire is the only major rural Education Service in England to be rated Outstanding by Ofsted for 3 consecutive years.

CfBT is the only private organisation in the UK that is authorized by the government to provide official teacher training leading to Qualified Teacher Status. Each year CfBT provides training for up to 150 trainee teachers and supports up to 450 newly qualified teachers.

CfBT provided school improvement and management services to a cluster of 41 schools in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.

CfBT assists the government in building the capacity of educational institutions and improving the quality of education.  Underpinning our work is the Whole School Improvement Programme and a suite of training packages for managers, teachers, students and parents.


We manage and operate schools for both the government and the private sector. We have particular expertise in the support of English language teaching and have developed literacy and numeracy strategies in the UK and internationally.

CfBT Education Trust has its own chain of private and international schools and kindergartens in the United Kingdom and South Africa.  The Trust also manages a growing portfolio of schools on behalf of governments. In the United Kingdom the CfBT Schools Trust has full responsibility for the operation and management of 18 government schools in England. We also managed 41 government schools in the United Arab Emirates.

CfBT Education Services has been active in the field of English Language teacher training since 1979. We started providing English language teachers to the Ministry of Education in Oman from 1986. This service has been extended to the Learning and Development Centre at Petroleum Development Oman, the Ministry of Higher Education,the Colleges of Applied Sciences and the Royal Court over the last 30 years.

CfBT Education Trust also has significant and experience of English language training globally:

Since 1984 CfBT has been working in a unique and ground breaking partnership with the Ministry of Education in Brunei Darussalam. The project, which is the largest, longest running and most successful of its kind in the world, is designed to improve learner attainment in English languageand to build the capacity of Bruneian teachers of English. There are over 300 CfBT staff in Brunei, with 96% retention rate.

As a result of our interventions, Passes in Cambridge O level English results have improved from 33% to 76% since 1996. Internationally recognised credits in Cambridge O level English as First Language results have improved from 13% to 37% since 2006 (7% to 37% since 1996).

CfBT has also worked closely with the Bruneian Ministry of Education on the development of the English curriculum, schemes of work, assessment frameworks and student resources. We are also advising the Ministry of Education on the Public-Private Partnership school management models that we have successfully deployed in the UK and Middle East.

CfBT’s work in Brunei has attracted worldwide interest – visitors to the project in 2012 included academics from Oxford University (who were researching the reasons behind CfBT’s success), delegates from the Egyptian Ministry of Education and academics from various Indonesian universities.

The impact of CfBT’s work on student exam results in Brunei: 

We were responsible for the recruitment, training and management of over 400 native English teachers, to upskill Primary and Secondary English Teachers in Malaysia. CfBT’s trainers were deployed to support both urban and rural schools and our success at this resulted in multiple contract extensions during the last 30 years. 

CfBT provided 30 expatriate English language teachers, who were deployed as full-time Teacher Consultants in English language and Higher Order Thinking Skills at selected government schools for a period of 33 months. They developed the skills and expertise of local teachers, assisted in developing and enriching the curriculum and contributed to raising English language standards in students.

CfBT Education Trust is the world leader in inspection design and delivery consultancy. Our experience includes:

United Kingdom
CfBT has delivered inspections on behalf of Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education) since 1993 and has a contracted workforce of over 700 inspectors.  CfBT Education Trust has responsibility for inspecting over 7,000 kindergartens, schools, colleges and vocational training centres in the north of England, with over 3,000 CfBT inspections undertaken each year.

CfBT has been a consistently high performer, reaching close to 100% achievement of Key Performance Indicators set by Ofsted.

United Arab Emirates
CfBT has delivered – and continues to deliver – substantial consultancy support to help build the capacity of the Ministry of Education to carry out school evaluations across the five Northern Emirates. This has included the design of the evaluation framework and methodology and the evaluation of 580 schools over 4 years. We also set up the private school inspection bureau for the Dubai Knowledge and Human Development Authority. This involved 236 CfBT inspectors spending 7,444 hours in schools and observing over 15,000 lessons.

CfBT was awarded a contract to support inspection of its private schools and pre-schools.
This involves designing and developing an inspection framework and training for inspectors on behalf of the Quality Assurance Authority for Education and Training (QAAET) and inspection of the 68 private schools and 136 private pre-schools currently operating in the Kingdom.

CfBT provided a team of experts to co-construct the national school inspection framework with the staff of the MoE. The goal was to implement modernisation plans for the National Education Inspectorate, supported with funding from the World Bank.

Our work on school quality review with the Thai government began in 2006. We are approved by the government as a body fit to review school quality in Thai private international schools, which are increasingly popular and largely educate Thai students. CfBT also provides training for ONESQA, the national agency for school inspections in Thailand.


We work with governments to evaluate systems and to develop and implement large-scale reform

The World Bank
Since 2008 CfBT has been working in partnership with the World Bank on its System Assessment Benchmarking for Education Results (SABER) Project, which is a tool to assess the impact of education reform programmes.

Our work for the Bank includes the design of a diagnostic tool for classifying the types of private sector engagement in education and for benchmarking how well governments currently regulate the sector. The tool is currently being piloted in 12 East Asian countries.

CfBT also undertook the final evaluation of Basic Education Sector Capacity Support Programme (BE-SCSP), on behalf of the European Commission.  The purpose of BE-SCSP was to accelerate achievement of Education for All (EFA) and education-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Indonesia through developing capacity of the sector to deliver basic education services in accordance with decentralisation provisions.

CfBT advises the Department of Education of the Philippines (DepEd) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on the country’s largest secondary education reform for the past 50 years – the introduction of an additional two years to the current four-year secondary cycle. DepEd faces the challenge of increasing student access in an environment where there is already a significant shortage of teachers, classrooms and facilities.

CfBT has worked with DepEd to scope and design a range of public-sector funded by private sector led initiatives to alleviate the system’s capacity issues. Our advice and design consultancy has included various public-private partnership models such as voucher schemes and publicly funded but privately operated schools.

CfBT also provides training to the ADB Headquarters staff in Manila on the latest trends in education public-private partnerships.

Laos PDR
In 2012 CfBT was funded by the European Commission to deploy a technical assistance team to support the Ministry of Education and Sports with the implementation of the 7th National Socio-Economic Development Plan (NSEDP). We developed and strengthed institutional and organisational structures and procedures for strategic/financial planning and performance management within the Ministries of Education (MoE) and Finance (MoF).

In 2012/13 we were commissioned by AUSAID to undertake the following assistance programmes:

  • Research on effective social inclusion practices in education in Indonesia
  • Consultancy support to the Indonesian Education Sector Working Group
  • Managing the study on ‘The Role of Knowledge in Education Policy Making in Indonesia’

CfBT is part of a consortium that operates AUSAID’s Education Resource Facility (ERF). The ERF is used by AUSAID as its education think tank. It supplies rapid and reliable access to technical advice, research and international best practice in education development assistance and education reform to AUSAID country delegations in Asia. In the last 12 months alone, CfBT has undertaken education technical assistance projects for AUSAID projects in:

  • Solomon Islands
  • East Timor
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Nepal, Kiribati
  • Sri Lanka
  • Burma
  • Tonga