About us

Optimus Education Limited is a leading provider of professional development support and school improvement information for schools, academies and other educational institutions. Since 1997 we have been helping primary and secondary school leadership teams to manage staff development efficiently and effectively, stay compliant and drive whole school improvement. Our key digital subscription services include the Knowledge Centre and In-House Training complemented by a portfolio of live Conferences and professional development events. We also offer Awards that support and accredit schools for outstanding non-curricular provision.

Optimus Education is a part of Shaw Trust

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Our values

At Optimus Education we are passionate about: teacher professionalism, distributed leadership, expert insight, collaborative peer-to-peer support, value and editorial integrity.

Our members rely on Optimus for key legal and compliance information, industry guidance and training materials. Our greatest strength is providing highly relevant, invaluable, time-saving content and services that meet the needs of professionals with specific senior responsibilities. We endeavour to provide a wide range of independent voices from our in-house and external expert contributors and ensure responsiveness to member needs.

We make every effort to ensure that our content and services are accurate, up-to-date, and pedagogically sound. Quality assurance takes place in a range of ways: through research, both in terms of topics and contributors; through regular content reviews, particularly of model policies; through our editorial processes and through our advisory groups.

Our vision

Through providing a range of high-quality, practical content and resources, training and expert advice, we aim to ensure all school and academy leaders feel equipped to do their jobs better and therefore contribute more meaningfully towards improved outcomes for pupils.

We appreciate deeply how the ever-changing policy and accountability landscape has created challenges for schools, and we aim to help school professionals navigate these changes effectively to save your school precious time and money.

We work with a range of expert contributors, innovative trainers and school-based practitioners

Our people

We feel privileged to work with a range of expert contributors, innovative trainers and school-based practitioners from across the UK and beyond. For more information about some of the talented and passionate people we are fortunate enough to work with, please do get in touch.

Optimus contributors and experts


Adele Bates, Behaviour Specialist


Anita Devi,
Education Consultant


Dai Durbridge, Education Lawyer


Fiona Stagg, Governance Specialist


Josephine Smith, Headteacher


Kelly Hannaghan, Wellbeing Leader


Luke Ramsden, Safeguarding Lead


Natalie Packer, SEN Consultant


Nickii Messer, Business Leadership Consultant


Nicola Harvey, Mindfulness Practitioner


Stephen Mitchell,
MAT CEO


Tom Fay, Director of Teaching and Learning

The Optimus membership team


Andrew Thraves
Director of Education


Hansa Patel
Customer Service Executive


Lisa Griffin
Content Lead


Liz Worthen
Head of Content


Rachel Grant
Head of Awards & Training


Victoria Baxter
Senior Account Manager

Sponsorship and advertising

We offer selected opportunities for suppliers to share their services with our members, from conference sponsorship to magazine advertising. To find out more contact Kate Greedy on 020 8315 1506 or email at kate.greedy@optimus-education.com. Alternatively, download the Optimus media pack.

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For an enquiry about a book, ebook or training pack:

Our books Customer Service team is based at NBN International, c/o Optimus Education, Airport Business Centre, 10 Thornbury Road, Plymouth, PL6 7PP. Tel: 01752 202301

 

Optimus Education Limited.  A company registered in England and Wales with Company Registration Number 5791519 whose registered office is Shaw Trust House, 19 Elmfield Road, Bromley, Kent BR1 1LT.