Andrew Thraves

Associate Partner – Schools

About Andrew

Andrew has supplied products and services to the education industry for over 35 years, in that time creating and delivering market-leading learning and teaching content, formative assessments, professional development and training courses, and back office services to Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) and schools.

Andrew has worked at a senior director level for a variety of companies involved in supporting leaders, teachers and students, at home and internationally, including Optimus Education, Real Group, Prospects Services, GL Education Group, Pearson and RSAcademics. He was Director of Content at the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta), a government non-departmental body focused on delivering teaching and learning in schools through technology. Andrew has been chair of the two main trade associations that represent suppliers of education services to MATs and schools: the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), and the Educational Publishers Council (EPC).

Andrew believes passionately in the importance of school improvement so that all young people are supported to identify and then achieve their life chances. Andrew is Chair of Big Education Trust, a growing MAT which as well as teaching and learning delivers initiatives used by many schools nationwide, including the oracy curriculum Voice21, and the research studies Rethinking Leadership and Rethinking Assessment; a trustee of the Academies Enterprise Trust, one of the largest academy chains in England with 57 schools serving over 33,000 students; and a non-executive director of the Confederation of School Trusts Professional Development Ltd, the sector body for MATs and Free Schools advocating for, connecting and supporting executive and governance leaders.