Education Development Trust

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Education Development Trust (formerly CfBT Education Trust) is a large not-for-profit organisation which provides education services in the United Kingdom (UK) and internationally. The charity is based in Reading, UK.


Tony Abrahams founded the Centre for British Teachers in 1968 with the objective of helping British teachers working abroad.[1] With activity centred in Germany, the organisation's vision was not only to recruit English teachers but also to offer them professional and welfare support within a structure that they would not otherwise have had.[2] It was constituted as a registered charity in 1976.[3]

Throughout the 1990s, CfBT developed as a manager of aid-backed reform programmes in developing countries.[4]

It subsequently expanded into offering a range of research, consultancy and support services to the education sector and operating as a contractor for a number of UK government education initiatives, such as the Young, Gifted and Talented Programme which it managed on behalf of the then Department for Children, Schools and Families.[5]

To reflect the organisation's global activity, the name, Centre for British Teachers, officially changed to CfBT Education Trust in 2006. In November 2012, Steve Munby took over as chief executive.[4]

Name change from CfBT Education Trust[edit]

With further international growth since 2006, and a strong focus on multiple aspects of school system reform,[6] the organisation wanted to have a name that better reflected its mission.[4]

For "legal reasons", there are some parts of the organisation who have not yet changed their name with the parent organisation.


  1. ^ Bloom, Adi (27 May 2011). "Obituary - Tony Abrahams, 1923-2011". TES Newspaper. Retrieved 26 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Our history". Education Development Trust. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  3. ^ Charity Commission. Education Development Trust, registered charity no. 270901. 
  4. ^ a b c "Education Development Trust - Our history". Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  5. ^ Young Gifted and Talented Programme website Archived 4 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Education Development Trust - School system reform". Retrieved 24 March 2016. 

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