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Prospects acquires Optimus Education

02 November 2016

Prospects, the market-leading education, employment and skills company, has acquired Optimus Education. Prospects, who entered the educational resources, school improvement and awards sector more than 15 years ago takes ownership of Optimus Education from 1 November 2016. Optimus Education was founded in 1997 to help primary and secondary school leadership teams manage staff development efficiently and effectively, stay compliant and drive whole school improvement through a variety of conferences, events and training resources.

Andrew Thraves, Director of Education for Prospects, says: “I am delighted that we have acquired Optimus Education. I'm equally pleased that Optimus Education has chosen us as their new home.”

Andrew added: “Together we'll be in a great position to provide schools and multi-academy trusts an even more comprehensive ‘one-stop-shop' offer. The government talks about the importance of a school-led system as central to raising standards. By joining forces we will offer school awards and curriculum resources, in-school consultancy and training, and high-profile conferences and events for teachers and senior leaders intended to identify, showcase and help embed good practice and 'what works'. Acquiring Optimus Education enables Prospects to provide education providers with the complete package.”

Julian Turner, Chief Executive of Electric Word plc stated, “We are delighted that Optimus Education will be joining Prospects after 16 years as part of Electric Word. It is good news for both businesses and for our many customers among UK schools. We wish the staff and business every success for the future.”

Nick Bell, Chief Executive of Prospects comments: “We are delighted to welcome Optimus Education colleagues into the Prospects family. As one of the largest employee owned companies in the UK and a Leader in Diversity, we are committed to offering those that join us the opportunities to innovate and drive our business forward.”

To find out more about Prospects Education visit or @ProspectsEd

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