Education systems and institutions around the world are making smart investments to improve performance. We must continue to prepare all learners to thrive in work and life, and in complex and changing environments. But identifying quality and equity improvement strategies and realising them at scale is not easy.

Our consultants work with providers, policymakers, representative bodies and regulators operating across the full breadth of the education system – from early childhood education to schools, vocational education and training, universities and other higher education institutions.

Our work at a systems level helps governments design and deliver impactful education policies and associated evaluation, regulation and funding. While our work with individual education providers supports their strategy development, operations, culture and transformation initiatives. Our work is enhanced by our leading labour market analysis tools.

Our consulting work includes

Higher education

Our education consultants work with universities and private providers on their biggest strategic challenges: institutional strategy, research focus, system performance, educational direction, student experience and change through people. Through NousCubane – a Nous Group company – we can also help university administrators make informed strategic decisions and continuously assess results.

Vocational education and apprenticeships

As the UK grapples with digitisation and demographic changes, the FE system is instrumental in ensuring our workforce meets the needs of individuals and employers. Our consultants work with governments as well as FE providers and registered training organisations on strategic programs, digital systems and leadership development. Our work covers the whole system and brings insights informed by data, stakeholder opinion and policy settings. Our partnership with Burning Glass Technologies gives us unrivaled insight into job market trends and skills gaps.


Schools and government departments must work together to ensure the system is optimally structured and managed, and that teachers and principals are well-equipped to lead and inspire learners. Our consultants work with governments on education architecture and policy reform, with system managers to drive system-wide improvements, and with school leaders to improve performance, governance, strategy and parent engagement.

Early childhood education

Leading early childhood providers need to deliver outstanding educational services in the context of intense and growing demand, strict national standards and high cost pressures. Our consultants work with government agencies and major service providers to overcome these pressures, and deliver better education outcomes at scale.


Helping post-secondary institutions achieve their mission

Our dynamic team of experts is committed to partnering with post-secondary institutions to solve their strategic challenges, drive performance and build capacity.


Nous Group Study of Higher Education Professional Services Leaders 2023

The report, Closing the divide, explores the main challenges, priorities, and critical enablers to driving whole-of-university change. It makes clear that today’s leaders are operating in a complex world full of contradictions: the need to make big capital investments while operating deficits loom.

Colleagues in thoughtful discussion

University as connector: How to align industry needs and student demands using data

Universities can play a key role connecting student demand for education with industry demand for skills. This paper explores how to use data to focus industry collaboration and student recruitment in ways that deliver benefits to them and universities.

Classroom of digitally connected students

Understanding the impact of digital transformation for universities

Lecturer addresses a class

Visa changes will impact international enrolments, so UK universities need to prepare for change

High school tech students

Now A-level results are out, what are the recruitment lessons for universities?