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Prospects acquires Optimus Education

Prospects, the market-leading education, employment and skills company, is to acquire 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 Services group, says: 'I am delighted that we have acquired Optimus Education. I'm equally pleased that Optimus 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 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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Notes to Editor

Andrew Thraves, Prospects Director of Education, is available for further comment or interview.

About Prospects

The Prospects Group provides tailored education, employment, training and care products and services for people at all stages of life. Each year Prospects inspires more than 500,000 people to develop their potential and transform their lives. More than 1,400 professional and skilled colleagues provide practical support to the local communities they are based in across the UK and internationally. Prospects is one of the largest employee owned companies in the UK. It is also a Leader in Diversity and ranked in the top 100 index by the National Centre for Diversity.

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