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359: A life in education with Prof Dr Ger Graus OBE

Prof Dr Ger Graus OBE, an iconic figure in the field of education.

A renowned expert on educational innovation and community engagement, he was the first Global Director of Education at the world-famous children’s entertainment-education company, KidZania, and founding CEO of the Children’s University. With his extensive experience at the very highest level of the learning industry, Professor Graus is a much sought-after advisor for organisations globally on the future direction of education. Driven by his famous mantra that “Children can only aspire to what they know exists” Professor Graus champions the cause of creativity, progress, equity, and innovation in children’s learning.

Dr Graus is a Visiting Professor at the National Research University, Moscow, Russia. He is a member of Bett’s Global Education Council; DIDAC India’s Advisory Board; Junior Achievement’s Worldwide Global Council; he chairs the Beaconhouse School System’s Advisory Board, Pakistan; advises the Fondazione Reggio Children, Italy, as well as, globally, Tata Consultancy Services and the Independent Schools Part-nership; and he has been invited to help shape the future of education in Dubai as a member of the Dubai Future Councils. In 2022, Dr Graus was a Juror for the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) in the Chil-dren & Young People category. He is also an Adviser to the Children’s Media Conference and Foundation, United Kingdom. In 2023, Ger Graus was invited to join the Global Teacher Prize Judging Academy. He is also a Member and the Education Spokesperson on the All-Party Parliamentary Group: Ethnicity Trans-plantation and Transfusion.

Prof Graus moved to the United Kingdom in 1983 where he began his teaching career, later becoming a Senior Inspector, and Education Director.

In the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List Ger was made an Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to children. In 2018 he received the Global Education Leadership Award at the World Education Congress, India. In 2022, Ger was granted the award of Iconic Leader Creat-ing A Better World For All by the Women Economic Forum (WEF). In 2023, he was made a Companion of the Harry Volker Genootschap in The Netherlands.

In his book ‘Natural Born Learners’, author Alex Beard says: “In learning terms, Ger Graus is Jean-Jacques Rousseau meets Willy Wonka.”


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  1. Ger Graus on September 4, 2023 at 8:46 AM

    I am very pleased to be involved with Mark and his amazing work at Education On Fire.

    His collection of interviews and podcasts covering the entirety of the education spectrum is diverse, interesting and challenging, and in my opinion, very important.

    In the world of diktat, teach and test, league, tables, and inspections, it is important to hear other voices. Mark and his work means that we are not just another Brick in the Wall.

  2. Mark Taylor on September 19, 2023 at 7:14 PM

    Thank you for the kind words. It was wonderful discussing our education landscape with you and I look forward to the release of ‘Through a different lens’

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