As a mid-market UK private equity firm looking to make an investment in the UK Education market, we sought Joe’s help as an expert in the field. He answered all our questions clearly and promptly, and his detailed written report was key in informing our view of the attractiveness of the opportunity. I would not hesitate to seek his advice again in this complex and challenging market.  Martin Wygas, Partner, Lyceum Capital. 

Joe has an unrivalled understanding of the complex issues surrounding schools and teachers use of technology. In a market often clouded by rhetoric, we engaged him to help us devise our bidding strategy for Free Schools and UTCs. His ability to write sensibly, pragmatically and persuasively was enhanced by the strength of his network and he created some outstanding partnerships to support our bid responses. His involvement was central to the bidding success we had.   Sean Scargill, Education Bid Director XMA


​​Family Links was very pleased with the consultancy work undertaken by Joe Nutt in April/May 2016. Joe was able to adapt the original brief we drew up to fit the budget and the Family Links context, and produced a useful report and presentation for the leadership team. He very quickly interpreted what we required, interviewed the key stakeholders quickly and, using his extensive background knowledge and experience of the education world, he came up with some useful recommendations which Family Links is taking forward in its business plan.  We can confidently recommend his work to others.  Gina Hocking, COO Family Links.



Education Thinking works for a wide range of clients including leading corporates, individual schools, international school groups, MATs, ICT and other educational businesses and investors. 


Whatever level of change may be involved, we will help you understand and negotiate the challenges to ensure the end result benefits schools, teachers and pupils. 



Supporting and advising a MAT bidding to run a knowledge curriculum, teacher training programme. 

Identifying and negotiating with partners for a leading educational research organisation,  to create a consortium to bid for a £19m 8 year research programme, 


Review and revise 3-5 year Strategy plan for Multi Academy Trust.


Supporting an innovative FE college in gaining OU validation.


Business expansion advice for a charity specialising in working in the education sector with challenging schools and families.


Carrying out a strategic review for a major MAT to assess all its school improvement activity and delivering a report to the Schools Regional Commissioner.


Reviewing and quality assuring CPD materials for an organisation that advises heads and school leaders in the UK. 


Advising 2 major ICT companies on their Free School and UTC bidding strategy, writing bid content, identifying and creating new educational partnerships for them.


Due diligence for a private equity company providing client with a clear view of the UK education market, including Academies and Free Schools.


Working for a major corporate client to advise a MAT on its growth planning, including designing a roadmap for expansion.