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Ger Graus

Founder of the Children's University

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Ger Graus is the founder of the Children's University Trust.

The Children's University is now a multiple-award winning international charity providing 5 to 14 year olds with exciting and innovative learning opportunities - through its 'Passport To Learning' - outside the normal school day, at weekends and during school holidays. The internationalisation of the Children's University reaches as far as Australia, China, Malaysia and Singapore with further developments planned.

The Children's University is opening up in many places around the world, including the Netherlands, Australia, Malaysia and Singapore, as well as Germany, Brunei, Cyprus, Italy and the Falkland Islands as part of the Service Children's CU and it will soon be expanding its network of Children's Universities to New Zealand and China. Recent expressions of interest have also been received from the Republic of Ireland, Estonia, Poland, Portugal, India, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates and the USA.the latest country being Australia.

Ger moved to the UK in 1983 when he began his teaching career at Taverham High School in Norwich. He next moved on to a management position at Winifred Holtby School in Hull. Between 1991-96, he was Education Adviser to Manchester City Council, responsible for the introduction of Modern Foreign Languages into primary schools. Ger was also a co-optee on the Curriculum Working Group for Modern Foreign Languages. From 2000-07, Ger was the Director of the two Wythenshawe Education Action Zones based in the south of Manchester. The Wythenshawe Education Action Zones were and are viewed as one of the leading proponents of private/public sector partnership in school improvement.

In 1996, he became Senior Inspector for Salford City Council and there he was charged with the responsibility to introduce the Government's Excellence in Cities initiative in 1999.

Ger was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Staffordshire University in 2011 and was made an Adjunct Fellow by the University of Adelaide in 2013.

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"On behalf of British Schools in the Middle East, I would like to thank you for your significant and valuable contribution to our 35th Annual Conference. Your session was well-received by delegates and will no doubt impact on their practice in schools across the region. I spoke to many Principals and Headteachers who have taken your nuggets of wisdom and intend to broaden the offer for their students as a result. Thank you for the delightful way you engaged with our audience; your experience and authenticity shone through. We benefitted immensely from your years of theory and practise!" British Schools in the Middle East

Ger presents in English

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