Ger Graus - born near Maastricht in the Netherlands - officially
took up his position as founding Chief Executive of the national
Children's University on 16th April 2007.
Between January 2000 and March 2007, 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.
As a graduate of the Universities of Tilburg and Nijmegen, Ger
moved to the United Kingdom 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
and 1996, he was an Adviser for Manchester City Council,
responsible for the introduction of Modern Foreign Languages into
primary schools. Ger was also a co-optee on the National Curriculum
Working Group for Modern Foreign Languages. 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 a Honorary Doctorate by
Staffordshire University in July 2011.
Ger Graus lives in Bollington, Cheshire and has two children,
Tom aged 15 and Anna aged 17.
2012 Children's University