Consultancies by McIlwraith Education

Who we are

McIlwraith Education is a consultancy business based in Edinburgh that helps governments, organisations and institutions reach their education goals. We work across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central Asia, Europe and the United Kingdom.

  • Our policy orientation: To support governments, institutions and individuals in building education systems that are relevant to the needs of their society
  • Our aim: To help people to live and prosper in a rapidly changing world, to embrace lifelong learning as they gain new skills for life and work, and to contribute to the well-being of their society
  • The way we work: In principled partnership to build sustainable and enduring outcomes.


We support the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and are committed to helping provide quality basic education for all children, youth and adults. We work with diverse national and international partners, donors and agencies including UNICEF, UNESCO, the Department for International Development, the British Council, the University of Edinburgh, the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Ministry of Defence, the Scottish Executive and the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

What we do and how we do it

We carry out evaluations, scoping studies and advise on national language policy formulation. We work with clients to revise and develop curriculums, syllabuses, teaching materials and testing, assessment and evaluation systems. We manage education projects, conferences and events. We train teachers and trainers. We make in-country visits and carry out full, detailed desk-based research. All our work is fully referenced. Our advice and recommendations are based on solid facts and evidence. We produce high quality reports and evaluations that are written in clear, plain English. As you would expect, we aspire to the highest ethical standards:

  • We put the interests of the client first at all times
  • We make recommendations and give advice solely in the client’s best interests
  • We declare any potential conflicts of interest arising from relationships with other parties, and their plans, products or services
  • We do not allow such conflicts to prejudice advice to a client
  • We do not reveal any confidential data or information obtained in the course of a professional engagement.