Baroness Estelle Morris praises Envision for fostering collaboration between schools

Sir John Dunford, Envision Birmingham Manager Cameron Nimmo, Baroness Estelle Morris and Envision Head of Programmes and Impact, Fay Crowther

The leader of ‘the newly formed Birmingham Education Partnership, which is taking over responsibility for school improvement from the city council, has recognised Envision’s role in supporting increased collaboration among schools.

Baroness Morris, who has been appointed to head up the partnership of 300 of Birmingham’s schools, is a former Coventry school teacher and former Secretary of State for Education.

Baroness Morris said:

“I think that Community-Apprentice offers a great opportunity for schools to collaborate and tap into wider specialist resources they don’t have the capacity to provide as individual schools. The interschool competition is great too!”

As Chair of the Strategy Board at the Institute of Effective Education, Baroness Morris is passionate about ensuring that education is more widely based upon evidence based practice and has often written about this in her monthly features in the Guardian.  Not surprisingly she was impressed by the results of our recent randomised control trial.

Baroness Morris and Sir John Dunford, the National Pupil Champion, met with Envision before an education seminar they delivered for Head Teachers and Governors of Birmingham’s schools on 23rd March.

The event was organised by Hays, the specialist recruitment firm, who invited Envision to present at the start of the seminar.   

Paul Matthias, National Director for Hays Education, said:

“Hays has previously worked with Envision and from the contact we have had directly with some of their young people, been impressed by what they do.  They have spoken at several of our events now and it’s clear that our school SLT audiences find the concept very interesting.”