Some of these examples come from the work of Mulberry Schools Trust in recent years.  These are the type of opportunities that Mulberry Schools Foundation will extend to partner schools and communities nationally and internationally.

Creating opportunity

…for these young people to the range of educational opportunities, commonly available to those from more privileged backgrounds, that build creativity, confidence, discernment, leadership, self-determination, global awareness and a belief that all opportunities and challenges are open.

Meeting influencers and decision makers

Mulberry Schools Foundation will sponsor, host and lead a range of events that bring young people, their families and their communities into contact with inspirational role models: influencers, decision makers and drivers of change from all backgrounds and areas of interest.

The Foundation’s work will follow from events such as Mulberry Schools Trust’s Annual Lecture at the Royal Society of Arts, now in its fourth year. Speakers have included: Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of London’s South Bank; Tina Tchen, Chief of staff to First Lady of the United States, Michele Obama; Samira Ahmed, broadcaster; and Dame Donna Kinnair, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing.

The Foundation will create opportunities for mutual learning between those from often-overlooked communities and those who walk in the corridors of power. Recent visitors to the Trust have included: Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England; Angelina Jolie, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador for refugees; Cressida Dick, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police; Anne Gosal, KPMG’s Director of Technology Consulting.

The Foundation will also facilitate contributions from these same communities to London-wide, national and international platforms and events.

I really enjoyed designing, organising and hosting events focussed on the leadership of women. The events have provided me with platforms to meet and hear from positive female role models who have all encouraged me to make my voice heard and taught me about the power of networking.

Year 12 Student

Model United Nations

Mulberry School for Girls has been the lead school for 12 years for Global Classrooms London Model United Nations, the largest MUN programme for secondary schools in the UK. The Foundation is extending this programme to new schools, sharing the London model with other UK networks and facilitating participation in international conferences.

At MUN professional conferences, students from state-funded, non-selective schools take up the roles of ambassadors in simulations of UN committees. During each conference, through discussion and negotiation, student-led committees work towards a specific resolution on how the international community can end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. The programme is accessible for all ages, providing a progression pathway from Year 7 Rapporteurs acting as timekeepers, to Year 9 Delegates participating in debate, to Year 12 Chairs leading a committee, with university students’ continued involvement modelling the Director role. These opportunities for political engagement, empower students to take action to make a positive difference in the world and build their readiness ready to lead.

We get to play the role of a world leader and come to an actual solution.

MUN delegate

I discovered who I am beyond academics – I am now passionate about global politics.

MUN Committee Chair

International partnerships

Mulberry Schools Foundation will have an international reach, providing opportunities for young people and adults in our communities to experience new countries, contexts and challenges and to work with others internationally to build mutually beneficial networks, programmes and development projects that lead to lasting change.

The Foundation’s first international study tour in October 2019 took Tower Hamlets students and staff to Singapore and Malaysia with a focus on women and young people’s leadership and voice. The study tour piloted anticipated starting points for the Foundation’s future international partnership work which we hope will always stem from the sharing of ideas, experiences and needs on a study tour.

Through the study tour, students and staff learnt from and worked with young people and professionals from a range of schools and colleges meeting very different needs; the British High Commissions in Singapore and Malaysia; the Malaysian Parliament and Deputy Minister for women; young people’s campaigning organisations addressing climate change and suffrage; and networks that give girls and women a voice.

A range of potential partnership activities between the Foundation and schools, colleges, campaigning organisations and advocacy networks in Singapore and Malaysia were identified through the tour. The pandemic has put these on hold for the time being.

Wherever we met young people, our experiences related to theirs and it was easy to communicate openly with them. We have more similarities than differences.

UK participant

I learnt that when you are really being listened to, you find you have powerful things to say.

Malaysia participant

Space and place

The Foundation will support and facilitate more extensive use of Mulberry Schools Trust facilities, widening the range of activities and events that they are used for, and diversifying and extending access, uptake, participation and beneficiaries. These facilities include two theatres, specialist digital media and health teaching environments, a number of computer suites and two sports centres, as well as the usual facilities of the Trust’s schools.