The Rt. Hon. The Baroness Estelle MorrisBack
- School Improvement
- Raising Standards
- Professional Development
- Policy Making
- Higher Education
- Arts And Education
Estelle started her career in education as a teacher in an inner city multi racial comprehensive school where she taught for 18 years. In 1992 she entered Parliament and in 2001 became the Secretary of State for Education and Skills. She followed this with 2 years as a Minister at the Department of Culture Media and Sport and left Parliament in 2005.
Since then she has combined a career that includes senior posts both in education and the arts as well as being a member of the House of Lords. She is Chair of the Council at Goldsmiths and a trustee of the Poetry Archive.
Estelle’s roles in education have allowed her to see the education landscape from classroom teacher to senior policy maker and it is this breadth of experience that is now reflected in her comments and analysis of education. Amongst other posts she now works at the Institute of Effective Education which aims to transform the relationship between education research and practice so that policy making and teaching can become more evidence based.
She is a regular contributor to Guardian Education.
Current Positions Held
• Chair, Strategy Board, The Institute of Effective Education
. Chair, McDonald's Education Company.
• Member of the House of Lords.
Personal Achievements and Awards
• 2005 Appointed to the House of Lords.
• 1999 Appointed to the Privy Council.
• 2003 Minister of the Year Award BBC/House Magazine.
• Numerous Honorary Doctorates and Degrees.
1974 B.Ed University of Warwick.
Relevant Career and Professional Background
Pro Vice Chancellor, The University of Sunderland. 2005 -2008
• Chair, Children’s Workforce Development Council. 2005 -2007
• Minister for the Arts, Department Culture Media and Sport. 2003 – 2005
• Secretary of State for Education and Skills, Department for Education and Skills. 2001 – 2002
• Member of Parliament for Birmingham Yardley. 1992 – 2005
“We were absolutely delighted with Estelle’s contribution to our conference on Friday last week.”
“Estelle was very well received and many delegates came to me afterwards to say how impressed they had been with her conference address. Considering she had the last slot before the conference closed this is no mean feat and a testimony to how well she is regarded.”
“Estelle was superb!”
“I was so impressed with her down to earth approach and the wisdom she shared with us”
“Thank you so much for recommending Estelle to us”
" Estelle put the current changes into context, giving us all lots of things to reflect on and a feeling of empowerment. "
"It’s so refreshing to listen to someone who has such empathy for the policy area and education in general ,and who brings a broad historical sweep , and all without a trace of pomposity, delivering so fluently , and with a light touch too."
"As always, Estelle was excellent.She is a considered, professional educationalist with a depth of experience. The delegates rated her very highly on our feedback forms - and found her very friendly and engaging. Her message was very thoughtfully delivered."