About Us

The Multi Schools Council was started by Kierran Peace in 2012.  Kierran is a teacher at Market Field School in Colchester, a special school for children and young people (5-16).
During a school council meeting, the children felt that not enough was being done to break down perceptions around special needs and mental health difficulties. They decided that arranging collaborative, multi-school council meetings would be a good way to start breaking down negative perceptions.
Find out more by watching our introductory video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gZXVCjuy6g


  Three times an academic year.
Each term, children and young people from mainstream and special schools meet at a local school to learn more about each oher and improve school life for those with special educational needs and disabilities. 
At the first meeting, the children decide on three projects for the year.  For 2019-20, we will be focusing on:
  • Sport for all
  • Global warming/pollution
  • Homelessness


A school in each district.

In North East Essex, we hold meetings in Tendring and Colchester.

In Mid Essex, we hold meetings in Chelmsford and Braintree.

In South Essex, we hold one meeting in either Basildon, Brentwood or Castle Point.

In West Essex, we hold one meeting in either Harlow, Uttlesford or Epping.

Once we expand in South and West Essex, we will be able to  hold meetings in each of the districts here too. 


 A note from Kierran:

Over the last 30 years, steps have been made towards breaking down perceptions around children with disabilities and special educational needs. However, more can be done. I recently heard a story about a young girl who had gone through our education system without a single friend.  The school had kept her in a room at break and lunch time to prevent her being bullied.  

The Multi Schools Council wants to change these perceptions by hosting child led events that integrate both special schools and mainstream schools. By building these links and connections, children become educated about the differences we all have, rather than it becoming the topic in the room that nobody wants to talk about.

You can join us! As a school by joining the Council, as a parent by spreading the word and by being a human and accepting that we all have our differences but we all still have a smile.