The Sorrell Foundation

A team of happy school children

The Sorrell Foundation was set up in 1999 with the aim of inspiring creativity in young people and improving the quality of life through good design. The Foundation creates and prototypes new ideas and develops models that can be widely used.


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Launched in 2000, joinedupdesignforschools explores how good design can improve the quality of life in schools by listening to the voices of pupils – the consumers of education. It inspires pupils by putting them in the driving seat, giving them control and responsibility as clients. Through this experience they develop work and social skills such as problem-solving, reasoning, communication and teamworking, which lead to increased self-confidence and self-esteem. Joinedupdesignforschools is a unique programme that also demonstrates ways in which the UK design industry can be joined up with the education sector, so that schools can benefit from its experience and skills.