About the Network

The West Midlands Mantle of the Expert Network exists to support teachers and practitioners. It offers special events, projects in schools, and coaching and mentoring. Schools we have worked with include: Chilcote Primary; Penn Fields; New Invention Junior; Highters Heath Primary; George Dixon Academy; North Birmingham Academy; Calthorpe Academy; Al-Hijrah School. We have run Mantle of the Expert projects in a range of subject areas, including English, Maths, Science, History and PHSE. A number of our projects were created in collaboration with Dorothy Heathcote, who devised the Mantle system.

Our projects

Here are some recent Mantle projects by the West Midlands Network. Click on each title for more details.

Birmingham Street Robins

How children from poor families in Victorian Birmingham were given the chance of a 'day out'

The Ballad of Beorminga

A verse drama by David Calcutt, about the ancient origins of the city of Birmingham; performed by local school children.


Cherokee Myths and Legends 

A schools project on the myths and legends associated with the Cherokee homeland

The Slave Trade

A local history project with Professor Carl Chinn, looking at the story of the anti-slavery campaigner Joseph Sturge.

The Chainmakers of Cradley Heath

The famous strike by women chainmakers in 1910. A local history project for schools with Professor Carl Chinn.

Who we are


The Network is led by an experienced team of teachers and practitioners, who all have recent CRB checks.


Gillian Adamson (Associate Director, Midland Actors Theatre); Dr. David Allen (Artistic Director, Midland Actors Theatre); Iris Bertz  (Director, Iris Bertz Limited) ;  Professor Carl Chinn (Historian / Consultant); Denise Jones (Designer / Visual Arts and Drama teacher); Dr. Kate Katafiasz (Senior Lecturer in Drama, Newman University); Richard Kieran (Head Teacher, Woodrow First School); Iona Towler-Evans (National trainer for Mantle of the Expert) 


Here are links to some of the organisations we work with: Iris Bertz Ltd; mantleofthe expert.com Midland Actors Theatre; Woodrow First School


T (+44) 121 608 7144  or (+44) 7946 006511