Legal firm help growing education business to be top of the class

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Endeavour Partnership has advised a new online education platform on a significant contract win.

Peerz Academy fought off national and international competition to secure a tender with the North East collaborative outreach programme, FutureMe.

The contract will provide 45,000 lessons to 108 schools in the North East to support pupils who have the potential to go university achieve in GSCE maths and English.

The business focuses on engaging students through online lessons, created by experienced teachers and delivered online by peer mentors.

The mentors are successful university and college students, chosen specifically due to their skills in communication and confidence in supporting others.

Peerz Academy has designed its platform to be affordable, flexible and safe for students, containing a number of built-in safeguarding features aiming to protect users and provide a secure online learning environment.

The overall aim of Peerz is to boost the North East’s success rates in GCSE maths and English as the region is bottom nationwide for top grades at GCSE and second bottom for standard passes in GCSE maths and English.

Wayne Harrison, founder of Peerz Academy, said: “The original thoughts behind Peerz Academy were to make learning opportunities equally available to all students. Many parents support their children’s learning through additional, and often expensive, private tuition but for many parents this is not an option due to the financial barriers. We designed our peer to peer based intervention around such problems, as educational research evidence shows that peer tuition can be as effective as costly one to one tuition.

“The advice we received from Endeavour was effective and efficient. Since the initial meeting, the team has continued to support our business, helping us further our work with students.”

Peerz Academy director, Kevin Wilde, added: “We are always trying to encourage North East businesses to get involved in education and the platform itself. One of the benefits of working locally is to improve the learning opportunities given to students in the area which in the long run will be great for the companies they later go on to work for.”

Martin McKinnell, senior associate from Endeavour Partnership’s corporate and commercial team, has been leading the project with Peerz Academy.

In the early stages, Peerz Academy has been supported by Endeavour Partnerships corporate and commercial team, who’ve helped launch the business and advised on setting up the legal documentation required on the Peerz platform.

McKinnell said: “Peerz is a flourishing business and it’s fantastic to see the team beating off national competition to secure this significant contract. It’s really interesting to have worked with them from their initial concept to this point and we’ll continue to have involvement as they progress further.”

Endeavour has strong links with the education sector through their work on providing specialist legal support and is passionate about working with local schools.

This year their team have also been involved with several enterprise-focused and work experience-based programmes. One of which was Project Dragonfly which helped encourage creative confidence through ideas and activities in primary school children.

Endeavour employs a team of 54 and has a reputation spanning over 16 years, providing high quality advice on a range of business law matters including mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, employment, commercial property and corporate recovery and insolvency from its headquarters at Teesdale in Stockton.

Last month Endeavour Partnership was again recognised as one of the North East’s top corporate and commercial practices in the prestigious Legal 500 guide with every department highly ranked.

• Pictured (above): Martin McKinnell (left), senior associate from Endeavour Partnership’s corporate and commercial team, with Peerz Academy founder Wayne Harrison and director Kevin Wilde.


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