F4S Innovator Award for Curriculum Integration: Holland Park School

Innovator Award

On 26th September at the House of Lords a group of the most forward-thinking teachers from across in the UK were presented with special awards by Founders4Schools and Lord Holmes of Richmond to recognise the work they were doing to inspire young people about the jobs of tomorrow.

This award is given to the teacher who has done the most to integrate student-employment encounters into the school curriculum and is sponsored by Relish.

The Award was presented by Matthew O’Connor- Head of enterprise at Relish with Lord Holmes of Richmond to Tom Mitchell from Holland Park School.

Matthew O’Connor, Head of Enterprise at Relish, said: “We’re extremely proud to be the official sponsor of this Founders4Schools charity event at the House of Lords, which honours and celebrates those who help students discover the skills and pathways relevant to them in the working world. Relish is a brand that champions innovation and commerce across the capital, so we were extremely pleased to present Tom with the Innovator of the Year award.”

Holland Park School won the innovation award is because of the way in which they have integrated business leader visits into the school curriculum.

They embed inspirational business leader talks into to their curriculum by substituting traditional form time activities with talks that will raise the aspirations of our students.

Year 11 students are split into two groups and hear from two business leaders in two simultaneous 30-minute sessions.

Holland Park is a highly successful and over-subscribed comprehensive school in the heart of west central London. It is recognised as “an outstanding school” by Ofsted, recorded as one of the country’s top performing specialist Humanities Colleges and praised in the Good Schools Guide as a school which “has seen a steep and continuing rise in results”.

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F4S Careers Fairs Award: Bexleyheath Academy

Career Fair AwardOn 26th September at the House of Lords a group of the most forward-thinking teachers from across in the UK were presented with special awards by Founders4Schools and Lord Holmes of Richmond to recognise the work they were doing to inspire young people about the jobs of tomorrow.

This Award recognised enterprising work in arranging Careers Fairs featuring start up and scale up businesses.

Beckie Knight-Croft from Bexleyheath Academy in London was presented the award by Guy Rigby, from Smith & Williamson and Beckie was congratulated by Lord Holmes of Richmond.

Half-way through last year, in response to demand from schools already using our ‘role model’ supply service, F4S introduced a new service type which made it easier for schools to get fast-growing small companies into their careers fairs rather than just their classrooms.

Beckie Knight-Croft introduced us to how they do it in Bexleyheath, which we think is a particularly high impact formula we’d like to encourage schools from across the country to take up.

Bexleyheath ran a Careers Networking Event for 300 year 8 and year 10 students using the format of ‘speed networking’ where in small groups of students rotate to speak to 10 employers within the hour who answer student’s questions about careers.

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F4S Employability Community of the Year Award: Comberton Village College

Community Award

On 26th September at the House of Lords a group of the most forward-thinking teachers from across in the UK were presented with special awards by Founders4Schools and Lord Holmes of Richmond to recognise the work they were doing to inspire young people about the jobs of tomorrow.

Lizzie Taylor, Head of Careers Comberton Village College received the award for Employability Community of the Year Award presented by Jane Galvin from Barclays with congratulations from Lord Holmes of Richmond.

With three times the number of jobs coming from small businesses growing quickly than from big companies, it is easy to understand why careers advice is such a priority for local authorities and LEPS.  We are thrilled that the Careers and Enterprise Company chose Founders4Schools as a delivery partner in all 39 LEPS and their 1000 Enterprise Advisors are briefed about how Founders4Schools can help them boost their student’s attainment and their school’s STEM attainment.

When asked which place, or ‘community’ could be celebrated as an example of ‘how and what to do’, there was a really clear winner.

Which is Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough LEP:

Lizzie Taylor Head of Careers at Comberton Village College accepted the award as Comberton is the number one school in Cambridgeshire for their employability efforts.

Congratulations were also made to Stepping into Business and Form the Future, partners in making employability encounters happen in Cambridgeshire.

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F4S Workplace Visit Award: Tottenham UTC

Work Place AwardOn 26th September at the House of Lords a group of the most forward-thinking teachers from across in the UK were presented with special awards by Founders4Schools and Lord Holmes of Richmond to recognise the work they were doing to inspire young people about the jobs of tomorrow.

The Award for innovation in “Work Place Visits” went to Dawn Woodcock at Tottenham UTC in London and was presented by Avid Lazarideh from Google Ventures with congratulations from Lord Holmes of Richmond.

For many years, schools have been visiting companies to find out more about the world of work. However they often only visit the big businesses because they don’t know how to find the smaller ones and often smaller businesses don’t have infrastructure for supporting schools.  This is a problem because approaching 100% of the new jobs in the economy are from businesses less than 5 years old. F4S workplace visits aim to take remove some of the work of arranging visits from both school and employers.

Workplace visits give students the opportunity to learn first-hand about a company and its career requirements, through a visit to a company in the career field of their choice. They help a student to learn about the work environment and culture of the company, and whether a field or industry is right for them.

They are also an excellent opportunity for a business to help the future workforce they will need to hire to gain relevant skills.

Dawn booked the very first workplace visit within 20 minutes of the new service being launched and that must have gone well as she recently booked another one to take place in November.

Congratulations Dawn for being an early adopter at Tottenham UTC and opening up a new world of experience for your students.

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F4S Award for Role-Model Ambassador: West Hill School

Role-Model AwardOn 26th September at the House of Lords a group of the most forward-thinking teachers from across in the UK were presented with special awards by Founders4Schools and Lord Holmes of Richmond to recognise the work they were doing to inspire young people about the jobs of tomorrow.

This award for the teacher who arranged more student-employer encounters than anyone else in the country went to Paul Butterworth from West Hill School in Stalybridge near Manchester and was presented by JC Lacoste, CEO of Founder4Schools and congratulated by Lord Holmes of Richmond.

For the past couple of years, Paul Butterworth at West Hill School created events during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Students are able attend multiple events over the course of the week, increasing the number of connections with business leaders and exposing them to differing types of entrepreneur.

So far 2,880 student-employer encounters have drawn 24 business leaders into his classroom filled with 160 year 7 to year 11 students, making Paul the top teacher in the UK with seven-times the national average.

Paul Butterworth said:

“Our plan for this year is to hold another week of events with 4-5 entrepreneurs in school every day.  We are planning to include more visits during our careers week.  These will be linked to curriculum areas and targeted at specific students”.

Of the Awards Pauls said: “It was great to meet so many other people who are as passionate about improving the life chances of young people as we are at West Hill.”

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F4S Award for Diversity Ambassador: UCL Academy in Camden

Diversity Award

On 26th September at the House of Lords a group of the most forward-thinking teachers from across in the UK were presented with special awards by Founders4Schools and Lord Holmes of Richmond to recognise the work they were doing to inspire young people about the jobs of tomorrow.

Diarmuid Molloy from UCL Academy in Camden was presented the award by Marc Allera, CEO of EE and was congratulated by Lord Holmes of Richmond.

Diarmuid Molloy has arranged 18 events since he first found out about  our service from one of the school governors in October 2014 and he has brought more than 60 business leaders into contact with the students at his school.

He arranged a series of events around International Women’s Day (in March) last year.   Over the course of International Women’s week, Diarmuid invited 12 women Founders from STEM backgrounds to his school every day for a week of role model activity to encourage students to explore diverse study and career paths.

Women are heavily underrepresented in STEM careers and in particular in the technology sector where employment and opportunity is rewarding and plentiful.  Diversity is a serious issue and we hope that other teachers are inspired to arrange campaigns at their school around inspiring young women in the way that Diarmuid did.

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Founders4Schools first annual review published

One year on, what have we achieved?

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Click on the image to read the full Annual Review

Our first Annual Review sets out what we have achieved during our first year of operation. It describes how the charity is starting to ‘join the dots’ across the country by bringing together schools and colleges, employers and providers of careers and enterprise activities to give young people a better introduction to the world of work and a clearer understanding of what their future might hold.

Their enthusiastic response has meant that schools and colleges throughout the UK that will benefit from the 13,000 business leaders available to them so that young people in the UK are given a better sense of their skills and attitudes and help them identify the best path towards their future career.

The network of inspiring business volunteers across the country has continued to broaden over the past year, allowing the number of student-employer encounters facilitated by Founders4Schools to pass the 100,000 – an achievement that we believe is truly worth celebrating.

Although this review is a celebration of achievements from our first year of operation as a charity, it is also an opportunity to thank all our supporters, teachers, business leaders and partners who form the integral pieces that, together, will solve the puzzle of youth employability. It is their support that has enabled Founders4Schools to be a leader in the global movement to inspire today’s youth for tomorrow’s world of work.

Looking ahead to next year, I hope to increase the number of student-employer encounters from last year by tenfold. With foundations firmly laid, a focused and talented team on board, and having secured sponsorship from both Barclays and the Careers & Enterprise Company, I’m confident we’ll get there.

Read the Annual Review 

Evidence for the importance of Student-Employer Engagement

There is some great research collated to show the importance of encounters between students and employers. We have selected two videos that we think offer interesting and important insights into why.

Claudia Harris CEO The Careers & Enterprise Company points out the significance of teenage encounters with business leaders and how it will increase the chances of their employability.

Watch Claudia’s presentation:

  •        work experience
  •        internships
  •        careers education
  •        workplace visits
  •        mentoring
  •        enterprise education

Anthony Mann, Director of Policy and Research at Education and Employers Taskforce reviews how employer engagement influences the experiences and outcomes of the broad range of young people across mainstream academic learning programmes including:
Watch the video:

If you know about some great research drop us a line, we’d love to share it.

Hopefully, the evidence has inspired you to get involved and use Founders4Schools quick and free service to facilitate student-employer encounters and support young people’s employability: www.founders4schools.org.uk

Raspberry Pi and the Importance of Technology Education

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This month the BBC announced that Raspberry Pi Sales reached 10 million in the British market. Raspberry Pi is a small, portable microcomputer widely used for programming education. Its low cost and portability have made it the most successful selling British Computer ever. Whereas before learning skills such as programming required relatively expensive hardware, now you can get a full kit for as low as low as 99 pounds.

This example highlights the importance of access to learning. Now students can learn skills as valuable as programming for a fraction of the cost. However, we need to raise awareness so that students can be introduced to these tools and taught how to use them. The Founders4Schools platform has a useful filter to select specifically inspirational business leaders in your area in industries including science, technology, and computing.

If you are a teacher who wishes to find a way to inspire pupils to use tools such as Raspberry pi to begin a path in technology, why not try bringing a business leader who can talk to them about the first steps in computing?

Given the importance of STEM skills in the years to come, initiatives such as Raspberry Pi and Founders4Schools can be very helpful to motivate students to follow this path. Founders4Schools believes that all students have the ability to learn and succeed, and the motivation of learning from business leaders can help do so.

9 ways to make Education fit for the 21st Century

Bildschirmfoto 2016-09-23 um 12.55.12The world that children will find when they join the workforce will be very different from ours today – in fact, 40% of the jobs that they will aspire to have not been created yet! Education is the key to preparing students for the world of work, and a recent WEF article highlights 9 ways we can transform our system.

  • Provide a compelling vision of the future
  • Set ambitious goals that force innovation
  • Create choice and competition
  • Pick many winners
  • Benchmark and track progress
  • Evaluate and share the performance of new innovations
  • Pair greater accountability with autonomy
  • Invest in and empower agents of change
  • Reward success and productive failure

Founders4Schools can help prepare students for the future, today! By inviting local business leaders to your school, students will be able to hear from employers themselves and find out which skill sets to build the careers of the future.