Fresh from the printer – new Case Studies!

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At Founders4Schools, we are extremely proud of the work we do in bridging the gap between students and employers. That is why we love hearing the positive feedback from teachers as they are lucky enough to watch as students’ aspirations are lifted and the cogs start turning to formulate stimulating career paths. However, it is not only the students that benefit immensely from the events, the speakers consistently tell us just how rewarding it is to give back to their local community by sharing the story of their career paths and advice.

Here what some of our speakers have to say about their experience with Founders4Schools:

Bildschirmfoto 2016-07-27 um 15.11.34Charlene Laidley, Founder of The Future Proof Foundation and Global Ambassador, Advisor & Campaigner for WEE – UN Women

“It was an honour and a privilege to share my career journey with the girls at Sinai Jewish Primary School for Founders4Schools. I want all girls to really be free, to reach and dream for whatever they can imagine. No limitations.”

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“I believe it is essential to offer young people specific industry insight in order for them to understand the challenges awaiting them. All business owners should use Founders4Schools, they will learn something new about themselves!”

Bildschirmfoto 2016-07-29 um 11.31.42Sug Sahadevan, Chairman at Newham Education Business Partnership

“If I can influence at least one young person to take an interest in Entrepreneurship, I think I have won and the community as a whole has won.”

What’s more – to share the success stories of students across the country that have interacted with you – today’s employers – we have put together some visual case studies to share the stories. Check out our first couple of stories from Central Foundation Boys’ School and Bexleyheath Academy here.

Please share these infographics with your networks of colleagues. If you are a speaker that has generated this positive change in closing the skills gap for the next generation, we know you must be as proud as we are about the impact you have made – why not tweet about it and share these stories via our twitter handle: @Founders4Schools

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Developing a new event type and an app to go with it too!

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At Founders4Schools, we have been extremely busy brainstorming, drafting and preparing a new event type that we will shortly offer to all students across the country: Work Experience.

Work Experience is a progression from our existing Workplace Visits, and will be a one-week placement with a company that excites and intrigues each individual student.

As business leaders, you are the linchpin to bringing this opportunity to life and we urge you to consider offering work experience in your company, enterprise or business. Not only will your team benefit from fresh, objective perspective on your projects, but you will provide the students with far more insightful knowledge that anything textbooks of lectures could offer them!

If you are interested in being involved in this new initiative, please drop us a line at

Scaling our capacities with new team members: Founders4Schools employment opportunities

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At Founders4Schools, we are excited to announce that we will be building our team, in turn broadening our reach and helping us to reach more students across the UK.

We will be recruiting experienced and enthusiastic new team members for the following positions, and would like to ask you if you know of suitable individuals for the respective roles:


  • Angular.JS or React.JS Developer


Founders4Schools is looking for an Angular.JS or React.JS Developer  responsible for the client side of our service. Your primary focus will be to implement a complete user interface in the form of a mobile and desktop web app, with a focus on performance. Your main duties will include creating modules and components and coupling them together into a functional app. The artistic design will be delivered to you, but we will ask for your help in regard to animations, CSS, and final HTML output. You will work in a team with the back-end developer, and communicate with the API using standard methods.




Founders4Schools (F4S) is seeking a programme manager who will take responsibility for the successful delivery of the F4S portfolio of projects and manage their inter­dependencies, constraints and risks.

F4S resources are constrained and the organisation’s ambition requires agility, with multiple concurrent projects delivered at pace. Therefore F4S is seeking a hybrid project / programme manager to comfortably manage several simultaneous projects and support the business in developing and delivering coherent ‘right sized’ governance and ways of working across the programme.




Founders4Schools is looking for an enterprising, experienced and driven Office Manager to enhance executive and office effectiveness of our fast-­growing UK charity.

The successful candidate will be working closely with senior directors, and provide additional daily support to the team and office in general. The candidate must have a university degree and excellent native level written and spoken English, an eye for detail and a love of what we are all about; improving the life chances of students and inspiring the next generation.




Founders4Schools is looking for a numerate Data Analyst to help us discover the information hidden in vast amounts of data, and help us make smarter decisions to deliver even better products. Your primary focus will be in applying data mining techniques, doing statistical analysis, and building high quality prediction systems integrated with our products.


Why are white working class boys not going to university?

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Oliver Beach, previous Deputy Head of Economics at Central Foundation Boys’ School has tackled the pressing question of why so many young boys are opting out of tertiary education. The article suggests that these boys idolise and glamorise the few celebrities that reach global success without extensive university education, however these stories are by no means representative of the career paths of the thousands of NEET individuals that chose not to continue studying beyond high school. Why is this the case? Oliver Beach suggests that these boys ‘have limited access to role models who will dispel myths and give them critical advice relevant to their future.’ And this is where we can help.

By connecting students, in this case young boys, to business leaders that have first hand experience with the importance of strong work ethic and solid education foundations, you can “provide students with role models to improve decisions around employability and university access.”

From Oliver:

unnamed“As a fortunate recipient of many Founders4Schools events, I can attest to the positive impact that these events have on students’ aspirations. Aspirations that feel inaccessible are quickly tossed aside and Founders4Schools events have remedied the feeling that success against the odds is unachievable. Access to aspiration-building or solidifying experiences are critical to students and their motivations for success, whatever the destination.”

To read more about Oliver’s ideas to address the issue of the UK’s youth opting out of tertiary education, check out the full article here.

Disadvantaged pupils’ careers aspirations do not match their educational goals, study finds.

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Bildschirmfoto 2016-07-29 um 10.43.54A recent study reviewed 96 cases, examining the effect of careers education on teenagers’ lives. It found that good-quality careers advice can make a significant difference to pupils’ academic, social and economic achievement. 

The research from this study concluded that those teenagers who have a good understanding of which academic qualifications they need in order to pursue their careers ambitions tend to do better economically in later life than their peers.

This does not come as a surprise. However, it is often easier said than done to provide students with insightful careers advice in a free of charge, flexible and effective manner.

This is where Founders4Schools can help. In just one session with four inspiring business leaders and entrepreneurs, the likelihood of students becoming NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) decreases fivefold (Education & Employers Taskforce research). Not only does the trajectory of their future career paths change for the better, but 96% of students feel more motivated to put in the hard work that will set them in the right direction following a Founders4Schools event.

To read more, see the full report here.


“Talking to the speakers will broaden your horizon”

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Sixth form is a challenging period for many students; not only are they juggling their exams, they are planning the next chapter or their education and careers. 
Alma and Vladislavas from Islington and sixth form college attended a Founders4Schools event earlier this year and were particularly inspired by what the speakers had to say. Vladislavas went on to secure a work experience with Morgan Sowden, CTO of Octopus Labs who had spoken at the Role Model Event.


Bildschirmfoto 2016-07-29 um 10.33.29“When you talk to the speakers they will share their opinions and views, which will broaden your horizon”

“My work experience at Octopus labs will be a weeklong experience and I will be working alongside software developers and helping them with their projects, whilst hopefully improving my programming skills and getting a peek at the business world. 

I would definitely recommend younger pupils to attend a Founders4Schools event because they provide a broad range of opinions and possibilities for your future. On your own you may only have one set of ideas or beliefs that you decide to follow, but when you talk to the speakers they share their opinions and views which broaden your horizons.
During the Founders4Schools event, one of the speakers shared with us that he did not do well in his A levels – he practically failed – but that did not stop him from being successful in life and creating a massive business and meeting interesting people. I found this story particularly motivating.”


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“I remember really well what the speaker said about being nice. When he is hiring people, he can always teach them to get the hang of the job, but you can’t teach someone to be nice. So a major skills he hires people on how he gets along with them and whether they would suit his company. I think that is really important because you always focus on the academic side of things and you need to remember to be kind, even as an employability skill. 
These events are unique in the sense that the speakers are trying to help you out but in other day-to-day situations you might be trying to get something from them. The roles are reversed and they are trying to help you.”

Why not share the success story with your colleagues via our twitter handle @Founders4Schools

Inspiring Students at Sinai Primary School

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When it comes to encouraging students to grow ideas, develop dreams and think about their future, no student is too young to engage in the discussion.

We take pride in hearing stories of successful events using our service at Primary Schools across the country, such as Sinai Jewish Primary School in Harrow who created two insightful Role Model Events for their Year 6 cohort.

The sessions were geared towards the preparation of 90 students for their transition to Secondary School – a huge milestone that can often be a daunting period for young people. However, instead of burdening students with the uncertainty of what the next chapter of their education holds, the speakers inspired the students with their insight into the exciting opportunities awaiting them.

Marc Duke, a parent of one of the participating students, set up the events, the first of which was an all-boys session on the 18th of July. The students were lucky enough to speak to Simon Morris, Director Demand Marketing EMEA at Adobe, Harry Thompson Technology Strategist and Innovator from Kurtosys Systems Limited and Joe Dilger, Founder Jd Global Advantage. The speakers’ diverse professional backgrounds enabled them to cover a wide range of invaluable career advice, as Joe spoke about the importance of being open to opportunities as they present themselves and having a dynamic career path, while Simon discussed the importance of acting with respect and integrity – attributes that are formed at school but are vital in the workplace. Harry shared the story of his instinctive tech abilities and love for all things mechanical.

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In order for the speakers to relate to students on a personal level, the girls participated in the following session run by female business leaders with unique stories to share, including Anna Josse, Founder of Prism The Gift Fund and Charlene Laidley, Founder of The Future Proof Foundation and Global Ambassador, Advisor & Campaigner for WEE – UN Women.

Charlene Laidley shared afterwards:

Bildschirmfoto 2016-07-27 um 15.11.34“The support I received at school made me believe I could do it all, and I did. From working in global luxury fashion, to founding the world’s first exclusive watch and jewellery communications company, and now working to empower women and girls as part of the United Nations Women. As the first women of colour founding an horology company – it is always great to hear the children gasp when I put on my watchmakers overcoat and eye loupe. It was an honour and a privilege to share my career journey with the girls at Sinai Jewish Primary School for Founders4Schools. I want all girls to really be free to reach and dream for whatever they can imagine. No limitations.

The event was very popular amongst the students and it was the perfect way to lift their aspirations as they begin to look towards their transition to secondary school. The question of GCSE subject choices and A level decisions no longer seem as daunting, as students realise that grades are not the be all and end all – the opportunity life holds beyond exams are infinite!

The tech sector needs more female role models

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Clare McDonald, business editor at has written a fascinating (although quite alarming) article that highlights the total deficit of female role models for young girls interested in tech to look up to. In fact, only 17% of the 1.46 million people employed within the sector are women. This is an alarming figure that needs changing.

The article delves into the reasons behind the imbalance in the tech sector, revealing that girls “would not choose to continue with a career in tech as they believed that roles in this field require individuals to spend hours sat at a desk reading reams of code.” However, we know that this is far from reality. Young women’s perceptions must be changed from the early stages of their education and careers, and we have the means to do this.

By connecting girls across the country with leading female game designers, software engineers and programmers, they will hear first hand about the exciting opportunities that a career in tech has to offer and abolish the idea that computer programmers spend hours in dark rooms working alone and reading pages of code. These stereotypes need to be changed and our network of over 10,000 business leaders are instrumental in doing so.

Read the full article here.

The end of ‘just Google it’: Why students need to be digitally literate

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Jennifer Wilson, an English Teacher at a high-performing Secondary school and 6th form in north east England has written a fascinating article that sheds light on ever-growing need for schools to ‘promote cross-curricular digital literacy’ and we would love to share the piece with you.

The article claims that ‘students have all the skills required to use technology, but not always the critical thinking skills to appraise the information in front of them’ – it’s a questions of enabling students to sift through the mountains of technology and digital information that they are faced with every day and work out what is useful and what is irrelevant, what is beneficial and what is harmful.

In order to provide students with the means to do this, ‘we need to blend technological learning and critical thinking together so that students can critically appraise the information that they are accessing.’ Digital literacy must be embedded into the regular teaching of all subjects, in all classrooms across the country. Whether is this via teachers leading lessons on ipads, by students engaging in online research projects or by tech business leaders being invited into the classroom to speak to students about their experience navigating the digital world, digital skills must be explicitly taught and reinforced in order to prepare the next generation.

Wilmington Academy – Building the skills today to suceed tomorrow

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When it comes to the success of the next generation in the world of work, we can not underestimate the importance of academic proficiency across all areas of education. However,  as far as employability is concerned, we consistently hear from business leaders that ‘soft skills’ such effective communication, time management and willingness to help are valued just as highly as academic qualifications.

At Wilmington Academy, Nadia Marken, Director of Literacy, organised a role model event for 200 Year 10 students and invited two inspiring business leaders to speak to her students about the qualities that would make them an asset to any business or employer.

Sug Sahadevan, Chairman at Newham Education Business Partnership, enjoyed the opportunity to share his story with the students, as the “The only Career advice [he] received from my teachers was ‘ Go and get a career.’”

Bildschirmfoto 2016-07-22 um 13.29.13Sug said: “I think it is an enjoyable and valuable experience for me to talk about my career and if I can influence at least one young person to take an interest in Entrepreneurship, I think I have won and the community as a whole has won.”

Additionally, the students found the talks to be particularly insightful and to alleviate some of the anxieties that they experienced about finding a rewarding career after school. One such student shared: “I sometimes worry about whether I will be able to be successful in business if I am not the smartest person in the company, but if they can see what a hard worker I am and I can impress people with my personality, that makes me less worried about getting a job.”