Talent & Careers – help students to aim high!

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Talent, work experience, careers… you as teachers have probably experienced how students discover their talents and skills through work experience, which helps them to ultimately develop a career. But you might have also experienced how hard it is to support them in finding their talents on top of the tight curriculum.
We are here to help you with that! We connect you to business leaders in your area so that you can invite them into your classroom and inspire your students to discover where their talents lie.

Noshin Yasin, teacher and CEIAG Manager at Shireland Collegiate Academy has used our free service and invited three business leaders to come to their Careers Day at the end of September and kick the day off by talking to 30 of their Year 9 students about how they discovered their talents and skills and “made it” in the world of work. Speakers are:
Stephanie Chamberlain, Founder & CEO of Magic Milestones consultancy, Des Ponsonby, Managing Director at Corporate Solutions Logistics and Simon Jenner, Co-founder and CEO of Urban Coffee.

Sean McKenna, Head of PSHE and Careers at Comberton Village College, found 4 business leaders through our service who he invited to their Careers Day next week to inspire 90 Year 11 students to aim high. To the school will come:
Chris Poulton, Chairman at Smartcitizen, Denis Kaminskiy, Co-founder and Director of Arcus Global, Yichen Shi, CEO at Axol Bioscience and Dr. Claire Hooper, CEO at Cambridge Temperature Concepts.

Careers & Enterprise Company  – Toolkit for Teachers 

The Careers & Enterprise Company, an initiative announced less than a year ago by Secretary of State for Education Rt. Hon. Nicky Morgan MP, launched yesterday. The launch, hosted by Lord Young whose Enterprise for All report provided inspiration for the work of this umbrella organisation, brought together a number of educational organisations, businesses and Local Enterprise Partnerships that will work closely in improving the links between education and employment.
The Careers & Enterprise Company was set up to address gaps in careers advice across the country. It will provide a toolkit for teachers with information on opportunities to engage with local employers that will help raise their students’ aspirations and demonstrate the relevance of their education to their future careers, and how these fit within the national curriculum. We will keep you posted on the toolkit – Stay tuned!


Excited about STEM? We are too!

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We hope you had a good start into the new school year!
Some of you have already had roles models events to start in this academic year and we are excited to see that even more of you are booking events for September and October – amazing! Thank you!

Sarah Strain, teacher at Petchey Academy, has invited 4 business leaders at the end of September to share their journey and awaken the entrepreneurial talent in over 180 of their Year 11 students! These are:

Neha Manaktala, founder of the digital investment consultancy Deal Index, Joel Hopwood, founder of Capture Ltd. that specialises in digital asset management, Tony Goodwin, founder of Antal Risk Ventures, a business accelerator and Shannon Edwards, founder of Styloko, a “Fashion Discovery Engine”.

Oliver Beach, teacher at Central Foundation Boys’ School from Teachfirst, has created his 6th event! He invited 3 leaders of successful businesses to inspire 50 Year 10 to 12 students to be future leaders. Speaking at the end of September will:

Jilly Forster who founded Forster & Munro Communications, Leon Gauhman, founder of Hive, designing digital products and services and Carrie Longton, co-founder of Mumsnet, UK’s biggest social network for parents.

We’re proud to share with you an interview with Megan Smith, who was one of our first speakers and supporters!
She wholeheartedly supports STEM in education and proclaims the importance of uniting the content of subjects rather than separating them. Being a mother herself, she knows about the joys and challenges of learning. In her view, STEM subjects should be play-based, active and not gender-biased.
Hear from her directly in the video!

Founders4Schools at Parliament

Megan Smith, CTO of the USA and one of only a handful of people who report directly to President Obama, speaks at one of the first Founders4Schools events.

Schools participate in Global Entrepreneurship Week with role model events

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Have you planned activities for Global Entrepreneurship Week?
Taking place from the 16th to the 22nd of November 2015, GEW sets to inspire people through local, national and international activities that help them discover their potential as innovators. Each year, it plays a critical role in encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs to start their own businesses and some of you are already making plans to ensure that their students are part of it too.

Holland Park School will supplement their participation in GEW 2015 by bringing local entrepreneurs to help raise the aspirations for 300 of their Year 11 students! Richard Northover, Deputy Head at Holland Park School has embedded 5 inspiring role model events in the school’s curriculum for each day of GEW. 20 entrepreneurs, including Pablo Ettinger, founder of Caffè Nero and Tim Sears of Big Data Partnership will talk about the perks of the entrepreneurial journey.


Starting in 2008 from the UK, the GEW has become a global campaign with 150 countries participating in more than 29,000 activities, all set to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs. Last year, over 500 partners hosted around 2,500 events and reached more than 340,000 people across the UK.

Building our children’s digital future

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Recently, Sherry Coutu CBE, our Executive Chairman at Founders4Schools gave a presentation at Digital Catapult to explain what we’re all about and what we’re doing to inspire the younger generations; removing generational blinkers and opening young eyes as to what their careers can be and raise their aspirations – with the longer-term goal of addressing the skills gap here in the UK.

We achieve this by using digital technology to make it easy and time efficient for teachers to create role-model events in their schools across the UK, which raises students’ aspirations. We’ve developed a platform through which teachers search for and invite successful business leaders, founders and entrepreneurs into their schools in just 4 minutes – think “Eventbrite meets LinkedIn and tripadvisor”. To date, 100% of teachers who’ve used our platform recommend us and we continuously strive to keep this record – making it as easy as possible for teachers to use.

What the entire team were excited by following Sherry’s presentation, was the number of people who stopped by to say what we were doing was amazing and that they didn’t realise we were utilising digital technology and data in such an intuitive and transformational way – something that the Digital Catapult is embodied by and strives to amplify here in the UK for many other growing and scalable digital businesses too.

Our story started three years ago in Cambridge with a group of high-profile CEOs and business leaders who were asked to talk about their careers in a number of schools, but more importantly, their life journeys too; What they’d been through, the struggles, the failures and the ultimately their successes.  These early events weren’t just successful, they were considered so inspirational by students, that it led to comments from head teachers and a metaphorical lightbulb moment… “We can scale this model and inspire millions of children and students with it” and thus our journey began as a project and now as a registered charity with over 100 partnerships including LinkedIn, Duedil, the BBC and many others helping to forward our mission and goal of changing lives.

It’s been remarkable to inspire tens of thousands of students on our journey to date. It will be great to inspire hundreds of thousands, but that’s just simply not enough from our perspective. We’re aiming for millions in the UK and by that we mean the 8.2 million children and students currently studying in primary and secondary education. One thing we’re not short on is ambition, drive, commitment nor the impact we can have on society, education or the number of students who we can help see so many more opportunities that they didn’t know existed prior.

Founders4Schools is part of a growing movement that is helping to forward the thinking of the young in education and our wider society. Our journey is made all the easier through our collaboration with Digital Catapult – with events, networking and an ethos that embodies our own – to help others grow. In a way, we’re acting as a catapult ourselves, but with the key goal of driving the ambitions and aspirations of children and students.

From our perspective, our children’s digital future isn’t a place we can magically travel to – It’s something we have to build and Founders4Schools is building it with the help of Digital Catapult and other like-minded and smart organisations.

If you can think of teachers that have not yet used the Founders4Schools platform, please contact them to get them started on their digitally enhanced journey to student inspiration and the jobs that will be there when they have finished their formal education.  Please contact your former school or the school your children are at – as we’ve seen already, it makes a huge difference!

We’ve set up the Digital Catapult now, so that you can see how many lives you have changed going forward – Click here to find out more.