Why you should start using Twitter

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As a teacher, are you active on Twitter?

Research suggests that below 10% of all teachers are using social media, despite the fact that it has developed into one of the most powerful tools in information and communications technology (ICT) in the past years.

No matter what your answer is, you might find that Ross Morrison McGill, Deputy Headteacher at Quintin Kynaston Academy in the north of London, is a reason to either join Twitter or, if you’re active already, start following him.

Ross is one of the leading head teachers when it comes to education and tech. Having finished school at 16 with just 3 qualifications, he gained QTS by studying Design Technology with Secondary Education at Goldsmiths College and later at Central St Martins whilst working as head teacher of the Design Technology department. He has been recognised several times for being one of the most influential educational bloggers in the past few years, amongst others by the Guardian.

So why should you follow him and get active on Twitter?

Ross tweets every day about helpful things such as Lesson planning in 5 Minutes, useful ICT equipment in classrooms or statistics and trends about governmental impact on education. Following him could not only help you saving time in lesson planning – you’ll become aware of many resources simply by checking your inbox or twitterfeed. We at Founders4Schools, for instance, are always tweeting about inspiring events that fellow teachers organise – following us will put you in direct touch with successful business leaders in your local community – who you can book to visit your school in just a few minutes.

Still not convinced? A more generic reason why Twitter is great for teachers comes from Matt Thurling, Managing Director of CPD for Teachers: “Twitter is an incredibly powerful tool for teachers,…some of the best CPD can be delivered in 140 characters.”

Back in the “real world”, why not hear insights directly from experts who are leaders in the ICT and Tech industry? Use our platform to invite them to come to your school to inform your students about recent trends in the sector.

Events featuring Experts from the ICT and Tech Industries:

  • Paul Baker, Deputy Head Curriculum at The Perse School in Cambridge, is holding a buzzing event next week where 5 inspiring business leaders will spark the the minds of 180 of his Year 10 students on becoming the next entrepreneurs:
    Serdar Atamert, Founder & CEO at Epoch Wires Ltd, developing and manufacturing super-conductor wires, Ray Anderson, CEO at Bango.com, working in the ICT sector, Richard Thurbin, Founder and CTO at Cloud Amber Ltd that specialises in intelligent transport system software, Malcolm Coury, Managing Director at Moneywise Independent Financial Advisors and Wen Zhang, Managing Director at Comsol, that provides software solutions for multiphysics modeling.

  • Noshin Yasin, CEIAG Manager at Shireland Collegiate Academy near Birmingham, will hold her 4th event next week, to which she invited two business leaders to talk to 30 of their Year 7 students about the careers opportunities open to them when they leave school:
    Debbie Golec, Founder of Papillon Coaching & Mentoring will join together with Chris Rolison, Founder and CEO at Comply Serve Ltd, specialising in software development, to share their career experiences with the students to help them understand better how they can drive successful careers.

Celebrate the HOUR of CODE with your students

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Have you heard about the Hour of Code?

Started by Code.org, the hour of code has developed into a worldwide movement that has introduced over 100 million students to computer science!

The facts are clear – a lot more jobs that include even slight traces of computer programming open up daily than students graduating in these fields, making knowledge of coding invaluable for the future of your students.

 On a happy note, this year more girls are learning computer science than in the past 70 years combined. Tutorials like learning to programme with Elsa & Anna from Frozen help to open up the world of computer science to girls.

But the Hour of Code is not about sitting alone in front of a computer – it is about teaching your students logical thinking and teamwork (also with outdoor activities) as these skills will make a huge difference to your students when they apply for jobs in the coming years.

So take part in the worldwide movements that will make the Hour of Code happen this year from

7th – 13th December 2015
and plan something great with your students!

What do you need to to participate in the Hour of Code?

It’s pretty easy, just follow these 3 steps:
1. Outline where you’d like to hold the Hour of Code
2. Choose from the wide range of free tutorials
3. Start CODING!

You can also take a look at this introductory video:

Join millions of educators and students worldwide and celebrate the Hour of Code
from the 7th – 13th December 2015!

You can also get support from the computer industries – we are here to help you with that!

Featuring Experts from the Computer Industry

  • Carolyne White, Head of ICT at Friends School, has invited 3 experts from the computer industry to meet their Y12 to Y13 computer science students in the mid of December to introduce them to the system and processes they’ve worked with and to inspire them to aim high in their careers as computer science experts.
    Speakers will be: Simon Payne, CEO at Cambridge Technology Consultants, Peter Cowley, Director at Camdata Ltd and Angel Investor and Greg Law, Co-Founder & CEO of Undo Ltd.

Ada and Women in Engineering today

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Yesterday marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Ada Lovelace.

Ada Lovelace is widely held to have been the first computer programmer. Close friends with inventor Charles Babbage, Lovelace was intrigued by his Analytical Engine and in 1842, she translated a description of it by italian mathematician Luigi Menabrea. Babbage asked her to expand the article, “as she understood [it] so well”, and this was when she wrote several early ‘computer programs’. [1]

Born in 1815, Ada Lovelace was encouraged by her maths-loving mother to study maths and was brought up in a strict regimen of logic and science.As a woman engineer and computer scientist in the 19th century Ada Lovelace was certainly an unusual woman, fiercely independent and intelligent – and her ‘willingness to converse with members of the opposite sex meant that there were often rumours amongst the court gossip’.[2] It seems fair to say that being a female mathematician in a male dominated world was not an easy undertaking in the early 19th century.

But that was long before the suffragettes and before the reforms of the 50s and the 60s [3] and before women – and men – actively pursued gender equality. Undoubtedly we have gone a long way but even the fact that we still have to talk about it and we are still looking at 19.1% gender pay gap in the UK, [4] means we still have work to do.

This article by Jared Mauldin, senior in mechanical engineering published in the Huffington Post today about gender equality and bias (conscious or unconscious) could not describe any better were women engineers stand today:

To the women in my engineering classes. While it is my intention in every other interaction I share with you to treat you as my peer, let me deviate from that to say that you and I are in fact unequal.

Sure, we are in the same school program, and you are quite possibly getting the same GPA as I, but does that make us equal?

I did not, for example, grow up in a world that discouraged me from focusing on hard science. Nor did I live in a society that told me not to get dirty or said I was bossy for exhibiting leadership skills.

In grade school I never had to fear being rejected by my peers because of my interests.

| was not bombarded by Images and slogans telling me that my true worth was in how I look, and that I should abstain from certain activities because I might be thought too masculine.  I was not overlooked by teachers who assumed that the reason I did not understand a tough math or science concept was, after all, because of my gender. I have had no difficulty whatsoever with a boys club mentality, and I will not face added scrutiny or remarks of my being the “diversity hire”. When I experience success the assumption of others will be that learned it.

So, you and I cannot be equal You have already conquered far more to be in this field than I will ever face.

By Jared Mauldin

Senior in Mechanical Engineering

[1] http://findingada.com/about/

[2] http://findingada.com/book/ada-lovelace-victorian-computing-visionary/

[3] http://www.mmu.ac.uk/equality-and-diversity/doc/gender-equality-timeline.pdf

[4]  http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/Gender_pay_gap_statistics

Business leaders continue to help inspire the next generation of leaders!

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By now it is known that fields related to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) are amongst the country’s fastest growing. Working towards helping students to get jobs in these fields later on is the fact that the new national requirement demands that every child needs to learn computer programming in school. But it also requires teachers to include coding classes as part of the Curriculum. So what sorts of digital learning software are best to use and which devices are best fit for purpose here?

Using digital technology in schools can turn out the be quite an “entrepreneurial endeavour” itself as they struggle to find their way through the “technology jungle”. The organisationTechknowledge for Schools accompanies schools in this transitional phase from “analogue to digital” learning and publishes case studies on their blog each week with experience reports from teachers and students. Take a look if you need tips that could help your school, too.

Talking of entrepreneurial spirit – it is not too late to participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Week and inspire your students to start their own businesses! Invite local entrepreneurs from the STEM industries to your classroom and let your students hear from their successes and failures.

Events organised by fellow teachers

Giovanna Newbery, Curriculum Manager at the Thomas Alleyne School, has invited 3 business leaders of successful and growing businesses to her school at the beginning of November to inspire 25 of their Y12 students about being future entrepreneurs.

Speaking will be: Vic Morris, Chairman at Trovus, which is the Information Insights division of the Logicalis Group, Denise Hicks, Founder and Director of Loco London Comedy Film Festival and Fiona Marshall who is the Founder and CSO at Heptares Therapeutics, a biotech company that creates novel medicines.

Jayne Talbot, Director of Work Related Learning at Ninestiles School & Academy has also invited 3 business leaders to come to the school in two weeks to share with 30 of their Y11 students what skills are needed to start your own business and inspire them about entrepreneurship.

Speakers are: Joel Blake, Founder of Cultiv8 Solutions, an social impact consultancy, David Bailey, Partner at Merryns Accounting company specialised on SMEs and start ups and Rob Rafferty, Managing Director at Amber Real Estate Investments.

Don’t forget to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day next week on the 13th of October by making your students aware of the great contribution Ada achieved to initiate our digital age.
* Help your students develop a true passion for STEM subjects
* Show them other female role models contributing to STEM today
* Make them aware of the infinite career opportunities in the STEM industries

Women in Business!

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Entrepreneurship is booming. Whilst its notion is often tied to technological innovation in Western countries, the spirit of entrepreneurship is perceived very differently in developing countries with emerging economies. Here, innovations that solve social problems such as supporting a community with a supply of food or ensuring that children have a basic education are needed. The Entrepreneur introduces 3 inspiring examples in an article published this week of how entrepreneurial women, who had to fight hard to be heard, made a difference in their communities through applying their entrepreneurial talent.

With the same vigour, the Global Week of Entrepreneurship has set MAKE IT HAPPEN as their motto to promote entrepreneurial women and ideas with a social dimension this year.
We are also excited to share that your fellow enterprising colleagues have invited women leaders to their school and participate in the campaign to inspire young girls to become future entrepreneurs and successful ones, too. Join them!


Female Role Models for GEW

We are very pleased to share with you that Joy McArdle, Head of Business & Enterprise at Felsted School, has used our service to invite 4 female leaders of successful and growing businesses to her school to inspire 25 of her Y12 to Y13 girls who study business & economics as part of the GEW in November. Combined their companies make over £28 million turnover and employ more than 169 people.

Speaking will be: Alexandra De’Cort, Director at Beckett Media, a consultancy specialised in data & marketing, Helen Moore, Managing Director of City & Country Group that develops cultural heritage properties in the UK, Helen Withers, Managing Director at Arc Legal Assistance, who designs and implements insurances models and Jane Gurney, CEO at the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust.



Preparing our kids for the future

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Founders4Schools’ mission is simple: we want to eradicate the skills gap by helping students make informed choices about their future. We remove generational blinkers, raise aspirations and open young eyes to the attainable careers of the future.

The F4S story begins in 2011 when, following a series of successful inspirational talks to university students, we realised that in order to prepare the new generation for the future, we needed to inspire students at a younger age. We organised our first events with a group of high-profile CEOs and business leaders who volunteered to visit a number of schools in Cambridge and talk about their careers and life journeys. What they were thinking when they were younger, how their education helped build their careers, the successes failures and hurdles, the ups and downs and the rewards of leading the life of an entrepreneur. Almost 2,500 students joined those events and the feedback was outstanding: 96% said they felt inspired and 54% decided to change their GCSE subject choices. This success meant we needed to scale our project to inspire and help prepare the 8 million UK students and then the world.

F4S event- Joseph Dunne (1)

Founders4Schools is part of a growing ecosystem and  movement to help today’s youth be more forward-thinking in a broader societal context. We know that our children’s future is not a place where they can be magically catapulted to. We need to help them build it, inspire them to realize their motivations and passions, and give them the tools to achieve these aspirations. In this spirit, we’ve spent the last 3 years building a platform that enables teachers to invite, in approximately 4 minutes, local inspirational speakers that spearhead some of the most successful companies in the country.

Over 300 educational partners, including organisations like Teach First, Young Enterprise, HRH the Duke of York’s iDEA programme, the BBC, KANO and Edmodo, to name just a few, have joined us and spread the word every day across the UK. LinkedIn, Duedil, Postcode Anywhere and Edubase help us improve our platform to make teachers’ lives easier.

To date, 100% of teachers who’ve used our platform recommend us and we strive to maintain this level of satisfaction. Oliver Beach, Economics and Business teacher at Central Foundation Boys’ School, who has been holding one event per term for his students, said after the second event: “Setting up the event was a piece of cake and the calibre of speakers was outstanding! It’s all about raising aspirations and telling the children ‘they can’ if they put their mind to it. It is a great programme that has a big impact on students and lightens the teacher workload a little”, and Harriet Carter from Rhyl Primary school commented: “Founders4Schools run such an inspiring project. Children of all ages can relate to the message that the speakers bring and it provided a real life example of why school is important and the reasons for learning. Excellent!”

Feedback like this, and the words of students immediately after events, keep us going. A Year 9 student from UCL Academy said, following a Women in STEM role model talk at her school: “It made me think about what you can do if you really want to and I didn’t know what STEM was before so it really opened my eyes”). You can see more about the event and hear from the students here:

Following the success of these first events, the UCL Academy, is not only repeating the Women in STEM series of inspirational talks, but is also building role model events into the school’s curriculum by creating a programme whereby mentors join tutoring sessions for 10 weeks to guide Year 11 students in the creation of a marketable product. This impact on students encourages teachers to repeat events, create programmes of inspirational talks, embed role model events in the curriculum and look for ways to complement traditional teaching methods to unlock their pupils’ potential. And our goal is to help them in their efforts by removing barriers and making inviting speakers as quick and easy as buying something on Amazon or booking a delivery from Tesco in approximately 4 minutes following only 5 easy steps. We do all the rest and speakers turn up at the school’s office at the time of the event!

Why not book your first event now to motivate your students today?

Published on Edmodo Community on 29/9/2015

Help your students improve their computer skills

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Computer skills – quoted by many as some of the most essential skills to land jobs, they have recently been included in the National Curriculum. Everyone agrees how important it is in today’s digital world to learn about all the different aspects of computers; from writing code and building software to using administrative programmes such as Microsoft Office. We know it can be really challenging for you as hard-working teachers, to stay informed of trends in this field and offer your students the best possibility of acquiring great computer skills.

This is something we can help you with through our growing list of industry experts who we can connect you to through our platform – that way, your students hear about which computing trends to follow, discover a new passion and add another interest and passion that they can build upon as they grow older.


Coming up role model events at schools

Shauneen Snow, business studies teacher at Parkside Community College has invited 3 business leaders whose businesses have a combined turnover over £56 million and who employ over 470 people to come to the school at the end of September. Inspiring their Year 10 students will be:
Steve Hirsty, CTO at Icarehealth, providing technology to support health care, Malcolm Coury, Managing Director at Moneywise Independent Financial Advisers and Mark Gerhard, CEO & CTO at Jagex, UK’s largest individual game developer.

Dawn Woodcock, Director of Learning & English Communication at Tottenham UTC, has used our free service and invited the following 3 business leaders to inspire 50 of their Year 10 to 13 students to become the future entrepreneurs!
Speaking to the students will:
Denise Hicks, Founder & Director of Loco, London Comedy Film Festival, Danny Richman, Founder of Richman SEO consulting for digital businesses and Mayel de Borniol, Cofounder of Babelverse, which developed a digital translation software.

13th October is Ada Lovelace Day!
Inspire your girls to go into STEM and invite female leaders from tech businesses into your class to celebrate Ada’s spirit and motivate your girls to achieve a similar contribution to society.

Founders4Schools in partnership with Young Enterprise

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Following a successful pilot, Young Enterprise will be joining forces with Founders4Schools to deliver enhanced programmes with speakers from the fast growing local businesses.

Following a successful pilot, Young Enterprise will be joining forces with Founders4Schools (F4S) to deliver enhanced programmes with speakers from the fast growing local businesses. Founders4Schools, provides a resource that is made available for free to secondary schools across the UK, enables teachers to arrange for leaders of successful, growing businesses to visit their schools and inspire their students.

Following three successful pilots run in Leeds and West London, Young Enterprise will be teaming up with F4S, benefiting from their expert speakers at launch events for the Company Programme, and for master classes. The business founders give highly interactive talks to students in the classroom to students, sharing what they studied when they were in secondary school themselves, what motivated them to set up their businesses and why they would recommend considering a fast-growing innovative business as a leading career choice that can have a positive impact on the world The speakers offer young people unique insight into real-life applications from Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects. Young Enterprise and F4S are united in a commitment to link how learning STEM subjects can directly relate to building successful careers in the most innovative businesses that are leading the UK’s economy.

Michael Mercieca, Chief Executive of Young Enterprise said, “I am thrilled to announce that Young Enterprise will be working more closely with Founders4Schools in the future. F4S are an extremely positive force for promoting business and entrepreneurship across the UK and their team of dedicated speakers, with their wealth of business experience, will be an asset to Young Enterprise.”

Sherry Coutu, Chairman of Founders4Schools said, “We are delighted to have partnered with Young Enterprise, to help them prepare young people for the world of work and help them to be more able to enter high impact career paths when they leave education. Students will now be able to connect to local business leaders that can raise their aspirations and mentor them, and along with the skills they will acquire through the YE programmes will be ready for a future filled with opportunities.


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About Young Enterprise and pfeg

● Young Enterprise is the UK’s leading enterprise and financial education charity working with young people aged 4 to 25

● Following the recent merger of pfeg into Young Enterprise, we are a specialist ‘one stop shop’ for students and teachers, empowering young people to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need for work and in life

● With 14 years of experience, pfeg continues to support teachers, government, consumer bodies and financial industry representatives to assist schools in delivering personal finance education to the highest possible standards – enabling children and young people to understand money and make informed choices to support their long term economic well-being

● Our extensive network means we are supported by more than 5,000 volunteers and 3,500 businesses in schools, colleges and universities

● We also support teachers in 18,000 schools to plan and deliver financial education programmes

● For over 50 years Young Enterprise has worked with over four million young people across the UK to empower them to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need for the world of work through enterprise

● We are part of the global network JA-YE that operates in over 120 countries

● For more information on pfeg see www.pfeg.org or email comms@y-e.org.uk

● For more information on Young Enterprise please see www.young-enterprise.org.uk or email Kate Corry on kate.corry@y-e.org.uk

About Founders4Schools

● Founders4Schools is the UK’s largest charity dedicated to helping young people access the leaders of growing companies.

● Founders4Schools enables children and young people to understand how the subjects they take exams in at school is related to the businesses that are growing and behind the economic growth in the UK thereby helping inform their choices to maximise their long term economic well-being

● Our extensive network means we are supported by more than 100 partners and 9,000 volunteers who lead growing businesses with more than £1 million in revenue who are willing to visit schools

● For more information on Founders4schools see http://www.founders4schools.org.uk or email Chris Blundell at Brunswick cblundell@BrunswickGroup.com

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.