Thank you for celebrating GEW with your students!

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Last week was Global Entrepreneurship Week – a campaign involving a breath-taking 29,000 activities across more than 150 countries. With its core focus to champion entrepreneurship and act as a catalyst for creating the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators, we are delighted to see that UK schools have participated and used the Founders4Schools platform to organise their inspirational events.

Naturally, with our database of business leaders near you, our online service is a perfect fit if you’re thinking about participating next year or simply want to invite business leaders into your school or class to talk about their amazing careers – something echoed by the comments from the teachers but more importantly, the students who took part: the next generation of big thinkers!

Many thanks to all teachers who organised the GEW events and brought this opportunity to their students.

GEW Events in the spotlight:

  • Paul Butterworth, Assistant Headteacher at West Hill School, held a series of 5 events with local entrepreneurs and business leaders to speak in assemblies from Monday, 16th to Friday, 20th November. They inspired 160 Year 8 students by sharing their highs and lows of setting up a business and helped the students understand that entrepreneurship is a career option they could consider. We were excited to see their tweet at the end of the week:
“Delighted to have celebrated @GEWUK with 15 inspiring entrepreneurs with a combined turnover of over £103 million!#GEWmakeit@Founders4School”

  • Joy McArdle, Head of Business & Enterprise at Felsted School, has celebrated Women’s Enterprise Day as part of GEW and invited 3 successful female leaders to inspire her Year 12 and Year 13 girls who study Business & Economics on the world of Enterprise. Their feedback was marvelous:
Really inspiring stuff this evening – many thanks @BeckettMediaLTD @janegurney5 @helewith for inspiring our girls this evening and @Founders4School for helping set this up.

  • Richard Northover, Deputy Head at Holland Park School, participated in GEW by organising a series of 5 events featuring a total of 17 entrepreneurs and business leaders inspiring their Year 11 students about their future careers and filling them with aspiration. Richard summarised at the end of the week:

“Our students have thoroughly enjoyed the talks and we have received some exceptionally positive feedback. They have been hugely impressed by the calibre of the exciting people who have visited our school this week.”

  • Simon Armitage, Director of Guidance at The Stephen Perse Foundation, engaged in GEW by inviting 4 leaders who shared their experiences in the field of innovation, technology with 150 of their Year 7 to Year 10 students. Simon recapped:

“The speakers were great. We would have them all back for sure!”

Help realise your students’ dreams

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Last week, the Guardian held a Live Discussion with the Centre for Leadership in Education on the topic Is education failing our economy?

The discussion revolved around the purpose of education and how it should prepare young people for their future lives – should students be vocationally trained for specific jobs or should the education system concentrate on helping young people develop an open and creative mind through teaching a broad spectrum of knowledge?
The truth – as always – lies somewhere in between.

As teachers, you know best how hard it can be to bridge this gap of views on what purpose education should fulfil.

We, at Founders4Schools, are here to help you with this difficult task by bringing your students in contact with people who can show them how to use the skills and knowledge they are acquiring in schooldays and combine them with the experiences they are developing whilst progressing on their career paths.

It’s not too late to invite inspiring business leaders to your classroom in December before the Christmas holidays to give your students a motivational push for the new year!

Events to raise students’ aspiration:

Rachel Fearnehough, PSCHE Coordinator at The King’s Church of England School, brings inspiring business leaders to the school for two role model events to raise their students’ aspiration to aim high in their careers.

  • Next week, 3 inspiring leaders will speak to 110 Year 11 students and help increase their confidence to make them aware of all the great career opportunities they can take!
  • At the beginning of December, 135 of their Year 9 students will hear from 4 successful business leaders who will motivate them to achieve their goals and dreams and show them what skills they can developed to be successful in today’s economy.

Encourage your students about STEM

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Yesterday, the annual WISE Awards honoured this year’s most inspiring individuals and organisations who are leading the way to engage more girls and women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

WISE aims to achieve gender balance in STEM careers by inspiring girls and women to study and build careers in these fields and by helping organisations to create environments where women can do their best work and thrive.

There are many free resources to help you motivate your students about STEM.
With the new Star Wars film coming up in December, the Hour of Code has created a Star Wars themed tutorial to playfully introduce young people to Javascript.

It’s not too late to invite inspiring business leaders who are working in STEM to come to your school in December to help raise the student’s aspirations to go into high impact careers.


Events for Computer Students:

  • Sophie Dickinson, Director of Learning at The Leigh UTC, has organised a role model event for the end of November featuring 3 business leaders to inspire 40 of their Year 10 Computer and Engineering students about using their potential and being the next entrepreneurs!
  • Stephanie Pitcher from St Peter’s RC High School has invited 3 business leaders to come to the school at the beginning of December and inform, inspire and engage 50 of their Year 10 to 11 Computer and Business students about all the career opportunities available to them when they leave education.

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, 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, 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





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.