Back to School Week is on the road. We’ll be visiting different parts of the country to connect thousands of people with their old schools. In six weeks’ time, we’re launching ‘Back to School Week Birmingham’. And we’d like our schools, alumni, partners and supporters to get involved.
Future First already works in over 10% of schools and colleges across the country. Our goal is for every state school and college to be supported by a thriving alumni network so they can realise the benefits of that in all aspects of school life.
Back to School Week has been a major success in the past. The campaign aims to connect thousands of alumni with their old schools so they can inspire current students as career and education role models. Over the past four years, we have seen over 6,000 alumni sign up to ‘go back and give back’. Over 500 careers workshops have taken place up and down the country. We’ve seen ex-Labour leader, Ed Miliband, build campaigns with Year 7s at his school in Camden, and High Court Judge, Wendy Joseph, host students from her old school in Cardiff at the Old Bailey. Schools Minister, Nick Gibb, went back for a tour of his school. Political journalist, Fiona Bruce, returned to speak to students about her pathway since school, and Radio 1 DJ, Scott Mills, returned to speak to Year 9 students about apprenticeships and stamina in the face of rejection. We’ve also seen a whole host of lawyers, engineers, plumbers, doctors, students, apprentices, scientists, physicians, drivers and dancers, to name a few, join the movement and go back and give back.
This year, we’re taking a different approach. We’ll be targeting different regions to highlight the important role alumni can play in young people’s lives. We’re kick starting with Back to School Week Birmingham on 13 March.
We’ve got lots of exciting plans in the pipeline, including school workshops, forums, social media and some special guests. Watch this space!
If you’re interested in getting involved, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.