We know that access to relevant and relatable role models is crucial for a young person’s development. Too many people, particularly from the poorest backgrounds, do not have access to relatable role models that prepare them for the world of work or learning beyond school.
That is why we are working in partnership with schools and colleges across the UK to help them build thriving alumni communities. We work closely with over 400 schools and colleges to create tailored programmes, which enable alumni to return and give support in a huge variety of ways.
"Keeping in touch with past pupils is very important to us. They can be a real inspiration to our current students, and we find their interest in their 'old school' and their willingness to help and support us far exceeds what we had thought before we got properly organised with a network."
Our schools start on our core service, which includes everything you need to get your alumni community up and running.
The technology that sits behind the programme. An easy to use database that lets you store alumni details, contact alumni through the mailbox and record alumni activities.
A member of Future First staff, expert in alumni engagement, who will work with you to build and manage your community of former students. They will offer advice and practical support and help you to embed the alumni programme across the school.
You'll have access to our digital toolkit, providing detailed guidance, lesson plans, templates and resources to support you to get the most out of your alumni network.
Support from our in-house press officer who will help you spread the word in local and regional news outlets.
Your alumni officer will spend time recruiting former students to help you boost the numbers.
Invitations to regional roundtables to meet other schools and colleges in your area, share advice and best practice.
Sign up forms to collect details from your leaving students.
Inspirational alumni posters to showcase success and inspire students as they walk through the school corridors.
We deliver bespoke careers and employability workshops for your students and staff training sessions for your staff.
We offer professionally run alumni-based assemblies or workshops. Future First staff will plan the session around an objective of your choice, whether it's motivating C/D borderline students or preparing for the next steps for year 12, recruit relevant alumni to come back and provide expert facilitation on the day.
The Future First team can attend a staff inset day or briefing to train school staff in alumni engagement.
They said about Future First
"Keeping in touch with past pupils is very important to us. They can be a real inspiration to our current students, and we find their interest in the 'old school' and their willingness to help and support us far exceeds what we had thought before we got properly organised with a network. Future First has proved to be invaluable in moving us from a school which was interested in its alumni to one which is proactive in really engaging with them to our mutual advantage"
Headteacher, Risca Community Comprehensive School, Wales
"FutureFirst has created a very effective way for us to keep in touch with our alumni. It is simple for us to send out requests for help and we have had a lovely response each time we have asked for something. We now have a very skilled alumni on a small fundraising Trust for our disabled students. Two former students were guests of honour at our Celebration Evening for the 2015 GCSE cohort and gave inspiring accounts of their life since school. Thank you Future First! "
Headteacher, The Angmering School, Sussex