December 2016

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Meadowhead School in Sheffield recently invited alumni back as part of their annual Progress Day. They created banners to help draw attention to their sign-up stall, with signs reading ‘Did you go to Meadowhead School’, and ‘Where are they now?’ complete with alumni posters from Future First and ones they had made themselves.

We’re delighted to launch our new digital toolkit. For the first time, we have combined all our knowledge, advice and guidance as the UK’s leading alumni experts into our easy to use toolkit, which is packed with top tips, case studies, templates, how-to guides, and resources to help schools and colleges make the most of their alumni networks.

The launch of the toolkit comes at an exciting time for Future First, as we encourage more and more schools to manage alumni engagement themselves. For the first time, our knowledge has been transferred to an easy-to-use tool for schools, taking us another step closer to our mission being realised: a sustainable alumni community in every state school and college.

The toolkit is divided into four main sections. In ‘Getting Started’, we help schools set objectives for their programme, introduce them to the new portal and help set staff responsibilities in school. In ‘Build and Engage’, we discuss how to grow the numbers of former students and provide guidance on turning names and email addresses into committed volunteers in school. The ‘Mobilise’ section is packed full of ideas for involving alumni in school, with volunteer management guides, lesson plans and resources for workshops and assemblies.

At the time of launch, we’ve also made some exciting improvements to our alumni portal for schools. We’ve sped up the system so data can be accessed easier. The sign up process for alumni has improved. We’ve centralised the mailing system so that each school has a bespoke email address for their alumni to contact them on.

We’re really excited about these developments, and hope our member schools and colleges are too. If you’re not yet a member of Future First, and interested in trying out the toolkit and portal, or you are a friend or supporter interested in having a look, please email info@futurefirst.org.uk.

Last month, three schools in Hertfordshire came together to discuss best practice on how to build thriving and sustainable alumni communities. Attendees shared excellent ideas across a range of topics such as keeping in touch with former students and encouraging whole school engagement.

Last month, three schools in Hertfordshire came together to discuss best practice on how to build thriving and sustainable alumni communities. The roundtable was organised by Christine Payne at St Clement Danes School, who had links with careers advisers in neighbouring schools.

Attendees shared excellent ideas across a range of topics such as keeping in touch with former students and encouraging whole school engagement. They looked at their own alumni engagement plans together, and used the time out of school to look through their networks and make plans for the coming year.

Any schools or colleges interested in taking part in a roundtable? Future First can share resources and presentations and can come along and facilitate a session with a group of schools. Get in touch with your alumni officer or email info@futurefirst.org.uk to find out more.

Woodford County High School was looking for three people who had the drive to make a positive contribution to the school and give their time to serve on the governing body. After turning to their alumni network to find anyone suitable, they received 32 expressions of interest and appointed three committed alumni governors.

Woodford County High School was looking for three people who had the drive to make a positive contribution to the school and serve on the governing body. They decided to look to their alumni network to recruit new governors. After 32 former students expressed an interest in becoming a Governor, the school appointed three former students to the governing board.

Headteacher, Jo Pomeroy, said ‘ Three former students have immediately become active members of the Governing Body. Another Future First success story.’

Former students with the right skills and experience could be well placed to either sit on a governing body or on a committee of associate governors of their former school. Future First has partnered with SGOSS who are experts in school and college governance and will be able to liaise directly with the clerk or chair should a vacancy become available.

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