October 2018

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GIllian Keegan MP meets pupils from Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School in Knowsley

A Conservative MP has returned to school in Kirkby to help broaden primary pupils’ jobs horizons and boost their career aspirations for their future.

Gillian Keegan, who grew up in Knowsley and is now MP for Chichester, visited Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School in Moorfield, Tower Hill, Kirkby, to share her journey from a local girl to Westminster with Year 6 students and to discuss the pupils’ jobs aspirations and how they might achieve them.

She returned under our new programme which is helping primary schools establish communities of alumni and supporters who can share their experiences of the working world with current pupils.

The programme is the first of its kind in the country to work with primary schools in this way. It builds on our successful work in more than a thousand secondary schools and colleges across Britain and will help primary schools harness the time, talent and resource of their former students and local community supporters to show pupils the world of opportunities available to them after they leave school.

Sheila Murphy, Deputy Headteacher, said, ‘Our children loved the workshops and activities led by Future First staff. They were extremely lucky to have inspirational role models who returned to school to work alongside them in the workshops. They empowered the children to broaden their horizons in terms of careers they would like to pursue in the future and also gave them wonderful insights into the world of work. Their confidence and self-esteem improved as a result of the Future First Project and school leaders are keen to build upon its success.’

Future First Chief Executive Matt Lent said, ‘It’s hard for young children to understand the connection between their school studies and the world of work. Our work in secondary schools has already shown that former stu-dents and local supporters are the perfect relatable role models, having an enormous positive influence on the confidence and motivation of young people. This new initiative will take these opportunities to primary schools and pupils for the first time ensuring all children have the chance to succeed regardless of their background.’

To find out more about our new primary programme contact Amy Cuffley, Head of Primary amy.cuffley@futurefirst.org.uk

Responding to the announcement by The Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP, on 02 October 2018 that the government will invest in careers education for young people, Matt Lent, Chief Executive Officer of Future First, said:

‘Future First welcomes the government announcement to grow the network of schools and colleges, doubling the number of areas and expanding the careers leaders training. This growth is vital in order to develop the very best careers advice, so that all young people get the guidance and support they need.

Funded by the Careers and Enterprise Company, Future First is the only charity working in secondary state schools and colleges in all 12 of the Department for Education’s ‘opportunity areas’, regions where careers advice is most needed, broadening state school students’ jobs horizons and helping them achieve academically.

Students cannot be what they cannot see. Too many young people don’t have access to role models who can show them the range of jobs available. By harnessing the wealth of talents and experience of volunteer alumni who return to the classroom as relatable, positive role models, schools open young people’s eyes to a world beyond their own and help them achieve career confidence by advising on the right steps to achieve success in their chosen field.

Future First has worked in more than a thousand state schools and colleges across Britain and urges the government to continue to prioritise careers support for schools, to enable every child to succeed regardless of their background.’

For further information on Future First and how we can work together with you, please contact us info@futurefirst.org.uk

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