In a year of increased uncertainty for pupils, we have launched a crowdfunding campaign aimed at setting up an alumni programme in every state school and college in the country. Normally there would be a raffle at a glittering MJ dinner awards event, but this year, attendees are asked to support Future First’s campaign and to sign up and give back as state school alumni.
Future First works to support state schools and colleges develop alumni programmes so current pupils can benefit from the life experiences of former students, as relatable role models. Only one in eight children from a low-income background is currently likely to become a high earner and our research shows that nearly half of pupils from the poorest backgrounds don’t know anyone in a job they would like to do. Meeting former students helps to change this, boosting young people’s confidence and motivation, and helping to transform their life chances.