To promote the launch further, Future First has also released its film- ‘Someone Like Me’ that demonstrates the issues and the need for state school students to have access to role models they can relate and aspire to.
Many different forms of disadvantage, such as a child’s residential location, ethnicity, household income, being in care (or being a carer), having additional needs (SEND), or involvement in the criminal justice system, all impact a child’s opportunities. This means that so many young people are missing out on valuable experiences, prospects and invisible networks, that an alumni can bring. Schools Alumni Week has been launched to help address this.
Future First’s Partnerships and Development Director, Duncan Grant commented, “A school alumni group is an untapped resource, ready and waiting to strengthen any school community, but many schools lack the knowledge, time or investment strength to develop and sustain one. However, we know that you can’t be what you can’t see, and so our aim is for every state educated pupil, to be able to access this network of relatable role models.”
“As well as a learning gap widened by the pandemic, and a rise in behavioural and attendance challenges, there is also evidence of older students’ having an increasingly negative outlook on their future career prospects. This year, Schools Alumni Week will encourage the development of a group capable of inspiring, motivating and improving confidence, at a time when it is most needed.”
If you are an organisation, or volunteer and would like to get involved in Schools Alumni Week, please contact: Duncan.email@example.com
In the run up to the week, schools and colleges can go to www.futurefirst.org.uk/schools-alumni-week/ for more information and resources on how to take part.