Future First’s response: Schools White Paper

Lorraine Langham, Future First’s Chief Executive, responds to the government’s Schools White Paper launched today.

“It is good news that the Schools White Paper talks about the need to inspire children by showing them the options available when they leave school or college. However, I think the government has missed an opportunity to remind schools of the vital contribution their alumni, as relatable role models, can play in achieving this.

“For too many young people their career options are limited by their start in life: they don’t know anyone in a job they want to do. Providing young people with access to relatable role models offers them the opportunity to gain knowledge and the confidence to believe they too can succeed. But alumni networks offer more than just this; they provide connections to people who can support, guide and provide access to early careers opportunities, internships and apprenticeships.

“While the government’s commitment to launch a new careers programme for primary schools in disadvantaged areas and the extension of careers guidance to all secondary schools is welcome, ministers should not ignore the contribution alumni and role models make to bringing future possibilities to life for young people.

“Young people need knowledge, understanding and confidence to develop their career pathways, but they also need real-life connections to people who can help them to achieve their aspirations”.

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