Today’s spending review by the Chancellor of the Exchequer has committed to a three-year investment plan for schools.
Mr Sunak’s statement also referenced a commitment to ‘boosting skills’, ‘extending traineeships, sector-based work academies, and the national careers service’.
This commitment to careers education is welcome because it is an area where students need far greater support.
The coronavirus crisis has meant young people are looking to the future with greater uncertainty. The gap has widened between disadvantaged young people and their more privileged peers, with pupils experiencing varying levels of access to education and differing progress in their learning.
Through our work with schools to develop thriving alumni networks, Future First has shown thousands of students that they can still succeed and their start in life need not determine their future.
We know that meeting alumni is often crucial to giving school pupils the confidence to believe ‘someone like them’ can be successful in life. Yet there are still millions of students who do not benefit from this opportunity.
As the government plans our route out of the coronavirus crisis and looks to develop an economy to respond to the new realities, it would do well to support the creation of alumni networks in every state school and college in the country. Such networks have served independent schools well.
Money to support careers education should be welcomed, but young people need connections to inspire them, encourage them to stick with their studies, and ultimately help them into jobs and opportunities.
If you would like to find out more about Future First’s work, or how to access an alumni community, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 72398933.