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Future First appoints new Chief Executive


The national education charity Future First has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer; Justin Smith will lead the charity as a quarter of a million former students have signed up to broaden the work horizons of current students at their old state school or college. Justin brings a successful


history in education enabling social mobility through educational achievement. He joins the charity as it reaches the milestone of 250,000 former state school students registered to volunteer careers support at their former school or college by taking part in workshops and assemblies designed to inspire


current students to career confidence and academic success. The charity has helped more than a thousand UK state schools and


colleges to harness the wealth of talent and experience of former students who return to the classroom as relatable role models to talk about their career paths and the skills needed to succeed in work. Research by Future First has revealed the extent to which young people in


Britain worry about their future career with 65% of 15-year-olds saying they have worried about what job they will do as an adult. The polling also showed that 75% of 15-year-olds, the age many sit GCSEs, 77% of 11-year- olds and 69% of six-year-olds felt it would be helpful to meet former students who could talk about their jobs and career pathways after school and help broaden young people’s jobs horizons. But state school teachers are far less likely to harness the talents of alumni to motivate and inspire current students with 77% of private secondary school teachers using alumni as relatable role models for current students compared with just 47% of state secondary school teachers. Robert Clack School in Dagenham has worked with Future First for more


than five years and runs regular in-school events involving alumni. Ellen Monk, Alumni Engagement Officer at Robert Clack School, said, “We now have 1500 of our former students registered to support the current generation as relatable role models sharing a common background with today's students. Our work takes place across the whole school and has become an important part of helping students make informed decisions about their future careers. Our dedicated alumni volunteers also provide opportunities for our students that they would not otherwise have.”


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Education provider and Paralympic Gold Medallist work together to deliver programmes that boost mental health


The Nisai Group has recently joined forces with double Paralympic gold medallist, Danielle Brown, to provide programmes which will allow students to enhance their personal development, improve their academic performance and mental health & wellbeing. The aim of the programme is to focus on the needs of the individual and help them develop, raise aspirations and get the best results possible. David Lester, Learning Services Director of Nisai Group, said: “We are very pleased to be working with Danielle


Brown to give students the opportunity to make a practical difference to their mental health & wellbeing. This is an incredibly worthwhile initiative and we are delighted to support it.” Danielle Brown, Paralympic gold medallist, commented: “I am really excited about this partnership with the Nisai


Group. They run some awesome initiatives in the education sector, and I am looking forward to making a big difference to more young people by working together.” Danielle believes that “everyone has mental health” and suggests that we should be proactive, rather than


reactive, as it certainly determines and impacts everyone’s ‘Journey To Success’. Danielle has partnered with Nisai to deliver inspirational and sustainable online programmes to support students throughout their academic career.


uhttps://www.nisai.com/ 6 www.education-today.co.uk January 2020


Primary academies in Oldham recognised for wellbeing


Two popular and well-respected primary schools in Oldham have been awarded with the Wellbeing Award for Schools (WAS) for 2019 to 2022 following their commitment to promoting emotional wellbeing. The award was presented to Coppice and Roundthorn Primary Academies


by Optimus Education after they completed an evidence-based framework that drives a change in long-term culture and puts both pupil and staff mental health at the heart of school life. By completing this framework, each school focused on reducing the stigma


around mental health; improving pupil behaviour and wellbeing; enhancing staff wellbeing and morale; and developing parental wellbeing. This work has seen a number of long-term initiatives be implemented at


the schools including tailored one-to-one sessions with pupils, emotional literacy support assistant sessions, play therapy and detailed staff training courses. Head of Coppice Academy, Andrew Hulmes led the award and said: “Over


the past year we have been working hard to ensure that mental health and wellbeing became instilled in our schools’ culture and curriculums, making our schools a happy place for all our pupils and staff and communities.” Executive Principal, John Taylor said: “For both schools it is great to see


how they can work together to share best practice and help each other thrive, developing our children into the best they can possibly be.” Both schools operate as part of Focus Trust – a charitable multi-academy


trust which is based in the North West of England with a vision of providing an engaging and challenging learning environment where the children are happy.


uhttps://www.focus-trust.co.uk/


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