Connecting teachers with leaders of successful, growing businesses to help children prepare for the jobs and growth sectors that will be relevant when they leave education.
Oliver Beach from Central Foundation Boys School, recognising the importance of giving students access to a range of different role models to inspire them and help them make informed educational or career choices created his first event last autumn.
Philippa Shaw, Careers Coordinator at Cavendish School, wanted her students to adopt a forward-thinking mindset and hear positive messages from successful role models.
Brentford School for Girls were delighted to welcome five business leaders of successful and growing businesses to inspire Year 11 students at the start of the new academic year.
For many students, the prospect of entrepreneurship as a career path seems like an unattainable option, however our network of 10,000+ business leaders stands testament to the fact that entrepreneurship is one of the most rewarding and enriching professions out there.
As such, Global Entrepreneurship Week celebrates the innovators of today that are catalysing positive change through 29,000 activities across more than 150 countries
Beckie Knight-Croft, Director of Pathways at Bexleyheath Academy, organises keynote speeches once a term to inspire and motivate their key stage 4 (14-16 year old) and key stage 5 (16-18 year old) students. Beckie was looking for speakers to help encourage their students to think differently about career options and to introduce them to new job opportunities.
When it comes to encouraging students to grow ideas, develop dreams and think about their future, no student is too young to engage in the discussion.
Nick Cheese, teacher at the Greenwood Academy in Birmingham, wanted to bring business leaders to speak to students about ways in which they can be successful in their future transitions.
"Founders4schools have been inspirational for our students. The ease of use in setting up requests for guest speakers is easy to navigate on the website. The very high calibre of speakers who have attended our Academy have helped our students in so many ways and given them advice and guidance for their particular career pathways. We are extremely grateful to founders4schools."
The event was fantastic. All of the speakers were from different backgrounds and had very different styles and stories, but I would say that everyone in the audience clicked with at least one or more of them. There was a lot of excitement from the students. I would really recommend them to any school.
Alan Atkinson, from Deanston Primary School near Doune, set up a Founders4Schools encounter for young people in his school from P4 - P7.
Martin Milmore set up a STEM careers carousel for P7 pupils. The speakers addressed small groups of pupils about taking STEM subjects at school. They also demonstrated some of the activities they did as part of their everyday job.
Niamh Egan, from King's Park Secondary School in Glasgow, set up a Founders4Schools encounter for young people in her school in S4.
Maths4Girls allowed educators to invite female role models who work within finance, investment or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) into the classroom to inspire and encourage girls in Years 10 to 13 to excel in maths and take the subject beyond GCSE.