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Founders4Schools (F4S) is a free online booking service for Educators which connects them to business volunteers in their community, and beyond, who can help them deliver Career Education in the classroom. We offer both virtual and in person encounters.
Teachers have two encounter options - webinars or in school. We have a wide range of encounters available that you can find full details of here
We recommend that you book four encounters each year so that your students are well-informed about their future options, motivated to succeed, and equipped to make their subject and career choices.
Once you complete your first event you will receive an email recommending the next age-appropriate event based on the previous cohort for which you booked an encounter.
We aim to ensure that every young person has access to at least four encounters with employers while they are in education, we recommend three per year. Research by the Education Employers TaskForce found that young people are 86% less likely to become NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) after four student-employer encounters (Mann 2012).
During any session booked with F4S, it is mandatory for an Educator or support staff members to be actively and physically present during the whole session. This includes both in school and online encounters. This is to safeguard the young people you work with. It is the responsibility of the Educator to observe behaviours, including the chat functions when online, and to monitor the content and language used. You remain in control of the encounter and can end the session at any time if you feel it is necessary. Please ensure all learners have left the meeting before exiting. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Let the volunteer know what facilities you have available i.e. car parking, IT etc.
Decide if you want a presentation, a hands-on workshop, or a demonstration. CAUTION - We find it works best, particularly in webinars, that exclusively using slides doesn’t always work well to engage the students so we recommend a mix of visuals and seeing the speaker for the talk.
We run regular online support webinars that you can attend which cover how to book an event, use your dashboard and gives pointers on running a successful session. You can find out about upcoming webinars by clicking here.
If you wish to host an exclusive in-school, across academies, regional educator webinars please contact email@example.com and one of our Community Engagement Managers will get in touch.
Once you have arranged your encounter, you will be contacted via email to explain the next steps. Please be sure to click “not spam” on an email in the junk folder from F4S or move it to your inbox. You should also add our email address to your contacts. We will keep you updated via email when speakers accept your invitation so it is important you don't miss our communications. We advise you check the live event web page or your Teacher Dashboard for updates. To do this, simply log into the F4S Platform, click on your profile name on the top right corner. Click Dashboard and then go to Your Next Event to manage the event. You can also click on the orange button Email Confirmed Speakers if you want to make direct contact with them. We will send you reminders in the run up to your encounter with useful links and guidance.
We will send you an email when the first speaker accepts your invitation, and from that point, you are able to access live updates through the live web page or your Teacher Dashboard. To access your dashboard, log into the F4S platform. Click on your profile name on the top right corner and from the dropdown menu, visit Dashboard. Click on Your next event to see all the details. Here, you can also email the speakers by clicking on the orange button 'Email Confirmed Speakers'.
Simply click here and log in to view your teacher dashboard.
Once you have booked an encounter, you will have a live event web page with up-to-date information about the speakers attending. You can click on each volunteer to view their LinkedIn profile, which will have information about their career journey and often includes a detailed biography. You can also log into your Teacher Dashboard at any time. To do this, simply log into the F4S Platform, click on your profile name on the top right corner. Click Dashboard and then go to Your Next Event to manage the event.
WEBINARS You should contact your speakers before the event to ensure that they have the correct information about the event and have prepared for the event accordingly. Please ensure you have shared the webinar joining links for online events. You should also liaise with the speaker to ensure that their plans meet your expectations and requirements, we advise doing so. It will give you the opportunity to ensure they know the running order and that you know what they plan to present.
IN SCHOOL You should also liaise with the speaker to ensure that their plans meet your expectations and requirements, we advise doing so. It will give you the opportunity to ensure they know the running order and that you know what they plan to present.
You can contact your speaker through your teacher dashboard, To do this, simply log into the F4S Platform, click on your profile name on the top right corner. Click Dashboard and then go to Your Next Event to manage the event. You can also click on the orange button Email Confirmed Speakers if you want to make direct contact with them. by clicking the orange ‘Email Confirmed Speakers’ to the right of each upcoming event.
The teacher should ensure that they have sought and required approval from senior leaders and organised an appropriate space for the encounter.
If running an online event using your own online platform, you should ensure that the speaker has received the joining links. You may want to send a reminder email on the morning of the event.
If it is an in class event, please ensure that your reception staff know the volunteer is coming and can contact you when they arrive. It also creates a good impression to offer them a welcome drink - even just a glass of water. We would also recommend that other staff are aware of the volunteers' attendance in case there are any issues on the day.
You should try to make sure that any facilities that will be used for the event are available and in good working order.
The behaviour of the students is obviously your responsibility, the volunteers might not be familiar with classroom management.
IN SCHOOL Please allow a reasonable period for the volunteer to arrive, particularly around rush hour. Automatic reminder emails are sent in advance of the event, but we strongly advise you make contact confirming all details prior to the event to ensure everyone is still able to attend. You should only expect volunteers to attend if they have accepted your request.
If they do not show up, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
WEBINARS By inviting more than one speaker you can minimise the risk and still have a good event but please make sure your event format includes all the speakers you have invited.
Please contact our team directly at email@example.com to make any changes to your booking after you have saved the event.
Click here and log in to view your teacher dashboard. Click the My Details tab and make the required changes.
We understand that plans can change and in the unfortunate event that you have to cancel, please contact the invited speakers via your dashboard and Founders4Schools team directly at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can confirm the speakers who are attending the event are aware. We ask that you do this as soon as possible because our volunteers are giving up their own time, not only on the day but while preparing for the event, and we would like to give them as much notice as possible.