Educators Tips

Overview

Founders4Schools provides educators in the UK with access to free inspirational speakers who are leaders of fast-growing businesses that create the majority of innovation and jobs in our economy.

Founders4Schools is a free online service for educators to create events that inspire their students by inviting entrepreneurs and business leaders into the classroom. Events are managed easily and conveniently online and conveniently online in a few minutes. This way, educators can introduce their students to real-life examples of the positive impact of entrepreneurship in a time efficient way.

This Educators Toolkit offers our suggestions based on previous experiences. We are open to incorporating input from you so please send your suggestions for this toolkit to teachers@founders4schools.org.uk. Enjoy your event!

What you can look forward to

Educators in the UK can arrange to bring leading business leaders to their classrooms - for free.

  • School students have an opportunity to hear speakers talk about their own inspiring stories of careers in business and entrepreneurship.
  • Students are also given an opportunity to engage with speakers through a question and answer session.
  • Headteachers, teachers and career coordinators are given a solution to their problem of finding business people to inspire their students in an easy to manage, time saving way.
  • Entrepreneurs and business leaders are given the ability to ‘give back’ to the school communities by ‘telling their story’.

School Visits Guidelines

Attendance: For the highest impact, please ensure that attendance is made mandatory and that a minimum of 100 students attend. An ideal audience size is 100-150 students, educators and invited guests.

Target age group: All students are welcome to attend the event. Students in Years 7-13 are especially encouraged to attend. Founders4Schools welcomes all schools with students ages 11-19 to participate and is appropriate for Secondary Schools, Sixth Form Colleges and 14-19 Education Programmes in the UK.

Suggested Event Format: 60 Minutes

Activity Time By Whom

Introduction to Founders4Schools and today’s event. Each speaker is introduced briefly (up to 1 min for each speaker’s bio).

3 min Welcome + 2 min to introduce speakers.

School Lead

Speaker 1

8 min

Speaker 1

Speaker 2

8 min

Speaker 2

Speaker 3

8 min

Speaker 3

Q & A with students

25 min

School Lead facilitates

Summation, closing remarks and thanks.

3 min

School Lead

Topics

Speakers are requested to ‘tell a story’ about their entrepreneurial journey:

  • What inspired them to set up their company
  • Why they find it high impact
  • What they enjoy most about their career in entrepreneurship
  • Why students should consider this career option as their number 1 career choice

Speakers are not asked to prepare slides or come with demonstrations rather, they are briefed to ‘speak from the heart’. Some speakers will agree to prepare materials if asked with enough lead-time.

Contact information

If you have further questions, please reach out to teachers@founders4schools.org.uk.