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APRIL 2014

16th: 'Designed and Made' Week announced

As part of the Inspiring the Future programme which gives young people insights into different careers and broadens their horizons we are running a special week (30 June - 4 July) focusing on careers in design and manufacturing. In celebrating great British design and manufacturing our aim is to encourage far more young people to explore careers in these important economic sectors which employs millions of people in the UK. Throughout the week people who design and make: airplanes, bicycles, boats, books, cars, ceramics, clocks, clothes, furniture, glassware, high-tech engineering, jewellery, mobile apps, shoes, textiles, websites or whatever requires good design and craftsmanship will be visiting schools across the country talking to young people.


We are teaming up with organisations who represent some of the best in British design and manufacturing - the Royal Warrant Holders Association and the Walpole Group.


The campaign links to our ambition to see Apprentices talking in every school about the opportunities Apprenticeships provide and to Miriam González Durántez's Inspiring Women Campaign www.inspiringwomencampaign.org We want to put the spotlight on women working in design and manufacturing and a number of highly successful women will be visiting schools across the country that week.

10th: UK students taking languages degrees at 'record low'

A report from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) found the number of students being accepted onto modern foreign language courses dropped by nearly a quarter (22%) between the academic years 2010-11 and 2012-13.

Read the full story: http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/apr/10/students-taking-languages-record-low

Join our Inspiring Languages campaign - pledge an hour a year to talk about how you use languages in your job in a local school - and help us reverse the trend. Register here to take part.

1st: OECD finds English teenagers score well in 'applied knowledge'

After disappointments in OECD rankings English teenagers score well in applied knowledge and problem solving. England's teenagers are "significantly above average" in problem-solving skills, according to the results of international tests.

The OECD puts England as second highest in Europe, behind Finland, in tests of how pupils can apply their knowledge.

Read the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-26823184

MARCH 2104

31st: Science Grrl finds 1 in 10 said Isambard Kingdon Brunel when asked 'name a woman scientist'

1 in 10 said Isambard Kingdon Brunel when asked 'name a woman scientist' showing desperate lack female role models. The YouGov poll questioned nearly 3,000 people and was conducted on behalf of ScienceGrrl, a pressure group aiming to boost the take up of science, technology, engineering and maths among girls.

A new report from ScienceGrrl, called Through Both Eyes, about the hurdles facing girls when it comes to making informed subject choices.

Read the full article: http://news.tes.co.uk/b/news/2014/03/28/isambard-kingdom-brunel-named-as-female-scientist-shows-39-alarming-39-lack-of-female-science-role-models.aspx

28th: State school pupils 'better degrees' than private school peers

State school pupils do better at university than independent school candidates who have achieved the same A-level grades, a study shows.The Higher Education Funding Council (Hefce) tracked 130,000 students beginning degrees in 2007, looking at schooling, background and ethnicity.

It found on some measures state pupils were significantly more likely to get a 2:1 than their private school peers. The Independent Schools Council highlighted figures in the report showing that 67% of independent school pupils achieved a 2:1 or above, compared with 62.3% of state school and college pupils.

Read full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-26773830#

25th: Primary teachers feel rusty and ill equipped to teach languages

Almost one in four primary schools in England have no teachers with a language qualification higher than GCSE, new research suggests. The study, published by the CfBT Education Trust and the British Council, examined the state of foreign language learning in English schools in 2013-14.

Read the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-26713090

24th: 'Casual sexism' of governors blamed for gender gap among top teachers

Labour's education spokesman Tristram Hunt blames 'casual sexism' of governors for gender gap among top teachers. Mr Hunt cited research from the Future Leaders Trust showing that the gap between the number of males and females appointed to secondary school headships was growing. The 2012 figures showed that 64% of heads were men and only 36% women.

Read the full story: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/casual-sexism-of-governors-blamed-for-gender-gap-among-top-teachers-9210278.html

20th: Primary Futures raises aspirations for primary school children. Coming soon!

Primary Futures is our new initiative that brings literacy and numeracy to life and raises aspirations for primary school children. We are working closely with National Association of Head Teachers to reach children around the country.

Read all about it here: Primary Futures. It's just the job!

18th: Concern over boys not taking languages

There is concern over female participation rates in science, but gender disparities need to be addressed in many subjects, for example, boys make up just 29% of English A-level students.

Read the full article: http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/mar/18/girls-physics-boys-other-subjects-gender-disparity

11th: State of school governance survey launched today

National Governors' Association, with the University of Bath and charity the Education and Employers Taskforce have launched a survey into the state of school governance. Nick Chambers, Director of the Education and Employers Taskforce, said; With schools becoming increasing autonomous the role of the governing body becomes ever more important. I would encourage all serving school governors to complete this survey to give us an accurate picture of the current state of school governance in England."

A report of the survey findings will be published in the 15th May 2014 to coincide with a new alliance to support and promote school governance being announced that day.

To take part, click here: https://www.survey.bath.ac.uk/schoolgovs/

Read the Press Release

10th: 'Your Guide to Apprenticeships' published

The Association of School and Colleges Leaders (ASCL) and Inspiring the Future have teamed up to create 'Your Guide to Apprenticeships' for teachers. ASCL has worked with the Education and Employers Taskforce (the charity behind Inspiring the Future), the National Apprenticeships Service and employer organisations to help teachers and their students navigate this complex area.

Download 'Your Guide to Apprenticeships'

7th: Justine Thornton, Environmental Barrister and wife of Ed Miliband Leader of the Labour Party, visits Parliament Hill School for Inspiring Women campaign

Justine Thornton, Environmental Barrister and wife of Ed Miliband Leader of the Labour Party, visited Parliament Hill Girls School on 7 March to do Inspiring Women campaign 'career speed networking' with 40 girls and eight other female lawyers.

She said about the Inspiring Women campaign event: "It was a privilege to mark International Women's Day with Year 8 girls at Parliament Hill School. Joined by eight other women lawyers, we talked with the students about careers in the field. They asked us interesting questions and I hope we've inspired them to think about a career in law."

See photographs from Parliament Hill Girls School - Justine speaking and Justine talking with the girls

6th: Inspiring Women campaign 'career speed networking' with pupils at Central Foundation Girls School

This week Rushanara Ali, Bow and Bethnal Green MP and Shadow Education Minister took part in an Inspiring Women campaign 'career speed networking' with pupils at Central Foundation Girls School, Bow in the deprived East End of London on 6th March ahead of International Women's Day. Six women from diverse organisations talked honestly about their jobs and careers with the girls for an hour.


Alongside Shadow Minister Rushanara Ali the other 'speed career networkers' talking with girls were women from; Royal Bank of Scotland, the BBC, Linkedin, Guardian Online and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

See photos of Rushanara Ali, Shadow Education Minister, and the volunteers together.


3rd: Inspiring the Future Languages Focus Week unveiled 22-26 September 2014

A national campaign is being launched to encourage young people to learn languages at school and understand how language skills impact on their job prospects. Inspiring the Future Languages Focus Week is taking place 22-26 September 2014 and seeks to get 100s of schools and employers involved across England.

Nick Chambers, from charity the Education and Employers Taskforce which administers employee volunteering programme Inspiring the Future, says: "We have hundreds of volunteers using their language skills in an impressive range of jobs in sectors including the media, engineering and finance. We want to get them into schools at the beginning of the new school year to motivate pupils and show them the relevance of language learning for their future careers".

The Inspiring the Future Languages Focus Week is being promoted by Speak to the Future, with partners including the British Council taking a lead role in organising activities which will include high profile media and stakeholder events culminating in the European Day of Languages on 26 September.

Schools wishing to find a speaker and volunteers wishing to sign up can do so online at: www.inspiringthefuture.org

FEB 2014

27th: Up to the Job? More apprentices would boost GDP £4bn a year

Increasing the number of apprentices in England to catch up with similar economies would boost Britain's GDP by £4bn a year, according to the think tank Demos.

A new report for National Apprenticeship Week argues that raising apprentice levels by up to 300,000 required to match other G20 countries would help bridge the productivity gap between Britain and competing nations. It would also reduce youth unemployment, currently running at 20%. The Up to the Job report shows on average, that an apprenticeship typically raises an employee's productivity by £214 per week, leading to both increased wages and company profits.

Read the full story: http://www.demos.co.uk/press_releases/moreapprenticeswouldboostgdpby4bnaearthinktank

19th: Do parents' occupations impact on student performance? OECD research

Students whose parents work in professional occupations generally outperform other students in mathematics, while students whose parents work in elementary occupations tend to underachieve compared to their peers.

However, the strength of the relationship between parents' occupations and student performance varies considerably across countries: for example, when it comes to mathematics performance, the children of cleaners in Shanghai-China outperform the children of professionals in the USA.

Read the full report: http://www.oecd.org/pisa/pisaproducts/pisainfocus/PISA-in-Focus-n36-(eng)-FINAL.pdf

13th: 'Apprenticeship talks in every school' pledge

On the 13th February national charity Inspiring the Future hosted an Apprenticeship Careers Fair at City Hall. London Mayor Boris Johnson welcomed Apprentices from a wide range of sectors and 200 school pupils.


The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "Inspiring the Future gives young people an invaluable insight into a range of careers and provides businesses with access to an incredible pool of young talent. I have pledged to generate many thousands of apprenticeships in London by 2016, and I hope that many of the young people visiting us here today will be inspired to use an apprenticeship as a springboard to a great career."


Over 200 young people from six London schools took part in the careers fair to learn about different jobs, careers and apprenticeships as a career route. Inspiring the Future used this event to announce their intention to get apprentices talking with students in every state school in England during 2014.


Read the 'Apprenticeships talks in every school' pledge Press Release

Photos on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/edu_employers/sets/72157640928104135/

11th: Inspiring the Future brochure about our volunteers published

Inspiring the Future has created a new brochure telling teachers about our wide range volunteers willing to visit schools and colleges to talk with students about the job they do and the route they took.

This week the charity also celebrates reaching 11,000 volunteers, 3,500 employers and 2,500 state schools and colleges all registered to take part in Inspiring the Future.

Download the Inspiring the Future Volunteering Brochure

11th: The Character and Resilience Manifesto is out!

Britain's schools must be "more than just exam factories", a cross-party parliamentary group says. It argues that more importance should be given to the development of "character and resilience" schools should make it part of their "core business" to nurture pupils' self-belief, perseverance and ability to bounce back from set-backs.

The Character and Resilience Manifesto is the work of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Mobility, and has been produced in collaboration with the CentreForum think-tank

Read the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-26118581

JAN 2014

22nd: Inspiring Women: 100 girls 'career speed date' with high profile women including Samantha Cameron and Miriam González Durántez in Basildon

The Basildon Upper Academy is the first school in the UK to host an event as part the national Inspiring Women campaign. The campaign, run by the Education and Employment Taskforce, aims to get 15,000 women volunteering to give up an hour a year and go into a schools or colleges near where they live or work to collectively chat with 250,000 young women about their career and their experiences in life.


The "career speed dating" event is to gather 100 girls and ten highly successful women including Miriam González Durántez, Partner at Dechert LLP, and Samantha Cameron, Creative Consultant at Smythson. The ten women were:


Dr Margaret Aderin-Pocok MBE, Space Scientist

Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Correspondent, CNN

Clare Balding, Presenter, Writer & Broadcaster

Gail Bojarski, General Manager, Benefit Cosmetics

Samantha Cameron, Creative Consultant, Smythson

Miriam González Durántez, Partner, Dechert LLP

Mandy Hickson, former Royal Air Force fast jet pilot

Dame Tessa Jowell DBE, Politician

Chrissie Rucker, Founder, The White Company

Jennifer Taylor, Chief Operating Officer EMEA, Bank of America Merrill Lynch


Along the "career speed dating event" the charity which administers the scheme, the Education and Employers Taskforce, has organised a unique careers fair at the school with 175 women doing diverse jobs from an electrician to a shadow minister, from a lawyer to an occupational therapist, from bankers to a plastic surgeon.


Organisations being represented include; Aston Martin, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BSkyB, CBI, Crossrail, Little Miss Geek, National Trust, NHS, Premier League, Royal Air Force, Sainsbury's, the Medical Women's Foundation and the University of Cambridge.


Read the Press Release


BBC Education News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-25851233

The Mirror: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/samantha-cameron-miriam-gonzalez-durantez-3052565

See a photo montage of the 'career speed dating' and careers fair via: http://www.flickr.com/photos/edu_employers/sets/72157640078365784/

See photographs of the 'career speed networking' with Miriam González Durántez & Samantha Cameron & Clare Balding. Miriam and Samantha on next door tables talking with girls aged 14 - 16.



The OECD's Andreas Schleicher talks about the value of the Inspiring Women event he witnessed in Basildon. Watch his 'vox pop': https://vimeo.com/85246821

17th: Graduates earn less than Apprentices

The Office for National Statistics finds that graduates are more likely to find themselves in low-paid jobs and are earning less than people who decide to do an apprenticeship instead of going to university.

Read the story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/10578118/Graduates-earning-less-than-those-on-apprenticeships.html

15th: Inspiring the Future is recruiting a Schools Liaison Assistant

Innspiring the Future is recruiting a Schools Liaison Assistant on a 6 months fixed term contract at £18k per annum. The aim of Inspiring the Future is very simple, it is to get people to volunteer to spend at least an hour per year visiting a school and talking to young people about their job - typically by attending a careers fair with other volunteers.

Click here to apply


14th: Apprenticeship events in schools and colleges - funding available


Could your school/college hold a funded awareness-raising careers event about apprenticeships for young people aged 16 - 18 at some point between February and July 2014? We are inviting proposals from schools/colleges interested in delivering apprenticeship awareness-raising careers events aimed at 16 to 18 year olds between February and July 2014 using apprentice volunteers through Inspiring the Future.

We've been fortunate to secure some funding to contribute to schools/colleges to run apprentice events, and have between £100 and £250 available for refreshments/travel and to cover some modest reporting requirements.

Click here to apply

10th: Inspiring Women motion graphic unveiled

The Inspiring Women motion graphic has been unveiled. Watch our Inspiring Women cartoon to understand the aims and objectives of the campaign.


Inspiring Women explained in seconds: https://vimeo.com/83024771

8th: The Inspiring Women campaign seeks Engagement Manager

The national Inspiring Women campaign is recruiting an Engagement Manager. This is an 11 months fixed term contract £30 - 35k per annum (pro-rata) depending on experience, plus Performance Related Bonus (22.5 hours per week - 0.6 FTE).

Job description and how to apply

7th: Inspiring the Future Schools and Colleges Guide out!

The new Inspiring the Future Schools and Colleges Powerpoint has been published as an easy steps users guide for teachers.

Download the easy steps Schools and Colleges Guide here

DEC 2013

16th: Give poor children vouchers for extra tuition says Sutton Trust

The government should give means-tested vouchers to working class families to help them buy their children some of the advantages that more affluent families can afford, the Sutton Trust suggests.

Read the full story: http://www.channel4.com/news/sutton-trust-tuition-vouchers-education-working-class-school

9th: Schools reinforce subject gender stereotypes says IoP

The Institute of Physics says 49% of state-funded mixed schools in England are "reinforcing gender stereotypes" in terms of the subjects students study at A-level. It says these schools are failing to counter the idea that certain subjects are for girls and others are for boys.

Read the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25243274

3rd: UK doesn't make top 20 in international tests

For the first time, the UK does not make the top 20 in any subject, in international tests taken by 15 year olds in maths, reading and science. Within the UK, Scotland outperformed England at maths and reading, but Wales is below average in all subject, in the Pisa tests run by the OECD.

The Pisa tests - the Programme for International Student Assessment - have become the most influential rankings in international education, based on tests taken by 500,000 secondary school pupils.

Read the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-25187997

NOV 2013

29th: Girls aspire to see gender balance in leadership positions

Girlguiding's new report Sexism, harassment and inequality: the daily reality for UK's girls' has been published. There's a call for urgent attitude change as the research from Girlguiding reveals a stark state of inequality. One of the findings is that girls still see gender inbalance in leadership positions from politics to economics, which hampers aspiration.

Read the full report

26th: New generation of technical schools in question

Ministers may block a new generation of technical schools amid concerns children do not want learn 'a trade' from the age of 14.

Read the full story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/10474257/Ministers-could-block-expansion-of-technical-schools.html

20th: Modern foreign languages volunteers available to schools

Across the country, more than 600 volunteers are signed up to Inspiring the Future to talk to young people about use of modern foreign languages in the workplace. Volunteers from the Arts Council, BBC, Bentley, Cabinet Office, Deloitte, Facebook, Financial Times, Google, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, the Ministry of Justice, the RAF, Save the Children and advertising giant WPP are all waiting to be approached by schools and colleges.


Finding volunteers who can speak about use of French, Spanish, German and many other languages is quick and easy to do and entirely free - log in to see who is available in your area: www.inspiringthefuture.org

19th: Almost 50,000 in 'dead-end' college courses

A study by the Institute for Public Policy Research found that teenagers taking lower-level vocational qualifications were three times more likely to be classed as NEET - not in education, employment or training - as those studying A-levels.

There are nearly 50,000 teenagers on "dead-end courses" that fail to lead to a job or university, according to this research. The think-tank claims many teenagers on such courses would be better off in apprenticeships or stronger forms of training.

Read the full story: http://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/nov/19/50000-young-adults-dead-end-courses-ippr

18th: Global Entrepreneurship Week is here

Global Entrepreneurship Week is here with over 3,000 events taking place across the UK with over 300,000 participants.

For more information visit: http://www.gew.org.uk/blog/global_entrepreneurship_week_has_landed

13th: Lord Grade inspires a new generation

Michael Grade, Chairman of the Pinewood Studios Group, visited Chalfont Community College to take part in an Inspiring the Future event. He was joined by colleagues from the studios working in a number of different divisions including legal, post production, HR, TV, Finance and CSR.

Headteacher of Chalfont Community College, Sue Tanner said: "We're really privileged today to welcome Lord Grade and his colleagues and to hear their thoughts and advice on careers in this industry. It's so important that somebody of his reputation has come here. Sometimes the creative arts are overlooked by government and Lord Grade can inspire our students in this area and give them confidence." Ms Tanner described Lord Grade as "one of the leading figures in film and television".

See a photograph from the school visit and read local newspaper coverage

11th: Boost vocational education, employers tell government

Almost two thirds (60%) of UK employers feel the UK government does not do enough to support skills education. Nearly three quarters (72%) said they viewed vocational qualifications as essential for preparing young people for work, says research by City & Guilds and charity Edge Foundation.

Read the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-24873223

5th: OECD says gender pay gap larger in UK

The UK has scored below average for education and skills in a worldwide study of the best places to live and work. Britain's rich-poor divide also widened at a faster than average rate between 2007 and 2011 due to the global financial crisis, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The Paris-based thinktank ranked 36 developed nations on lifestyle factors such as incomes, education, housing and security for its Better Life Index

Read the full story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/10427227/UK-weak-on-education-skills-and-income-equality-according-to-OECD.html

1st: Job gender stereotyping worse than 20 years ago

Today the Work Foundation and TUC unveiled a new report on the UK's gender jobs spilt. The report shows that progress towards reducing gender stereotyping in employment has been non-existent in recent years. It also believes that school to work transitions are crucial in triggering positive change.

Read the full report: http://www.theworkfoundation.com/DownloadPublication/Report/342_The_Gender_Jobs_Split_Touchstone_Extra_2013_FINAL.pdf

OCT 2013

23rd: Professional Associations Business Briefing on 1st November

To coincide with the launch this week of Professions Week (21 - 25 October) we will be holding a business briefing for any employer/professional body that is interested in hearing more about the free service Inspiring the Future. Over 3,000 teachers from more than 2,000 state schools and colleges have signed up to Inspiring the Future and they are looking for employee volunteers to talk to their pupils.


If you would like to attend the breakfast briefing at our offices in Holborn, Central London on Friday 1stNovember from 8:30am to meet the team and learn more about our work then contact: Phil Pyatt - Director, Inspiring the Future - phil.pyatt@educationandemployers.org Alternatively, if you are unable to attend, but would like to schedule a call or meeting we'd love to hear from you!

17th Inspiring the Future: Inspiring Women campaign launches today

The Inspiring the Future: Inspiring Women campaign launches today with a 'career speed networking' event hosted by Miriam González Durántez with 100 girls from 11 state secondary schools talking jobs and careers with 10 high profile successful women. The aim of the campaign is to see 15,000 women from a wide range of occupations going into state schools, over the next year, to talk to 250,000 young women about the range of jobs available and entry routes into them.


The campaign begins with 10 women sharing their career insights with 100 girls. The high profile women taking part in the launch include: Miriam González Durántez, Partner at Dechert LLP and the wife of Nick Clegg the DPM, Fiona Bruce, BBC journalist and presenter, Athene Donald DBE, Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Cambridge, Thea Green, CEO Nails Inc's, Bettany Hughes, historian and broadcaster, Livia Firth, Creative Director Eco Age Ltd, Carrie Longton, Mumsnet co-founder, Carolyn McCall, CEO easyJet, Heather McGregor, entrepreneur and Financial Times columnist and Barbara Stocking DBE, former CEO Oxfam and current President of Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge.


See photos of the event here


Evening Standard - Girls told to aim high by Britain's career women at event hosted by Miriam Clegg http://www.standard.co.uk/news/education/girls-told-toaim-high-by-britains-career-women-at-event-hosted-by-miriam-clegg-8888790.html


The Guardian - Mum, what do engineers do? Article by Athene Donald one of the 10 'speed daters'. http://www.theguardian.com/science/occams-corner/2013/oct/18/people-in-science-engineering


The Times - González: Eton adds 'gloss' to students http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/article3897826.ece?CMP=OTH-gnws-standard-2013_10_18

The Telegraph - Move over Nick Clegg, your wife's stealing the show: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-politics/10387841/Move-over-Nick-Clegg-your-wifes-stealing-the-show.html

See photos from the event: http://www.flickr.com/photos/edu_employers/sets/72157636687433076/

Read our Press Release and Lancaster House launch event brochure

11th: Girls risk being failed in mixed classrooms

Girls risk being failed in mixed classrooms, head warns. Single sex environments can help reduce 'pandering to stereotypes'.

Read the full story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/10370052/Girls-risk-being-failed-in-mixed-classrooms-head-warns.html

8th: Brilliant British women go back to school to launch campaign

Our Inspiring the Future: Inspiring Women #launchinspiringwomen campaign of women speaking to girls about careers and smashing stereotypes is launching.

Read the full article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/10360903/Miriam-Clegg-Why-Im-calling-on-brilliant-British-women-to-go-back-to-school.html

8th: England's young adults trail world in literacy and maths

Young adults in England have scored among the lowest results in the industrialised world in international literacy and numeracy tests.

A major study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows how England's 16 to 24-year-olds are falling behind their Asian and European counterparts. England is 22nd for literacy and 21st for numeracy out of 24 countries.

Read the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-24433320

1st: Uni extrance exams will disadvantage state pupils

More universities could introduce entrance exams to select the best candidates as a result of recent A level reforms, private school heads warned today. The move would give pupils at fee-paying schools an advantage over state school peers because independent schools have more resources to prepare them, teachers believe.

Read the full story: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/education/university-entrance-tests-set-to-rise-8851664.html

SEPT 2013

27th: Russell Group quizzed on "preferred subjects"

The Russell Group of leading universities has been asked to produce research on what teenagers need to get into their universities, after a study has cast doubt on so called 'preferred subjects'. The call comes from Graham Stuart chairman of the Commons Education Select Committee.

Read the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-24289099

25th: We're recruiting a Senior Researcher (Deputy Director of Research)

The Education and Employers Taskforce is looking to recruit a Senior Researcher (Deputy Director of Research) to lead and support a range of research-related activities. To apply: please email CV plus covering letter setting out skills and experience relating to the person specification below.

Applications should be sent to: jobs@educationandemployers.org by 10am on Thursday 10th October. Interviews are provisionally arranged for Wednesday 16th October. Read the job description.

17th: Private schools 'no longer have to give free places to poor pupils'

Private schools will no longer be required to provide free and subsidised places to pupils from poor families under major new guidelines for charities published today. The new guidelines give schools complete freedom to decide how to open up to the poor, suggesting they can run A-level master-classes for deprived pupils, send teachers to state schools and share their playing fields to meet the requirements.

Read the full story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/10313165/Private-schools-no-longer-have-to-give-free-places-to-poor-pupils.html

12th: Tuition fees rise has not put off disadvantaged students

The rise in tuition fees to £9,000 has not discouraged students from disadvantaged areas applying to university says the Independent Commission on Fees.

Read the full story: http://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/sep/11/tuition-fees-rise-disadvantaged-students-applying

10th: 'Inspiring the Future: the first year 2012-13'

'Inspiring the Future: the first year 2012-13' has been published to highlight progress made since its national launch in July 2013. It shows how the free Inspiring the Future programme connects state schools/colleges and employers to help young people make better informed decisions about jobs, careers and HE.

Read about our first year here

2nd: GCSE changes: teenagers must master English & Maths

Poor standards of numeracy and literacy among young people have been a major concern for Britain's employers, with many having to offer remedial training. Alison Wolf, professor at King's College London, who proposed the change in her 2011 review of vocational education, said that it was "scandalous" that half of 16-year-olds were leaving school without good GCSEs in English and maths.

Read the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-23925033


19th: First 'Professions Week' announced

The first 'Professions Week' is set for 21 - 27 October 2013 and is aimed at raising awareness of the major but sometimes less well known professions among 14 - 19 year olds. The week will support teachers and careers advisors, giving them the relevant materials to help young people make informed decisions with regards to the professions

Read the full story: http://www.professionsweek.org/downloads/MediaRelease1.pdf

16th: Growing gender divide opening up in schools

A growing gender divide is opening up in schools with girls shying away from maths and science A-levels and fewer boys opting for English and creative subjects.

Read the full story: http://www.independent.co.uk/student/news/boys-will-be-boys-gender-divide-is-growing-fast-at-alevels-8764119.html

13th: 'Call for papers' for Education and Employers Taskforce conference

The 'Call for papers' for the third Education and Employers Taskforce academic research conference is open and runs until 25 October. The 'Exploring school-to-work transitions in international perspective' conference will take place in central London on 23 January 2014.

To submit your idea: /2312.aspx

12th: Give skills qualifications prestige of A-level brand, urges CBI

Top-class vocational qualifications should be called A-levels so they have the prestige they need to rescue the UK from its chronic skills shortage, John Cridland the head of the CBI urges.

Read the full story:


9th: We're recruiting a Business Development Manager

Charity the Education and Employers Taskforce is recruiting a Business Development Manager to work on its national Inspiring the Future service to schools and colleges.

Read the full job description and how to apply here.

9th: Campaign give better exam results advice 'takes to road'

The National Careers Service is kicking off a week-long Jobs Bus roadshow, run in partnership with the Daily Mirror and Fish4jobs. The Jobs Bus will tour England from 15th to 22nd August to provide face-to-face workshops and advice to people of all ages.

Read the full story and see the list of locations: http://jobsbus.org.uk/

August 9th: Private school pupils still have university advantage

Private school pupils are more likely to go to top universities, despite efforts to widen access, data suggests. A total of 64% of privately educated A-level students got into the most selective universities in 2010-11, against 24% of state school pupils. The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) data is published a week before this year's A-level results.

Read the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-23620170

August 7th: Science and maths teacher shortage looming in England

England risks a shortage of science and maths teachers graduating next summer. The government's new School Direct scheme is recruiting too few trainee teachers in key subjects experts believe.

Read the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-23588850

JULY 2013

29th: Education and Employers Taskforce accounts published

The Education and Employers Taskforce charity has published its accounts for the financial year ending 31 March 2013.

Read the full financial statements

24th: We are recruiting a Schools Liaison Assistant

The Education and Employers Taskforce is recruiting a Schools Liaison Assistant for our national Inspiring the Future volunteering in schools programme. Read the job description and how to apply here.

23rd: Announcing Design and Manufacturing Week 2014

Do you design or make things? We need you! Inspiring the Future is running a new national Design and Manufacturing Week in 2014 to help young people understand the range of jobs and careers available.

Whether you design and make; airplanes, bicycles, boats, books, cars, ceramics, clocks, clothes, furniture, glassware, high-tech engineering, jewellery, mobile apps, shoes, textiles, websites or whatever requires good design and craftsmanship young people in school and colleges want to meet you to hear about your job.

Read our Design and Manufacturing Week 2014 flyer

How can I take part?

To join the mailing list and/or get involved email us: designandmanuf@inspiringthefuture.org

Follow us: @Edu_Employers or call us: 0203 206 0510

22nd: We're recruiting an Advanced Apprentice in Administration

We are recruiting an apprentice for our busy finance and administration team. As a small but rapidly growing charity, we are looking for a keen, flexible and well organised person to work with us and study for an advanced apprenticeship in administration.

Click here for the full specification and how to apply

16th: Get a friend to sign up to Inspiring the Future to win a Brompton bike

Inspiring the Future has 5,000 volunteers from a range of professions and sectors pledged to give an hour a year to go into a school or college to talk about their job and career path.


As more schools sign up, we need to ensure our pool of volunteers continues to grow. Thanks to Brompton bikes, we have a 'money can't buy' opportunity.  We're offering you the chance to win your very own custom made Brompton bike ( http://www.brompton.co.uk/our-bikes ) and a tour of the Brompton bicycle factory if you promote Inspiring the Future to a friend or colleague, and they go onto sign up by 31st July 2013.


'How to enter' & 'Terms and conditions'

15th: Inspiring the Future at Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace

Inspiring the Future was invited by the Royal Warrant Holders Association to take part in the Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace 11 to 14 July. The Queen, Prince Charles and Princess Anne mingled with participants on Thursday's 'Royal Preview' including 20 Inspiring the Future volunteers and teachers.

Inspiring the Future will be working with some of the 800 Royal Warrant Holders Association companies in the coming months to broaden the horizons of young people at school and college.

View Coronation Festival photographs: http://www.flickr.com/photos/edu_employers/sets/72157634647135037/

10th: Fall in graduate vacancies sees 85 apply for each job

This summer's university leavers face a tough jobs market, with a forecast of a 4% fall in graduate vacancies. The Association of Graduate Recruiters annual survey shows that leading UK employers are receiving 85 applications for each job.

Read the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-23247176

5th: Birmingham MPs attend Inspiring the Future and National Apprenticeship Service careers fair

Three Birmingham MPs attended the Inspiring the Future and National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) apprenticeships careers fair at Birmingham Metropolitan College today. MPs Liam Byrne, Shabana Mahmood and Jack Droney gave their active support to the event. It is one of a series of similar careers fairs across the country during June, July and August.

See a photograph of the careers fair

4th: Education Select Committee says school governance needs to be upskilled

The Education Select Committee report on School Governing Bodies has been published today and its main findings are that school governance needs to be simplified, upskilled and more businesses should encourage their staff to become school governors.

We are delighted to announce the partnership of Inspiring the Future and SGOSS to offer being a school governor as an Inspiring the Future volunteering option to diverse people from all jobs, careers and professions. Visit: http://www.inspiringthefuture.org/

Read the Education Select Committee report: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmselect/cmeduc/365/36502.htm

The Education and Employer Taskforce's Expert Group on Governance reported similar findings IN 2010: /media/7600/policy%20recommendations%20of%20the%20expert%20working%20group%20on%20school%20governance%20and%20membership.pdf

BBC News 'Sack inadequate governors': http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-23163838

4th: Latest edition of Taskforce News out today

Latest issue of Taskforce News out today. Top stories include:

  • Aspiration and reality have 'Nothing in Common'
  • Inspiring the Future sees massive demand from schools and colleges
  • Major report on future of careers
  • School Governance needs to be simplified and upskilled
  • New volunteer options - help with CVs and interviews

Click here to read our summer 2013 edition

1st: This year's graduates better job prospects

This summer's graduates will have the best job prospects since the economic crisis began, according to research. A survey of the country's 100 top graduate recruiters by High Fliers Research shows a 4.6 per increase in jobs available. However, competition for individual jobs remains fierce, with an average of 46 applications for each vacancy this year, compared with 35 before the recession.

Read the full story: http://www.independent.co.uk/student/news/graduate-outlook-best-since-2008-8680737.html

JUNE 2013

24th: 'Who you know matters more than what you know'

Polling finds that the public believe 'who you know' matters more than 'what you know' in modern Britain. Report published by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission.

Read the full story: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/208244/Public_Attitudes_research__SMCP_Commission_.pdf

21st: Independent schools should end "splendid isolation" and work with state schools

Independent schools should end their "splendid isolation" and work with state schools, says England's chief inspector of schools. Sir Michael Wilshaw said there was a moral obligation to help raise standards, as well as an economic need. Speaking at the Sunday Times Education Festival he praised private schools which had made strong links with the state sector.

Read the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-23003988

20th: Underachievement shifted to suburbs, coastal towns and rural areas

Many of the poor children being left behind in schools now are in suburbs, market towns and seaside resorts rather than big cities, England's chief inspector of schools has said. Sir Michael Wilshaw said such pupils were often an "invisible minority" in schools rated good or outstanding in quite affluent areas.

Read the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-22970674

19th: Careers advice is on "life support" in many schools say CBI

The quality of careers guidance is not good enough, with many young people leaving school or college with little knowledge of the workplace, CBI Director-General John Cridland told headteachers. Careers advice is on "life support" in many schools in England with teenagers having little knowledge of the workplace, the head of the CBI claims.

Read the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-22966374

17th: Founding chairman of charity Education and Employers Taskforce knighted


Anthony Salz, founding chairman of the Education and Employers Taskforce has been knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Others knighted include Brendan Barber, former TUC general secretary who was a member of our Partnership Board and Charlie Mayfield who recently hosted our CEO/Chairman's panel on education and skills.


Read the full 2013 honours list: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/jun/15/queens-birthday-honours-obe

14th: Inspiring the Future on BBC Woman's Hour

Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, Chair of the National Careers Council, talks about the value of employees from different jobs and sectors volunteering in schools with Inspiring the Future on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.

Hear the full programme broadcast today: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/bbc_radio_four

13th: New careers guidance requirements on FE and sixth-form colleges

Following a public consultation in 2012 on extending access to careers guidance, all further education (FE) colleges and sixth-form colleges will be subject to a new requirement to secure access to independent careers guidance from September 2013.

Our free Inspiring the Future programme is highlighted as part of this culture change in careers.

Read the full report: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/securing-independent-careers-guidance

Read the Department for Education press release: http://www.education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/youngpeople/participation/a00225806/securing-independent-careers-guidance


11th: Tailor-made: Improving adult careers services in London

A new London Assembly report calls for careers services to be improved in the capital as it reveals one in six jobs in London is unfilled because there is no-one with the right expertise to do the job.

Read the full report: http://www.london.gov.uk/mayor-assembly/london-assembly/publications/tailor-made-improving-adult-careers-services-in-london

11th: EU Commissioner Education & Youth to talk on tackling skill mismatch via work-based learning & Apprenticeships

The European Union Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou, will address Cedefop's conference on tackling skill mismatch through work-based learning and apprenticeships (12-13 June 2013 in Greece). They will talk about the latest European initiatives to alleviate youth unemployment and refocus education and training.

Read the full story: http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/EN/news/21488.aspx

5th: Aspirational Nation: employers help schools translate education to employment

A major report An Aspirational Nation: a culture change in careers provision will be launched on the 5th June by the National Careers Council. One of the main recommendations is that the National Careers Service should significantly expand its work with schools, young people and parents.


Nick Chambers, Director of the Education and Employers Taskforce charity and Associate member of the National Careers Council says: "As a country we are doing our young people a huge disservice if we don't give them enough information to allow them to make informed decision about their futures."


An Aspirational Nation: A culture change in careers provision will be launched on the 5th June. Amongst those attending the launch event will be; Sir Roger Carr (President, CBI and Chair, Centrica); Matthew Coffey (OFSTED); Lord Baker (Chairman, University Technical Colleges); Matthew Hancock MP (Skills Minister BIS); Russell Hobby (General Secretary, NAHT); Brian Lightman (General Secretary, ASCL); Charlie Mayfield (Chair, UKCES and Chair, John Lewis Partnership); Ruby McGregor Smith (Chair, Women's Business Council and MITIE); Graham Stuart MP (Chair, Education Select Committee)a and David Way( Executive Director, National Apprenticeship Service)


Read the full National Careers Council report


Read the BBC News article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-22771846

4th: Girls' job choices and aspirations need broadening

Women's Business Council says we need to broaden girls' aspirations and job choices before the start of their working lives by creating a partnership between schools, business and parents.

Chair of the Women's Business Council and chief executive of MITIE, Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE said: "Our recommendations are for both Government and the business community, and cover every stage of women's working lives. Our actions must start with girls and young women if we are to make a lasting impact.

"The strategy we set will help to unblock the talent pipeline that for so long has restricted women from reaching the most senior levels in business - and deliver long-term economic benefits for the UK."

Inspiring the Future volunteer Gladys Lawson and Ruby McGregor Smith on BBC Radio 4's Today programme talking about girls' aspirations and where they look for career advice. http://bbc.in/18PAymJ

Read the full press release

4th: The Taskforce is recruiting a Schools Liaison Assistant

The job will involve working in close association with the Inspiring the Future Programme Director and the Inspiring the Future team. The Schools Liaison Assistant is responsible for working closely with schools teachers and careers advisors, and helping them to utilise the system to invite signed up volunteers to attend a schools event to speak about their career choices and education.

To see the job spec and apply

MAY 2013

24th: Companies should ignore unpaid internships and degree classifications

Companies should ignore unpaid internships and degree classifications during the recruitment process to create a "level playing field". The study by the Association of Graduate Recruiters and Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services found that employers may be discriminating against disadvantaged applicants.

Read the full story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/10077099/Employers-warned-against-giving-jobs-to-unpaid-interns.html

23rd: Free tickets for Digital Summer Camp for Inspiring the Future schools

Free tickets for Inspiring the Future schools to London's biggest digital day trip on 12 July packed full of interactive workshops and exhibitors at Digital Summer Camp based at Hackney Community College. Please book your groups in by going to their tickets page and entering the discount voucher 'InspiringTheFuture'.


Digital Summer Camp students will learn in interactive workshops from the best programmers and digital experts raising digital skills, ambitions and inspiring the next-generation of digital leaders.

21st: Calls for FE teachers to do 'work experience'

A group advising Labour is calling for a tougher line on teaching standards in further education colleges. Chuka Umunna, shadow business secretary, emphasised the need to integrate colleges with the "world of work, business and industry".

He backed calls for further education teachers to carry out their own form of work experience each year, "gaining first-hand experience in the workplace so teaching can be better aligned to business needs".

Read the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-22596033

16th: Germany leads the way in attitudes to careers

There's only one word for a trade, profession or career in German. That covers everything from car mechanic to brain surgeon. That word is Beruf. Its root "rufen" - to call, the same word also implies vocation or calling, in fact it applies to any job. Head of teaching union ASCL, Brian Lightman, draws on his experience of living in Germany.

Read full story: http://www.sec-ed.co.uk/newsletters/newsletter/seced-blog/do-you-have-a-beruf

14th: Young people 10% less likely to work

Young people are 10% less likely to be in work today than before the recession, the TUC has said ahead of official data tomorrow that is expected to show stubbornly persistent unemployment. Only 58% of 18-24 year olds found work in 2013, compared with almost 65% in 2009, the unions said, leaving a shortfall of 395,000 jobs.

Read the full story: http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/may/14/young-people-less-chance-of-finding-work

13th: New free Apprenticeships resources for teachers

Most young people think of Sir Alan Sugar when they hear the word Apprentice but we want to help young people understand what real Apprenticeships are about. The National Apprenticeship Service reports that young people are often not aware of apprentice opportunities, so it is making new free careers information resources available to schools and colleges through the charity, the Education and Employers Taskforce.


Packs, which headteachers union ASCL helped to develop, include materials designed for pupils, parents and teaching staff (lesson plans, workbooks, brochures, posters, guides etc).


For a free pack, email apprenticeships@educationandemployers.org or call 0203 206 0510 by 17 May.

7th: Invitation to tender: Apprenticeship awareness-raising events

Could your organisation hold a funded awareness-raising event about apprenticeships for young people at some point over the next 3 months?

We are inviting proposals from organisations interested in delivering one or more apprenticeship awareness-raising events aimed at 16 to 18 year olds between 1st June and 31st August 2013. Funding available for events is between £6,000 and £10,000. There is an opportunity to hold an event in your area.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal could you please let me know by return email by 5pm Friday 10 May Rachel.dunford@educationandemployers.org

The deadline for full proposals is 5pm Friday 17 May.

Full details of this opportunity and Q&A answers

APRIL 2013

30th: Consultation on 'Future of Apprenticeships in England'

The Government has published this consultation in response to Doug Richard's independent Review of Apprenticeships. It sets out the long-term vision for apprenticeships, together with proposals for achieving this. The consultation closes on 22 May.

Read the full consultation: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/future-of-apprenticeships-in-england-richard-review-next-steps

25th: 'Employers are from Mars, young people are from Venus'

Employers are from Mars, young people are from Venus: addressing the young people/jobs mismatch, this Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) report has been published to coincide with their Human Resource Development conference 2013.

Read the report: http://www.cipd.co.uk/publicpolicy/policy-reports/mars-venus-jobs-mismatch.aspx?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=social

24th: 'Govt Response to Education Committee's careers guidance' report

The Government Response to the Education Select Committee's report on careers guidance for young people' has been published. Inspiring the Future is mentioned as an effective way to facilitate diverse speakers talking with young people about different career paths.


Read the full Government response

19th: London 2012 volunteering legacy must not 'fizzle out'

The volunteering spirit seen during the London 2012 Olympic Games is in danger of "fizzling out", a group of MPs has warned. The Public Accounts Committee said the Cabinet Office needed to show it was not "missing the boat" in securing a long lasting legacy for volunteering.

Read the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-22187333

18th: Aston Martin 'Inspires the Future' of design

2013 marks Aston Martin's Centenary year, the British sports car maker is embarking on a programme of special events including a school visit to William Morris Sixth Form in Hammersmith to talk with pupils about working in the automotive industry and apprenticeships. This visit has been arranged via free employee volunteering initiative Inspiring the Future.

Aston Martin's CEO, Dr. Ulrich Bez, who attended the event says:"Visits like these demonstrate Aston Martin's strong commitment to supporting young people. We provide a useful link between schools and industry that helps to develop creativity and support potential careers. We hope that our efforts will not only inspire the future workforce, but will also support the UK's competitiveness in global business."

Read the full press release and see photo from the event

15th: Sports psychologists to boost exam results

Middle class parents are hiring a Premier League sports psychologist to boost their children's exam results.

Read the full story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9989882/Premier-League-psychologist-hired-to-boost-exam-results.html

12th: Thirteen new 'studio schools' announced

Thirteen new 'studio schools' have been announced for England from September next year, involving organisations as diverse as Barclays, The National Trust, RSPCA and The National Space Centre among others.

Read the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-22091861

MARCH 2013

28th: Pupils win10 Downing Street lunch in Inspiring the Future careers competition

Four pupils from Bishop Challoner School in Tower Hamlets had lunch at 10 Downing Street and the chance to quiz top civil servants questions about government policy. The pupils won a competition at the launch of employee volunteering in schools programme Inspiring the Future. The challenge was to come up with the best policy questions for professionals working in the field 'you aspire to work in post-school'.

The Year 11 pupils Emmanual Falola, Ellen Frankin-Charles, Ngozi Obaze and Kean Phillip asked questions as diverse as bank lending to SMEs, sentencing for drugs offenses, whether the UK should stay in the EU and investment in solar power.

School pupil, Ellen Franklin-Charles, who wants to be a Probation Officer, asked a Ministry of Justice official questions about comparative length of prison sentences. Afterwards the official said this was "a great opportunity to inspire young people for their future careers and the pupils' enthusiasm was infectious".

Photograph from the 10 Downing Street visit

26th: Schools told to narrow gap between rich and poor

Schools in England will no longer be rated as "outstanding" by inspectors if they fail to close the attainment gap between poor and affluent children. Schools Minister David Laws said schools should not be relying on their brightest pupils to score well in inspections and league tables.

Read the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-21931110

20th: Taskforce reception hosted by Sir Martin Sorrell at British Museum


On 19 March the Education and Employers Taskforce unveiled the 'Nothing in Common' report at an evening reception hosted by Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO WPP at the British Museum in London.


Speakers were; Joanna Mackle, Director of Public Engagement, British Museum, Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO, WPP, David Cruickshank, Chairman Deloitte and Education & Employers Taskforce, Nick Chambers, Director, Education & Employers Taskforce and Brian Lightman, General Secretary, Association of School and College Leaders.


Read the 'Nothing in Common' press release


BBC News Teenage mismatched job ambitions: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-21762564


See the 2013 British Museum event brochure and our previous British Musuem event


See photographs: http://www.flickr.com/photos/edu_employers/sets/72157633082972707/


Watch our 3 minute Inspiring the Future film shown at the event:

19th: Nothing in Common: career aspirations of young Britons mapped against labour market demand 2010-2020

A new Education and Employers Taskforce report maps the career aspirations of 10,729 British teenagers against the projected demand for UK employment over the period 2010-2020. It shows that teenagers aspirations to have nothing in common with projected employment demand.  The report includes full details of teenage occupational aspirations segmented by age and by the type of school attended.  It highlights the value of employer engagement in providing young people with access to reliable information about jobs and careers through such interventions as www.inspiringthefuture.org.

To view the full report click here

13th: 76% recent graduates uninformed about alternatives to university

According to a poll of 1,774 people who graduated in the last two years, 76% said they were not informed about the alternatives to university before leaving school. Of these, more than half (54%) said they would have picked an Apprenticeship or vocational training route instead of their degree had had they received better information.

Read the full story: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/many-graduates-would-have-preferred-apprenticeships/2002517.article

11th: Apprenticeships forecast to contribute £3.4bn

A report from the Centre for Economics and Business Research has forecast that Apprenticeships will contribute £3.4bn to the UK economy by 2022.

Read the press release: http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/News-Media/Latest-News/Article253.aspx .

Parents 'prefer university to Apprenticeships' a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) survey says.

This is set against the backdrop of David Cameron pledging to make apprenticeships the "new norm" for school leavers not going to university. The prime minister wants work-based training to sit "at the heart of our mission to rebuild the economy".

Read the full story: http://www.stockmarketwire.com/article/4552449/Apprenticeships-remain-poor-relation.html

7th: Recruiting a Programme Director for Inspiring the Future

We now need a Programme Director to lead a team to oversee the rapid and smooth expansion of the programme. Since its launch more than half of all secondaries in England have registered to use Inspiring the Future. The programme now needs to target its growth, ensuring appropriate balances are in place between demand from schools and supply of volunteers across all local authority areas, and that volunteers from key economic sectors and professional profiles are effectively represented. Over the next twelve months, new activities will be added to the Inspiring the Future menu - as well as career talks, serious consideration is being given to using the portal to connect employers and schools/colleges over job shadowing, reading and number partners (primary) and workplace visits.

To see the full job description click here

7th: Recruiting a Salesforce Systems Administrator

A rare opportunity to join one of Britain's most innovative and high profile education charities: the purpose of the role is to develop and manage relationships across a range of national and local delivery partners supporting the development of our key programme Inspiring the Future and related Apprenticeship work streams raising awareness of, and interest, in Apprenticeships among young people.

To see the full job description click here

4th: Employer contact boosts earning power

Young adults who took part in four or more activities with employers while at school went on to earn an average of £23,100 by their mid-20s. The total was £3,600-a-year more than those who failed to capitalise on business links. The study, by the charity the Education and Employers Taskforce, said it underlined the value of activities such as work experience and school visits by local companies.

Read the full story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9906026/Work-experience-placements-boost-pupils-earning-power.html


1st: Pupils perform better when not ranked

Pupils perform better in tests if they are told the exercise is to help them learn, rather than to rank them against their classmates, according to a new study.

Read the full story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9900555/Tests-should-not-rank-pupils-against-one-another.html

FEB 2013

28th: School governors could do better, Ofsted head warns

Ofsted head, Sir Michael Wilshaw, says businesses should make staff take part in running schools, and some governors should be paid. School governors need to offer more professional leadership he believes.


Read the full story: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2013/feb/27/school-governors-ofsted-head-wilshaw


Relevant research: The School Governance Study and Governing Our Schools

26th: MPs urged level field for post-16 education

MPs are being urged to level the playing field for post-16 education. Under the current financial arrangements 6th form colleges appear to be disadvantaged.

Read the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-21579926

8th: UK underachievement 'hot spots' revealed

A study by the University and College Union (UCU) has revealed a "tale of two Britains", with one in four people having no qualifications in some areas.

Read the full story: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/a-tale-of-two-britains-glasgow-birmingham-and-wolverhampton-revealed-as-top-underachievement-hotspots-8486267.html

7th: Postgraduate study obstacle to social mobility

The cost of postgraduate study is an extra obstacle to social mobility. A new Sutton Trust study says if students need postgraduate degrees for a tough jobs market, poor students should not be priced out. "Postgraduate study is becoming increasingly the preserve of the better off student, both from home and abroad", concludes Sir Peter Lampl of the Sutton Trust

Read the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-21357311

6th: Girls and science: why gender gap exists and what to do about it

An OECD study finds that 15-year-old girls outperform their male counterparts around the world - except in the US, Britain and Canada. The cause for poor performances is said to be environmental.

Read the full story: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/us-news-blog/2013/feb/05/girls-science-gender-gap-fix

5th: Angry young men from 'squeezed middle' lack optimism

A study of youth attitudes has raised concerns about young men in the "squeezed middle" who are deeply pessimistic about their future chances. Among these young men - from families of skilled or semi-skilled workers - more than two-thirds never expect to own their own home. This identification of a distinctive group of aggrieved young men emerged from the Youth Matters survey, carried out for the O2 telecommunications company.

Read the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-20947604

4th: MPs organise a 'character and resilience summit'

The All Party Group on Social Mobility is organising a 'character and resilience summit' to cascade confidence building techniques used in private schools to state school students.

Read the full story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9844379/Eton-to-give-state-schools-advice-on-building-character.html

JAN 2013

31st: One-in-five children face catch-up classes in three-Rs

One-in-five school children are to have catch-up classes in the three-Rs. Head teachers will receive £54.5m to run booster lessons in the first year of secondary school aimed at 11 and 12-year-olds who failed to reach the appropriate level at the end of primary education.

Read the full story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9837554/One-in-five-children-to-get-catch-up-classes-in-three-Rs.html

30th: Recruiting a Business Development Manager

Do you want to have an impact on the lives of young people in the UK? Could you persuade employers from all sectors and sizes, across the UK, to volunteer in state schools and colleges?

We're recruiting a new Business Development Manager click here for full job description

29th: International lessons on youth unemployment

Think-tank the Work Foundation has today published 'International lessons on youth unemployment' a new report with recommendations on how the UK can 'do better'.

Read the full story: http://www.theworkfoundation.com/DownloadPublication/Report/329_International%20Lessons.pdf

28th: Ofsted chief orders report into teaching of bright pupils

England's chief inspector of schools, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has ordered a "landmark report" into how state schools teach the most able students. Ofsted's head warned some pupils, who got top marks at primary school, were not doing as well at secondary school.

Read the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-21218072

28th: 60% schools plan to cut vocational qualifications

A total of 60% of secondary schools are planning to cut vocational qualifications or have 'already done so', a new Edge Foundation study shows. This is despite 85% of senior teachers saying they are 'valuable' for their students.

Read the full story: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2013/jan/28/schools-vocational-training

24th: Quarter of sixth forms & colleges 'no top grades'

Almost a quarter of England's sixth forms and colleges did not produce any pupils with the A-level grades sought by the most competitive universities (2As & a B), data from 2,540 schools shows.

Read the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-21162960

23rd: Careers services deteriorating, MPs warn

Careers services for young people in England show a "worrying deterioration", MPs are warning. Good careers guidance has been highlighted as important to social mobility and to tackling youth unemployment but a report from the Education Select Committee warns of problems with "the quality, independence and impartiality" of current careers advice.

Read the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-21144825

Education Committee publishes Careers Guidance for Young People Report: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/education-committee/news/substantive-careers-guidance/

There is an overview of the facts extracted from written evidence formally presented to the Education Select Committee: Careers Guidance Inquiry, produced by Dr Deirdre Hughes, DMH Associates.


Read the overview by Dr Deirdre Hughes

22nd: £300 million wasted on courses A' level students abandon

An estimated £300 million is wasted each year on courses that A' level students fail to complete. Better careers guidance could help young people choose their most appropriate path.

Read the full story: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9814131/300m-wasted-as-third-of-teenagers-drop-out-of-A-levels.html

17th: Taskforce 'Year in View 2012' & our plans for 2013

We are delighted to start 2013 with great news about generous donations which will enable expansion of two important programmes launched by the Education and Employers Taskforce: Inspiring the Future and Speakers for Schools. Two new grants, one from Bank of America Merrill Lynch and another from the Cabinet Office's Innovation in Giving Fund, administered by NESTA, will enable the major expansion of Inspiring the Future. The generous grant from Bank of America Merrill Lynch will allow us to continue to provide a free service to state schools and colleges in the UK, over half of which have already registered for career insight talks. Bank of America Merrill Lynch's commitment to financial wellness is demonstrated through a variety of education and employability skills programmes which, the firm believes, are essential to achieving economic growth and building strong communities.

Responding to massive demand from schools and colleges following its launch in July 2012 - over half of all schools in England have already registered for Inspiring the Future - we will accelerate our work, helping employers to connect with teaching staff to provide young people with a growing range of opportunities to get to grips with the modern labour market and develop the skills and awareness that employers consistently demand.

Speakers for Schools has secured funding from Andrew Law, Chairman and Chief Executive of Caxton Associates to enable the programme to expand its operations. Speakers for Schools was founded by Robert Peston to provide young people at state schools with the same access to inspirational speakers, for free, as those in fee-paying schools. Today following Taskforce launches in England (2011) and Scotland and Wales (2012), there are 800 speakers and 1,500 schools registered. The new Speakers for Schools charity will continue to work closely with the Taskforce as a sister charity and operationally, speakers and schools should see no difference in the organisation or its mission. Ashley Hodges will continue to lead Speakers for Schools, but from a new office.

Read Key Dates, Announcements and Review of 2012

Click here for higher res printable version of 'Year in View 2012' and our plans for 2013

14th: TV drama inspires career as midwife

TV drama inspires a generation to consider a career as a midwife. Ucas says applications are up 17% this year due to the hit television series which takes the Downton Abbey 9pm Sunday slot in the schedule.


Read the full story: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/call-3000-more-midwives-tv-smash-inspires-a-new-generation-8447111.html?printService=print


14th: More new graduate jobs predicted for 2013


There will be more jobs for new graduates in 2013, a survey of leading employers suggests. The High Fliers study suggests that top employers plan to hire 18,306 graduates in 2013, some 2.7% more than last year.


In addition employers will provide paid work experience places for 11,387 students and new graduates.


Read the full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-20935521

8th: ICAEW urges accountants to engage with young people

Michael Izza, CEO of ICAEW, urges accountants everywhere to engage with young people in state schools via the Education and Employers Taskforce's free, national volunteering programme Inspiring the Future.

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