Supporting our School Communities to Inspire the Next Generation
28th April 2020
In this challenging times, children and young people need inspiration and motivation more than ever. This is why we are supporting the new Inspiring the Future initiative by Education and Employers.
Education and Employers are reaching out to family businesses to encourage staff to volunteer some of their time to share their career stories with children and young people through virtual and face-to-face interactions.
According to teachers, interactions with volunteers from the world of work can help children and young people who are feeling anxious, demotivated, and fearful of the future.
This is why Education and Employers have developed new virtual interactive sessions aiming to mirror the learning experience of meeting volunteers in schools. Facilitated jointly by teachers and Education and Employers staff, these sessions enable children and young people to ask volunteers questions about their job and career in an engaging yet safe setting. Once schools are back, face-to-face activities will resume with a big push to get large numbers of volunteers going to primary and secondary schools across the country.
Whether online or in-person, it is vital to motivate children and young people, excite them about learning, and help them see the relevance of school subjects to their future lives and of course the importance of hard work and effort.
Education and Employers also offer the opportunity for volunteers to develop a more strategic, long-lasting relationship with a school and its pupils by becoming a school governor. Schools need governors now more than ever, particularly individuals with the experience and willingness to support and challenge them through trying times.