Helping state schools access the best
We know that helping students engage with the leading figures of today is only one way to help ensure they are inspired, encouraged and informed for reaching their full potential, whatever they hope to do.
That’s why we also signpost useful programmes, activities and resources for our state schools and colleges as you build your programmes for your students. There also sometimes might be another initiative that can help with external speakers more quickly if it falls outside our programme model (award ceremonies and careers events), or just offering further tools for your classroom and students.
We aim to promote other free resources but please be sure to check the provider’s website for more details about how they work with schools and/or students.
Careers Programmes & Resources
- Enterprise Adviser Network – school careers activity support
The Careers & Enterprise Company have established an Enterprise Adviser Network, which pairs senior business volunteers with schools and colleges to build employer engagement plans. The purpose of the network is to create powerful, lasting connections between local businesses and schools and colleges in the area. Schools can register for free and find out more on the link above.
- GetMyFirstJob – opportunity portal
GetMyFirstJob is a service which is free for students and schools to sign up and find apprenticeships and other opportunities, along with connecting you with employers and training providers.
- Inspiring the Future– free careers activity volunteers
Inspiring the Future is a free platform run by our sister charity the Education and Employers Charity – schools and colleges can sign-up for free and directly get in touch with volunteers ranging from apprentices up to CEOs offering their time give a career talk, CV/interview workshops, participate in careers fairs and more. They also work with primary schools.
- MyBigCareer – student careers support
MyBigCareer’s mission is to provide free one-to-one career guidance to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and to break down barriers to social mobility. Their advice is delivered by professionally qualified advisers volunteering from within the independent sector.
- Primary Futures – free careers activity volunteers
Primary Futures is a part of Inspiring the Future which works specifically with primary schools helping children to understand the wide range of jobs out there and why what they learn in primary school is so important to their later life.
- Tomorrow’s Engineers – resources
Tomorrow’s Engineers is a comprehensive engineering careers website. The site features careers information, teaching resources, lesson activities,case studies, inspiration for out-of-school trips, and more.
- The Transformation Trust – support and activities
The Transformation Trust works with nearly 900 state secondary schools across the country, providing access to inspirational activities and opportunities. For schools with 21%+ FSM, access free employability programmes, outward bound and overseas trips (all expenses paid).
Academic & Subject Programmes
- BBC School Report (media/journalism) – in-school activities
Using lesson plans and materials from this website, and with support from BBC staff and partners, teachers help students develop their journalistic skills to become School Reporters.
- Big Bang Fair (STEM) – event
The Big Bang Fair is an award-winning combination of exciting theatre shows, interactive workshops and exhibits, as well careers information from STEM professionals.
- Into Film (media) – in-school activities
Helping schools set up their own student film club with opportunities to request extracurricular events, including hosting industry professionals.
- Institute of Mathematics (IMA) (maths) – classroom speakers
Volunteer speakers with math related careers can come in to talk about their work. IMA also provides free classroom resources for teachers.
- Register & Be A Lifesaver (science/health) – classroom speakers
A programme bringing in free classroom speakers from cancer charity Anthony Nolan to talk to 16-18 year olds about stem cell, blood and organ donation, allowing them to make an informed decision about registering as donors
Extracurricular Student Opportunities
- GENERATE – speaker events (London only)
GENERATE is a non-profit organisation hosting stimulating after school talks and workshops with top entrepreneurs to inspire teens, generate ideas and create opportunities for young Londoners — students from state schools can attend for free!
- Google Science Fair – online competition
The Google Science Fair is a global online science and technology competition open to individuals and teams from ages 13 to 18.
Online Resources (careers, videos and more)
- Bitesized Insights – short videos for students
Bitesized Insights is an open source knowledge library made up of short video conversations with the world’s most successful digital entrepreneurs, organised through Founders Forum For Good.
- iCould– short videos for students
Students and teachers can browse thousands of careers videos interviewing actual professionals, to hear what different careers offer in opportunities, look like day-to-day and require in skills.
- National Theatre: On Demand. In Schools– videos for the classroom
The National Theatre’s free streaming video service lets you show recordings of world-class theatre productions to your classroom in high definition. Each play is curriculum-linked, and is accompanied by learning resources to help integrate the play into your lessons. You can watch National Theatre productions whenever you like, as much as you like, at no cost. Registration is quick and simple and can be found here nationaltheatre.org.uk/schools