Involving every pupil's voice
 

Employee volunteering programme

Help us to develop the career aspirations, motivation and confidence of 2,500 disadvantaged pupils

 

Register interest to take part in our powerful, innovative and easy to use employee volunteering programme

 

We’re looking for volunteers from nationally-recognised or North-West based employers to help 2,500 primary pupils to develop their careers-related skills and aspirations.

This is a funded project that is free for employers to participate in.

What are we looking for?

We’re looking for volunteers from ‘high aspiration’ companies or institutions (e.g legal firms, engineers, banking, architects, scientists) who want to work with us to develop pupils’ awareness of the world of work, careers-related skills and empower them to lead meaningful change.

Volunteers will ask a simple question related to their area of work. This will be discussed by 2,500 pupils in the five disadvantaged schools in Greater Manchester.

We’re looking for volunteers from diverse backgrounds to showcase how young people can aspire to any career regardless of their background.

What do employers get?

  • An opportunity to work with an innovative national charity and the Careers and Enterprise Company on an exciting career-awareness project.

  • A clear and impactful way to use charity days/CSR time.

  • An Impact Report telling you result of the discussion and how many pupils were involved.

  • Links with the schools if your company is interested in further employee volunteering opportunities. For example, a talk in the school or a discussion over Zoom/Skype.

  • Guidance on coming up with a question and how best to frame it in your video.

Why are we doing this?

Careers and Enterprise Company research shows that exposing primary age pupils to the world of work has a

significant impact on their aspirations, motivation and confidence.

In addition, children begin seeing jobs and future pathways as intrinsically gendered from a young age. This needs to be challenged.

What will it look like?

  1. Online guidance from us to identify a question to be asked to 2,500 pupils. For example, a legal firm could ask a question like ‘Why is it important to have rules in our country?’ Every pupil would use their class meetings to discuss their views from three to five options.

  2. Support to create a simple 30-second video explaining in simple terms their role, organisation and a work related theme to provide context to the discussion.

  3. Optional follow up session to explore and discuss responses either online (20 mins) or in person.

For most volunteers, we expect involvement to take 1-2 hours over a month.

Background

The Smart School Councils programme works with 360 schools involving every pupil’s voice and developing careers-related skills like presenting, leadership, and teamwork. A core element are class meetings where every pupil in the school discusses a class meeting question. Watch the video below to see how this works.

Supported by digital tools, our unique approach uses a system of active citizenship and democracy to involve every pupil in leading meaningful change.

How do you get involved?

Please register interest using the form below. Or if you’ve got any questions, drop us an email to [email protected]

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Case study: RIchard Alibon primary school, Barking and dagenham, london

“It’s 100% child-led”

 
 

Richard Alibon Primary

 
 

Richard Alibon is a primary school in Barking and Dagenham, London. They started on the Smart School Council programme two years ago when Lorrie, their lead teacher, came along to our CPD course.

They have a very active Communication Team who understand their roles incredibly well. This has enabled Lorrie to take a step back in the running of the model.

They hold weekly class meetings across every class in the school, and pupils from the Communication Team set these up each time.

They have several impressive Action Teams that are encouraging participation across the whole school. Check them out in the video above.

“Our Smart School Council has made our school a better place and me a better person”

Clichy, Year 6 pupil, Richard Alibon Primary