23 September 2021

Engaging employer encounters for the autumn term – and steps to create them

23 September 2021

Plan careers education activities to re-engage your students this autumn and link school learning to future opportunities. Below, we’ll look at some examples of activities you could plan, the Gatsby Benchmarks they meet, and how to create your own encounters on the Inspiring the Future portal. New to Inspiring the Future? We’re a free service connecting UK state schools and colleges with inspiring role models from the world of work. […]

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21 July 2021

Thank you for Inspiring the Future this year – plus ideas from fellow careers leaders

21 July 2021

We’re so proud of the strength and determination schools & colleges have shown this academic year. Amongst the disruptions, over 500 schools have been adapting to changing guidelines and reached over 160,000 young people by organising a mix of virtual and face-to-face activities using Inspiring the Future. Looking forwards, Careers Leaders and subject teachers can enjoy the benefits of a blended approach using Inspiring the Future. Schools & colleges can re-connect with local employers as well get specific in searching for relatable […]

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22 June 2021

“Authentic, real-world learning” and “insightful” sessions – get inspired by recent school activities

22 June 2021

Exploring ways to inspire and inform your students this summer term whether they’re still in school or off timetable? Look no further – here are some fantastic examples from fellow schools who have organised motivating careers sessions with our diverse range of volunteers.  Pupils at Kemnay Academy in Aberdeen explored the fashion and beauty industries in their project-based learning, and so the school arranged an activity to address the questions, ‘What makes Fashion Fashionable? How […]

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30 April 2021

Ready, Set, Motivate! Activity examples to inspire your careers planning, plus new opportunities & resources

30 April 2021

From virtual careers talks and Q&A panels to post-18 aspiration days and mock interviews, Inspiring the Future schools have put on a range of impactful virtual activities to help motivate their students over the past weeks. Read on to gain inspiration for your own event, learn about opportunities for your school and access our recent webinar on virtual experiences of the workplace.  There have been some fantastic recent events with volunteers […]

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4 February 2021

Virtual sessions in 2021: How schools are adapting to home-learning

4 February 2021

In the first month of 2021, and despite the huge challenges faced by schools and teachers, we’ve seen really exciting activities taking place across the country. School staff, young people, and even parents have told us how valuable these activities are – have a read of what’s been going on in the Inspiring the Future community so far this year and find out how we […]

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11 December 2020

80% of volunteers in education gain valuable skills, 79% feel more motivated at work

11 December 2020

We have published a new report entitled ‘The Value of Volunteering – volunteering in education and productivity in work’. The report was launched at a webinar on the 8th January. Read the full report. Education Volunteering – ‘one of the best investments employers can make’ The new research, in collaboration with CIPD, reveals the positive […]

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2 December 2020

Bringing a bit of festive cheer to children: Festive Futures

2 December 2020

After such a difficult year, especially for young people, we’ve been asked by teachers and parents if we could help bring a bit of much-needed festive cheer. So with teachers and some mystery ‘festive’ volunteers, we have put together something we hope will bring us all a few smiles and laughs! View now: For teachers […]

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16 November 2020

Virtual activities: Inspiration, resources and a teacher’s experience…

16 November 2020

“I was really nervous, I thought the technology might not work and the children might sit there and not have any questions… but just do it. It’s been brilliant.” – Tracey Page, Headteacher at Stephenson Way Academy  Over the past few weeks, schools have created a range of virtual activities with Inspiring the Future volunteers providing their students with engaging […]

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15 October 2020

One year on – in times of uncertainty and change…

15 October 2020

“In times of uncertainty and change, the need to inspire our next generation is more important than ever.”  These are the opening words of our event at Drapers’ Hall, exactly a year ago, when we were joined by over 400 guests to launch the “I am #InspiringTheFuture” Campaign to coincide with the charity’s 10th anniversary.  Of course, so much has changed since then but these words are even more relevant today.   […]

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6 October 2020

Get inspired: plan your virtual activity this autumn

6 October 2020

With thousands of inspiring volunteers keen to share their stories virtually and lots of new resources to help Inspiring the Future schools plan interactive online sessions, it’s not surprising that there are so many exciting activities coming up! Get inspired by your fellow teachers and find out about opportunities to help motivate your students this autumn term and provide them with virtual experiences of the world […]

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