Future First partnered with SGOSS over a year ago to explore how alumni can be better integrated as governors at their old schools and colleges. Abigail Nokes, Senior Alumni Officer at Future First manages the relationships with the charity’s schools and colleges in the South-West and talks about their work with SGOSS.
Future First is an educational charity that works with over 400 state secondary schools and colleges across the UK to help them stay connected with students as they leave, but also track down those who have moved on over the years to see whether they’d be interested in getting back in touch and supporting current students.
Almost 100,000 people have signed up to support their old school or college. They are now living across the globe and doing a huge variety of things – from an interplanetary spacecraft analyst who comes from Devon to a museum curator in a Qatari university from Twickenham to the design manager of the 2012 Olympic Park who comes from North Wales. Thousands of these former students have been back to their alma mater to talk about their pathways since leaving, offer a work experience placement or make a donation. As a result we have young people across the country considering new pathways, broadening their horizons and actually working harder in their lessons having glimpsed their potential both now and for the future.