In our last update, Simon shared a great summary of the student data projects which went on at SQ over the summer. Continuing in the theme of education support, this week I’m delighted to announce that I will be taking on an Enterprise Advisor role with The King’s School in Ottery St Mary in Devon. This is a volunteer role to give schools the support of industry professionals in shaping their careers programmes. Find out more information here.
One of my biggest passions is driving for diversity and inclusion in the tech sector, and the only way to address this in the long-term is to get a wider variety of young people excited about STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths, Medicine) subjects and careers. So I was thrilled when Fiona Hogan, the Careers Coordinator at King’s, approached me to support the school’s careers programme, where diversity in A-Level subjects and career aspirations is one of the key issues they are working to tackle. Other priorities include providing meaningful employer encounters for the younger students and helping students to make informed choices (using awareness of their skills and qualities, Labour Market Information, and up to date routes / pathways). And of course there is the fall-out of Covid to consider, which is likely to have a huge impact on the future opportunities for today’s students.
The King’s School has a long history, dating back to 1545, and became an academy in 2011. The school covers ages 11-18, taking students through High School and Sixth Form. The school logo is “Achievement For All”, which reflects their commitment to ensuring all students are supported to fulfil their potential.
The school already has a strong Careers Programme spanning across the year groups. They deliver careers and work-related education via a combination of time-tabled PSHE lessons and additional talks and events – including Work Experience, Mock Interviews and Mini-Enterprise. All staff are encouraged to embed careers learning within their lessons, and good practice is shared between staff. In a normal year, the school welcomes visitors in to school to deliver lunchtime talks, and 2020 has seen them adapt to using MS Teams in lesson time to bring in speakers. King’s has recently started sharing its “Alumni Stories” with its students, encouraging them to learn from their predecessors. The school also tries to work closely with its local business community, hosting a Business Forum and leveraging the skills and knowledge of its Business Partners to benefit its students.
I’m excited to get started with supporting King’s, and proud to work for a business like SQ, where supporting the local community, education, and diversity & inclusion are some of our core values.