Leading actress supports scheme to raise aspirations among UK school pupils

Julie Walters is support Future First's campaign to raise aspirations in state schools

A leading actress has backed a campaign to inspire young people to achieve more by building alumni networks in every state school in the UK. 

BAFTA award-winning actress Julie Walters is supporting a campaign by national education charity Future First to help raise aspirations among young people by building connections with former students. 

This week celebrates Back to School Week, an event that has seen schools across Birmingham welcome back former pupils to work closely with existing students.

Alumni urged to inspire 12,000 state students to career confidence

Workshops prove to current generation ‘people like them’ can succeed in fulfilling jobs.

Former state school students across the South West are being urged to volunteer in an ambitious programme to inspire current students to career confidence and academic success.

The Alumni Communities project will link former students in a wide range of professions and vocations with current students in 40 state secondary schools across Cornwall, Devon and part of Somerset. The alumni will support teachers to encourage more ambitious thinking about careers by helping today’s students make the link between their education and future jobs and prove that ‘people like them’ can succeed in their chosen career.