National education charity Future First's writing competition prize was awarded by author Raffaella Barker, who said the winner's idea was "smart, inventive and funny"

An "Underground Lost Life Explorer" was the winning entry in the writing competition, which asked youngsters to dream up ingenious jobs of the future imagining how the world of work has changed in 2039.

Alfie Clay, a student at City of Norwich School, was one of 250 Year 7 students in Norwich who entered the competition organised by Future First and judged by Norfolk author Raffaella Barker. 

Famous former pupils of Blackpool schools are to help transform current students’ opportunities and give them a better start in life by going back to the classroom. The initiative to build alumni networks in schools and a college in the town, run by the education charity Future First and funded by the Government’s Careers and Enterprise Company, has been backed by the actors Jodie Prenger and Craig Parkinson who both grew up and studied in the town.

BBC Radio 1 host Nick Grimshaw is joining his former state school in Oldham to help transform students’ opportunities through alumni networks.

The programme, run by the education charity Future First and funded by the Government’s Careers and Enterprise Company, has been backed by the TV and radio broadcaster Nick Grimshaw who went to Our Lady's RC High School in Royton, now known as Blessed John Henry Newman Catholic College.

A charity which aims to introduce role models from industry to pupils who need inspiration has appointed a new CEO. Here, Matt Lent explains how Future First are delivering opportunities to young people to boost their confidence and raise aspirations, by tackling issues around social mobility…

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Pupils are being offered the chance to take part in a nationwide programme to demonstrate the breadth of jobs available in the energy industry.

National education charity Future First – which works to break down barriers caused by social mobility issues – has partnered with Greenergy, the UK’s leading road fuel supplier and Europe’s largest manufacturer of biofuel from waste, to inform state school students about the skills necessary to succeed in the energy and fuel industry.


The national education charity Future First has appointed a new chief executive officer to guide the charity through its next phase of development and growth. 

Matt Lent will join Future First from UK Youth in January where he is currently Director of Partnerships and Policy leading on cross-sector partnerships, income generation, impact measurement and national policy. He brings 25 years of experience in the voluntary and education sector working extensively with businesses, funders, schools, charities, and government.


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.