An MP has returned to school in Kirkby to help broaden primary pupils’ jobs horizons and boost their career aspirations, with education charity Future First.

Gillian Keegan, who grew up in Knowsley and is now the Conservative MP for Chichester, visited Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School in Moorfield, Tower Hill, Kirkby, to share her journey from a local girl to Westminster with Year 6 students and to discuss the pupils’ jobs aspirations and how they might achieve them. 

During results week, there has never been a better time to address the limitations which children from disadvantaged areas experience when it comes to career aspirations. Here, Future First CEO Matt Lent outlines the work of the education charity…

More than eleven thousand former students across Britain have this year volunteered at their old state school in partnership with Future First, an education charity. By volunteering, these alumni have helped to broaden students’ jobs horizons and boost their aspirations for the future.  

National education charity Future First's brand new primary schools project will see volunteers help build on its successful work in secondary which has seen educators harness the skills of alumni to support students.

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.

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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.