We recruit and train top university students to deliver our one-to-one coaching programme to pupils from
disadvantaged backgrounds. The programme consists of eight one-hour sessions and provides one-to-one contact throughout.
As well as building a close relationship with their coach, every pupil uses Skype to interview professional experts from
their two top career choices, bringing those careers to life.
The programme has been developed over a two-year period, with extensive input from pupils, teachers, school heads and careers experts. Pupils and coaches work through four distinct phases which enable them to explore their aspirations and career options in depth. This structure then ensures that pupils discover careers that ignites their individual drive and change the way they engage with their education.
Coaches provide assertive mentoring with a specific focus chosen by the school: promoting aspiration, attendance or attainment. Pupils complete the programme with a detailed academic plan showing the targets they have set for themselves to reach their first choice of career.
We work in schools serving pupils from low income backgrounds and we know that these pupils do not lack high aspiration. What they do lack is the guidance, information and experiences to allow them to realise their career aspirations. We believe that every child deserves the chance to explore their unique aspirations, discover a career that ignites their individual drive and have their aspirations guided by a committed individual. Click here to watch our youtube video.
The aim of Future Frontiers is to equip disadvantaged young people with the information, skills and mindsets to be able to realise their career aspirations and maintain the motivation to achieve their full potential.
Just one in three disadvantaged students achieved five good GCSE grades in 2014, compared with more than 60% of their wealthier peers.
In England, almost one million young people are currently not in education, employment or training.
When 8000 young people were asked ‘What motivates you to work hard at school?’ the overwhelming majority agreed: A desire to achieve career goals.
“I am delighted that Future Frontiers will be an Innovation Partner in 2014/15. The venture’s aim is fresh and exciting and I'm excited to support through our partnership as I believe that innovation in this area is a crucial to address educational inequality.”Brett Wigdortz, Founder and CEO, Teach First
“Thanks to Future Frontiers our students have seen the reasons why they need to focus on their work. They are clearer about careers and how their GCSEs may affect their life chances.”Bansi Kara, Head of English, Bridge Academy Hackney
“I am so happy that I have now got the confidence to strive closer and do the job that I have always dreamed of, so thank you for making my confidence so much bigger and for showing me what I need to do at school to succeed.”Armani, student at Oasis Academy SouthBank