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  • How does work experience work in Northern Ireland

    How does work experience work in Northern Ireland?Ā Ā 

    How does work experience work in Northern Ireland?   With the restoration of devolved government to Northern Ireland in February 2024, what can we expect from the newly appointed Ministers responsible for supporting post-primary work experience?  Understanding the sectors  The school system is different from elsewhere in the UK, given the segregated nature of education provision, […]

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  • Developing young people as a wholeĀ 

    Developing young people as a whole  Is our obsession with attainment leaving them behind? The importance of socio-emotional skills   Here at Speakers for Schools, we strongly believe that work experience and enrichment activities outside the central curriculum, in its wide range of forms, are crucial to developing young peoplesā€™ social and emotional skills and affecting […]

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  • Universal Work Experience Gains Public Support In New ReportĀ 

    Universal Work Experience Gains Public Support In New ReportĀ  The recent report by the Edge Foundation provides insight into the appetite for reform within 16 -19 education, highlighting findings that demand immediate attention from employers, educators, and policymakers alike. Here’s a breakdown of the key revelations:  Interestingly, this support for mandatory work experience cut across […]

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    Enhancing youth skills for future employment

    Enhancing youth skills for future employment Last week, we held an inspiring roundtable in Portsmouth to rethink the intersectionality of education, skills, and social mobility. We invited a diverse assembly of businesses, educators, policymakers, and, most importantly, young voices to discuss the barriers young people face to succeed, irrespective of their social class or place […]

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    Revolutionising the Labour Market: Unleashing productivity by putting skills first.

    Revolutionising the Labour Market: Unleashing productivity by putting skills first. In the ever-evolving landscape of industries, accessing and retaining talent has become a critical concern. Recent data from the World Economic Forum (WEF) reveals that a staggering 61% of businesses are worried about the availability of skilled individuals in the next five years. This concern […]

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    The intersection between regional barriers and digital skills divides for young people

    The intersection between regional barriers and digital skills divides for young people The opportunity to thrive for our young people ā€“ whether academically, professionally or otherwise ā€“ is, despite the best efforts of many, still often determined by oneā€™s location. In an increasingly digitised world, it is easy to imagine that all geographical barriers to […]

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    Enhancing Careers Education: A Call to Embed Work Experience in Secondary Curriculum

    Enhancing Careers Education: A Call to Embed Work Experience in Secondary Curriculum Theā€ÆUK House of Lordsā€ÆEducation for 11-16 Year Olds Committee has published its inquiry report, finding that the system is failing to prepare young people to take advantage of the full range of options post-formal education or to meet the future demands of the […]

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    Our top four takeaways from PISA 2022 findings

    Our top four takeaways from PISA 2022 findings Over the past couple of days, headlines have rightly covered the decline in attainment in mathematics, reading, and science across the UK and internationally in the latest findings from OECD’s PISA report. Although performance in mathematics in England has decreased to a lesser extent than in some […]

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    Working in the life sciences sector, myths vs reality

    Working in the life sciences sector, myths vs reality Sustainability is high on the agenda for many industries, sectors and educators, and rightly so. However, with a challenge as large and far-reaching as climate change, can we be confident enough is being done by everyone who claims to be taking action? The evidence is clear […]

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  • Labour Conference Room

    Our Top Takeaways from the Conservative and Labour Party Conferences

    Our Top Takeaways from the Conservative and Labour Party Conferences October was another busy month for Speakers for Schools on the policy front with our CEO Nick Brook heading to the North-West of England for two lively fringe panel events at the Conservative and Labour Party Conferences that each featured an impressive lineup of experts […]

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