Opening Doors Programme recognised in the House of Commons

We were delighted to hear MP for Redditch, Rachel Maclean, tell the House of Commons about the recent work on careers that the pupils of Ipsley CE RSA Academy, along with Church Hill Middle School have taken part in.

The careers programme, Opening Doors, aims to replace traditional careers fairs with new, more impact intensive ways, of ensuring that local school pupils had an increased awareness of local opportunities open to them by visiting local employers in their workplaces.

Rachel said:

I’ve always championed greater links between local schools and business because this helps our kids aim high and achieve their potential. I want to see children in going on to do great things, the Opening Doors program is a brilliant initiative.

I’ve been so impressed by the work you do to connect pupils to the world beyond school at a time when they are making critical choices for their future.

The joint RSA Academies/NWedR Opening Doors to Business programme had its official launch for 2018/19 at the Palace Theatre in Redditch on 24 January, with more than 40 employers, teachers, careers advisers and business leaders interested in helping young people to find out about the world of work attending.

Jenny Lewis, one of our teachers from Church Hill Middle School, commented:

“Workplace visits are so important for our students to see outside their four walls. Often they’re very blinkered in their own environments so they can’t see what else is out there to help them make a decision for their future.  This ethos of students looking at themselves beyond education and into the world of work is underpinned throughout the Family of RSA Academies, as signalled by the World Beyond School Commitment that we’ve all signed up for.”

Here is more on the RSA Academies World Beyond School Commitment.