Every year for 14 weeks young people are not at school. While for many young people this is a chance for trips abroad or to participate in a range of enriching activities, for other young people it is a period of inactivity. When this is coupled with a lack of academic engagement during holidays, data suggests that students reading age regresses by 3 months over the course of the summer holiday, with this far more pronounced in young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Our holiday programmes seek to directly challenge this holiday learning gap.
As part of the FBB Schools programme, students who would otherwise not have access to learning opportunities are offered up to 5 weeks of full time holiday projects.
Through the holiday
Our 2019/20 holiday programme partners include some of the UK’s biggest and best football, sportswear, tech and lifestyle brands. They include Nike, Gillette, Four Four Two, Kitlocker, ASOS, Salesforce, Apple and BT Sport.
This is an important part of our model which focuses on challenging the students to solve real-world problems over an extended period of time. The students also spend time with industry experts and take part in workshops to get insights and guidance.
At the heart of our holiday programmes model is the use of transformative ‘real-life’ projects that make apparent the utility of learning beyond the classroom. All projects are underpinned by the following principles:
- Authenticity – this includes community issues, real-world problems, topics of personal relevance to students, current events, and so on.
- Public Product – too often young people’s work never leaves their school books, by producing public products: we see higher levels of motivation and engagement, learning is taken outside of the classroom and a reframing of the purposes learning serves (beyond exams).
- Real Life Audience – all our projects finish with a presentation to a real
–life audience, this serves to connect student learning to the real world, the opportunity to receive expert feedback while teaching about the role of education in the community.
Through experiences like this, we are able to give our young people the chance to view the plethora of careers and journeys in football that they can pursue outside of just playing the game.
Work Experience opportunities
In addition to the 5 weeks of holiday programmes, our programme graduates are offered work experience placements at our corporate and brand partners. This is to ensure we meet our outcomes of supporting all our young people to make a successful transition into adult life. You can see below what two of our graduates had to say about their experiences:
“I am soooo amazed by the fact that I was able to have such an incredible first job at Agent Provocateur. It was the perfect door to the adult world, the environment, my responsibilities, being able to interact with a variety of people within a workplace is definitely an amazing experience to be able to do at the age of 16! It was a sickkkk opportunity, being in an office environment and working with different teams ( windows and merchandising and design) really showed me what goes behind not just a company,but anything successful in life- working as a team, and the impact that one person in a team can have on the success of the rest.
From my time at Stone
I think the experience was good because it was a new experience for me working in retail and trying something new. While there was nothing bad about the experience it made me realise that I don’t think that retail is the job that I would like to do.”