I attended a backbench application for a debate in October on ‘back to schools week’. The education charity Future First is leading a national campaign called ‘Back to School Week’ (BtSW) in October and we would like a debate to coincide with this campaign.
YouGov research found that there are 10m UK adults ready and willing to go back to their old school or college to volunteer, if they were asked.
If we secure a debate in Parliament it will raise the issue’s profile (encouraging more volunteers to get involved) and encourage the Government to look at how it can connect these would-be volunteers with young people desperate for their advice and guidance.
While the issues of social mobility and careers guidance for young people have been discussed by the House of Commons during this Parliament, the issue of how to connect alumni and ordinary volunteers with state schools or colleges has never been raised. Nor has the national campaign Back to School Week, which could have a revolutionary impact for young people; creating a national culture of ‘go back, give back’ for state schools and colleges.
I am waiting to hear back as to whether we have been successful.
You can watch Gordon in Committee here.