Beverley Jones: Coleridge Community College and Cambridge University Press

"Access to inspirational adults transforms lives."

A Business Class partnership with Cambridge University Press has brought inspirational people into Coleridge Community College, writes Principal Beverley Jones.

You do not need to be a qualified teacher to be the most influential person on a young person and enable them to achieve their dreams.

- Beverley Jones,
Principal, Coleridge Community College
Throughout my education career I have translated business practice into school leadership and management. We are partnered with Cambridge University Press. The benefit of the partnership that Business Class has facilitated for Coleridge Community College is open access to inspiring adults, facilities, processes and work related experience.

The quickest win from the range of opportunities we have experienced was the offer of a visit from Howard Siegleman, Director Latin America North at CUP. With less than a week’s notice he came in and presented to 120 13/14 year olds and six teachers. His description of his career background, the purpose of the organisation and his introduction in Spanish were inspirational. Heidi Mulvey from CUP made this happen in such a short time with her energy and persistence.

Although we live in a fast moving world with lots of technological innovation, in many respects education has not changed. Access to inspirational adults transforms lives. You do not need to be a qualified teacher to be the most influential person on a young person and enable them to achieve their dreams. Engagement with business provides new, different and interesting opportunities for young people. For adults from business, it gives them an insight into the world of young people growing up in 2014, and lets them make a difference.

One Year 11 student at my school, talented in film, has progressed more than anyone would have predicted in two months after meeting a professional as part of his mock interview experience. This relationship may result in an award winner of the future.