80% of Business in the Community member businesses have identified education as the key vehicle to driving investment in local communities. Education engagement programmes have proven benefits for schools, students, teachers and businesses alike. The challenge is not to convince government, the business community or the education world that education engagement programmes are a success, but to raise scale and maximise impact by ensuring partnerships are rooted in the needs of schools and are sustainable.
The Responsible Business Education Award is our opportunity to capture and celebrate this best practice and in turn encourage more companies to take action to support young people.
This award will identify and celebrate long-term, strategic partnerships that ensure young people find increased motivation to succeed in schools, enabling them to fulfil their aspirations and build successful working lives. We are also keen to hear from businesses who are supporting broader engagement with their school partners, for example deploying corporate skills and expertise in support of Leadership, Governance or the broader operation of the school e.g. marketing, HR, IT or procurement.
Successful applicants will be able to clearly evidence, through both qualitative and quantitative examples the following elements of quality partnership working:
Programmes have been developed as the result of a dialogue/consultation between the business and the school(s)and are intimately rooted in the needs that have been identified through this process;
There is a clear commitment from both the business and the school(s) to work together in the long term, and for any engagement to be sustainable;
Both the business and the school(s) can demonstrate that, as a result of the partnership, real impact has been made across the targets or objectives set.
Partnerships with schools can focus on many different areas, including career insight days, enterprise challenges, Head Teacher mentoring and support with business planning. The Responsible Business Education Award is looking for businesses to highlight why these interventions have been adopted and the resulting impact. We welcome applications which focus solely on one activity such as literacy interventions as well as those which take a more holistic approach to engagement with schools.
Companies should demonstrate an existing commitment of at least one year to their programme and be in a position to evidence impact against their specific targets for themselves and the schools they work with.