A 100,000 strong army of former state students is marching back to school giving state students across Britain access to the ‘old school tie’ networks favoured by many private schools.

From bankers to lawyers, plumbers to choreographers, ex-state school everyday heroes are boosting the career opportunities of the current generation at their old state school and college by acting as inspirational and relatable role models under the initiative run by the education charity Future First .

The scheme has been cited in government guidance as the sort of careers programme state schools should follow.

During National Careers Week from March 2nd to 6th, Future First alumni will be returning to schools and colleges from the South West to the North East to motivate young people to career confidence and academic success.

Christine Gilbert, Executive Chair of Future First and a former Chief Inspector of Ofsted, said: “Schools across Britain know that alumni are crucial in promoting student motivation because they provide relatable role models. Private schools have harnessed the talent of alumni for generations and now state schools students have that same valuable opportunity.”

Schools wishing to register with Future First should visit www.futurefirst.org.uk and click on the schools and college staff link.