Speakers for Schools

speakers for schools initiative at Bruntcliffe School

Launching the speakers for schools initiative at Bruntcliffe School

Most people know Robert Peston as the bloke off the BBC who broke the terrible news about Northern Rock. But he’s also behind a great new initiative to raise young people’s aspirations in state schools. I launched his Speakers for Schools initiative at Bruntcliffe School last week and was impressed with the ambitions of the young sixth formers. When I was 17 I knew I wanted to study economics at university but hadn’t really worked out things beyond that. Yet right on our doorstep here in Morley there was a young woman, aspiring to be a film director, another wanting to design shoes and two young lads with hopes to become high powered actuaries. Many of the local students plan to set up a business or invent things which is great news for the local economy in the future. I’m sure the teachers and staff at Bruntcliffe will support them to make their dreams a reality. I’ll be back in a few months to see how they’re getting on.

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Posted October 14th, 2011 by Ed

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