In early October I depart the UK for a journey that will take in a number of countries and help me to further explore this question. During this time I’m going to be staying with friends and former colleagues, working with educational projects in different places, visiting schools, interviewing teachers, and trying to meet a whole range of people in these different communities to help me understand as much as I can about the ambitions of young people and what is needed to help them get there.
In November I start work with Teach for New Zealand in Auckland (the sister programme of Teach First in the UK); in February I’m going to be supporting United World Schools with their network of schools in Cambodia, and finally I’m going to be in Malaysia in March supporting teachers to deliver mentor and community projects in their schools. Alongside this I’ll be stopping off in Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong where I hope to also be running a few further mentor programmes.
If you know anyone I should be talking to as part of my trip – either online or in person, please drop me a line!