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Sir John Cass’s Foundation and Cass Business School create £1 million funding partnership to develop unique School Engagement Programme

Cass Business School has been awarded a grant from Sir John Cass’s Foundation to establish a new five year programme working with local secondary schools.

Cass Business School has been awarded a £500,000 grant from Sir John Cass’s Foundation to establish a new five year programme, connecting Cass Business School to local state secondary schools through a combination of individual mentoring and group coaching delivered by undergraduates to pupils aged 14-18. One of the schools included will be the Foundation’s own secondary school.

Matching the £500,000 donation, Cass Business School will work with Sir John Cass’s Foundation to develop The School Engagement Programme – an exceptional new initiative enabling Cass BSc Management students to work with GCSE and A-level pupils helping to boost academic attainment, prepare for higher education and support transition to the world of work. Priority will be given to students eligible for Pupil Premium support, with a focus on numeracy and literacy - a gap in the A-level curriculum which is often exposed in higher education.

Uniquely, Cass students who participate will be able to develop essential management and communication skills and will receive an academic credit to reflect the importance of business skills developed through mentoring.

Professor Steven Haberman, Dean of Cass Business School, said, “With the ongoing support of Sir John Cass’s Foundation, Cass Business School continues to demonstrate our longstanding commitment and investment to education within inner-London communities. Working with local schools to widen participation in higher education is an essential endeavour for a university like ours situated in the heart of the London.

“The School Engagement Programme is a brilliant opportunity for our undergraduates. It will broaden their education by recognising mentoring, coaching and communication skills as essential for any manager in the workplace.”

Kevin Everett, Chairman of Sir John Cass’s Foundation, said, “We are delighted to be supporting this five year ground-breaking and innovative mentoring programme which will see students at the Cass Business School mentor pupils at Sir John Cass’s Foundation and Red Coat CE Secondary School in Tower Hamlets.

"The Foundation is the Sole Trustee of the Secondary School, which will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary since it was established by the Foundation in 1966. This is fitting and appropriate, and one of the ways, in which we will be marking this important milestone.”

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