Teach First is using this year’s Girls' Football Week to announce a brand new partnership with energy firm SSE that will see the two organisations join forces to raise the aspirations of girls in low-income communities across England.
Over the next year, Teach First and SSE will work together on two strands of activity to ensure girls reach their full potential in the areas of sport and science.
As the flagship partner for women in STEM, senior SSE employees will go into classrooms to show pupils the opportunities available to all in the energy sector. They will also take part in the Workplace programme allowing pupils to visit SSE sites for an insight into the different career paths open to them.
In addition to this engagement on STEM, this partnership will work with SSE on its sponsorship of The SSE Women's FA Cup – encouraging girls from low-income communities to get involved with grassroots football projects and provide inspirational role models at partner schools. From involving pupils in the draws to bringing female footballers to speak to young people in the classroom, this is a unique opportunity for pupils from low-income backgrounds to engage in a national sporting event.
Commenting on the announcement, Brett Wigdortz OBE, Founder and CEO of Teach First says:
"This is an exciting new partnership for Teach First and we are grateful for the support that SSE will provide. Working together, we can make a real difference to the aspirations, wellbeing and resilience of our pupils with the many activities we have in store across the year.
Rosie MacRae, SSE’s Head of Diversity & Inclusion added:
“SSE is excited to be working with Teach First and can’t wait to get started. Teach First has a strong history of helping to build classroom leaders and SSE can help take that to the next level with the Women in STEM work we’ll be doing as part of this partnership.
“As a responsible company SSE sees working with Teach First as an opportunity to invest in a cultural change both for SSE and wider society.”