Preparations for our Impact Conference 2017: Challenge the Impossible are in full swing and we are thrilled to announce that two major sponsors have joined the event.
Leading energy provider SSE and national newspaper The Times will both support the day on 24 October, as headline supporter and media partner respectively.
SSE has donated iconic venue The SSE Arena, Wembley to enable Teach First to host this landmark event. The event has drawn people from across every sector of society, who are passionate about ending education inequality, to join together to hear from thinkers, take part in experiences, and create new solutions to the problems affecting lives across our whole society.
As a platinum partner for the charity, SSE supports our work to raise aspirations and get more girls from low income communities interested in STEM and sport. Working together with the FA, we brought this year’s fixture rounds of the SSE Women’s FA Cup to Teach First partner schools across the country.
John Stewart, Director of Human Resources for SSE, said:
"An important goal for SSE is to be an inclusive organisation that both reflects and embraces the society that it serves. As part of our focus on inclusion, we are supporting an increased focus on social mobility and are working with our partner Teach First to help achieve this. We want to make a better future for young people, by helping to bring the educational community together and by helping to encourage young people to consider the positive benefits that a career in STEM can provide."
As media partner, The Times will cover the event and have unrivalled access to headline speakers including Muzoon Almellehan, a Syrian activist working to champion girls’ rights to education.
The Times have supported our Challenge the Impossible campaign since its outset in March. They exclusively featured our letter from business leaders calling on the government to do more for social mobility. Their journalists will take part in our panel debate, in what promises to be one of the highlights of this unique event, which will bring together heroes of social mobility, key influencers, policy makers and inspirational speakers.
Emma Tucker, Deputy Editor, The Times, said:
"The Times is delighted to continue our support of Teach First. Education is central to social mobility and Teach First has long championed issues that we take seriously at The Times, such as sharing knowledge, raising ambition and tackling some of society’s most intractable problems. We look forward to partnering with them for the Impact Conference 2017.”