“Our goal is that, by the age of 25, all Aldridge graduates will have experienced an outstanding and enjoyable education and be able to sustain the life of their choice. They will be independent, thriving economically and making a real, positive contribution to their communities.”

“It doesn’t matter if you want to set up a company or work with a group of volunteers to improve your street – an entrepreneurial mind-set is a major asset, and I think that every young person can benefit from developing this mind-set as they grow up. Entrepreneurial social action represents a great way for our students to develop and demonstrate employability skills they need to sustain the life of their choice.”

Sir Rod Aldridge OBE

With the unanimous support from our academies we have made the following pledges to Step Up to Serve who are co-ordinating #iwill, a national campaign that aims to make social action part of life for as many 10 to 20 year-olds as possible by the year 2020. Through collaboration and partnership we are spreading the word about the benefits of youth social action and social entrepreneurship, working to embed it in the journey of young people and creating fresh opportunities for the participation.

In her blog our former Chief Executive, Honor Wilson-Fletcher, wrote: “It is our view that the more employers value social action in the recruitment process, the more parents and students will seek it out in their schools, and the more schools will integrate it into their curriculum. Ultimately, we want more talent, from a more diverse cross-section of society, to be recognised by employers and society as a whole. That’s got to be good for absolutely everyone, surely?”

Our pledges at our primary schools/in the primary phase:

1. Aldridge Education and its academies have provided a primary education pledge to publicly champion entrepreneurial social action. We will always highlight the value of social action in developing/demonstrating the achievements of our pupils.

2. As part of our commitment to preparing pupils for real life, Aldridge Academies will support pupils and ensure opportunities to take part in entrepreneurial social action experiences which lead to positive community impact (in their own classes in EYFS and Key Stage 1, school wide and community wide in Key Stage 2)

3. We pledge to reward, celebrate and record entrepreneurial social actions by our pupils (in part through the acknowledgement of Aldridge entrepreneurial attributes) in order to encourage greater participation and to emphasise their value.

Our pledges at our secondary schools/in the secondary phase:

1.Aldridge Education and its academies have provided a secondary education pledge to publicly champion entrepreneurial social action. We will always highlight the value of social action in developing/demonstrating employability skills to our students.

2. As part of our commitment to preparing secondary students for real life, Aldridge Academies will encourage all students to secure their own entrepreneurial social action experiences which lead to positive community impact.

3. We pledge to reward, celebrate and record entrepreneurial social actions by our students (in part through the acknowledgement of Aldridge entrepreneurial attributes) in order to encourage greater participation and to emphasise their value and relevance for employability.

4. Aldridge Education and its academies pledge to encourage small, medium and large businesses, voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises, co-operatives, charities and public bodies to work with us in practical ways to support young people in acquiring employability skills through entrepreneurial social action.

At the Brighton Argus’ Youth In Action Awards 2015 the work of the Portslade Academy’s Social Action Committee was recognised with the award of Charity Achievement ‎of the year. In the words of the paper, the fundraising group “received a record-breaking 36 nominations for the work it does throughout the community”.

The Committee has raised thousands of pounds for local and national charities, many of who nominated the school for the award.

Read about Darwen Aldridge Community Academy student Saffron Ball’s appointment as an ambassador for the #iwill campaign.