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Barclays Life Skills Launch

On Wednesday 26th November, Grange hosted a guest speaker from the Free the Children charity to speak about the importance of young people having a voice, and to launch the Barclays LifeSkills programme in school.  

In his presentation, Bilal Khan spoke to the two year groups about his experiences growing up in London, who and what inspired him to take responsibility for his actions, how he chose to work harder at school and make a difference to his and other peoples lives.  Bilal eventually graduated from Cambridge University and is now an ambassador for Free the Children and an advocate of the LifeSKills programme.

Free the Children aim to free children from poverty and exploitation to put a stop to the idea that children are powerless to affect change in the world.  LifeSkills aims to help reduce the number of young people leaving education to unemployment.  Whilst young people represent 17% of the worlds population, they make up 40% of the worlds unemployed.  1 million young people are unemployed in the UK and 1 in every 4 young people in West Yorkshire is unemployed.  The programme aims to develop young people in three key areas: people skills, money skills and work skills, helping them to manage their lives, access jobs and communicate effectively in a range of different environments and situations.  

Fahim presents to House Assembly
Fahim presents to a full auditorium about his experiences with Barclay's LifeSkills

The launch, which took place in Year 10 and 12 assemblies, was brought about by a team of Year 13 students who have been supporting Free the Children and accessing LifeSkills as part of their own development.  With the support of our Student Leaders and Senior Ambassadors, Grange will continue to work with Free the Skills to make LifeSkills accessible to our students as part of their development.  

Find out more about Barclays Life Skills here.