Education partnerships

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We are very proud of our award winning Education Partnership Programme (EEP) in the UK and Ireland.

The EPP framework takes its lead from how we engage with our clients, and seeks to establish long-term, sustainable partnerships with schools, which enable both parties to understand each other’s ethos, culture, strengths and needs, plan for the long term and develop joint solutions.

We have partnerships across the UK and Ireland, with each office-school partnership unique and designed to meet local needs.  We take a ‘whole school’ approach –working with students, and teachers, providing strategic support, and investing in improvements.

Within our diverse portfolio of programmes we are particularly proud of:

EY Career’s Experience (EYCE)
Sixth form pupils from our partner schools spend a week at our main UK office gaining an insight into working at a professional services firm. The EYCE’s aim is to improve pupils’ networking skills and understanding of career opportunities, and show them that a professional services career is not outside their reach.

“I wasn't sure if the business environment was for me and the EY experience made me realise that I can excel within this sort of environment.” Pupil

We run a structured coaching programme facilitated by our Learning & Development team during which our people and teachers discuss common issues such as managing change, influence and leadership, and are able to develop through shared learning.

“In particular my performance target regarding managing my team has been supported by the programme, and I feel that I have got more out of my team using these techniques.” Teacher

School Governors Network
Being a school governor provides a great way for our people to make a real difference by using their skills in the community. The network aims to help our people maximise their impact by providing skills development sessions, external speakers, and a shared experiences and ideas forum.

Double Take
A collaboration between EY, the South London Gallery and two Southwark schools, Double Take has received national acclaim, winning an Arts & Business Young People’s award in 2009.

The project enabled pupils to realise potential by putting contemporary art at the centre of their learning and across the curriculum. Pupils were exposed to all forms of art through cultural visits and talks (including Frieze Art Fair and 4th Plinth discussions) and then challenged to curate their own exhibition. The exhibitions were hosted at their schools and incorporated pupils’ work and work from the South London Gallery. Students were responsible for every aspect of the exhibition from content to launch invites, and 2000 pupils were involved over 18 months.
Both schools have been transformed by the experience, with lasting legacies including more cultural visits, and youth and teacher panels at the South London Gallery.

We also help young people achieve in education through partnerships with The Prince’s Trust, Comic Relief, Red Balloon and many local charities, which enable our people and resources to reach those with more barriers to overcome to succeess. Programmes include:

Xl Clubs
Through The Prince’s Trust we help students aged 14-16 who aren’t responding to mainstream education to improve their confidence and self esteem, develop leadership skills, improve relationships with staff and better their attendance.

Comic Relief
Each year our employees raise money to support Comic Relief and Sport Relief education projects in the UK and abroad. We are also honorary account for Comic Relief and provide pro bono accounting for all the charity’s UK postal donations.

Progression mentoring
Our people act as mentors to young people when they finish a Prince’s Trust programme to ensure a smooth progression to the next stage of their development. The aim is to support young people into employment, training, education or volunteering, and make the most of opportunities whilst in employment.

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