Hi! My name's Michelle and I am the founder of Own Futures.
We offer a bespoke careers education service that can be tailored to the needs of your school. We specialise in delivering lessons, activities and events to primary schools as we believe careers related learning isn't just for secondary school age children.
As a former teacher and Head of Careers, I understand how time consuming it can be to plan and organise events so our service is fully managed. This means that we do all the planning, including the contacting and booking of volunteers if needed, organisation, delivery and evaluation.
As well as events and activities we also offer a range of taught lessons which you can be confident will be delivered effectively by a qualified teacher. Have a look at some of our case studies and testimonials to see what the people we work with say about us!
Engaging parents in their Own Futures through workshops on CV writing, personal statements and interview skills. Also working with young people in settings other than schools.
After completing a degree in English Studies at the University of Sunderland, Michelle gained her PGCE in English and Special Needs at the University of Leeds. She was a teacher for nearly twenty years, teaching English and Media at secondary schools in Kirklees and Calderdale. For the last 10 years she was also Head of Careers and Business Enterprise and successfully led the school to achieve the Quality in Careers Standard three times. Michelle left teaching in 2018 to set up Own Futures, her main interest being in delivering Careers Related Learning in Primary Schools..
Since its inception in 2018, Own Futures has worked with over 2500 students in both primary and secondary schools, a number that is ever-growing. Own Futures engages with both local and national companies, post-16 and 18 institutions and training providers to provide real world role models for students. Its founder, Michelle, is a member of the Careers Development Institute, has been involved in national research into Careers Education in Primary Schools and holds the level 6 qualification in Careers Leadership