Hi! My name's Michelle and I would like to welcome you to Own Futures!
We offer a bespoke careers education service that can be tailored to the needs of your school – both primary and secondary. 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. Michelle left teaching in 2018 to set up Own Futures.
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 providers and training providers. Whilst Head of Careers, Michelle successfully led Park Lane Academy to achieving the Quality in Careers Standard three times.. Michelle is a member of the CDI and holds the level 6 qualification in Careers Leadership
When she isn't working Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and step-daughter. She is a member of the National Trust and loves exploring new places.. She loves travelling and has been to China and India as well as interrailing around Europe in her youth! She also enjoys nothing more than settling down with a bowl of popcorn, at home or the cinema, and watching a good film.