Next Step Foundation was set up by Bonas MacFarlane to deliver an outstanding university preparation programme to children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Since the start of the programme, in 2016, 60 students from across the country have taken part each year and the results have been astounding (see the previous blogpost on last year’s cohort). This year, we welcome a new CEO and here he tells us a bit about himself and the charity’s mission!
PROFILE: CHARLIE FOOT
UNIVERSITY: UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
SUBJECT: FRENCH AND GERMAN MA
UNIVERSITY: UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON, INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION
PGCE MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
MASTERS EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP
FRENCH AND GERMAN TEACHER (TEACH FIRST)
HEAD OF DEPARTMENT, HARRIS GIRLS’ ACADEMY BROMLEY
FOUNDER AND CEO, BILI (WWW.BILI.UK.COM)
ONLINE LANGUAGE EXCHANGE PLATFORM FOR SCHOOLS
Languages, addressing educational disadvantage and adventures (generally involving boats, running or mountains- or all of the above).
Annecy (see above, ideal for making the most of time not at the desk)
London (quick flight from Geneva- covid permitting!)
All students, regardless of background, with the potential to apply to the UK’s most selective universities, should have the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence to not only make a competitive application to such universities but also to form the foundations that allow them to achieve their academic ambition once there.
To achieve this vision my goals include:
- Doubling numbers in the 2022 cohort;
- Securing funding to continue this trajectory (please visit our website and get in touch if you can support in any way!)
- Continuing to deliver the same if not better results for our scholars;
- Partnering with schools across the UK to identify and select the students who would benefit most from the programme.
PERSONAL STATEMENT (IN 80 WORDS!)
As a teacher I know how challenging it can be to support and stretch students across a class, let alone a whole school. Next Step Foundation provides capacity to schools to cater to high ability students, bringing them together with peers to challenge one another and ultimately reach their academic potential at the most selective institutions. The years of expertise embedded in the programme through Bonas MacFarlane, and the outstanding tutors and subject specialists makes our ambitious vision achievable.