Nottingham based partnership honoured in the UK’s leading responsible business awards.
Nottingham – 24 June 2011 - An innovative Nottingham based education partnership between independent charity Teach First and Experian, the global information services company, has been recognised with a ‘Big Tick’ – a national award that celebrates inspirational business programmes that are having a positive impact on the community, the environment and wider society.
The ‘Big Tick’ award for Education, from national business organisation Business in the Community (BITC), recognises the exceptional work the partnership does to break the link between low family income and poor educational attainment in the East Midlands.
Formed in 2008, the partnership developed when Experian became the founding supporter of Teach First’s expansion into the region. Teach First works to narrow the attainment gap by placing outstanding graduates to teach and lead in schools in challenging circumstances. The charity is creating, equipping and mobilising a movement of leaders committed to raising the achievement, aspiration and access to opportunity of children from low socio-economic backgrounds.
Among the practical and strategic support Experian provides Teach First is:
- High value coaching support by volunteers from the company
- The provision of office space to Teach First at the company’s Embankment House offices in Nottingham – which is valued at thousands of pounds
- Project leadership, marketing and legal advice
- £20,000 to aid the leadership development of Teach First teachers
Experian is currently supporting 64 Teach First teachers in schools throughout the East Midlands. A recent evaluation of Teach First by the University of Manchester found a correlation between the schools in challenging circumstances that have a long-term relationship with Teach First and an improvement in their GCSE results.
Judged by some of the 850 business members of BITC, the awards celebrate companies who are delivering successful responsible business programmes at local, national and international levels.
Matt Sheldon, East Midlands Regional Director for Teach First, said: “The success Teach First has enjoyed in Nottingham and across the East Midlands has been made possible by the support, guidance, amazing foresight and commitment of Experian.
“This award underlines what can be achieved when global organisations think and work locally. The real beneficiaries of this partnership are the children of the East Midlands who will, thanks to this extraordinary collaboration, have access to great teachers and great teaching.”
Jan Barratt, Community Involvement Lead at Experian UK & Ireland, said: “We are committed to making a positive contribution to the local community and the attainment and success of young people in the East Midlands, is key to this. The injection of talented, enthusiastic and inspirational teachers into schools in challenging circumstances in the region is something that we feel honoured to support. We are delighted to receive this Big Tick alongside Teach First.”
Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said: “I congratulate Teach First and Experian on achieving their Big Tick. It is a challenging time for business, but this is a sign that companies are not losing their focus and are transforming their businesses to make a positive impact on people and society and are prepared to lead by example. That’s what Business in the Community’s Awards for Excellence are all about – celebrating responsible business, the leadership that makes it happen and the benefits to business and society. Communities and consumers need to see that businesses are proactive, visible and engaged on the big issues of the day, as Experian and Teach First have demonstrated.”
Teach First and Experian were presented with their Big Tick award during a ceremony on 23 June 2011. The best of the National Big Tick winners will go forward to judging panels to identify an overall Example of Excellence award in each category. The overall winners will be announced in London at the Awards for Excellence Gala Event sponsored by Unilever on 5 July.