More than 60 HMC heads will help provide speakers to go into state schools across the country to motivate children from all backgrounds to aspire to challenging and fulfilling careers.

HMC schools, including Eton, Harrow, Uppingham and Roedean, today pledge to join the charity Education and Employers’ campaign “I Am #InspiringTheFuture” which connects speakers with state schools to heighten awareness of different careers and the routes into them.

The aim of the national campaign is to ensure that every young person in our country, wherever they live, whatever their parents/carers’ circumstances, and whatever school they go to, have the opportunity to hear first-hand about jobs and the world of work.

Heads will encourage alumni, parents, staff and contacts to join a pool of volunteers prepared to share their experiences with pupils in tens of thousands of state primary and secondary schools.

The hope is that it will heighten ambition amongst all children and encourage them to believe that with hard work they can access any type of job they might be interested in.

Not only will this benefit the lives of millions of young people, many of whom come from difficult or disadvantaged backgrounds, but it will promote social mobility and help provide the more highly skilled workforce needed for a rapidly changing job market.

Research shows that many children have formed an idea of the sort of jobs they expect to do as adults by the age of seven, and these notions can prove difficult to shift.

HMC Executive Director Mike Buchanan said: “This is a fantastic project that chimes with the aims of HMC schools to spread excellence.

“Our schools are rich with resources, and our members spend their lives building young people’s futures. It is what motivates them as teachers and heads.

“So they are ready and willing to help provide the calibre of speakers who can make a real difference to the lives of millions of children around the country.”

Education and Employers is a UK charity launched on Oct 15th 2009 to help children achieve their potential. Its #InspiringTheFuture free on-line service matches volunteers with state schools.

HMC schools that have already pledged to participate in this scheme include:

Brighton College; James Allen’s Girls’ School; Latymer Upper School, Hammersmith; King’s College School, Wimbledon; Highgate School; Whitgift School; Harrow School; Bolton School; St Paul’s School for Girls; City of London School; Cheltenham Ladies College; Eton College; Wycombe Abbey; Millfield School; Berkhamsted School; Caterham School; The King’s School, Ely; Eastbourne College; Magdalen College School; Putney High School; Sherborne School; The Stephen Perse Foundation; Stowe; St Peter’s School, York; Dulwich College; Charterhouse; Roedean School; Ellesmere College; Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield; Monkton Combe School; Norwich School; Tonbridge School; Bootham School; Nottingham High School; Shrewsbury School; Uppingham School; Oundle School; Canford School; Durham School; Wellington College; Sedbergh School; South Hampstead High School; Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, Elstree; Rugby School; The Perse School, Cambridge; Christ’s Hospital; Clifton College; University College School, London; St Albans School; Benenden School; Cranleigh School; Epsom College; Bedales School. The scheme is also supported by the Girls’ Schools Association.

Notes to editors: HMC (the Headmasters' & Headmistresses' Conference) is a professional association of heads of the world's leading independent schools. HMC has 296 members in the British Isles educating more than 200,000 children, and a further 55 international members and 10 associates. Our members lead schools that are distinguished by their excellence in pastoral care, co-curricular provision and classroom teaching. Members of HMC have met annually in conference since the first meeting in 1869. Now celebrating its 150th anniversary, HMC is a thriving, pro-active Association of leading figures in school education. See

The “I Am #InspiringTheFuturecampaign aims to  create 10 million interactions between young people and volunteers from the world of work – starting in primary. It is being organised by the Education and Employers charity. Their research has shown that such encounters help to broaden young people's horizons, increase their motivation to learn, and challenge gender stereotyping. Meeting a wide range of volunteers from the world of work improves academic performance and helps ensure the next generation is well informed about the wealth of current jobs and career routes open to them. These meaningful encounters help reduce the mismatch between young people’s career aspirations and the reality of the labour market. They reduce the likelihood of young people becoming NEET (not in employment, education, or training), and can increase young people’s earnings in adult life.

They are looking to build up a network of  100,000 people to volunteer from different and diverse backgrounds and all sectors – architects to zoologists and all levels - apprentices to CEOs.

The charity connects teachers directly to volunteers via a free, online ‘matchmaking’ service –Inspiring the Future  so they can be invited into classrooms to share their life stories in special assemblies, talks, speed networking and workshops.

The existing Inspiring the Future service was launched in 2012. It has already signed-up 55,000 volunteers, from first-job apprentices to CEOs, app designers to zoologists, with the network linked up to 80% of secondary schools and 20% of primary schools in England.

The bigger network will accelerate the expansion of Primary Futures, the tailored programme for seven to 11-year-olds developed with school leaders’ union NAHT.

The programme aims long-term to give every primary pupil the opportunity to hear first-hand about jobs and the world of work.