TALKING HEADS: Children’s TV researcher Charlotte Frazer speaking to students at Folkestone Academy

Pupils from two schools in Folkestone benefited from a BBC tour to learn about the potential career options available to them.

All year bands at Folkestone Academy and Turner Free School have been invited to take part in the BBC’s ‘BBC100 Share Your Story’ program – an initiative launched to celebrate 100 years of the organisation. During a series of lively and interactive town halls, students heard from BBC staff about their journey from childhood to the roles they hold today.

BBC ambassadors Charlotte Frazer, researcher for children’s television and Annie Chisambo, assistant production manager for BBC Sport, also spoke about the challenges they faced and overcome to land their dream jobs.

As part of the initiative, pupils in Folkestone Schools were encouraged to take ownership of their future and encouraged to ‘write your own story rather than let someone else write it for you’.

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Annie talked about the challenges of changing careers after being laid off and Charlotte talked about the difficulties of not meeting her parents’ expectations and wanting to move away from the family tradition of occupational medicine.

ANSWERING THE QUESTIONS: Charlotte catches up with students at Turner School

Katy Tibbles, Head of Stakeholder and Community Engagement at Turner Schools, said: “Visiting the BBC was an insightful experience for all of us. Annie and Charlotte’s stories were empowering and inspiring, and even though the messages were very serious, the whole event was delivered in a fun and engaging way by the host, Alex.”

Speaking about the experience, Year 11 pupil Harry said: “I really enjoyed the talks from the BBC Ambassadors. It encouraged me to pursue my goals and made me believe that I can achieve anything. if I try hard enough.”

Steve Shaw, Head of School at Folkestone Academy, said: “We always love to have external speakers at our school and the BBC have been no exception.

“It is important that our students have the opportunity to hear from people who have a range of experiences and stories to share; each of these encounters helps to influence and shape their future and encourage them to give their best. ‘themselves, whatever path they choose.’

Submitted by Turner Schools

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