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Participants receive access to all FT.com content available to regular subscribers. In addition, with the help of teachers, we highlight and guide readers to FT journalism that can enrich education and help prepare students for successful careers.
What does FT do for students
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- Develop news literacy to tackle disinformation
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John Ridding, CEO of the FT, gave a talk at my school on journalism when I was 15. I found it fascinating and wanted to learn more about reporting the news and the role it plays in our lives. After an opportunistic chat following the lecture, John agreed to let me spend some time at the FT to better understand journalism in action.
During my time absorbing how the FT works, it occurred to me that there was a role for its journalism to keep informed young people emerging into the adult world.
My generation will inherit so many different challenges so we need to be more informed and engaged in these big global issues from a younger age. We must get access to high-quality journalism. I told John that the FT had a responsibility to help people like me to better understand the world. So the idea of FT Schools was born.
From here, lots of conversations with some truly inspiring people across the FT brought the idea to life. I am grateful to John and the rest of the FT Board for their open-mindedness and willingness to listen to me when at the time, I was a teenage outsider.
Once hired, I was fortunate enough to work with brilliant people to bring the FT to students around the world. I am very proud of what we achieved and how FT Schools continues to grow, helping students with everything from essays and everyday school work, to helping them make the next decision about their future after school.
FT Schools Founder
Our Student Advocate Programme
The Financial Times is offering ambitious students in high/secondary schools around the world the chance to become FT advocates.
Student Advocates will develop leadership skills and confidence by representing the views of students to the FT and promoting the advantages of reading the FT to their friends and teachers. Advocates will become the voice of students so we can better understand their views, vision and ambitions. Schools can also benefit from a more engaged and informed students.
The role can be completed from their school, maintaining a regular communication with the FT Schools team digitally. The role is unpaid and the placement runs for four months, typically from October to February. We recommend that students spend roughly four hours per month on their role. If your secondary school does not have access to FT.com, you can sign up for free.
We also welcome teachers as FT advocates and advisers, to help suggest content and formats to make the FT useful in teaching. Email us for details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a Student Advocate I learned many things including proactivity, teamwork, public speaking and networking. I have also improved my time management skills, learning to balance my FT work with my school work, which will be helpful for university. I would recommend being a Student Advocate to anyone looking to develop transferable skills, regardless of what they are studying and it has been a confidence booster, and something I never would have done before.Hills Road Sixth Form College
Student Advocate Programme 2023-24
Applications are now closed.
Please check this page regularly for updates.
- Student Advocates must prioritise their school work over this role. If you (or your teachers) feel that your workload is too much, you must pause your participation activities until you have more time. If this happens, please email your mentor who will be able to offer the support you need.
- Participation in the FT Student Advocate Forum is encouraged but isn’t compulsory. When posting on the forum, you must not post any content that:
a) belongs to someone else (such as copyright material);
b) consists of advertising, sponsored or promotional links or content;
c) is offensive, defamatory, threatening or indecent;
d) discriminates on the grounds of race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age; or
e) personally attacks other members of the forum.
- You must not act in any way that is harmful to the FT or your school.
- You must only promote the FT within your school, not externally.
- You must not use the FT brand to promote or endorse any of your other activities.
- We encourage Student Advocates to be creative, but ideas which involve using the FT brand must be cleared with the FT first via Slack.
The FT can cancel your participation at any time if we believe that you have broken any of these rules. If we cancel your participation then you must stop all activity relating to it.
Schools can offer two curious and ambitious students a work experience opportunity at a prestigious news organisation. Improving engagement with current affairs makes for a more informed sixth form: 92% of FT reading students say the FT improves their intellectual curiosity and 85% feel they understand their subjects better from reading the FT. This Programme is great for schools looking to demonstrate they are meeting the Gatsby careers benchmarks.
Teachers must nominate no more than two Student Advocates who are entitled to or use FT under the FT Schools programme. Schools can decide how they choose their Student Advocate. Often teachers ask students to write an application as to why they think they would excel in the role. Teachers then fill in the online form to register their students. Each year, 250 places are available and we will typically offer them on a first come first serve basis.
100% of students in previous years felt they had some or significant development in their time management, leadership, communication and creativity and public speaking in their exit survey. Students will be able to showcase these new skills gained through working for the FT in their personal statement/CV, helping to make applications more impressive. The Programme is also an excellent networking opportunity. Students will work with like-minded, bright young people and the FT Schools team. References will also be made available upon request to those students who are actively engaged with the programme.
Student Advocates will show their friends and teachers the benefits of reading the FT in school such as: understanding topics taught in lessons better, adding real world context to essays, preparing for university applications and feeling more confident with careers and personal finance decisions.
Student Advocates will also develop ideas to help transform the FT into a more compelling resource for young people. This will entail:
- Completing our task list for how to build the profile of the FT (tasks include meeting teachers from different departments, a short presentation in assembly, etc.). We will provide guidance on how to do this.
- Explaining and developing ideas on how the FT can be more relevant to young people.
- Monthly calls with the FT Schools team.
The internship is entirely remote - all work is done either online or in school. There are no current visits to the FT offices.
The programme runs for four months each academic year, typically from September to December.
It is entirely flexible, but we recommend roughly 4 hours per month. Academic work should come first, and students should pause participation if their workload becomes too much. You can speak with your mentor if you have any concerns.
Students are grouped together in groups of 50. Each group is mentored by a Student University Mentor. Their mentor will answer questions on Slack, post feedback/new resources as well as lead monthly calls. Mentors will be the point of contact for advocates, but there will be involvement from others in the FT Schools team including the Global Education Editor and the Project Lead for FT Schools.
The FT will provide the advocates with all the resources needed to complete the prescribed tasks, help Advocates develop their own ideas for how to increase awareness of the FT in schools and support students in their personal development throughout the Programme.
Director, Strategic Partnerships
Global Education Editor