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Cass Business School has been awarded a £500,000 grant from Sir John Cass’s Foundation to establish a new five year programme, connecting Cass Business School to local state secondary schools through a combination of individual mentoring and group coaching delivered by undergraduates to pupils aged 14-18. One of the schools included will be the Foundation’s own secondary school.

Matching the £500,000 donation, Cass Business School will work with Sir John Cass’s Foundation to develop The School Engagement Programme – an exceptional new initiative enabling Cass BSc Management students to work with GCSE and A-level pupils helping to boost academic attainment, prepare for higher education and support transition to the world of work. Priority will be given to students eligible for Pupil Premium support, with a focus on numeracy and literacy – a gap in the A-level curriculum which is often exposed in higher education.

Uniquely, Cass students who participate will be able to develop essential management and communication skills and will receive an academic credit to reflect the importance of business skills developed through mentoring.

Professor Steven Haberman, Dean of Cass Business School, City University London, said, “With the ongoing support of Sir John Cass’s Foundation, Cass Business School continues to demonstrate our longstanding commitment and investment to education within inner-London communities. Working with local schools to widen participation in higher education is an essential endeavour for a university like ours situated in the heart of the London.

“The School Engagement Programme is a brilliant opportunity for our undergraduates. It will broaden their education by recognising mentoring, coaching and communication skills as essential for any manager in the workplace.”

Kevin Everett, Chairman of Sir John Cass’s Foundation, said, “We are delighted to be supporting this five year ground-breaking and innovative mentoring programme which will see students at the Cass Business School mentor pupils at Sir John Cass’s Foundation and Red Coat CE Secondary School in Tower Hamlets.

“The Foundation is the Sole Trustee of the Secondary School, which will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary since it was established by the Foundation in 1966. This is fitting and appropriate, and one of the ways, in which we will be marking this important milestone.”

 The Signing Ceremony at the Cass Business School on the 8th October 2015. From left to right:   Professor Steven Haberman, Dean of the Cass Business School Richard Foley, Chief Executive, Sir John Cass’s Foundation Professor Paul Palmer, Associate Dean for Ethics, Sustainability and Engagement, Cass Business School

The Signing Ceremony at the Cass Business School on the 8th October 2015.
From left to right:
Professor Steven Haberman, Dean of the Cass Business School
Richard Foley, Chief Executive, Sir John Cass’s Foundation
Professor Paul Palmer, Associate Dean for Ethics, Sustainability and Engagement, Cass Business School

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Notes to Editors:

About Cass Business School

Cass Business School, which is part of City University London, delivers innovative, relevant and forward-looking education, consultancy and research. Cass is located in the heart of one of the world’s leading financial centres.  It has strong links to both the City of London and its corporate, financial and professional service firms, as well as to the thriving entrepreneurial hub of Tech City – located close to the School.

Cass’s MBA, specialist Masters and undergraduate degrees have a global reputation for excellence, and the School supports nearly 100 PhD students.

Cass offers one of the widest portfolio of specialist Masters programmes in Europe.  It also has the largest faculties of Finance and Actuarial Science and Insurance in the region.

As examples of recent independent rankings of our research, Cass is ranked number 3 in Europe for its finance research, number 2 in Europe and number 11 in the world for banking research, and number 1 in Europe and number 2 in the world for actuarial science research.

Cass is a place where students, academics, industry experts, business leaders and policy makers can enrich each other’s thinking. www.cass.city.ac.uk @cassbusiness

About Sir John Cass’s Foundation

Sir John Cass’s Foundation was established in 1748 and takes its name from Sir John Cass, a City of London politician and philanthropist, who bequeathed the majority of his properties and fortune to the endeavour. Its vision is to be regarded as an influential organisation, contributing to educational policy, practice and research in order to shape and meet the evolving needs of London’s young people.

The Foundation supports a wide range of educational establishments, special educational projects, grants and bursaries. It has been successfully doing this for over 250 years and today the Foundation is one of the largest and oldest educational charities in London.

www.sirjohncassfoundation.com