Across all departments at Microsoft we love having young people come to visit our head office in the UK. In particular those that are visiting us within the Education team, after all they are the reason we are innovating and refining our education specific technology, and the reason we come to work here every day. So when Graham Fox, our Schools business manager had the opportunity to engage with students from three schools via Dr Albin Wallace, Director of IT and School development of The Education Fellowship, he jumped at the chance.
The Education Fellowship is an organisation which works alongside local schools to help them to reach an outstanding level of education for students, their parents and staff at the school.
When TEF has come alongside a school they will work with the leadership team throughout a dedicated programme covering personalised support, management training, data systems and pupil tracking, educational technology, performance management, continuous professional development & leadership training.
Once onsite Graham and Michael Jones, also from the education team, gave the students a deep dive into Microsoft, starting with the Bill Gates & Paul Allen era and taking us up to where we are today, they got interactive with some of our latest devices, learned how to code before finishing up with a tour of the campus and a picnic on the beautiful Thames Valley Park grounds.
The student’s from Wrenn School, Clarendon Academy and Rushden Community College were also able to hear from a number of key players within the education space here at Microsoft, these included Phil Cross who looks after our DreamSpark programme, Charlie Gilbert, an ex-apprentice who has achieved some incredible things within the business and two of our student interns, Sophie Smyth and Helene Fyffe. The motive behind the day was to really inspire the student’s as to where a career within the technology industry could take you, and possible routes into the profession.
Over the next week or so we’ll be hearing from some of the students that attended the tour and share their feedback with you, but for now, here are a few pictures from the day.