Daniel Snell & Emily Shenton : Arrival Education

What is Arrival Education (AE) all about?
AE has designed and built a ground-breaking 4-year talent development/social change programme, called Success for Life, which develops young people, from challenging backgrounds, in the real skills, knowledge, personal attributes and ways of thinking needed to be highly successful in work and in life. Through the programme students develop the qualities and abilities that will enable them to compete with those who have been to the top fee-paying schools. S4L is delivered in partnership with some of the UK’s leading businesses who see the value in delivering combined CSR/L&D that develops their own people in the skills and attributes needed to be exceptional leaders.

What is the social impact?

Success for Life produces substantial increases in attendance and academic results (typically 2 grade improvement at GCSE, with only one 2 hour session on academics). Students have turned from being at risk of exclusion to becoming star performers at school. All students stay on in education post-16. Because of the selection process for the programme (where AE looks for the most influential young people in the community) the programme impacts beyond those directly involved.

Who are the people involved?

Daniel Snell: Before founding AE Daniel had a number of roles in the commercial sector working predominantly in the tech space at businesses such as Thomson Financial and Complinet amongst others. He has written and delivered thousands of hours of change work both to business professionals and young people.

Emily Shenton: Emily started working on AE in 2004 co-delivering programmes with Daniel on Saturdays and after work. After starting her career at Unilever, she helped build a pioneering media business. She was included in Management Today’s prestigious 35 Women under 35 list in 2009 and was recipient of the Future 100 award for social entrepreneurs.

We also have a hands-on advisory group, comprised of a number of key advisors with a vast range of experience at building, scaling up, managing and exiting businesses.

What are the future plans?

AE plans to continue building in London whilst also rolling out to other major urban cities in England.

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