AIB Future Sparks

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We have been talking and listening to students, teachers and industry over the years, looking to get their views on skills-based learning. Skills like critical thinking, communication, creativity, teamwork and resilience, for example. We have also seen a steady move towards this form of learning, notably through the introduction of the Framework for Junior Cycle in 2015, and the growing emphasis on ‘life skills’ in the ongoing Senior Cycle Framework.

We are big supporters of this movement, and want to play our part in supporting students to develop key transferable life skills through their engagement with the curriculum. Fundamentally, we believe that learning skills now will future-proof the lives and careers of students, along with our future economy. Everyone will benefit, and this form of educational environment will be more important than ever in the post-pandemic era.

Our brand purpose at AIB is to back people to achieve their dreams and ambitions, and as part of this, we are pleased to establish an exciting new ‘Future Sparks’ schools programme. This will be an interdisciplinary programme across all year groups, joining the dots for young people and their teachers, as they navigate major transitions and key life moments within the various stages of their formal education.

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We hope that the programme will also serve as a platform for schools to share their practice and learnings in this area with the broader school community. We know that good work by schools is often unseen and unrecognised, and we invite you to share your own unique input and expertise.

We are also bringing industry professionals along with us on this journey, asking them to share their life skills stories and learning tools to further strengthen skills-based learning for young people in Ireland. It’s important to note that this programme has been designed by teachers for teachers, allowing it to fit in seamlessly with the curriculum, mapping onto current key skills frameworks and providing invaluable educational resources.

Launched in September 2021, key features include an online repository of targeted, subject-specific education resources, along with our online series, Future Sparks TV, which takes a teen-centric approach to real life stories, sparking off conversations and further learning.

We have been working with schools since 2002, and are in this for the long term. We now want to take a major step forward in helping schools to develop a Future Sparks Community, where schools, teachers and students who join us in our school programme will be rewarded for their efforts.

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    It is a post primary schools life skills programme comprising of two parts: 

    1. A resource bank of online ‘conversation sparking’ episodes illustrating real life example of key transferable skills and educational teaching resources specially developed by teachers in Guidance related subjects, Business, Economics, Home Economics and TY 
    2. A recognition and rewards piece for schools who submit their own ‘skills case study/ example of best practice’

     

    Simply register your interest using the contact form on the bottom of this page or alternatively email us at futuresparks@realnation.ie or call 01 522 4880. A member of the team will get back to you within working hours (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm) with your school’s unique access code. From here, you can use this code to create your very own account.

    The AIB Future Sparks Programme has been primarily designed as a resource bank for teachers to assist in the teaching of life skills as part of curricular work. All the resources on the website are ‘pick up and teach’ and some resources are available for students to use directly. Simply register to gain access to your unique Future Sparks programme account, log in, have a look around, and enjoy!

    During the year, simply log on, select which resources you would like to use and enjoy!

    Towards the end of the academic year, we will ask teachers in your school to submit a brief case study describing achievements in growing skills-based learning with your students or in your school. Schools who submit a case study will be rewarded for their efforts. Each Future Sparks School will be recognised as a leader in the life skills movement, and in line with AIB’s Sustainability agenda and our pledge to be carbon neutral by 2030, will receive a donation of a tree to be planted on the school grounds along with your Future Sparks plaque and certificates for participating students.

    The AIB Future Sparks Programme has resources for every year group from 1st Year right up to 6th Year, including TY and LCA students. Subjects include: Guidance Related Learning, Transition Year, Business Studies, Business, Accounting, Economics, Home Economics, LCVP, SPHE & Wellbeing.

    No, AIB Future Sparks is completely free!

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