Ready2Lead? is back for a second year, this time with a series of virtual sessions aimed at inspiring Lower Sixth Formers across Bedford Borough.  

The leadership conference, which was borne out of an idea from Senior Day Housemaster, Simon Everitt, was originally devised and organised by students and teachers from Bedford School, Bedford Girls’ School, Bedford Modern School and Mark Rutherford School, with input from national youth leadership charity Uprising.

The first conference, hosted at Bedford School, took place last year and was attended by 110 pupils from nine schools across Bedford. The project excitingly brings together pupils from different backgrounds, encouraging them to work collaboratively and to develop the knowledge and skills they need to lead others.  It is a great opportunity to collaborate with other local schools to create opportunities for Bedford’s young people.

Young leaders at last year’s Ready2Lead? conference.

For the 2020 conference, the working party, which includes three Bedford School boys, Amir Solanki, Ciaran Zanna and Varun Parmar, has put together a dynamic programme, which will be delivered via four online twilight sessions – the first session ‘Ready 2 be Extraordinary’ was held on Wednesday 14 October with Ivy House Founder and Creative Director, Elke Edwards. The sessions will be delivered by expert speakers with opportunities for inter-schools networking and team building, as well as the chance to compete in the GSL Global Goals Competition.

Simon Everitt, who leads the planning group, said, “The Ready2Lead? Conference is an opportunity to enable the young people of Bedford Borough to realise their own uniqueness and the positive impact that only they can make. Going online with the conference has been a fantastic opportunity and we are delighted that we have even more delegates than last year from across the borough. Students from Bedford School have been instrumental in the planning process as have members of our wonderful support staff. The result is a conference that will provide a rich and challenging experience, with exciting opportunities to work together on projects that can be developed for submission to the Global Goals Competition, run by Global Social Leaders. We are looking forward to seeing the students of Bedford Borough, including many of our own boys, being ready to lead practical, positive change in our community and beyond.”

Last year’s Ready2Lead? planning team

More information can be found on the Ready2Lead? website here  Ready2Lead?

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