Thursday, 19 July 2018

Frozen Kingdoms Interactive Schools Project November 2018





LiketoBe’s, Frozen Kingdoms interactive project is now open for students, teachers and schools to register to take part in the coming academic year. The project will follow Polar Explorer and Entrepreneur, Antony Jinman, and Wildlife Film Maker and Conservationist, Ruth Peacey, on their polar journey, giving young people in Key Stages 1 to 4 the opportunity to learn all there is to know about the cooler regions of our planet. In collaboration with a host of polar experts from across the globe, Antony and Ruth will take you on a truly immersive journey from the comfort of your classroom.

About Frozen Kingdoms Interactive Schools Project


From November 2018 to January 2019 Antony and Ruth be travelling the Peninsula of Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Island with the aim of bringing this experience directly into the school classroom. On their journey they will be supported by a team of polar experts who together will be providing regular blogs, photos and videos giving an eye witness account and expert knowledge of the wildlife, environment and history of the areas they traverse, to young people all over the world.

The Frozen Kingdoms project is open to students studying in Key Stages 1 to 4 and is made up of tailored lesson plans, presentations and videos enabling our frozen regions to be brought straight into the classroom setting. Topics that will be covered include wildlife conservation, impacts of climate change, the geography and history of the environment and native populations just to name a few!

The project is being hosted within the educational careers networking site LiketoBe.org, thus enabling students to access discussion forums, debate topics, share ideas and ask questions to the team throughout their journey. Students will also be invited to take part in competitions giving them a real opportunity to not only learn more about the Polar Regions, but to also develop valuable skills towards learning and work.

Register for Frozen Kingdoms


Students, teachers and schools can access the Frozen Kingdoms interactive project for free by signing up to LiketoBe.org. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us. Schools are also invited to book practical workshops and can register interest by completing our online registration form.

Antony and Ruth look forward to having you join their journey! Connect with them prior to the expedition on LiketoBe.org today!

Monday, 16 July 2018

Removing the Biggest Barrier to Young People’s Aspirations

We can give the next generation the spark to ready them for the future says Antony Jinman. 

What would you like to be when you leave school? Were you asked as a child? Perhaps you remember what you said. A footballer; farmer; engineer; doctor; nurse; astronaut? 

Whatever the response, the point is that our dreams matter. Becoming a physiotherapist because an early love of rugby was nurtured is a great thing. An engineer looking back fondly at childhood memories of building mighty cityscapes from Lego is a great thing. 

Yet so many young people aren’t aware of the career options available, lack the role models (beyond celebrities and sports starts perhaps!) to inspire them and don’t know the practical steps to start considering how to get from where you want to be. 

Antony's Career Journey 


We’re in the midst of exam season, a time of stress for many when pathways are set and the next steps are taken, academic or otherwise. For me it certainly wasn’t academic progress. At secondary school I became disillusioned about what I wanted to do. I hoped to go to university but failed my A Levels. 

A lot of my teachers at my school would dictate information, or get students to read aloud for the class, to note down. I struggled. It was when I turned 21, in the Royal Navy that I found out I am dyslexic. This a condition completely missed during my time in education and meaning that the system wasn't designed for a young person like me.

I never really knew what I wanted to do and have always been searching for my place in the world. But looking back, even during the directionless periods of my life, there was something that helped propel me forwards. 

Fascinated by a Frozen World


During primary school, I learnt about Captain Scott and the Antarctica, this frozen continent fascinated me, especially the animals, because it was so different to my South Devon doorstep. At age 8 my dream was to see a penguin in Antarctica. 

After A Levels, my careers advice ‘computer printout’ suggested public services. So I joined the Navy, because I knew the Navy went to Antarctica and I might see a penguin. I didn’t get selected to go on HMS Endurance and ended up on HMS Scott. 

In Search of a Dream 


Within two years, I was medically discharged and started working in adventure tourism. And what an adventure is has been. I was 12th Briton to ski to the geographic North pole and solo to the geographic South Pole. I achieved my dream of reaching the South Pole in 2014, but after two trips to the white continent I haven’t yet seen my penguin on ice! 

Today nearly 20 years since leaving school, I am enjoying an entrepreneurial life and helping to contribute my experiences back to society. 

Which brings me back to the question: What would you like to be when you grow up? One aspect of my work now is a desire to help young people with their career aspirations. 

Choosing a Future Career 


Students largely depend on parents and teachers for career inspiration, who may themselves lack business or industry experience. Some 83% of UK schools do not employ career guidance staff resulting in 70% of young people leaving education with no idea what they want to do. Various employment sectors face skills shortages and retention issues, but employers lack the time to send employees to visit schools. 

During my early adventures, I realised that I could connect to schools using a satellite phone, and built a website so pupils could ask me questions. I have seen that being able to communicate from Antarctica with children in schools helps connect young people to the world and raise aspirations. 

In 2009 I founded a social enterprise, Education Through Expeditions, which delivers school visits and polar science workshops. My team and I have now visited over 800 schools. 

It dawned on me that my expeditions could be used as a catalyst to link polar experts (scientists and educators) with schools on the same website. When I last journeyed to Antarctica in 2016, schools were asking me questions directly answerable via my iPhone! I realised I could link any professional person with teachers and students in a similar way. 

A New Beginning: The Launch of LiketoBe.org


Now that the website LiketoBe.org is up and running I’m inviting organisations across the South West and wider UK to get involved. I’m delighted that the RNLI, Plymouth City Council, Network Rail, Plymouth School of Creative Arts and PGL just to name a few have joined this networking platform enabling educators and young people to connect with business professionals in industry. 

I believe the biggest barrier to young people’s aspirations is lack of knowledge and understanding of career opportunities available. Helping to smash this barrier LiketoBe.org enables young people to communicate with employers in the professional world. 

In a digital era where someone can stand on the top of the world and talk with children in a classroom anywhere, we should be doing all we can to equip and inspire young people for the future possibilities. Whatever they may turn out to be it is vital that we help young people answer the question, “When I leave school, I’d like to be….”

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Opportunity: Freelance Educational Consultants & Ambassadors

LiketoBe.org is currently seeking educational consultants and teachers to assist in workshop delivery, teacher training, give honest feedback and help develop our online services.


With a background in education and openness to harnessing the digital world we live in today you willfacilitate the development of a community in which young people can connect to real-world careers advice from employers and professionals in industry. You will be driven to make a difference and throw yourself into ambassador duties to spread the word of LiketoBe!


So who is LiketoBe.org?

LiketoBe.org is a professional social networking platform linking employers, students and teachers for real world career advice. You can sign up and start using the platform today!

What are we looking for in an Educational Ambassador?

We are looking to work with individuals who are either still working in the UK education system (Primary and Secondary) or have a background in this area. For example you may be a Head Teacher, Subject Specialist or an existing Education Consultant. 

What activities does an Educational Ambassador undertake?

Our Educational Ambassadors could be involved in a variety of activities related to how we better meet the needs of our schools users. Here are some examples of the types of activities we are looking for our Educational Ambassadors to support: 

  • Using the LiketoBe platform and giving feedback on its functionality 
  • Sharing ideas on how best the platform may be integrated into classroom learning 
  • Sharing ideas on the best content and information young people are seeking today
  • Representing the schools industry at employer events to portray LiketoBe’s educational perspective
  • Spreading the word of LiketoBe and inviting school networks, educational professionals and individuals in industry to join the LiketoBe community
  • Assisting in the production of teaching resources for the LiketoBe platform
  • Delivering workshops and career outreach activities in schools

What do you get out of being an Educational Ambassador?

You will be an integral part of the LiketoBe Team and assist us in paving the way to a bright future for the members of LiketoBe. In return Educational Ambassadors can expect:


  • The opportunity to be a part of a pioneering platform which will revolutionise the way in which young people can access careers information
  • Payment as a freelancer for time spent on Ambassador activities
  • Time spent could count towards your CPD hours
  • Invitations to represent LiketoBe at events and undertake research tasks
  • Free subscription to the LiketoBe platform for you and any associated schools
  • To become part of the LiketoBe community of Educational Ambassadors
N/B. Please note this is a freelance position and Ambassadors will be invited to express interest as activities arise.


Next Step

Send an email to gemma@liketobe.org giving detail into:
  • your own career background and experiences
and tell us:
  • why you are passionate about shaping the future of careers information for young people 
Closing date: Monday 30th July 2018

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