BBC Radio 1 and television presenter Phil Taggart is returning to his old school to speak to pupils about his days there and how he got into broadcasting. Phil will visit Christian Brothers Grammar in Omagh today, Friday, 19 October, to talk about his journey from musician to Radio 1 presenter as part of the BBC Make It: Super Assembly.

During the event the students will quiz Phil about his school days, what it takes to be a success, and how to spot an opportunity when it finally does come your way.

Phil says: “I’ve been asked back to the Christian Brothers Grammar School in Omagh to fulfil the final quota of detention by talking to the pupils today, Friday, 19 October. It will be a mad trip heading back to see how the old dear is scrubbing up in 2018 and, of course, I can’t wait to meet and chat to the next generation of talented young people coming through. I wonder what my old teachers must make of this? There’s bound to have been at least one ‘this isn’t a good idea’ meeting in the staff room. Well, we will find out on Friday if the fear was merited.”

Super Assembly is part of BBC Northern Ireland’s Make It campaign focusing on the educational attainment gap in Northern Ireland. This multi-platform initiative aims to help tackle the educational and aspirational needs of 16-24 year-olds in Northern Ireland, particularly those of young males in disadvantaged areas. These inspirational talks have seen well-known figures visit schools across Northern Ireland, including football’s David Jeffrey, BBC Radio Ulster’s Stephen Nolan, boxing champion Carl Frampton and Ulster Rugby captain Rory Best.

With a wide range of activities and content across all platforms, Make It aims to raise awareness of the educational attainment gap and its wider impact on society and our economy, while providing opportunities for discussion and debate both on and off the air.

The campaign has been developed as a response to research which shows that Protestant boys from working class areas in Northern Ireland are under achieving at GCSE level. BBC Northern Ireland has also led an extensive piece of research which concluded that there were real issues regarding the aspirations of young men within this group. This led to collaboration with experts, agencies and partners to ensure that ‘Make It’ plays a significant role in a cross-sector approach to the attainment gap in Northern Ireland.

For more information and watch to Phil Taggart live online at 2pm (BST) today, Friday, 19th October visit the website bbc.co.uk/makeit

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