Children begin to form stereotypes about occupations, careers and universities from the age of six (1). Having the opportunity at primary school to meet a wide range of people doing different jobs is really important.
Run in partnership with the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), Primary Futures connects primary schools with inspirational, diverse volunteers from a range of careers, who connect with schools to talk to children about their jobs and show how what they are learning at school can lead to an interesting, exciting future. Schools can connect with volunteers from the community to make those key local connections, or link with people across the UK via virtual interactive activities. Our activities feed children’s curiosity, break down gender stereotypes and open their eyes to future possibilities.
We know that for children of primary age, making a connection between what they learn in the classroom and how it relates to the world of work isn’t easy. Primary Futures is intended to change that. Children who can see the relationship between what they are learning and the possibilities it opens up for them in later life are likely to be far more motivated to achieve.
Getting the chance to meet a wide range of people doing different jobs is particularly important for those children from disadvantaged backgrounds who have few successful role models, either at home or in their local communities. Primary Futures helps children understand how achieving at school can lead to a satisfying, fulfilling career.
Primary Futures connects primary schools around the country for free to people from a wide range of jobs and different backgrounds via a secure online database – from apprentices to CEOs, archaeologists to zoologists.
Register today to start connecting with inspiring volunteers from the world of work.
(1) National Foundation for Educational Research (NFRE) research.