What is Primary Futures?

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 talk to children about their jobs and show how what they are learning at school can lead to an interesting, exciting future. Activities help children to broaden their horizons, raise their aspirations, challenge stereotypes and motivate them in their learning. Teachers report that this can lead to an increase in academic attainment and gains in confidence and engagement.

What do I get?

Primary Futures is free for state primary schools. Sign up with our quick registration form to gain access to:

  1. A range of volunteers from different jobs, sectors and career routes that can be invited via the self-service platform to visit your school or join virtually to speak to the children at your school
  2. Free resources designed to help you plan different activities
  3. Pre-recorded video activities exploring topics including gender stereotypes, TV and tech, and jobs in the NHS 
  4. Access to live or on-demand interactive teacher training sessions on best practice ideas
  5. Bespoke support from the Primary Futures team to help you to use the system and plan your activities or events
  6. Different campaigns and projects focused on particular sectors or areas of need that you can take part in 
  7. Special employer-led projects that take place throughout the year – including employer-hosted events and in school workshops

Making an impact for your children

Our research shows:

  • Starting early with aspirations learning is key to social mobility
  • Primary Futures is effective wherever you are, with positive findings across local authorities
  • Meeting role models from the world of work can increase motivation to learn
  • Disadvantaged children often benefit the most from activities

Read more in our Scaling Up report, which evaluates the experiences of almost 10,000 children.

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