Children begin to form stereotypes about occupations, careers and universities from the age of six*. Having the opportunity at primary school to meet a wide range of people doing different jobs is really important.
Primary Futures connects primary schools with inspirational, diverse volunteers from a range of careers, who come into school to talk to children about their jobs and show how what they are learning at school can lead to an interesting, exciting futures. Our in-school activities feed children’s curiosity, break down gender stereotypes and opens 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 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, in whatever they desire.
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 via the Sign Up button at the top of the page to see and contact the volunteers in your area.
*National Foundation for Educational Research (NFRE) research.