Aspirations Day at Strathmore Primary School in Angus

Strathmore Primary School is a primary school in Angus, Scotland. The school organised an Aspirations Day on Wednesday 12th February 2020. The children at this school come from a mixed socio-economic background, so the Principal Teacher, Ruth McFarlane, was passionate about raising aspirations. Ruth also wanted to emphasise the importance of numeracy and literacy through volunteers speaking about how this relates to their work.

They planned a whole school ‘What’s My Line?’ assembly followed by afternoon classroom talks where students had the opportunity to ask the volunteers further questions about their job roles. Volunteers included a personal trainer, anaesthetist, harvester and a biologist.

The children were able to draw the link between their learning in schools and the workplace:

“You need to be able to measure distances and understand angles to be photographer.”

“I know you have to have a growth mindset and keep trying to have a career.”

“I feel like I can do any job now and I know school is important.”

The Teacher, Ruth, said:

“I recently used Primary Futures to plan and deliver a whole school ‘What’s My Line?’ assembly for our learners aged 5-12. Using Primary Futures allowed me to have access to The Primary Futures team who are incredibly supportive throughout the whole process, offering a range of guidance throughout including; phone consultations, emails and guides. The platform helped me to contact individuals and businesses I may not have otherwise known about and provided an excellent starting point for the careers event. I would recommend the Primary Futures platform and team to anyone hoping to promote careers education in their school.”

Volunteers who attended said:

“The morning session was fantastic, very well thought out and clear. Hands down one of the best careers events I have ever been involved in. Thank you.”

“Kids were polite and interested- really enjoyed the afternoon.”

“It was a brilliant afternoon with the great learners.”

“A great event- fun and entertaining for the children, while being informative. Good to have a link to literacy and numeracy as well.”