Aspirations Morning at Reid Street Primary School in Darlington

Reid Street Primary School is a school with around 400 children in Darlington in an area of high deprivation. Joanne Davison teaches at the school and had used Primary Futures a couple of years ago to organise an aspirations week which allowed her children to be exposed to a wide range of volunteers from the world of work. As this was a one-off week, Joanne was passionate about organising smaller and more frequent events to consistently embed careers-related learning into the curriculum.

Using Primary Futures, Joanne organised an Aspirations morning on Wednesday 4th March as part of National Careers Week, which involved a ‘What’s My Line?’ assembly followed by Speed Networking in Year 4 and 5 classrooms. She had 6 volunteers attend, including a Clinical Research Project Manager, a Regional Manager for an Agricultural Company, a Marketing and Advertising Expert and a Management Consultant.

Joanne Davison, the teacher from the school commented:

“The whole morning was a great success. The volunteers were incredibly helpful and interesting to listen to. The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the morning and gained a valuable insight into a range of jobs and careers. It was perfect as the jobs were not your mainstream jobs such as vet, hairdressers, teachers etc. The year 4 and Y5 children also enjoyed the speed networking which worked perfectly after the assembly.”

Paula Ayto, the Principal, commented:

Aspiration and careers education is not something we can leave to secondary schools or Further Education. Even the youngest of children need opportunities to gain insights into the fascinating world of work and they certainly did through the ‘What’s My Job?’ assembly and workshops. Our six fantastic volunteers came from a wide range of very different professions – our pupils really had to think carefully about the questions they would ask. I have no doubt that this event is only the start of our collaboration with Primary Futures and we are looking forward to ensuring that the children of Reid Street are excited about their futures.”