Raising aspirations at Short Wood Primary School in Telford

Short Wood Primary School is in a deprived area in Telford. The school hadn’t previously done any careers related activities before. so were really motivated to invite volunteers into their school to raise their children’s aspirations and increase their knowledge of a wide range of job roles.

Using Primary Futures, they organised for 10 volunteers to attend a ‘What’s My Line?” assembly in January, where children asked volunteers yes or no questions to try and figure out what their job role is. This was followed by Speed Networking with Year 6 students, where these children got the opportunity to ask volunteers more in depth questions about their jobs and a chance to understand how their learning connects to the world of work.

Julie Jones was the teacher who organised the event and said: “It was a great success!  The volunteers were all amazing and very good with our children – in fact they’ve all said they’d like to come back and work more with us.  The children were all very enthusiastic, and actually very good at guessing job roles – there was just one volunteer who stumped them, an Advanced Nurse Practitioner. The format worked well too.”