What can you use Primary Futures for?

Once your school has registered you can contact a growing number of enthusiastic volunteers from different professions and sectors waiting to be invited into school to talk, work with and inspire your children. Teachers are able to view the profiles of different volunteers in their locality and contact any they would like to come into their school.

It’s up to you to decide how to work in partnership with your volunteers. There are many ways they could work with the children – maybe in small groups, in classes or even year groups. Primary Futures could be a one off event, although experience tells us that when it’s built into the school year as part of the curriculum it is even more effective in meeting the children’s needs.

It’s up to schools to message and invite in the volunteers they are interested in, so do log in once you are signed up to see who is available in your area.

What could the volunteers do in my school?

  • Talk about their jobs and enthuse the children about the range of opportunities open to them and how important reading and numeracy were in their school days; bringing learning to life and making it relevant
  • Talk about the different background and cultures they come from and in doing so help broaden young people’s horizons and raise aspirations
  • Take part in a literacy or numeracy activity with a small group of children, to contribute to improving basic skills and confidence
  • Act as judges in projects and competitions e.g. enterprise or environment schemes
  • Think about taking on the role of a school governor
  • Take part in a ‘What’s my Line?’ activity

Of course this list is not exhaustive. There are many other ways to work with our volunteers. You might find this guide (PDF) useful in planning your Primary Futures activities.

You can also find ideas and inspiration from how other schools have used Primary Futures in our examples of best practice.

What does a ‘What’s my Line?’ activity involve?

‘What’s my Line?’ is a fun, interactive activity to play with primary school children, that gets them thinking about what it is like to do different kinds of jobs and brings their learning to life. This is an enjoyable activity with a serious underlying message, to tackle gender stereotypes.

Below is a clip of a ‘What’s my Line?’ session in action with pupils and our volunteers at Priestmead Primary School in Harrow: