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. Through the portal you can view the profiles of different volunteers in your locality and invite them to come to your 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.
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: BENEFIT – it brings learning to life and makes it relevant
- Talk about the different background and cultures they come from: BENEFIT – helps broaden young people’s horizons and raise their aspirations
- Take part in a literacy or numeracy activity with a small group of children: BENEFIT – contributes to improving their 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
How can we help you? By joining the Primary Futures programme, you have access to:
1. A range of volunteers from different jobs, sectors and career routes that can be invited via the self-service platform to visit your school and speak to the children at your school
2. A range of free resources designed to help you plan how to use the volunteers and run different activities
3. Different campaigns and projects focused on particular sectors or areas of need that you can take part in
4. Special employer led projects that take place throughout the year – including employer hosted events and in school workshops
5. Bespoke support from the Primary Futures team to help you to use the system and plan your activities or events
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: