Together with teachers and volunteers, we have pioneered virtual interactive ways to enable children to connect with people from the world of work across all different backgrounds and sectors. Just like face-to-face events, the activities show pupils the broad range of jobs available, motivating them by showing the link between learning and the wider world, challenging stereotypes and inspiring them to believe in their future potential.
Virtual activities are an easy, safe and effective way for children to connect with inspiring volunteers all across the UK. The sessions are teacher led, so schools can decide how best to involve volunteers. You can invite them to take part in a range of different activities from ‘What’s My Line’ assemblies to Classroom Chats and talks on specific subjects. Using the technology platform of your choice, you can add polls and have Q&As as a major element of the activities, ensuring an interactive and engaging learning experience and enabling children to ask direct questions of the role models in real time and get their response.
Thousands of volunteers have signed up to take part in virtual sessions. From apprentices to company directors, from nurses, to lawyers, to artists – there is such a wealth of experience and variety among our volunteers. You can invite any virtual volunteer to take part in your activity, regardless of local authority area.
Children participating in the sessions have said:
- “I learnt that lots of lessons you learn in school are useful in the long run.”
- “It showed me that girls and boys can have the same job.”
- “I learnt that it’s ok to not know exactly what I want to do right now.”
Teachers have said:
- “I cannot begin to say how much we loved the session. The volunteers were incredibly inspiring and they had such an impact on the children.”
- “The children were exposed to different volunteers from different professions, which was good to broaden their knowledge of different jobs and the world of work.”
- “If we can do it, anybody can… Our technology in school is quite archaic, we have lots of different bubbles and lesson times… but it can work… just do it, it’s been brilliant.” – Tracy Page, Stephenson Way Academy
How does it work?
Schools can invite volunteers to help with a wide range of virtual activities, and we provide resources and guidance on best practice formats as well as template presentations. We know that safeguarding is priority, and we adhere to strict policies, providing guidance and information for parents and carers, volunteers and teachers.
- Sign up or log into your portal.
- View our resources to help you plan, with activity templates and safeguarding guidance (click on the ‘Virtual interactive activities’ and ‘Resources’ icons on the homepage).
- Go to ‘Search for volunteers’ and tick ‘Remote volunteers’ at the bottom of the page to choose from thousands of volunteers willing to speak virtually. You can also filter by sector.
- Send selected volunteers an invitation to your activity, giving them details such as year groups involved and key focus points for the session.
- Once your volunteers have accepted the invitation, send them additional information and keep in touch via chat.
- Email us if you have any questions along the way. We are always here to help!
Hear from two teachers about their virtual experiences:
Learn more and see how the activities work in practice:
More exciting virtual opportunities:
- Sessions with employers
We are running special virtual sessions with volunteers from the NHS, Bank of America and the aviation sector. Get in touch if you are interested in planning an activity with one of these employers.
- CEC Project
Our Careers and Enterprise Company Primary Fund funded project is also continuing this autumn term, so if your school is involved please get in touch to book in your bespoke virtual activity.
- NHS pre-recorded Classroom Chat
We have produced a pre-recorded Classroom Chat with brilliant volunteers from the NHS to showcase the broad range of jobs in healthcare. Access the Classroom Chat via this short form. The chat is accompanied by a resource to help you and your pupils get the most out of the session.
Again, please get in touch with us if you have any questions along the way – we are here to support you.