Primary Futures virtual sessions connect children with volunteers through interactive online webinars. Just like face-to-face events, sessions show pupils the broad range of jobs available, motivating them by showing the link between learning and the wider world and inspiring them to believe in their future potential.
Developed together with teachers, the virtual activities are an easy, safe and effective way for children to connect with inspiring volunteers all across the UK. With polls and secure question boxes to promote interactivity and engagement, the sessions aim to excite pupils about learning, challenge stereotypes, and demonstrate the diverse range of people in different jobs and sectors. During the 2020 summer term, our volunteers and teachers reached 6000 children and young people virtually.
Thousands of volunteers have signed up to take part in remote sessions. So far, students have heard from video producers, doctors, life coaches, business owners, and many more – there is such a wealth of experience and variety among our volunteers.
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.”
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. As safeguarding is an absolute priority for schools, activities have been tailored to strictly meet these requirements .
- Sign up or log into your portal.
- View our resources to help you plan your activity.
- Go to “Search for volunteers” and select “Remote volunteers” to choose from over 8000 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.
- Email us if you have any questions along the way. We are always here to help!
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.
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 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.
Please get in touch with us if you have any questions along the way – we are here to support you.