To mark National Careers Week (Monday 4 March, to Friday 8 March) Education Secretary Damian Hinds has announced that the Department for Education (DfE) is working with industry leaders to help all primary schools offer careers education to pupils.
Primary Futures, a programme run by the charity, Education and Employers was cited as an industry exemplar in connecting primary school children with the world of work. The announcement on primary education came after the Secretary of State visited Barham Primary School in Wembley to see for himself the Primary Futures programme in action.
Along with the Secretary of State were 25 other volunteers from all walks of life from engineers to authors, jewellery designers to architects. The programme, which has been developed over the last five years in conjunction with the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), currently has nearly 50,000 volunteers and over 4,000 primary schools registered on its state of the art online matching service.
Created to broaden the horizons and raise the aspirations of primary school children, it is easy to use and free for all. Research conducted by the charity last year underlined that children as young as six already have preconceptions about what they can and can’t do in a job, so this programme helps challenge both gender and social stereotyping. Registered schools have access to a wide range of teaching resources designed with teachers for teachers. If you want a bit more detail here is a short video about the impact of the Primary Futures programme.
Governing boards have a key role in ensuring their school(s) gives its pupils the tools and knowledge to make a success of their lives.