For volunteers

Primary Futures – what’s it all about?

Primary Futures aims to raise aspirations and, by helping children understand the link between learning in school and the world of work, to motivate them to improve their academic performance. Volunteers from a wide range of professions and different backgrounds – from Apprentices to CEOs, archaeologists to zoologists – give an hour to visit a local school where they talk about their job to enthuse the children about the opportunities open to them and how important literacy and numeracy are.

We know that for children of primary age, making a connection between what they learn in the classroom and how it relates to the world of work isn’t easy. Primary Futures is intended to change that. Children who can see the relationship between what they are learning and the possibilities it opens up for them in later life are likely to be far more motivated achieve.

Getting the chance to meet a wide range of people doing different jobs is particularly important for those children from disadvantaged backgrounds who have few successful role models, either at home or in their local communities.

JOIN US by pledging one hour a year to change young lives by volunteering to talk with girls in school. Register here – whatever your job, career or life stage!

The scheme has been developed with the NAHT (National Association of Head Teachers) who represent almost all primary head teachers in England and a total membership of 30,000 school leaders. Primary Futures is part of Inspiring the Future, run by the Education and Employers charity.

“For children of primary age, making a connection between what they learn in the classroom and how it relates to the world of work isn’t easy. Primary Futures is intended to change that. It is not about specific careers advice, or fixing on one path for the future at age 11. It is about raising and broadening horizons about what can be achieved. Children also benefit from understanding the practical requirements of the working world so they can be motivated to improve their literacy and numeracy.”
Russell Hobby, the National Association of Headteachers, General Secretary

See a Flickr photo album from a Primary Futures event in a school in Oxfordshire.

Primary Futures at Gateway Primary, Oxfordshire 5th December 2014

Advice for volunteers

Top tips and guidance for Primary Futures volunteers visiting local primary schools

Top Tips for Volunteers’ (PDF) registering with Inspiring the Future. Read this one-pager to ensure that you get the maximum number of invitations from schools and colleges.