Primary Futures: Key Stage 1

Career insight talks with younger pupils

Volunteers talking to younger children about their jobs and why reading and numeracy are so important in what they do 

Careers insight talks can be done in many different ways. Many schools do these through assemblies or classroom sessions, where volunteers from different industries come in and talk to pupils about their jobs and why their school learning was so important. This allows younger pupils to connect what they are doing in the classroom to the adult world as they start their learning journey.

Volunteers could be asked to bring in their favourite book and as well as talking about the jobs they do, can be asked to so they can explain why literacy and numeracy are so important in the world of work.

It might be a talk from a doctor, pilot or firefighter – jobs that KS1 pupils already know – through to the more unusual forensic scientist, adventure journalist or fashion designer.  It’s easy to find who is available in your area.

Careers insight talks can be done in many different ways. Many schools do these through assemblies or classroom sessions, where volunteers from different industries come in and talk to the pupils about their jobs. This allows younger pupils to connect what they are doing in the classroom to the adult world as they start their journey through education.

Case study – Read about Professions Week in Year 1 in a West London primary

We have produced a PowerPoint presentation including a step-by-step guide for teachers using the system, as well as the rationale behind the Inspiring the Future career talks.