What people are saying about Primary Futures

Prime Minister, David Cameron: “Children who understand the link between the world of work and what they learn in school are much more likely to achieve. Primary Futures is a great nationwide initiative developed by the National Association of Head Teachers and charity the Education and Employers Taskforce. It gets people from different backgrounds doing a wide range of jobs from apprentices to CEOs, archaeologists to zoologists to volunteer an hour of their time to visit local schools across the country and talk to children. It’s a great campaign and one that deserves the widest support. Over 22,000 people have already signed up and I encourage you to join them.”

Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan: “I am delighted to support Primary Futures. We want schools to connect with industry and the business community in order to inspire children to consider the vast array of different opportunities available to them. Professional people are giving their time for free to show children that there should be no limit to what they want to do with their lives. These visits will help to show children what they can achieve. It is exciting to see schools taking the initiative in this way.”

What volunteers say

Feedback from many of our volunteers tells us they also gain a great deal from working with the children, so much so that in some cases long term relationships have built up with individuals and companies as the quote from a volunteer in Barnsley shows:

“Thanks for giving me the opportunity to speak at your school today and for making me so welcome. I hope the children enjoyed my session. I certainly did! As I mentioned before, I’m happy to stay involved, but will take my lead from you as to what form you’d like that involvement to take.”