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Primary Futures aims to widen the horizons and aspirations of primary school children by helping them make the connections between their lessons and their futures.
Primary Futures has been developed by school leaders' union NAHT in partnership with the Education and Employers charity. It is completely free to all state primary schools across England and is part of the successful Inspiring the Future programme which has already registered 16,078 volunteers and 6,731 teachers representing nearly 75% of state secondary schools.
Through the free Primary Futures programme primary schools can access a vast network of volunteers from different backgrounds and professions - from apprentices to chief executives, archaeologists to zoologists or employees from small, medium sized or multi-national companies.
The Primary Futures project is led by the National Association of Headteachers, the largest school leaders association in Europe in partnership with the Education and Employers charity, whose mission is to 'ensure that every school and college has an effective partnership with employers to provide its young people with the inspiration, motivation, knowledge, skills and opportunities they need to help them achieve their potential and so to secure the UK's future prosperity'.
Russell Hobby, NAHT General Secretary says; "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. "
We need to give our children and young people a vision of the opportunities available to them, so that they understand the value of learning and in doing so raise aspirations. It is never too soon to start this. We also need better connections between schools and the communities and businesses they work with. Working with charity the Education and Employers Taskforce helps achieve both goals at once. We value working with other organisations on projects that give children the best start in life".
Through Primary Futures you can access a growing network of volunteers from different professions and sectors waiting to be invited into school to talk, work and share with children. Once your school has registered the service allows teachers to view profiles of different volunteers and directly message any they would like to come into their school.
When volunteers sign up, they are asked if they would mind being approached by local schools to talk about their current job and why reading and numeracy in their primary school days were so important in achieving their current status.
Volunteers will also have the option of indicating their interest in becoming reading or number partners either as part of a session talking about their job or on a separate occasion.
Volunteers might be apprentices, graduate recruits or Chief Executives. They could be from small, medium sized or multi-national companies. Thousands of volunteers have already signed up and dozens more register every day. As time goes on, the number of activities will be expanded making it easier than ever to work with employers and other community members to support the learning, progress and aspirations of the children.
Every volunteer signed up has committed to providing at least one hour once a year to a state school in their area. How the volunteering works in your school will be down to the conversation between the two parties as will the role they play in reading or numeracy. The school is responsible for managing and leading the process and discussing the programme requirements with the volunteers.
Talk to our Schools Manager, Charlotte, on 0203 206 0510 or email her at email@example.com if you have any questions about how to register.
For more details on how Inspiring the Future volunteers can get involved with your primary school, and resources and hints for making a visit a success, click here.
The National Association of Headteachers has been working with the Primary Futures programme on regional pilots. The case studies below highlight the aims, experiences and outcomes of these primary schools around the country.
These classroom events aimed to link learning in school - especially literacy and numeracy - to the world of work, raise aspirations and break down job stereotypes.
Here is our letter to all MPs inviting them to visit a primary school in their constituency as part of Primary Futures Week 2014.
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