Funded by the Blackpool Opportunity Area, Inspiring Blackpool (2021-22) provided focused support for 20 primary schools across the region to use Primary Futures, working closely with local business networks to engage local volunteers and employers.
A marine biologist, a scientist who works with deadly snakes, a production accountant for Coronation Street, and a paramedic were among over 80 volunteers taking part in activities, designed to embed careers-related learning into the curriculum and help children see the relevance of learning.
Volunteers helped promote the importance of skills learned at school in their jobs, enhancing an English and literacy drive, supporting STEM learning, and promoting maths-related jobs as part of World Maths Day. Other activities challenged children’s preconceptions of gender in jobs or supported Year 6 transitions, with a focus on gaining confidence and adapting to new environments to prepare for secondary school.
Blackpool is one of the most disadvantaged areas in the UK and for the children at St John Vianney’s, seeing people from the town who have gone on to have brilliant jobs – people like Hannah and Stuart – who they can relate to, is inspiring.Damian Horton, Teacher, St John Vianney
Over 5000 children took part in a mix of virtual and in-person sessions. Key outcomes included children better understanding links between learning and the wider world, having an increased awareness of jobs following project activities, and improved self-perceptions in confidence, self-efficacy, and self-belief.
After I met the adults online describing their jobs I felt inspired. I liked how they said if you feel different it’s good because it’s what makes you you. Not everyone will be a rocket scientist, it’s about finding what you’re good at.Pupil at Baines Endowed Primary School