Our Future Derby

Launched in 2019 with a focus in Derby, Our Future connected teachers with workplace volunteers to inspire children and help them see the link between curriculum learning and their futures. 

Following a successful first phase, the project was extended in September 2021 to include 52 schools across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, including Multi-Academy Trusts and two SEND schools.

Our Future was funded by the D2N2 Opportunity Area and run by Inspiring the Future in partnership with Learn by Design and dmh associates.

Our Future Derby

Key outcomes: Sept 2021 – July 2022

Reaching over 9000 children, with 100% of teacher-respondents indicating the programme had a positive effect on children taking part:

  • Improvements in key skills such as confidence, speaking in front of the class, and aiming high
  • Advances in tackling gender stereotyping 
  • Positive impact on raising aspirations and broadening horizons

Our Future is building interpersonal skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, communication.

Deputy Headteacher, Southwold Primary School

For schools:

  • Twinning partnerships including meeting with other teachers, building confidence and sharing best policies and practices 
  • Helping embed careers-related learning throughout schools  – in one case supporting an increased Ofsted leadership rating

This project helped transform our school curriculum and the way we think about leadership and project-based learning in the classroom.

Headteacher, Landau Forte Academy Moorhead

Related research

  • Read the Our Future Derby full impact report by Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE (2021)
  • What works? – Career-related learning in primary schools by Dr Elnaz Kashefpakdel, Jordan Rehill, and Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE (2018)
  • Career-related learning in primary – The role of primary teachers and schools in preparing children for the future by Dr Elnaz Kashefpakdel, Jordan Rehill, and Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE (2019)
  • Drawing the Future – Exploring the career aspirations of primary school children from around the world by Nick Chambers, Dr Elnaz Kashefpakdel, Jordan Rehill, and Christian Percy (2018)