New: Primary Careers Resources Platform launched by the Careers and Enterprise Company

A new platform is being launched today which is aimed at supporting primary staff to deliver engaging career-related learning for their pupils, with tools, information and resources available including a self-assessment quiz for schools and examples of innovative practice. Aimed at primary educators as well as governors, employers, parents and carers, and careers leaders, the platform was created observing the six key lessons learnt for practice identified in our ‘What works?’ report.   

We wrote the report ‘What works? Career-related learning in primary schools’, in late 2018 for the Careers and Enterprise Company. Building on the research we have done on primary over the last seven years it looked at thbenefits of career-related learning for Key Stage 3 pupils. We are pleased to see that the key findings from the report and our other research have been used in the creation of CEC’s Primary Careers Resources Platform.

Content on the platform was provided by the organisations who received funding as part of the Primary Fund including our charity who since 2019 have been running the largest pilot project of the fund. The pilot has focused on expanding our Primary Futures programme run in partnership with the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), reaching 330 primary schools across the country, delivering CPD to teachers and volunteers and providing a detailed evaluation of the impact of activities on children. Over 40,000 children have engaged in activities so far. 

Primary schools can still take part in our free primary project, enabling pupils to hear from engaging volunteers from the world of work via virtual interactive activities – get in touch to book a session with our team. 

Since 2013 we have been leading the way in making the case for starting early with employer engagement in schools,  researching the need for and impact of primary career-related learning. Alongside our ‘What works’ report, we have written for Teach First, TES, and in partnership with the NAHT, the Institute of Education and OECD. In 2018 we produced our largest report, Drawing the Future, which looked at the career aspirations of 13,000 children in the UK aged 7-11. Find out more about our findings.