Pupils share their future aspirations in drawing survey

6 October 2017


We’re delighted to have already received some amazing entries for the Drawing the Future survey from schools across the country as well as enquiries from across the world.

We’ve also had some lovely feedback from teachers about the benefits to their pupils:

“The survey promotes to the children the importance of raising aspirations and helps them to develop confidence in thinking and talking about their future aspirations.”

“We discussed the value of education and why it can be an important factor in gaining a good job.  As some children in my class are very artistic, they enjoyed representing what they wanted to do as a job as a drawing.”

“The children absolutely loved sharing their ideas. It was an activity which appealed to them because they were asked to really think about and share what they wanted to be when they grow up.”

The landmark national survey Drawing the Future launched in partnership with TES, the NAHT and the UCL Institute of Education last week will provide an exciting opportunity to learn more about children’s career aspirations and the factors that may be influencing their choices.

Drawing the Future simply asks children aged 7 to 11 to draw a picture of the job they might want to do when they are older.

There is still time to enter.

All teachers need to do is to ask their children to draw what they want to do, fill out the short school information sheet and send the entries back to us. It’s as easy as that!

The survey will only take schools a few minutes (perhaps done in an assembly or the start of lesson) and should be a fun way to get children thinking about their futures and how the subjects they are studying are relevant to this.

Please send all completed entries, as well as the school cover sheet, by October 23rd 2017.

Download the guidelines for UK teachers. (PDF) (PDF) Please read this document which contains detailed information about how to take part.

Download the Drawing the Future survey for children to complete. (PDF) (PDF) To be printed out and completed by your children – UK only.

Download the UK school cover sheet.  (PDF) (PDF) To be filled in and sent with all completed surveys.

Outside the UK and would like to take part? Email Jordan.rehill@educationandemployers.org for more information.