Inspiring the Future is open to all schools but we also provide targeted support to those who need it most, usually on a project basis.
Recent projects have focused on primary-aged children, as part of our Primary Futures service.
Ensuring children in an area of low social mobility feel motivated about learning and their futures post-pandemic, and equipping teachers to run their own Primary Futures activities beyond the project.
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 learnt 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.
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.
Connecting schools with inspiring role models from the world of work for aspiration-raising activities through a package of support for schools, designed to enable teacher-led use of Primary-Futures long-term.
Building on an earlier 2019 campaign, Inspiring Dorset (2021-22) was proactively funded by Dorset LEP and run in partnership with Dorset Council. The project focused on schools in areas of low social mobility, some with families who are second or third-generation unemployed.
“It opened doors to the children’s horizons and immediately broadens the curriculum bringing context to it.”Teacher
- Broadening children’s aspirations and horizons, with children having an increased awareness of jobs
- Pre-recorded activities were found to have a comparable impact on children’s outcomes as live encounters
- Activities were adapted successfully for primary phase SEND learners in special school settings – in future, some adaptations could be transferred to support SEND learners in mainstream more generally
The project involved 36 schools and exceeded key targets, engaging over 6,700 children and training nearly 150 teachers on the benefits of career-related learning and the use of Primary Futures. Run entirely as virtual sessions, it was supported by volunteers drawn from the local area as well as from Primary Future’s national network.
“There was a lot of practical life advice about being passionate about what you do, learning and taking that onto the next stage and that really made a big difference to the children. It had a big impact in a short space of time.”Leif Pallister, Headteacher, Bincombe Valley Primary School