How Primary Futures works and how to use the volunteers

How does Primary Futures work?

Primary Futures works by connecting schools to volunteers via a secure online database. Teachers and staff can register by clicking on the Sign Up button at the top of this page.

Once your school has registered by clicking on the button at the top of the homepage and following the instructions you can contact a growing number of enthusiastic volunteers from different professions and sectors waiting to be invited into school to talk, work with and inspire your children. Teachers are able to view the profiles of different volunteers in their locality and contact any they would like to come into their school.

Once you have joined us it’s up to you to decide how you would like to work in partnership with your volunteers. When you contact them that is the start of the relationship. There are many ways they could work with the children – maybe in small groups, in classes or even year groups. Primary Futures could be a one off event, although experience tells us that when it’s built into the school year as part of the curriculum it is even more effective in meeting the children’s needs.

It’s up to schools to message and invite in the volunteers they are interested in, so do log in once you are signed up to see who is available in your area.

What could the volunteers do in my school?

  • Talk about their jobs and enthuse the children about the range of opportunities open to them and how important reading and numeracy were in their school days bringing learning to life and making it relevant.
  • Take part in a What’s My Line assembly activity
  • Talk about the different background and cultures they come from and in doing so help broaden young people’s horizons and raise aspirations.
  • Take part in a literacy or numeracy activity with a small group of children to contribute to improving basic skills and confidence.
  • Maybe act as judges in projects and competitions e.g. enterprise or environment schemes or get involved in the activities using their expertise.
  • Think about taking on the role of a school governor.

Of course this list is not exhaustive. There are many other ways to work with volunteers. You might find this guide (PDF) useful in planning your Primary Futures activities.

There are ideas of how other schools have used Primary Futures in our case studies.

Primary Futures ‘What’s my line?’ session at Priestmead Primary School

A ‘What’s my Line?’ session is one of the many things that schools can do easily using our free service for state primaries. Watch a clip of a Primary Futures ‘What’s my line?’ session in action with pupils and our volunteers at Priestmead Primary School in Harrow.

Contact our Primary Schools Engagement Coordinator if you have any questions about how to register of how you can use Primary Futures in your school: Jess Wallis:  jessica.wallis@educationandemployers.org  /  0207 566 4880.