Grown Up Me is our new primary careers programme which launched on Tuesday 18 June 2019
To open the programme we had our first Inspire Session where we invited speakers from the creative Industry. This session took place in the sports hall of the newly-opened Future Youth Zone in Dagenham. In their own words ‘The Youth Zone provides a safe environment where young people can come and enjoy themselves and will enable young people to raise their aspirations and confidence to create a happier and healthier generation.’
This was the perfect venue to host 30 Year 4 Pupils from Five Elms Primary and 30 Year 5 pupils from Manor Longbridge Primary. They were sat in small groups around an inspiring presenter who spoke about their jobs and took questions from the pupils. They brought a range of props such as old cameras and film merchandising. After 15 minutes the group moved to the next presenter and so on until they had heard from a cross section of four creative professions. This gave them a real flavour of the range of opportunities within this sector. The presenters all work in creative industries and included a photographer, author, composer , film director and producer, community arts manager, exhibition curator, and a choreographer.
Many thanks for involving us – it was great to be part of this and to see all the kids so excited. (Iria Pizania, Equal Access Network Coordinator, Film London)
The location and timings were ideal for the children. It was great that the speakers brought with them some props for the children to hold. They were really engaged with the speakers who came across as passionate about their career. I particularly loved the fact that many of the ‘creative’ speakers told the children to ‘follow your passion’, ‘be creative’, ‘don’t worry if you think your ideas are silly, go for it
It was all positive feedback from the children. Many children saying to me, ‘I could do that’ ‘I want to be a choreographer.’ They found it particularly interesting that many jobs were not 9-5. They spoke to me about the fact the people travel with their jobs. The children were interested and inspired by the speakers. (Claire Barnes, Five Elms Primary)