Grown Up Me: Primary Careers Support
Encouraging children to explore and expand their ideas of who they could become.
There is increasing evidence that career-related learning in primary schools – part of the Department for Education’s Careers Strategy – has many benefits, including broadening horizons, boosting engagement, raising aspirations, challenging stereotypes and improving transition skills in young pupils.
The Grown Up Me programme will connect primary schools with local and regional employers, employees and universities across a range of sectors to broaden and build primary pupils’ understanding of, and engagement with, the world of work.
Key events include:
- Inspire sessions: For Years 3 to 6, these highly engaging and participative sessions, led by experienced professionals from the sector, introduce pupils to a range of roles in industries including healthcare, leisure, technical and digital and creative industries (one industry per session; 30 pupils per school per session)
- Spotlight workshops: For Years 5 and 6, these practical workshops will connect pupils’ learning in the classroom to employability skills and sectors within the job market, at a specialist site relevant to the theme. Topics include construction, green industries and film. (Places allocated dependent on venue and demand, indicatively 10 to 15 pupils per school per session)
- University Open Day (Years 5 and 6) at the University of East London (Docklands campus) gives pupils a taster of Higher Education and insight into life as a University Student (Places allocated dependent on venue and demand, indicatively 10-15 pupils)
- Network meetings and specialist CPD session to develop staff confidence, enable regular sharing of good practice and build links with employers.
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“The location and timings were ideal… It was great that the speakers brought with them some props for the children to hold. Feedback from the children reflected this…They were really engaged with the speakers, who came across as passionate about their careers.
Feedback from the children was all positive. Many children saying to me, “I could do that” or “I want to be a choreographer”. They found it particularly interesting that many jobs were not 9 to 5. They spoke to me about the fact the people travel with their jobs. I think overall the children were interested and inspired by the speakers.”
C Barnes, Teacher, Five Elms Primary School
“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
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