Boost for primary school careers education


Hundreds of primary schools will benefit from £2m investment to support careers education in a primary school setting. The Careers & Enterprise Company has today announced the 15 providers that will benefit from the fund and deliver projects to primary school age children.

The organisation has allocated £1.65m to help increase the scale and impact of nine existing programmes, and £350,000 to support the launch of six new, innovative programmes working with primary schools.

The investment is designed to both support existing best practice and back new ideas to support innovation in a primary setting.

While there is much existing good career development practice in primary schools, The Careers & Enterprise Company aims for the fund to support the development of a clear structure for career-related learning at primary level and consistent approaches across schools.

Claudia Harris, CEO of The Careers & Enterprise Company, said:
“As we increase our focus on career-related learning in primary, we are understanding more about the impact this can have on young people’s aspirations, subject choices and level of engagement at school.
“We look forward to seeing the impact of these innovative programmes that will help children explore their opportunities and challenge stereotypes around the world of work, as early as possible.”

Scaling-up good practice

Education and Employers, the National Literacy Trust and TeenTech are among the organisations who have been allocated funding to scale-up their current programmes.

TeenTech is launching an interactive programme ‘City of Tomorrow’, to enhance key employability skills such as leadership, teamwork and conflict resolution for Year 5 and 6 students in modern industries. The programme will reach 9,000 students through these interactive sessions and the sharing of resources at teacher and parent briefings.

Education and Employers is receiving the largest amount of funding to increase the scale of their Primary Futures programme, which aims to broaden the horizons of children through making connections between their learning and futures.

Nick Chambers, CEO of Education and Employers, said: “It will help us bring to life the breadth of the world of work to more than 23,000 primary aged children in 330 primary schools over the forthcoming academic year and will create a step change in the provision of career-related learning.
“We know from our research that children at primary school can rule themselves out of future career paths even at this young age, so it is vital to bring the world of work to life through our fantastic volunteers. We look forward to challenging perceptions around job roles and inspiring the next generation through this funding.”

Learn by Design funding

Learn by Design (£63,000) The funding will broaden the reach of the programme to 22 schools as well as three additional deeper learning projects on the L.E.A.D. Academy Trust Curriculum Enrichment Programme. The programme will be delivered to schools in several regions including Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Activities will include mapping the L.E.A.D Academy Enrichment programme platform to the Skills Builder system essential skills and fully integrating the use of Employer Ambassadors into all event days to enhance career-related learning.

Louise Curd, Director of Programmes at Learn by Design, said:

“We are excited to be developing the programme to deepen the learning and enhance the employability skills with the assistance of effective employer encounters within the classroom.”


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