Encouraging curiosity is key in raising aspirations in Primary.

Updated: Oct 8, 2019

“Encouraging curiosity is key in raising aspirations in Primary” – this was the overarching message highlighted at the launch and celebration of the “Our Future Derby” programme on 24th Sept at the Riverside Centre Derby. Learn by Design brought together partners and key stake holders of the Our Future Derby collaboration. Led by Louise Curd – Director of programmes at Learn by Design, the day held an overview of the success and impact of the programme to date. Our Future Derby is fully funded by The Department for Education Opportunity Area. Supported by Derby City Council and East Midlands Chamber.

Trailblazer Schools attended.

Teachers, trailblazer schools and their pupils came together to experience a carousel of Learn by Design workshops which included hands on activities in circuit building, Destination Rail “Race to Construct” challenge, along with an employer led experience from RDS Global – Charlotte Gray leading a session which demonstrated their Nano Computer kit promoting IT skills and the industry.

Trailblazer School pupils taking part in STEM Workshops

What’s my Line Assembly:

Part of the day included a “What’s my Line” assembly which encouraged pupils to ask employer volunteer questions, in order to guess their career/profession. We had some interesting and thought-provoking theories. Encouraging pupils to talk about their perceptions and challenge their preconceived ideas, is one of the main aims within the Our Future Derby programme initiative. Opening young minds to the possibilities that surround them from a young age, is key in raising aspirations whilst building a diverse pool of future talent.

What's my Line Assembly

Employer Volunteers included:

Samuel Pallister - Balfour Beatty

Tony J Sweeting - Rolls-Royce.com

Keith Spiers - Positive Action Officer Derby Fire.Gov.UK

Olivia Jones - Loughborough Lightning Rugby Charlotte Gray - RDS Global

Captain Sam Wraith (RA) | UK Engagement East | 7th Infantry Brigade & HQ East - The Desert Rats

Itinerary of the day including:

Key Stakeholders

· Nicola Swaney - Education Manager at Rolls-Royce

· Nick Chambers - Chief Executive at Education and Employers

· Louise Curd - Director of Programmes Learn by Design

· Gerard Liston - Enterprise & Employability Education Consultant. Talent Match

· Dr. Deirdre Hughes - Director, DMH & Associates Ltd​

Huge Thanks to: (Part of the video TBC)

· ​Employer Volunteer – Charlotte Gray RDS Global

· Employer Volunteer – Olivia Jones – Learn by Design Aspire 2 Me Athlete

· Trailblazer School Teacher – Paul Appleton – Cherry Tree Hill School Derby

Headline Speakers included:

Nicola Swaney - Education Manager at Rolls-Royce, has played an instrumental part in bringing the Our Future Derby programme to fruition, kindly took to the stage to talk about her involvement and how Rolls-Royce are excited to play its part in raising career awareness and knowledge in Derby Schools.

Dr. Deirdre Hughes - Director, DMH & Associates Ltd highlighted the importance of providing young people with the opportunity to be curious and ask questions regarding their future working life. Opening eyes to the skills, opportunities and raising aspirations regarding working lives, is a fundamental part of the Our Future Derby programme. Dierdre Hughes talks passionately about the need to engage parents with the programme; Results collated so far, show the highest influence for children’s potential career choice at Primary age is a family member*. *Programme stats to date.

Nicola Swaney - Rolls-Royce Education Manager

Dr Deirdre Hughes - Director DHM & Associates Ltd

Our Future Derby is opening-up a bigger world, for primary school children to see.

If you would like to participate as an Employer Volunteer, please follow the link below:


Images from the day

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