Primary Futures

Primary Futures aims to raise aspirations and, by helping children understand the link between learning in school and the world of work, to motivate them to improve their academic performance.

People from a wide range of professions and different backgrounds – from apprentices to CEOs, archaeologists to zoologists – give an hour to visit their local school where they talk about their job to enthuse the children about the opportunities open to them and how important literacy and numeracy are.

We know that for children of primary age, making a connection between what they learn in the classroom and how it relates to the world of work isn’t easy. Primary Futures is intended to change that. Children who can see the relationship between what they are learning and the possibilities it opens up for them in later life are likely to be far more motivated achieve.

Getting the chance to meet a wide range of people doing different jobs is particularly important for those children from disadvantaged backgrounds who have few successful role models, either at home or in their local communities.

Register for Primary Futures free programmes here:

The scheme has been developed with the NAHT (National Association of Head Teachers) who represent almost all primary head teachers in England and a total membership of 30,000 school leaders. Primary Futures is part of Inspiring the Future, run by the Education and Employers charity.

Visit our Primary Futures website to see how primary schools can sign up for free and find out more about the programme. If you have any questions about how to sign up please call Charlotte on 0207 566 4880.

Check out the Primary Futures blog.

Resources for teachers

We have developed practical resources for teachers. Have a look at our resources for primary school teachers.

How to use volunteers in a Primary School

This short guide has been developed by primary school teachers to help other primary school teachers and staff think about new ways to use employee volunteers in the classroom and gives tips and suggestions on how to use volunteers to enrich the primary curriculum.

Running a ‘What’s my Line?’ event in your school

Easy Steps Guide to running a Primary Futures ‘What’s my Line?’ event in your school:

Primary Futures Guide for Teachers

This explains the rationale, how it works and provides creative ideas for how to use the Primary Futures programme in your school. The programme is national and is completely  free to all state primary schools, employers and volunteers.

Read our Primary Futures Guide for Teachers: Primary Futures Guide Vis 3 

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

Watch a clip of a Primary Futures ‘What’s my line?’ session in action with Key Stage 2 pupils and our volunteers at Priestmead Primary School in Harrow. This is one of the many activities that schools can easily do using our free service for state primaries.

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