Wakefield primary school wins CDI Award for work with Primary Futures

South Parade Primary School was recognised for its work in supporting and hosting a series of aspirations events across primary schools in Wakefield, at last night’s CDI Awards.

For the launch of Inspiring Wakefield, the school invited 50 volunteers from the world of work to talk to their students as part of an aspirations week.

“We encouraged pupils to think about their skillset and personalities and to think about the types of jobs that they feel they would be suited towards. We did not expect them to choose a career but wanted to give them exposure to a wide range of opportunities available to them in later life,” explains Deputy Head, Emma Fieldhouse. “We also wanted them to realise that the work they put into their learning now, will have an impact on the rest of their lives.”

South Parade Primary School was then invited to share its experience with others, including resources, ideas and support. This enabled other schools to run their own successful events, reaching thousands of children across the local authority.

Alongside aspirations weeks, the school’s emphasis on life-long learning is an integral part of the classroom. The school runs mastery courses, as well as weekly university afternoons, designed to help link learning with the wider world. These are led by teachers and supported by volunteers from a range of jobs. Subjects have included veterinary school, journalism, football management and games design.

“We believe it is hugely important that work to raise and broaden aspirations starts at primary, helping to show children how what they are learning at school can lead to an interesting, exciting future,” explains Nick Chambers, Education and Employers CEO and award sponsor.

“We are proud to have supported so many schools with our Primary Futures programme and research. This award celebrates and recognises the excellent and important work of primary schools across the UK in helping break down gender stereotypes and inspire the next generation to open their eyes to future possibilities.”

Find out more

South Parade Primary School Aspirations Week 2018:

South Parade Primary School Aspirations Week 2019:

Visit Primary Futures to volunteer at an upcoming event in a local school, for more information about how your employer can get involved, or to sign-up your school.

Image: Staff from South Parade Primary School are presented with their award

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