What works in Primary?

Research carried out by Education and Employers has been published in the latest Careers and Enterprise Company ‘What Works’ report. This paper draws together the existing evidence of the benefits of career-related learning in primary school.

Find out more and read the full report here.


“We were delighted to have been commissioned by the Careers & Enterprise Company to write ‘What Works? Career-related learning in primary’ which builds on the research we and the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) have done over the last 5 years. It is great now to see the level of interest and enthusiasm for career-related learning at primary by a range of organisations and policy makers. As you see in this report, the evidence is clear – that exposing children to the world of work has a significant impact on their aspirations, motivation and confidence. It helps broaden their horizons, challenge stereotypes and gives them the opportunity to connect their learning with their future.”

Nick Chambers, CEO, Education and Employers

“The importance of appropriate exposure to the world of work at primary level cannot be understated. Children form stereotypical views of the world from an early age. Biased assumptions lead to a narrowing of career aspirations and an inability to relate learning to a world beyond school. I am delighted that a real interest in providing support to younger children is developing. But that support must be sensitive to the needs of children as young as 5. ‘What Works? Career-related learning in primary’ further develops the work of the NAHT and the charity Education and Employers, showing that an early and fully inclusive start, supported by good leadership with the involvement of external organisations, works. Embedding your activity within the curriculum will support learning outcomes too.”

Paul Whiteman, General Secretary, NAHT