We are working with Team London, the Mayor’s Fund for London and Primary Futures to raise aspirations for our children.
At the beginning of every academic year we ask the children what they want to be when they are older. We then organise professionals in the workforce to come into our school and talk to the children in assembly and explain what their job is all about. At various points in the year we remind children about how important it is to have goals, be punctual and have good attendance and to recognise all the different opportunities that are open to them in the future. We also use this chance to reiterate the importance of being skilled in maths and English.
Team London and Mayor’s Fund for London are delivering the Network on behalf of the Careers & Enterprise Company, Central London Forward, and City Bridge Trust. Together, they are committed to supporting schools and school leaders so that they can expose young people to the fantastic opportunities our city has to offer and ensure they are aware of the skills needed for their future.
Since October 2015, they have trained over 200 Enterprise Advisers who provide support to 125 London schools. Working with a small number of primary schools is a key part of the programme as they know the important role that early careers learning and employer encounters can play in supporting improved social mobility, broadening of young people’s horizons, raising aspirations and addressing common stereotypes.
Primary Futures connects primary schools with inspirational, diverse volunteers from a range of careers, who come into school to talk to children about their jobs and show how what they are learning at school can lead to an interesting, exciting future. In-school activities feed children’s curiosity, break down gender stereotypes and opens their eyes to future possibilities.