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Boost for primary school careers education

Hundreds of primary schools will benefit from £2m investment to support careers education in a primary school setting. The Careers & Enterprise Company has today announced the 15 providers that will benefit from the fund and deliver projects to primary school age children.

The organisation has allocated £1.65m to help increase the scale and impact of nine existing programmes, and £350,000 to support the launch of six new, innovative programmes working with primary schools.

The investment is designed to both support existing best practice and back new ideas to support innovation in a primary setting.

While there is much existing good career development practice in primary schools, The Careers & Enterprise Company aims for the fund to support the development of a clear structure for career-related learning at primary level and consistent approaches across schools.

Claudia Harris, CEO of The Careers & Enterprise Company, said:

“As we increase our focus on career-related learning in primary, we are understanding more about the impact this can have on young people’s aspirations, subject choices and level of engagement at school.

“We look forward to seeing the impact of these innovative programmes that will help children explore their opportunities and challenge stereotypes around the world of work, as early as possible.”

Scaling-up good practice

Education and Employers, the National Literacy Trust and TeenTech are among the organisations who have been allocated funding to scale-up their current programmes.

TeenTech is launching an interactive programme ‘City of Tomorrow’, to enhance key employability skills such as leadership, teamwork and conflict resolution for Year 5 and 6 students in modern industries. The programme will reach 9,000 students through these interactive sessions and the sharing of resources at teacher and parent briefings.

Education and Employers is receiving the largest amount of funding to increase the scale of their Primary Futures programme, which aims to broaden the horizons of children through making connections between their learning and futures.

Nick Chambers, CEO of Education and Employers, said:

“It will help us bring to life the breadth of the world of work to more than 23,000 primary aged children in 330 primary schools over the forthcoming academic year and will create a step change in the provision of career-related learning.

“We know from our research that children at primary school can rule themselves out of future career paths even at this young age, so it is vital to bring the world of work to life through our fantastic volunteers. We look forward to challenging perceptions around job roles and inspiring the next generation through this funding.”

Supporting innovation

Funding to develop new and innovative programmes has been awarded to organisations including the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), LOUD and the Eden Project. Through these programmes, the Primary Fund aims to build a Primary Toolkit for all UK schools to access. Each of the funded organisations will contribute to the Toolkit by sharing best practice and resources from their programmes.

LOUD is a series of digital films that deliver accessible career-related learning content for Key Stage 2, reaching 3,000 pupils in its first year. The series of 20 short films will feature young people aged 7-11 interviewing young working professionals across a diverse range of careers, focused on STEM subjects, the creative industries and PSHE.

Each film will be accompanied by supporting materials to bridge the gap between curriculum and career. LOUD’s project will also be match funded by the Greater London Authority (GLA).

Gloria Abramoff, Executive Editor at LOUD, says:

“Given that there is a skills shortage in both the STEM and creative industries, LOUD’s commitment is to address this through films where children discover for themselves the joys and challenges of work, and understand the link between the curriculum and career.”

The Eden Project will be using the investment to launch ‘Eden Takeover Days’ for 500 children, by allowing pupils to engage with staff from a variety of backgrounds and job roles. This experience will help them identify their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as learn how to set achievable goals.

A full list of the recipients is below.

Scaling Existing Programmes

East Sussex County Council

Education and Employers

Enabling Enterprise

Gro Organic

15 Billion EBP

Learn by Design

National Literacy Trust

Regenda Ltd.

TeenTech CIC

Developing New and Innovative Programmes

Academy FM Folkestone

Black Country Consortium Ltd (Black Country LEP)

Eden Project


North East LEP

The White Room Consultancy Ltd Notes

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