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Primary Futures

Primary Futures connects educators with inspiring volunteers from the world of work to plan engaging virtual activities from job talks to a 'What's My Line' game.

Primary Futures

Primary Futures is an online volunteer matchmaking platform enabling schools to connect with a diverse range of exciting and engaging volunteers from the world of work.

There are over 1000 virtual STEM volunteers on the platform available to join your activity, spanning a variety of job roles and levels. Virtual activities are teacher-led, so schools can search for volunteers they would like to attend their activities, and host sessions on a tech platform of their choice. Activities can be tailored to suit the needs of their pupils. Virtual activities are available to all state schools including SEND schools and pupil referral units.

Schools can plan a wide range of exciting virtual activities, including:

  • job talks
  • a 'What's My Line' game where children guess volunteers' roles based on clues and props
  • simple Q&As
  • subject themed activities.

STEM volunteers talk to students about their jobs, how they got there, and the challenges they faced along the way. Sessions link curriculum learning to the wider world and support children to broaden their horizons and raise their aspirations, alongside challenging stereotypes about the jobs people do based on their social background, gender and ethnicity. We have a range of guidance on our platform to support school staff to create these activities.

Duration

Sessions are created by school staff and can vary in length, but typically last around 1 hour. Teachers can use Primary Futures to create as many opportunities as they want.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Learning what the engineering workplace is like

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computing
    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Physics
    • Agriculture and Food
    • Biotechnology
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Design/Art/Fashion
    • Electronics/Robotics/Programming
    • Energy/Environment
    • Entertainment
    • General Engineering
    • Humanitarian Aid
    • Materials/Products/Manufacturing
    • Mechanical Engineering/Systems/Processes
    • Medicine/Healthcare
    • Space/Aerospace Engineering
    • Sport/Fitness
    • Structures/Construction/Civil Engineering
    • Transport

Gatsby benchmarks

TheĀ Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • A stable careers programme
  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Personal guidance

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Aiming High - the ability to set clear, tangible goals and devise a robust route to achieving them.

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

  • Staying Positive - the ability to use tactics to overcome setbacks and achieve goals.

What the teachers say

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