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Ideas and advice for career-related learning in the primary school

Career-related learning can have a huge impact in primary schools. Headteacher John Snell discusses his school’s use of the Primary Futures programme as well as other activities and approaches
Opening eyes: Pupils meet volunteer visitors from the Primary Futures careers programme who open their eyes to the world of work (image: Primary Futures)

Having worked in schools for more than 25 years, currently as headteacher of an average sized primary school in Somerset, I have always been struck with the need to add “value” to the purpose of education.

It is clear in my mind that teaching the primary national curriculum in isolation, devoid of any real-life context, will not prepare our young people for their futures.

Children need to see relevance to what they are learning so that they can make connections, recognise their own strengths and interests, and in so doing help to support and develop their future selves.

Career-related learning is embedded within my school and having seen the positive impact that it has on young lives – for very little effort – I want to share what I do so other headteachers and senior leaders can embrace it too.

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