Ashcott Primary School introduce their students to the world of work

Ashcott Primary School are a small rural school of 117 pupils in 4 classes. In early June, they worked with Primary Futures to organise their aspirations week for students from reception all the way to year 6.

The school’s aim for the event was to:

  • Teach children about the range of jobs in Somerset and beyond
  • Inspire them about the possibilities beyond school and how they can get there
  • Inspire them to work hard, not give up, and be aware things don’t always go to plan

As part of this, the school invited three volunteers from the world of work using the Primary Futures service: a Barrister, a Royal Navy Commissioned Officer and a NHS Paediatrician. The volunteers rotated around the four classes to talk about their jobs whilst dressed in their uniforms, and engaged the students with props they would use in their day to day job.

After the event, the school fed back that they strongly agreed the event was useful and provided the following ratings on different aspects of the event, with 6 being fantastic.

  • Understanding of a range of jobs = 6
  • Improvement in pupils aspiration = 6
  • Improvement in pupils motivation = 5
  • Improvement in pupils confidence = 5

The school commented: “Great having the volunteers in with such a range of jobs! The children enjoyed meeting new people and learning about the various jobs.” and comments about the volunteers included:
 “All were fantastic and we very much appreciated their time and knowledge. Thank you.”

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Released On 9th Sep 2019

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