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NAHT says primary is the place to start careers guidance

Today (25 June) London Mayor Boris Johnson publishes a major new report on careers provision for young people. The report will say that every young Londoner should have completed at least 100 hours' experience of the world of work, in some form, by the time they reach the age of 16 – and that it should begin in primary schools.

Kathryn James, Deputy General Secretary of school leaders' union NAHT said: “Learning about the world of work needs to start at primary school. Waiting until secondary is too late. While there is widespread agreement on this, there’s little formal support from government yet. It’s great to see the teaching profession leading from the front and providing a service that really works. We’d like to see more support for Primary Futures, from government and from business people so we can give every primary school child the right kind of inspiration to really broaden their horizons.”

NAHT President, Tony Draper said: “We can’t leave careers advice to the market and hope that kids will get the right kind of guidance. Primary Futures shows what can be accomplished by taking a coordinated approach. This is a fun and engaging way of helping young children to understand the link between working hard at school and doing well in life. Every primary school should give it a try.”

Steve Iredale, NAHT Past President who leads Primary Futures for NAHT said: “Since we launched in October 2014 more than 2,200 primary schools have joined us sending over 80,000 messages to our 23,000 volunteers inviting them to inspire the next generation. Putting children’s primary school learning into the context of real life is massively important regardless of their background. Through Primary Futures our volunteers help to bring real relevance to children’s learning. If you are a school or would-be volunteer who has not yet registered to join us now is the time to do so. Why wouldn’t you?” 

See the Primary Futures website here.


Page Published: 24/06/2015