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Primary Futures project broadens horizons in Blackpool

Primary school heads across the country are working together collaboratively to raise aspirations in disadvantaged areas. In June of last year, St Nicholas C of E Primary, spearheaded the project in Blackpool by hosting a small but mighty Primary Futures event. At the time the event was hosted, the school only had access to 50 volunteers registered on the online matchmaking system.

Thanks to the success of the event, word has spread and there are now over 500 volunteers registered in the Blackpool area. The week (22nd – 26th May), Primary Futures, sponsored by NAHT, has organised for over 120 volunteers to go into five school across the Blackpool area to talk to children about their careers and how working hard at Maths, English and Science, has helped to achieve great things in their lives. 

Andy Mellor, Headteacher of St Nicholas C of E Primary which launched the initiative in June 2016 believes that this is a project which has real impact on the lives of primary aged children. He said: “We want our children in Blackpool to aspire to be the best that they can be, to work hard and achieve their full potential. The partnership between schools and the business community in Blackpool and wider afield is seeing children inspired to achieve more and widens their horizons. The country is looking to Blackpool as a model for this work and the town should be proud of this work which is setting the pace nationally, and it is free to schools.

“It is testimony to the impact of this programme that we have Lord Lucas, editor of the Good Schools Guide, travelling up from London for the day as well as senior national officials from NAHT including General Secretary Russell Hobby, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and local MP’s from Conservative and Labour who are in the middle of campaigning but who are taking time out to attend.”

Page Published: 22/05/2017