Responding to a new study by the charity Education and Employers showing that encounters with the world of work have a positive impact on young people's GCSE results, Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said:
“School leaders absolutely see the impact of exposure to the world of work and careers ideas on children’s enthusiasm for learning, focus, and attainment – and not just in secondary. The earlier children’s aspirations are raised and broadened, the better for their progress. Children form stereotypical views of the world from an early age; biased assumptions based on gender or background lead to a narrowing of career aspirations and an inability to relate learning to a world beyond school.
“That’s why NAHT partners with Education and Employers on Primary Futures – a programme that gets volunteers into primary schools to talk about their jobs, and to provide children with a better understanding of the career routes that are open to them. Primary Futures helps children to understand the relevance of subjects they are studying, and to connect their education directly to their futures, resulting in a positive impact on attainment throughout school.”
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