year 4 -
Future careers

Furness Education & Skills PartnershipYear 4 Project - Future Careers

As an outcome of the global pandemic, many children have lost interest in education and are struggling with motivation and learning focus.

This project was designed to help the children look to the future, think about jobs they may like to have and the skills they need to develop.

FESP Year 4 Future Careers Project

OUR AIMS

We really wanted to motivate the children but also give them a realistic picture of what it might be like working within their chosen career.

The children selected the jobs they would like to visit. They were collected and taken to the business, with children from the other schools, who were also interested in that specific job.

Whilst in the business, the children had a set of questions to find answers to. It was important the children were motivated by the visits but came away with a realistic view of the job.

A film was made of the children’s experience and a sound piece created by Horizon Studios. Children were  involved in the filming and recording of the music so those jobs were also experienced as part of the project.

As the project was so successful, we are now seeking funding the extend the opportunity to more pupils in the Furness area.

This project was designed to help the children look to the future, think about jobs they may like to have and the skills they need to develop.

Top 10 Project Career Choices

It was really fun and inspiring

Year 4 Project Participant

Following the pandemic, many children locally have lost motivation and are struggling to focus on their learning in schools. To help some of the children in the most deprived wards, we delivered a project, designed with their schools, called Starting to Think About Jobs.

The children discussed the purpose of learning in schools and then the kind of jobs they would like to do in the future. The jobs the children selected were all voted on to give us a Top 10.

Working in a hospital or as a Doctor was chosen by the children as a job they would like to find out more about and we know that experiencing things first hand makes lasting memories for children that can influence the life decisions that they make.

We really wanted to motivate the children but also give them a realistic picture of what it might be like working as a Doctor/Nurse. We know that there will be lots of jobs involved that they don’t know about, and we hope that beginning to think about exciting future jobs might help them to re-engage with their learning in school.

140 Primary Pupils visited jobs they wanted to find out more about.

It was an amazing experience, I have learned new skills and feel more confident

Year 4 Project Participant

We really wanted to motivate the children but also give them a realistic picture of what it might be like working within their chosen career.

testimonial

We received the following feedback from the Deputy Headteacher of a participating school:

“This was an ambitious and fantastic project that certainly inspired every child who took part. Our pupils do not have experience of a role model at home; few parents work and those that do, have quite often menial jobs, which they rarely talk about. There are some in good jobs, but they are few and far between. On the whole, there is a lack of ambition amongst our families and this percolates down to the children.

As teachers, we try to inspire them with live chats and visitors to school. This project was so different as the children were the agents in their choice of employment to visit. They had an insight into what that employment might entail and how they can go about achieving that goal. For some pupils, it was such an eye-opener that they have researched the occupations further at home.

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