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Connecting careers with curriculum in primary schools

Discussion in 'Headteachers' started by tonymillar, Oct 2, 2017.

  1. tonymillar

    tonymillar New commenter

    It is very rare that primary school children get the opportunity to see how the things that they learn link to the knowledge needed to undertake a job after leaving school.

    Showing children a range of people undertaking practical jobs such as building or gardening in the outdoors presents a great opportunity to link what they are learning in school to real life practical tasks in a fun and exciting environment. This is learning outside the classroom with a real twist. A brick layer using maths to work out how many bricks he needs or a joiner talking about types of wood and where in the world it is sourced.

    The British Chamber of Commerce published a Skills and Employment Manifesto in 2014 listed 'Careers education, starting in primary school, including the development of ‘employability’ skills and quality employer contact' as one of the two most urgent priorities for governments across the United Kingdom.

    Teachers often identify young people who have ambitions to do a manual job when they leave school as those who are not at academically as able and in most cases, this is probably not the case. If children are told that they will end up doing a manual job if they do not succeed in school, this must only act to further demotivate them, when in real terms, skilled trades people often have 'degree equivalent' qualifications and young people all have an appetite to learn if real interest can be stimulated. Turn on the light and the mind opens to learn.

    There is a fantastic opportunity to motivate and inspire some of the most disengaged children, helping to engage learning by being given some sense of purpose and an understanding to ways that there new found knowledge may be utilized.
    We have done several years of research in this area and have seen some amazing results. If anyone has had any experience of this type of learning connection, I would really like to hear your thoughts and experiences.

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