Why career-related learning is important

Research shows us that starting career-related learning early is important. Pupils start to adopt stereotypes based on gender, ethnicity and social background from an early age. Such stereotypes can go on to influence career and subject choices.

By embedding career-related learning into your curriculum, you have the opportunity to broaden your pupils’ aspirations and challenge stereotypes they may hold; this may ultimately have a positive impact on their future life choices. Career-related learning in primary schools is not about setting pupils down a specific path, but ensuring they understand that there are many options open to them. The resources, case studies and other support featured on our platform will help you to think about how to ensure that all pupils benefit from quality career-related learning.

Impact on pupils

Career-related learning helps primary pupils to learn about the world around them, broaden their aspirations and challenge stereotypes. Quality career-related learning in primary school:

  • Provides exposure to ideas that pupils may not get elsewhere
  • Supports pupils to understand how the skills and knowledge they gain in school will be relevant throughout their life
  • Addresses different sectors and skills to help you to broaden pupils’ horizons

This platform will help you ensure that all pupils benefit, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds or who have special educational needs.

I have learnt that boys and girls can be anything they want to be as long as they work hard and follow their dreams.

Year 5 pupil – Sandown Primary School, Hastings, East Sussex

Inspiring teachers
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Teacher giving a science lesson

As a teacher, you shape pupils' lives every day. You can use this platform to ensure that all pupils in your school benefit from quality careers education.

While many primary teachers support career-related learning in their classrooms, some are unsure how to. These easy-to-use resources and tools will give you a helping hand in embedding the principles of effective careers education and enhance the quality and impact of career-related learning in your school.

This has been a fantastic experience for our children, and us as staff to see them using their essential skills in practice. Our children have been inspired…and made aware of all the different job opportunities here. Thank you!

Deputy Head Teacher, Cherry Orchard Primary School

Relationship to other school priorities

A well implemented whole-school approach to career-related learning can support you as you work towards other priorities.

For example, the six principles of effective primary careers education may complement schools’ efforts to embed character education or respond to Ofsted’s framework. The resources have not been designed with these objectives in mind specifically, but can support your school in achieving its wider aims.