Engineering Fairy Tales are a range of STEM stories and challenges to help children understand about the world of engineering and develop their teamwork and creative problem-solving skills. These resources, stories and videos were developed by the education experts at STEMFirst, and are read by STEM Ambassadors from BAE Systems, the British Army and RAF.
These free resources have been developed by a range of trusted providers, including those involved in the Primary Fund.
They each support different aspects of schools’ career-related learning. If you are unsure where to start, then the quiz provides a starting point to help you reflect on your school’s current strengths and areas for development.
Whether your school is just starting out on this journey, has made a start or already has an extensive programme in place, here are some tips and resources for you to consider, to help fully embed career-related learning in your setting.
The workshop aims to inform parents of the ways in which the labour market is predicted to change and the importance of having an entrepreneurial mind-set and the 8 Essential Skills to thrive in the economy of the future.
The intended audience for the workshop is parents, carers and guardians of primary age children.
This is a guide for teachers on how to record interviews with professional guests and how to edit those interviews for uploading to school websites. The recording guide uses an economical recording device which can make interviews sound professional. The clearer the interview, the easier it is to listen to – in a classroom or home setting. The guide also gives brief instructions on how to edit the interview.
This series of interviews with professionals are led by primary children in Folkestone and presented in a podcast format.
The podcasts begin with an introduction from the Project Leader and a pupil, summarising the issues covered.
Resources to support Careers Related Learning across the primary phase, to support and enhance workplace visits and employer encounters.
An introduction to Careers Related Learning in primary schools, including a presentation for staff, and introduction for parents, and various activities to get familiar with the language of CRL and skills.
These lessons have been designed to help teachers get the most out of employee encounters, whether these encounters involve hosting a visitor in school, or visiting employees in their workplace.
The resources will help pupils prepare for the meetings, and link children’s learning to work in lessons.
This resource outlines the ‘hallmarks of success’ for best practice in career-related learning in primary schools.
It provides two activity plans, which teachers can deliver with volunteers from the world of work. These activities will broaden children’s horizons and link what they are learning in school to the wider world.
These resources support schools in developing their literacy and career-related learning provision.
They include a video resource, a book list suggesting books relating to different jobs, an activity introducing children to a range of careers, and a poster for staffrooms.
This pack will help teachers to personalise career-related learning for their pupils.
Alongside ideas for classroom activities, these resources contain suggestions about how to engage with parents and local employers.
A simple video-led resource for teacher CPD. These resources are designed to give teachers the skills and confidence to build a simple Google Site for their school. Our industry professional provides a step-by-step guide to building and managing a simple website for your schools’ digital project, social action campaign or digital work experiences.
Make sure everyone knows which way you’re heading: ensure all stakeholders understand you career-related learning programme by using this template to present it in a visual way.
These resources contain accessible ‘how to’ guides for teachers, looking at practical ways to implement the principles of effective career-related learning. Find out more about measuring impact, working with your school governors or trustees, creating a labour market information resource, and making contact with local businesses.
This is an example of how one school used the Primary Futures portal to meet their specific objectives for raising aspirations.
A PDF of the case studies is attached.
Get a taster of the pre-recorded resources on the Primary Futures portal that can be slotted into your timetable with minimal planning and still give children a chance to meet fascinating volunteers from the world of work.
In this 30-min interactive video, children meet Fran, BBC TV Sports Producer who describes her job as telling stories through pictures, and Sanjeev, Sales Director at Vodafone working with SIM card technology for driverless cars, drones and other future-focused tech.
In this 20-minute interactive video with accompanying teacher guide and learning activities aimed at children aged 5-8, children consider what a florist or a builder might look like before meeting Jonathan the celebrity florist and Kimberley in construction. Jonathan tells us how his love for nature led to his job while demonstrating a simple flower arrangement and Kimberley takes us on a mini tour of her female teammates onsite, including a highway engineer and dumper roller driver. Both volunteers tell us about the skills and subjects needed for the world of work.
Did you know that children as young as age 5 develop ideas of what they can and can’t be when they grow up based on their gender? Help children's aspirations lift off with this 35-minute interactive video for KS2 with accompanying teacher guide with optional learning activities and cross-curricular extensions.