Over the past two years, the Primary World of Work initiative has worked towards ensuring Ipswich’s primary pupils had access to a full range of career related learning and world of work opportunities. Its aim was to raise aspirations of children, tackle gender stereotypes and give an insight into the careers for the future. We have worked in partnership with over 20 schools who have taken part in a variety of world of work activities and learning. We have over 30 employers onboard, who include The Port Authority, Spin Ipswich, The New Wolsey Theatre and British Telecom. These employers have given children a unique insight and understanding of their industries.
We have created a Primary School Gatsby Benchmark to ensure primary schools are addressing the full range of recommended experiences and opportunities for careers-related learning as well as providing evidence for impact of this work. A full range of World of Work lesson plans have also been created so that the project can continue to be delivered within schools.
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Rose Hill Primary have been one of the schools to participate in the World of World project, during this time the school have taken every opportunity offered to them and really invested in their World of work learning. Deputy head, Adam Wilson was full of praise for work they have done.
“Rose Hill have been part of the World of Work project since the beginning of the year. We have benefited from a number of activities on the project including employer activities in school and visits out. Year 5 pupils had a wonderful visit to the University of Suffolk organised through the Ipswich Opportunity Primary World of Work. The children worked alongside students from the university to look at the range of different courses on offer to them. The project has really helped raise pupil aspirations and gave a number of student’s clear direction for future career opportunities and steps needed to achieve their goals. We have also enjoyed having Stuart Howell in school who has been our designated volunteer adviser, his experience in HR, sports coaching and finance has been a great learning curve for the students he has worked with on a fortnightly basis ”