The Ipswich Opportunity Area (IOA) Primary World of Work initiative is to ensure Ipswich’s primary pupils can access a full range of career related learning and world of work opportunities. It aims to raise aspirations of children, tackle gender stereotypes and give an insight into the careers for the future. We currently have 20 schools who have signed up to the project with approximately 20 employers actively working with us on a variety of activities.
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.
Models on offer to schools:
- World of Work Days – a range of employers invited to carry out activities with children, hosted at pyramid high schools.
- World of Work lessons – a series of lesson plans focusing on the world of work; a 5 week scheme of work with incorporation of employer visits where applicable.
- Primary Futures – a national programme that enables schools to connect with local volunteer employers quickly and easily, revolutionising the way in which children get insights and inspiration about the world of work and their futures..
- STEM Learning – A focus on STEM and the career pathways and opportunities.
- Further and Higher Education experiences – taster days at local FE/HE institutes focusing on different subject areas and career pathways.
- Enterprise Adviser Network ( Primary) – an adaptation of the successful Careers and Enterprise Company’s secondary school model, where the school links up with a volunteer local employer to help the school develop strategy and contacts.
- Employer sessions / talks within schools. Currently employers have visited over 700 pupils within their schools, informing and educating them around their professions.