Abbey Gates recognises the importance of developing lifelong learners who are prepared to enter the global community. Through careful curriculum planning, learners are exposed to a range of careers and professionals from Foundation to Year 6.
Our children explore links to careers and apply their learning to real-life contexts. Staff facilitate and encourage high aspirations and ambitions for all our learners, supporting them to Aim High and Be Kind.
We use current research into careers, education and employment to inform our careers related learning strategy. We ensure that staff, learners and families have access to high quality resources both in and out of school.
Clubs and Careers at Abbey Gates
At Abbey Gates, we go beyond our curriculum when planning and exploring links to careers. Our staff provide a range of clubs each term that are carefully planned to expose learners to careers.
Pupil Parliament – We are politicians!
ECO Council – We are environmentalists!
Choir - We are musicians!
Netball – We are athletes!
Art – We are artists !
Resources and Support
We continue to put together a range of resources and links to support staff, learners and families investigate diverse careers and to help raise aspirations.
Primary Futures - https://www.primaryfutures.org/
Education and Employers - https://www.educationandemployers.org/
Career Talks and Labour Market information - https://icould.com/
STEM Ambassadors Programme - https://www.stem.org.uk/stem-ambassadors
Careers and Education Research Finding
Education and Employers research ‘Starting Early: Building the foundations for success’ revealed:
- Children as young as five have ingrained stereotypical views about the jobs people do, based on their gender, ethnicity, and social background
- Most children’s career aspirations are based on family, friends, and the media, with less than 1% knowing about a job from someone visiting their school
- Aspirations are narrow and out-of-sync with labour market demands
- Career aspirations are surprisingly persistent over time, similar at age 17-18 as among primary school children. Aspirations ultimately only resolve in later harsh entries to the labour market, as supply jarringly adjusts to demand
We, therefore, have a duty to:
- help children see the relevance of learning and building positive attitudes towards school, particularly among the most disadvantaged
- provide children with access to role models who can inspire them and broaden their horizons, showing that their background does not need to determine their future
- ensure children do not rule out career options for themselves, simply because they do not realise the details and benefits of the full range of opportunities open to them