A Primary Career-Related Learning Programme

'Start Small; Dream Big' is a free programme for eligible primary schools, backed by the Department for Education (DfE) and delivered in partnership with ourselves, BCP Council, Dorset Council and The Careers & Enterprise Company.

The goal is to encourage children from disadvantaged backgrounds to dream big about their future careers and gain an understanding of the type of jobs available.

The new primary school careers programme is being rolled out by The Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC). The scheme will run through to 2025, backed by investment from the Department for Education.

The programme will bring learning alive by linking lessons to careers. It will also provide opportunities for children to meet inspiring employers so they can explore different jobs and understand the skills they’ll need for the future.

The initiative will bring together primary schools in local areas and provide teachers with training delivered by Teach First – to support teachers to develop and deliver careers programmes.

Through participation in this project, career-related learning and skills development will become embedded into teaching, leading to an enhanced curriculum that will impact the learning outcomes for all. 

We are excited to be working with primary teachers as part of this programme.

Starting career-related learning early helps to:

  • Remove barriers and stereotypes which limit children’s thinking about their future careers       
  • Support delivery of an ambitious curriculum designed to give all learners the knowledge and cultural capital to succeed 
  • Develop understanding amongst children of the link between what they learn in school and the world of work      
  • Increase parental engagement in supporting children to think broadly about future careers     
  • Develop teaching staff to become pioneers and part of a strong community. 

To find out more about the project, contact dorsetcareershub@bournemouth.ac.uk.

Primary Careers Updates

Our termly primary career-related learning updates are designed to support primary teachers to link lessons to careers and enable children to explore jobs and skills for the future. 

All editions can be downloaded using the links below:

Primary Careers Update - Autumn

Primary Careers Update - Spring

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