The Careers & Enterprise Company has recently published a new paper in their What Works? series focusing on career learning in primary. It is a very useful paper that draws together a lot of ideas about how you engage in career learning with younger children while they are in primary school.
The paper is written by Elnaz Kashefpakdel, Jordan Rehill and Deirdre Hughes and draws evidence from academic and ‘grey’ literature (such as programme evaluation reports and policy papers), and interviews with primary teachers and leading experts.
It argues that starting career education early is critical as so many of young people’s career aspirations are fixed by the time they reach secondary school. The paper argues that there is a range of pre-existing practice in primary schools which has been evaluated in a small body of research papers. This research suggests that career related learning in primary schools can be effective and offers the following insights for its practice.
Career related learning in primary schools should:
- be backed up by a school strategy and good leadership;
- be open to all rather than targeted at a small cohort;
- be embedded in the curriculum;
- involve external employers and organisations;
- started early; and
- be age appropriate.
The paper can be downloaded in full from The Careers & Enterprise website: What works? Career related learning in primary schools.