At Blackpool School, we are always thinking about how the knowledge and skills that our children are acquiring while with us, will impact and influence their lives beyond their primary setting. Our aim is that they will be well equipped to continue learning and pursue careers that they are passionate about.
With this in mind, we hosted a careers fair for our Year 5 and 6 pupils so that they can begin to consider how the skills they are learning now, can be transferred into the next phase of their education and into a world of work. The key messages that we teach at this stage in their lives are to try their best in everything they do, to gain the best academic achievements and interpersonal skills possible, so that the possibilities for later careers can be maximised.
Our fair included representatives from a wide range of careers, including a nurse, barrister, chef, author, illustrator, engineer and RAF navigator. The children enjoyed talking to them, to find out about the pathways to working in particular fields, and what skills and interests they can be gaining and considering, especially when moving on to secondary school at the end of the year.
The children learnt many interesting facts about each job as well as the varied pathways that people can take to enter into a chosen career. The event was also successful in providing a great opportunity for considering the next stages of learning and promoted high aspirations for their future working lives.
Thank you very much to all of the volunteers, who gave up their time and provide such engaging discussions and demonstrations with the children. This has helped to form a really important part of their personal development within our curriculum.