Careers Guidance and Raising Aspirations at Stanhope Primary School
In order to prepare our pupils for their futures, we try to give them some ideas about possible career pathways, that they will find exciting, engaging and rewarding. Careers guidance widens our pupils’ horizons, challenges stereotypes and raises their aspirations.
At Stanhope Primary School, we all try to provide our pupils with the knowledge and skills necessary to make successful transitions to the next stages in their life.
What we have done so far
Our first Careers Event was launched in Summer 2017 the aim was to expose all our pupils to a multitude of professions in modern Britain. Some of the professions that were invited in were the Army Reserves, Dental and Oral Health, South Tyneside Museums, the Customs House and Guide Dog Trainers. Building on that event, the Army Reserves returned the following Summer to talk to and encourage our children to take part in basic life support skills and work as a team on bomb disposal. Also attending our event were specialist units from Northumbria Police. The children were able to fully interact with the officers from Armed Response, Traffic, Collision Investigation and the Dog Section. They were even given the chance to look at some of the equipment and technology they used in their roles and thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with the officers.
In Autumn 2018, another event was hosted for our children from our Year 2 to Year 6. This time, a multitude of professions were represented utilising our parents and the wider community. Some of those who attended were an Intensive Care Consultant, Fire Officer, Veterinary Surgeon, Hairdresser, Nail Technicians, Armed Forces and Town Planner. In addition to this some professions have visited the school and presented an assembly which again, has informed the children of career pathways and roles, some of these have included The Port of Tyne, The National Grid, Primary Engineers, Barclays Bank and Sports Partnerships.
We all want our pupils to realise they can achieve their own goals by believing in themselves and giving them the encouragement to aim high.