David Davis MP at a Primary Futures event in Brough

David Davis, the MP for Haltemprice and Howden, became the latest in a long line of MP’s to visit a school as part of our Primary Futures project. It’s really encouraging to see both politicians and volunteers from all walks of life willing to give an hour or so of their time to inspire the next generation of children. If you haven’t volunteered yet maybe it’s time you did! You can see and hear more about his visit if you follow the link below.


By Steve Iredale

Stop press – The Secretary of State joins Primary Futures!

We are delighted that on 4th March Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State, will be joining the children and and an array of great volunteers at Priestmead Primary School in Harrow for an excting morning of Primary Futures activities. Keep an eye on Twitter @PrimaryFutures and @priestmeadproud and our blog for updates and of course photos and a report.

By Steve Iredale

Primary Futures in Barnsley, York and County Durham

This has certainly been a busy week sharing Primary Futures with large numbers of school leaders at NAHT Conferences in York and Barnsley and a Schools North East ‘Future Ready’ event in Newton Aycliffe on Wednesday. We have had a really positive response from delegates as we have been able to share the potential of PF with examples of how our project can impact both on individual children but also on schools and localities. Of course as ever the success of any events or series of events lies with you in terms of the planning, organisation and communication with the volunteers. If you are having any challenges in these areas (or indeed others) please feel free to contact any of us through the Useful Contacts link on the blog home page or via the website http://www.inspiringthefuture.org/primary-futures/ there’s always one of the team who will be delighted to support you.

Our new website continues to see new developments as we add additonal features. In the near future we will be launching a simple feedback section so we can gather information about your Primary Futures activities in terms of what went well, what you might look to change next time etc. We hope to get a good response from the 1700 primary schools who have already joined us and those who are about to embark on their PF journey!


By Steve Iredale

A week with The Outward Bound Trust

What a great week I had recently at The Outward Bound Trust Ullswater Centre with children from my old Barnsley school. It certainly felt strange going as a volunteer and not headteacher! Whilst outdoor activity residential’s are always special this was of particular note. It was our first venture with the OBT and proved to be just what we had been looking for over the years. Not only were the activities exciting and challenging but the focus on learning and developing life skills to take back to school and beyond was great. Team work, personal skills and challenge, relationships and communication were amongst the areas developed so effectively during the week. The daily learning review with both with the children and the staff (who were exceptional) made this a brilliant experience for us all! We have already booked for 2016. You can find out more by going to http://www.outwardbound.org.uk/
The learning and impact we focus on with Primary Futures is very much reflected in the work of the OBT ………. highly recommended by us all at ASPS.


By Steve Iredale