Who’s in Health? Information and how to join us.


                                                         Primary Futures Who’s in Health? Month – October 2015

As you will be aware from recent publicity the NAHT, Education and Employers charity and the Medical Schools Council have joined forces to launch what was initially called Primary Futures ‘Medics Month’ but has now been rebranded as Who’s in Health? This change of campaign name reflects the many offers of support from different bodies across the health care sector.

The aim is to support schools in helping children see the relevance of what they are learning at Key Stage 2 especially in science, maths and English to broaden and raise their future aspirations.

Who’s in Health? month will see thousands of volunteers from across the health professions going into primary schools across the country to talk about their jobs and highlight the importance of literacy and numeracy, bringing real relevance to the children’s learning. Volunteers may be hospital doctors, GPs, nurses, ambulance drivers, high street pharmacists, health care assistants, dieticians, surgeons, midwives, students and researchers to name just a few. The list is endless!

The month is part of the free Primary Futures project which already has more than 2,100 primary schools signed up and some 22,000 volunteers from the world of work supporting us to raise aspirations and inspire the next generation. You can find out more by following this link to our website http://www.inspiringthefuture.org/primary-futures/

How does my school register?
To register your school’s interest and to see the volunteers in your area please sign up via the Primary Futures website. Once registered, you will be given a username and password. You then just need to decide what your Who’s in Health? activities will look like.

For some ideas take a look at our case studies http://www.inspiringthefuture.org/schools-and-colleges/primary-futures-primary-schools/primary-futures-case-studies/ or talk to us using the contact details below.

Once you’ve made your plans then log in, click on ‘Find Volunteers’ and on the ‘Themed Week / Campaign’ dropdown box and select Medics Month. You will then be matched with the volunteers in your area who you can contact via the database to tell them about your plans and invite them along to your school during Who’s in Health? month.

On our website we have produced the following step-by-step practical guidance for signing up which you might also find helpful. www.inspiringthefuture.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Primary-Futures-Medics-Month-school-sign-up-guide.pdf.

For schools already registered it’s simply a case of searching for volunteers as outlined above. Some schools have already indicated they will be involving health professionals as part of a bigger Primary Futures event. As ever it’s up to you to decide the best approach for your pupils.

Thousands more volunteers will be signing up over the next few months, so if there aren’t many in your area yet don’t worry; the important thing is to start planning!

The Primary Futures team can offer lots of support with finding suitable volunteers and ideas for activities, so do get in touch if you have any questions by calling 020 7566 4880 or emailing Charlotte.lightman@educationemployers.org.

To hear more and to spread the word, follow us on Twitter @primaryfutures and keep an eye on our blog https://primaryfutures.wordpress.com/

We look forward to you joining us for what promises to be an exciting month of activities across the country.

‘Our children, their futures’.

Please note all links and drop down boxes making reference to Medics Month will be amended in the near future to Who’s in Health?

By Steve Iredale

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