Who’s in Health? month is nearly here! Has your school registered?

Primary Futures logoAs you should be aware from recent publicity and information sent into schools the NAHT, Education and Employers charity and the Medical Schools Council have joined forces to launch ‘Who’s in Health? month in October this year. This major campaign which is a response to the ‘Selecting for Excellence’ report recommendations http://www.nhsemployers.org/news/2014/12/selecting-for-excellence-final-report-published will see thousands of volunteers from across the many and varied health professions going into primary schools across the country to talk about their jobs, highlighting the importance of literacy and numeracy, bringing real relevance to the children’s learning. Volunteers could 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! We are delighted that other major health bodies have also agreed to join us for what promises to be an exciting and inspirational month. http://www.inspiringthefuture.org/schools-and-colleges/primary-futures-primary-schools/primary-futures-medics-month/

The aims of Who’s in Health? are very much in tune with Primary Futures ………………….to support schools in helping their children to see the relevance of what they are learning, especially in science, maths and English, linking this to future opportunities helping to raise their aspirations. Inviting volunteers into school from the world of work is proving a highly successful way of achieving this in helping to inspire and enthuse thousands of children.

The month is part of the free Primary Futures programme which already has more than 2,200 primary schools signed up and some 23,000 volunteers from the world of work supporting us to inspire the next generation. You can find out more by following this link to our website http://www.inspiringthefuture.org/primary-futures/

Our partners the Medical Schools Council have been working hard behind the scenes planning and preparing their students for visits into schools. They have run a competition with cash prizes for medical students to develop a series of presentations which can be used in primary schools. Once the judging has been completed the winners, and some of the best runners up, will have their presentations published on both the MSC and our Primary Futures websites so they are available for others to use. Together we are hoping to run some high profile events with both university hospitals, local radio stations and groups of schools perhaps even broadcasting live Who’s in Health? activities. Watch out for more information on this and how you can get involved. The MSC website is well worth a look! http://www.medschools.ac.uk/Pages/default.aspx

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 clicking on the appropriate button. Volunteers can also register on the 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 and perhaps identify a member of your schools staff to play a lead role.

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 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. Remember the key to success is to plan carefully and provide full details of your events for your would be volunteers.

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 involving volunteers from other walks of life. Will it be a health based event or series of activities or maybe a combination of health and other professions? As ever it’s up to you to decide the best approach for your children across the key stages.

Thousands more volunteers are signing up as October approaches, so if there aren’t many in your area yet don’t worry; the important thing is to start planning! If you are having difficulties or need advice the Primary Futures team can offer lots of support with for example finding suitable volunteers or offering ideas for activities. Please do get in touch if you have any questions by calling 020 7566 4880 or by emailing Charlotte.lightman@educationemployers.org.

To hear more and to spread the word, follow us on Twitter @primaryfutures

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

‘Our children, their futures’.



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