St Eanswythe’s Primary School pupils question MP Sam Gyimah at Primary Futures event

Great report from the Folkestone Herald re. last weeks Primary Futures event supported by many volunteers including Sam Gyimah MP.

By Steve Iredale

Primary Futures inspires pupils in Folkestone

Today sees the latest of our high profile Primary Futures events raising the profile of our work which aims to raise the aspirations of primary age children.The press release below provides more information. Maybe it’s time your school joined us?
Special Primary Futures event at St Eanswythe’s Primary School in Folkestone with Sam Gyimah, Education Minister.
 Primary Futures, run by the education charity Education & Employers in partnership with the NAHT, is coordinating this special event which will see employee volunteers come together to raise the aspirations of primary school children talking with them face-to-face about their job, career path and how important their primary school learning was in getting them there! We hope this event will introduce the children to jobs they haven’t heard of before, broaden their horizons and encourage them to aim high. Diverse volunteers taking part range from the Head of Coastal Operations at the Maritime & Coastguard Agency to an Associate Surveyor from Women in Surveying.
According to 2015 research published by Kent County Council, Folkestone is within the top 10% most deprived areas of Kent, the South East and the whole country. Primary Futures helps to show children that there are interesting jobs to aspire to in their area.
Childcare and Education Minister Sam Gyimah said, “Careers guidance in primary schools is about broadening horizons and making children aware of all the future job options available to them. Primary Futures is an excellent example of how this can be achieved in an interesting and stimulating way, and I look forward to seeing it in practice at St Eanswythe’s Primary School.”  
Jane Garrett, Headteacher St Eanswythe’s Primary School in Folkestone said: “We are very excited about the opportunity to have Primary Futures in school. We are very conscious that we live in a rapidly changing world and that a lot of jobs that St Eanswythe’s children will be engaged in have not yet been invented.  However, it is useful for our children to start to think about the sort of careers that they would in interested in; what is involved and how their education impacts on their career path. The Primary Futures conference provides inspiration and a blue print for further work in school.”


For media enquiries and to arrange interviews please contact Carol Glover, Communications Manager, Education and Employers Taskforce on 07939 061 850 or email

 How can you help us spread the word?
We would like for this event to encourage large numbers of other people to volunteer with Primary Futures in Folkestone and beyond. You can help us spread the word by tweeting about the event. Or get your company, your colleagues, your friends to tweet, and other well-known people in your sector with large numbers of followers to tweet.
Please tweet to @PrimaryFutures #PrimaryFutures
What is Primary Futures?
Primary Futures is a free programme for state primary schools across the UK which aims to raise aspirations and, by helping children understand the link between learning in school and the world of work, to motivate them to improve their academic performance. We are working with National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) and employers to ‘roll out’ this programme across the UK.
Primary Futures is part of Inspiring the Future, run by the Education and Employers charity.
People from a wide range of professions and different backgrounds – from apprentices to CEOs, archaeologists to zoologists – give an hour to visit their local school where they talk about their job to enthuse the children about the opportunities open to them and how important literacy and numeracy are. Register for Primary Futures free programmes here:
By Steve Iredale