What’s it all about?

“For children of primary age, making a connection between what they learn in the classroom and how it relates to the world of work isn’t easy. Primary Futures is intended to change that. It is not about specific careers advice, or fixing on one path for the future at age 11. It is about raising and broadening horizons about what can be achieved. Children also benefit from understanding the practical requirements of the working world so they can be motivated to improve their literacy and numeracy”



How does Primary Futures work?

Once one or more teachers at your school have registered by clicking on the orange button on the homepage and following the instructions they can contact a growing number of enthusiastic volunteers from different professions and sectors waiting to be invited into school to talk, work with and inspire their children. Teachers are able to view the profiles of different volunteers in their locality and contact any they would like to invite into their school via the ITF platform.

Who are the volunteers?

 Our volunteers come from many walks of life and might be apprentices, graduate recruits or Chief Executives from small, medium sized or multi-national companies. As the program develops, we expect thousands of volunteers to sign up with more registering every day.

Every volunteer who has signed up has committed to providing at least one hour a year to visit a school in their area. They may be available to offer more time when requested by teachers.

When volunteers complete their online profile, they also have the option of indicating their interest in reading to children or listening to them read in a primary school, either individually or in groups and in taking part in a numeracy related activity. These could be a one-off activity or it may evolve into more regular involvement depending on the needs of the school and availability of the volunteer.  They may also indicate their interest in taking part in Primary Future’s main activity “What’s my Line” which was launched in Australia on 4th May 2018 at a Western Sydney primary School. (See the launch event video on the ITF home page and how to run the activity in Primary Futures “Resources”)

Check out the UK Primary Futures 'What's My Line' video