At Burlington Junior School, we think it is important that our pupils gain skills and knowledge about careers. This enables them to understand and develop characteristics such as resilience and patience- required for their future. They have access to careers education which is free from gender bias and helps them to develop knowledge about careers in the local area; it also helps them to identify their own characteristics and potentially, what kind of jobs they might like and suit. Some jobs of the future, particularly in IT, have not yet been realised so it is important that we give our children the appropriate IT skills and confidence to be flexible as they travel their learning journey. This really enhances pupil self-esteem as their confidence grows.
We aim to expose our pupils to as many various jobs and experiences as is possible- again, allowing them to develop ideas and make more informed choices when they are older. Visits, visitors and key learning points, such as how they might start to run a local business or manage their money in the future, enhance and support Y6 transition to Secondary school. Engineering at Primary, Lego STEM and Maker Education are all important elements of careers development skills offered at Burlington Juniors. Our Careers Event- working with Primary Futures- brings a variety of professionals to our school, which the pupils thoroughly enjoy. Our online links include those with Farmer Colin from Farmer Time, Tyler O’Brien from the Challenger Learning Centre in the USA and Ross O’Brien from BP, amongst other remote visitors.
We aim to develop links with Parents- working to give pupils access to many varied career options and hear from parents- and people from within our community- as they share experiences of their different jobs. We also have links with East Riding College where our Year 6 pupils learn about educational pathways such as apprenticeships and courses which can lead to University.
We feel that careers education is a vital area of learning and that it is important to sew the seeds of interest regarding jobs, so to provide our pupils with a wide knowledge, enabling them to develop informed views as they progress
In the galleries below you can see just some of the experiences our pupils have had.