In Rift House, we work together to raise the aspirations of all children in all year groups. Over the course of the year, children carry out different activities in their classes, as well as, taking part in Local Educational visits. These help the children to gain an understanding of the wider world and real life experiences.
This year, we have been working with Primary Futures and Tees Valley Careers to raise aspirations and broaden children’s horizons and give them self-belief by putting careers education in the curriculum and connecting learning to life.
Inspiring the Futures
Throughout the year, we spend time connecting diverse volunteers from a range of careers, who talk to children about their jobs and show how what they are learning at school can lead to an interesting, exciting future. We provides activities to help children to broaden their horizons, raise their aspirations, challenge stereotypes and motivate them in their learning. These are closely linked with our curriculum.
We also welcome visitors into our school, from local companies and businesses. They teach the children about the real working world and about their own jobs. This is a very exciting for the children as they have the chance to ask the visitors lots of questions and also do some role play as well.
Some children, in some classes also have the opportunity to visit work places as well such as the Hartlepool Power Station and even the Hartlepool College of Further Education.
Here is an example of an 'Inspiring the Futures' time table from 2018.2019.
Hartlepool College of Further Education
Rift House works closely with the Hartlepool College of Further Education. In 2018/19, every class in Key Stage 2 visited the college with their parents, family or friends. The children had a chance to see what life is like in college and to be given ideas about what they might aspire to do when they are older. This year, some students from the college will be joining us in some of our workshops in the 'Inspiring the Futures' week and we are hopefully going to be having some more visits there as well.
Our Schools Aspirations
At the beginning of the year, all children are asked what their aspirations are. They each share their ideas and these are displayed in their class to remind them of their goals. At the end of the year, they will look at the these again to see if they have changed their minds!