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Spring has sprung! Our highlights this term

This term has been full of inspiring stories and lightbulb moments created by our network – thank you! With the summer term on its way, we’re sharing a few highlights from this spring term.

  • 40 schools delivering programmes with 2,826 children and young people impacted.
  • 411 hours of learning delivered across the country, raising aspirations and broadening horizons.
  • 91% happiness score for the quality of our programmes, services and events.

This term, over 300 pupils have told us what they think and the results are in! 

  • 100% think it’s important that children should have opportunities to explore their aspirations and the world of work.
  • 95% think they would do better in their subjects because of it.
  • 94% will enjoy their subjects more if they have these opportunities. 

We aim to positively influence how children see themselves, their abilities, and the world they live in, assessed through our ‘Have, Can, Know’ evaluation model. This term we are seeing an overall +25% improvement rate in children’s knowledge about the world of work following our programmes.

The biggest area of growth is ‘I Know’, from 52% to 82%. This theme explores the development of knowledge about the world of work. Here are some examples to show how we are challenging self-limitations and enabling pupils to think on a deeper level:

  • ‘I know I can do any type of job in the future’ | 5.6 to 8.9 Stars
  • ‘I know there are different pathways on the journey towards most jobs’ | 5.2 to 8.3 Stars
  • ‘I know there is a strong connection between aspirations and wellbeing’ | 4.9 to 8 Stars

The three top-scoring skills where our programmes are making the biggest difference are goal-setting, teamwork and self-reflection, an impressive +19% improvement on average!

One final highlight from us before sharing some exciting news from our network. Our team recently welcomed Rhys, who joined us for work experience during National Careers Week. He was very nervous on the first day, but really did look the part in his dad’s blue tie! Rhys is very passionate about technology and creative media so we designed a project where he got to meet a variety of people in specialist roles and develop his skills. This is what Rhys had to say on his last day:

“When I got off my bus and looked up at the building, all I could think of was when I said on Tuesday that this week was going to last forever. It didn’t. It flew by and I’m almost sad that it’s over, everyone in the team has been absolutely amazing to me and treated me with the utmost respect. I’m more than happy that I’ve done my work experience here”.

Network Showcase

Dubmire Primary Academy hosted a showcase event to celebrate their impact. Find out more: positivefootprints.co.uk/positive-footprints-partners-with-gentoo-continuing-to-raise-aspirations-in-primary-schools-across-sunderland/

Group of young pupils at the forefront sat at a table, smiling whiling trying on safety gear such as hard hats and high-vis' jackets, in the background are staff from Gentoo smiling

Manor Beach Primary School in Wyre ran their first-ever Career Carousel! Find out more: positivefootprints.co.uk/positive-footprints-secures-government-funding-to-boost-career-education-in-wyre/

Girl looking into a range finder wearing a high vis jacket

Our Lady & St Swithin’s Catholic Primary School ran a special Women in Construction careers event. Find out more: positivefootprints.co.uk/empowering-the-next-generation-liverpool-professionals-inspire-students-ahead-of-women-in-construction-week/

Group of women professionals who all work in construction and housing in front of company banners

Monksdown Primary School partnered with Petrus to pilot a ‘sleep-out to help out’ event that has raised thousands of pounds in support of homelessness. Find out more: positivefootprints.co.uk/positive-footprints-champions-community-engagement-and-empowerment-in-support-of-homelessness/

Sleep out to help out event, image of two young pupils drawing on a Petrus canvas bag to make it look prettier
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