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Lesson plans to introduce primary school pupils to the concepts of further and higher education, as well as different career pathways, are now available on My World of Work.

The resources for teachers are a result of a partnership between Skills Development Scotland (SDS), University of Glasgow and Glasgow City Council.

Initially a part of aims to widen access to further and higher education across the Glasgow area, these resources are now available to teachers across Scotland.

Keith Falconer, Partner Development & Integration Executive at SDS, said: “Working with our partners on this vital project has been hugely rewarding, allowing us to combine our expertise to develop a resource that will be used by primary teachers as part of the range of career education resources available online through My World of Work.

“Not only will the resources support primary school teachers to deliver on widening access, Developing the Young Workforce and the Career Education Standard here in Glasgow, but they will be available for use by schools in local authorities across the whole of Scotland.

“SDS delivers Scotland’s careers services, supported by My World of Work, and this resource builds on the work of our teams across Scotland to support young people to fully understand and explore all the options available to them.”  

Broken down into seven short lessons that can easily be adapted for every classroom, the lessons aim to ensure that the young people have an awareness of different qualifications.

By taking part in the programme, P6 and P7 pupils will gain the knowledge and access to the resources necessary to begin successfully planning their learner journey while still in primary school, and in time progress to a positive destination when they leave school.

Councillor Chris Cunningham, City Convener for Education, Skills & Early Years, Glasgow City Council said: “For many years we’ve had a very active and engaging widening access programme across the city and working with a range of partners. 

“Even our youngest learners in Glasgow nurseries have benefitted from working with colleges – it really is never too early to think about the future and the learner journey.

“However, our officers are continually striving to improve and add value to the opportunities on offer to our children and young people and carried out extensive research with our partners in this project – University of Glasgow and Skills Development Scotland – to identify any gaps in our widening access delivery model.

“The research found that higher education should be introduced to pupils in primary school and the primary engagement programme will deliver more widening access activity at this crucial stage of the learner journey, including the transition to secondary school, to further enhance aspirations and informed choices.”

Developed in consultation with primary school teachers, the materials include lesson plans, teacher guidance notes, PowerPoints, handouts and suggested follow-up activities. Each lesson is linked to the Career Management Skills, Curriculum for Excellence Experiences and Outcomes and the Career Education Standard.

Monika Anderson, Widening Participation Officer, University of Glasgow said: “One of the key objectives of the redevelopment was to allow the programme to be delivered in all primary schools, and not just on a targeted basis. We wanted to ensure that the programme would be accessible to all primary school pupils, regardless of their socio-economic background or school.

“The lessons introduce young people to the notion of university, college and apprenticeships as well as enabling them to identify their own skills sets and match these to their aspirations.

“We hope that the programme will give teachers the tools necessary to support their pupils’ aspirations and for the young people to be able to pursue their hopes and dreams for the future.”

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