Raising Aspirations, Inspiring Futures

Raising Aspirations, Inspiring Futures

A key stage 2 teaching resource, developed in partnership with Siemens, enabling primary teachers to enhance pupils’ understanding of potential career choices, while challenging gender stereotypes.

Working in partnership with Siemens, The PSHE Association has developed this new Key Stage 2 teaching resource to enable primary teachers to enhance pupils’ understanding of potential career choices while challenging gender stereotypes within the world of work. This resource will also enable teachers to evidence how PSHE supports whole school work on transition to secondary school.

This free downloadable resource includes four lesson plans plus corresponding PowerPoint presentations, which can be used as standalone lessons or as part of a series.  Each lesson is mapped against the PSHE Association Programme of Study and covers the following topics: 

  • Gender stereotypes and equality
  • The world of work
  • Influences on career choices - positive role models
  • Hopes and aspirations

In addition, the resource contains activities for engaging parents/carers and the wider community as part of a whole school focus on equality and career aspirations and links to case study examples of young Siemens apprentices and employees telling their career stories.  

The resource is intended to help motivate and inspire all pupils but will prove particularly useful for challenging misconceptions amongst girls that certain careers are more suited to men, such as those in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field.

Download the ‘Raising Aspirations, Inspiring Futures’ KS2 resource pack free from the Siemens website.

Lesson content is aspirational and realistic, helping to raise pupils’ awareness of the wide rangeof opportunities available to them in their future careers, while drawing on real-life examples and case studies that reflect a range of skills and abilities.

‘Raising Aspirations,Inspiring Futures’  forms part of Siemens ongoing commitment to support pupils in realising their potential and to aspire to a future in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and is the focus of Siemens’ activity on National Women in Engineering Day on 23rd June 2015. 

The PSHE Association and Siemens would greatly value feedback on these materials, so please get in touch once you’ve used them in the classroom or with parents.

Date uploaded: 22 Aug 2016

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Careers Education


Key Stage 2

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