News and Resources from Our Future Derby
December 10, 2020
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Welcome to the latest newsletter from the Our Future Derby team. 

Thanks to the wonders of technology we have had a fantastic month delivering activities in schools joined virtually by volunteers from the world of work. 

We are continuing to deliver activities throughout December so if you have not yet re-scheduled your activities then please get in touch with

Ifza (ifzashakoor@bydesign-group.co.uk) or

Lauren (laurencroll@bydesign-group.co.uk).

Activities can be delivered in person or virtually! 

Click the button to read about the virtual events delivered at Becket Primary this month Case study >

Planning Meetings for Our Future Derby 2021

As previously announced, we are delighted that Our Future Derby will continue with a new programme running from January to July 2021.

Lauren and Ifza, our School Engagement Co-ordinators are contacting each school directly to plan activities from January that are tailored to your school’s needs.

These planning meetings will be taking place via Teams so look out for an e-mail

from us to book yours.

Bring Festive Cheer into your Classroom Virtually!

We know that this continues to be an incredibly challenging time for schools and having listened to teachers, we know that traditional festive activities may be looking very different this year. Teachers have asked us if Primary Futures could help bring some festive cheer into the classroom virtually, by taking a peek behind the scenes of some of the jobs and the work that goes into creating holiday magic.

We don’t know if Santa or the elves have to quarantine this year, but we do know how many jobs it takes to produce festive wrapping paper, who grows the Christmas tree for 10 Downing Street, who prepares the turkey for the Royal Family and who looks after people that may not have a warm meal at Christmas.

The ‘What’s My Line? Festive Special’ half-hour video for KS1 and KS2 will showcase some of the jobs that get seasonally busy this time of the year, helping to further inspire children’s career-relating learning – with a festive twist.

Register here to receive the video and accompanying learning resource before December, with an opportunity for pupils to enter our ‘festive jobs’ drawing competition.

The latest resource added to the Our Future Derby resources page is a reflective learning log that allows children to demonstrate and record their careers related learning and achievements. 

By using the learning log alongside all careers activities, every learner is encouraged and supported to set their sights high and broaden their ambitions.

Learners undertake a journey of reflection and take ownership of, and responsibility for, their own learning and personal development. A log of their reflections are recorded by the child to support their knowledge and understanding of the wide range of jobs they have learnt about and can aspire to.

By providing and recognising careers related learning experiences, children can use the learning log to independently self-assess and self-reflect on the key skills they are developing. 


There are 2 versions of the learning log, one for KS1 and one for KS2 pupils. Both learning logs are designed in such a way that the log grows with them, continually capturing learning and achievements in exciting ways to demonstrate and celebrate the skills and knowledge they are building whilst making the explicit link between what they learn at school and their future career success. 

Please follow the link below to the password protected page where all Our Future Derby schools can access the programme’s resources. Read more >

Please enter: OFDResources236 as the password.

STEM Courses with 2 whole-class kits delivered for free

Rolls Royce is supporting the development of STEM education in classrooms across Derbyshire by funding two teachers from your school to attend the funded online Primary Engineer Structures and Mechanisms with Basic Electrics course and kit to enable the delivery of the project.

Limited places available so reserve your place now. More information >

The Widening Access team at the University of Derby offers Year 5 and Year 6 classes the opportunity to visit the University on their Primary Explorers Days in May-June 2021. Pupils will have the chance to explore the facilities at the University, meet current students and take part exciting activities to introduce them to the range of courses available at university. These visits are free to any primary school. Click below to find out more and book your place: Book her

The Widening Access team have also created an interactive presentation to provide primary students with the opportunity to explore some of the facilities at the University using our virtual tours.

Download the presentation and access videos to help your students discover more about the courses on offer at university: Download here

Save the Dates! 

Throughout 2021, we will be delivering a series of CPD webinars to ensure teachers and senior leaders in schools are supported to embed careers related learning in the curriculum through the sharing of resources, case studies and best practise. These webinars will also provide schools with an opportunity to showcase their development and share their learning with other primary schools in Derby.

Please save these dates to your diaries and use these links to register: 

CPD Webinar: Digital Futures

Wednesday 27th January, 3.30pm – 4.20pm

Raise children’s aspirations through virtual employer encounters with volunteers working in IT and beyond Register

CPD Webinar: Step into the NHS

Thursday 25th February, 3.30pm – 4.20pm

Broaden horizons by showing the huge range of jobs helping people from the health and social care sector. Register

CPD Webinar: Building Futures

Tuesday 23rd March, 3.30pm – 4.20pm

Motivate children by linking STEM with construction jobs. Register

Webinar: Our Future Derby – Celebrating, Sharing and Exploring Career-Related Learning Success

Tuesday 9 February, 3:20pm – 4:50pm

As the first year (or so!) of the Our Future Derby project comes to an end we’d like to thank both schools and employers who have worked incredibly hard through challenging circumstances to provide primary school children in Derby with fantastic experiences of the world of work, helping to broaden horizons and raise aspirations to improve children’s life chances. As part of this we are hosting a virtual event to share experiences of the journey so far and feedback on the significant and positive findings from the impact assessment.

We want Derby to become a national example of best practice and this is a chance for teachers, employers and volunteers to come together to share and explore take-away learning for how we can strengthen and shape career-related learning now and in the future. Employers in Derby are also encouraged to attend and listen to volunteers talk about the benefits of employer encounters to inspire the future talent of Derby. Register


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