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Inspire! > Our Programmes > Primary Schools

Primary School Programmes

It's never too early to prepare children for their futures

Inspire! delivers multiple programmes which support the curriculum and raise children’s aspirations and achievements.

We currently deliver work-related learning in primary schools through our Work Week and iDiscover programmes, and mentoring through the Reading and Numbers Partners programmes

We are always keen to develop new ideas, create new school-business partnerships, and offer valuable experiences to employee volunteers.


Work-related Learning

Work Week

Work Week is a week-long programme of activities for all children in a primary school, from Nursery through to Year 6. It develops awareness, knowledge and skills for the world of work and allows children to meet real workers and visit workplaces.

Not only does it connect learning in the classroom to the outside world, it gives employers and volunteers a chance to benefit the community. 

An average of 20 schools from Hackney, Camden and Islington take part each year, and we have recently launched the programme at schools in Redbridge and Lambeth. The programme has reached 7500 pupils this year, with over 400 volunteers from a wide range of industries taking part. Find out more about what's involved here.

The below video shows Year 1 pupils from Brecknock Primary School on a visit to Marks & Spencer's Marble Arch store.


iDiscover introduces Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers to primary school children through a week of work-related activities. 

Research shows that pupils decide early in their school careers that science is ‘not for them’. Through early exposure to role models from STEM industries who look and sound like them, we aim to change perceptions and challenge stereotypes, showing that gender or ethnic background is not a barrier to future success.

STEM subjects are brought to life through workplace visits, engaging experiments and hands-on activities, with opportunities to meet a wide range of volunteers. Pupils can programme robots, create a torch, code a computer game and more!

For more information, please take a look at our flyer. We’d love to discuss new partnerships for the next phase of the project!

Primary Mentoring

Primary Mentoring

Primary Mentoring involves employee volunteers visiting schools on a weekly or fortnightly basis to support children on a one-to-one or small group basis, most commonly in reading or maths. Reading Partners help children practise their reading and comprehension, while Number Partners play numeracy games to help develop their mental maths skills.

Inspire! broker relationships between businesses and schools, forming and maintaining a Primary Mentoring partnership. We provide support and training for all volunteers, undertakes DBS checks, and assist throughout the programme. Find out more here


Mentoring Programmes

Transition Programmes

Challenge Mentoring is a mentoring programme which aims to ease the transition from primary to secondary school for pupils facing particular disadvantages or difficulties. This has been delivered in partnership with UBS and LinklatersFind out more about how Challenge Mentoring works here. 

We are hoping to expand and extend similar programmes in local schools and would be happy to hear from potential schools and business partners, please get in touch to discuss ideas and partnership opportunities.

For more information on any of the above, please contact us or call the primary team on 020 7275 6060 

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