Attendance and Aspirations Week at Wimborne Junior School
As part of Portsmouth City Council’s ongoing ‘Miss School, Miss Out’ school attendance campaign, Wimborne Junior School held an Aspirations Week from 21 – 25 January 2019 to help children to think about what jobs they would like to have in the future, what skills they will need in order to succeed in those jobs and how important attending school is in helping them to achieve their goals.
During the week, pupils looked at their future selves and discussing goal setting, resilience, potential barriers and the support available to help them.
Cllr Suzy Horton, cabinet member for education at Portsmouth City Council, visited the school and said that she was “overwhelmed with the quality of conversation not only about aspirations but also their understanding of what they need to do to become the best version of themselves.”
Carina Jacobs, head teacher at Wimborne Junior, said: “During Aspirations Week, we’re looking forward to inspiring the children to think about their futures and to helping them to understand the steps they can take to ensure their own success and the help available in school to aid them in reaching their goals. Hopefully they will take this forward with them into secondary school and beyond.”
HOLD THE DATE: Aspirations Week 20th – 24th January 2020
On behalf of the Portsmouth Education Partnership, the council is proposing to run ‘Aspirations Week’ in schools across the city from 20th to 24th January 2020, and would like to ask you to hold the dates in your school calendars.
As part of the council’s ‘Miss School, Miss Out’ school attendance campaign, Aspirations Week aims to help pupils think about the jobs they would like to have in the future, the skills needed in order to succeed in those jobs and how important attending school is in helping them to achieve their goals.
The week will consist of a variety of activities including assemblies, speakers, in class focus groups and – for primary schools – a ‘dress up as your future self’ day on Friday 24th January.
During the successful pilot held at Wimborne Junior School earlier this year, pupils thought about their future selves and discussed goal setting, resilience, potential barriers and the support available to help them. The response was very positive. Resources from the pilot will be made available shortly to primary schools and Chantelle Knight, PSHE lead, at the council, is looking to work with PSHE leads from secondary schools to develop material suitable for older pupils.
We look forward to as many schools as possible participating, so please add Aspirations Week, 20th -24th January 2020 to your calendar. Further details will follow.
Further information and resources to support the attendance campaign can be found here.
For further information please contact: [email protected]