Last week, my company Big Green Fox gained yet another high profile supporter – the Prime Minister, David Cameron. The impromptu meeting came about after we were invited to the launch of the government’s support package for new start businesses. After delivering his speech the PM began talking with some of the entrepreneurs who had been positioned on the front row of the audience. It was then the rather surreal encounter began…
The visually striking Career Detectives box caught the PM’s eye, he wondered over intrigued about what was contained within. So I gave the PM an overview of the resource and our aims to raise aspirations, broaden horizons and increase social mobility. And Mr Cameron was extremely supportive of Career Detectives. He liked the design of the resource and the way that it linked to the curriculum and spoke of the value of careers education in realising the positive outcomes we intend for our resources to achieve.
Knowing that I probably had chance to ask only one question before he was ushered on, I had to make it a worthwhile one for Big Green Fox. So I challenged the PM on why the Conservatives are currently the only party to not support mandatory careers education in primary schools. His respond was disappointingly non-committal, however he again emphasised the importance of careers education in schools and the value of resources such as Career Detectives.
So although we weren’t able to get any indication about the future intention of the government with regards to careers education in primary schools, it was a highly satisfying moment to see a Career Detectives box in the hands of an impressed Prime Minister!
Big Green Fox will be continuing to work with Minister for Access to Education, Simon Hughes MP, in pushing for careers education to become mandatory in primary schools in line with his recommendations. There is a wealth of evidence to show that careers education is not only more effective when started at primary level, but also leads to higher aspirations and attainment as pupils become aware of the purpose of education. After our initial meeting, we’re delighted that Simon Hughes will, in a few weeks, be trialling Career Detectives in the primary school where he is a governor with a view to supporting us in getting the resource into schools.
For more information about Big Green Fox, our products or developments in the careers education arena visit our website here.
Note: I’m trying to track down an illusive photo of David Cameron holding Career Detectives as I was talking to him, as well as the television coverage featured on the Look North regional news.