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Inspiring children and raising their aspirations at the earliest opportunity has never been more important. Giving children an idea and understanding of their potential early on in their education can ensure they don’t lose sight of the opportunities open to them during their educational journey. To this end, Browne Jacobson is delighted to offer its clients a pro-bono workshop in which we will support the school to raise aspirations amongst its children.

Sessions are tailored to your requirements but last between 45 minutes and 1.5 hours and are aimed at groups of 15-20 children. They are highly interactive and intended to be suitable for years two to six. Below we set out a range of suggested options for you to choose from. Simply let us know if you believe your children would benefit and we can arrange a time and date to run the workshop.

Please note that we are only able to offer a limited number of sessions for our clients each term so we will need to agree events well in advance and may need to operate a waiting list.

We have structured our offering under a number of different headings and you are free to pick and choose sessions from the various headings which we recognise will need to vary depending on the year group the session is delivered to. If you would prefer to focus on one area but not another or would like a longer session covering more than one topic, these options can easily be tailored to meet the specific needs of your children. We estimate 30 minutes for delivering each heading.

What is a career?

Jobs and careers 

An interactive session asking children what jobs people they know do and what that person actually does (e.g. if they are a nurse they help people), giving children an insight to other types of jobs there are by use of illustrations; asking children what they believe the most important jobs are and ensuring they know that every job benefits the community in some way.

Guessing game exercise

Children will be given cards which give them a job. They will answer questions about that job (which will be set out on the cards), for example if they wear a uniform, if they help sick people etc. The other children have to guess who they are.

Job ‘Charades’

Children will choose cards from a stack with a title of a job on it. They will act out what that job is and the class will guess what the job is that they are acting out.

Why we work?

Why people have jobs

Covering what happens once they finish school, why people have jobs and what would happen if no one had a job. To help understand what money pays for, we use an exercise where children have to decide from a list with pictures what they would spend their money on.

How people get jobs

Discussing why school is important and why we go to school.

Beyond education

Discussing different routes they can go down when they finish school – going straight to work, going to college, apprenticeships, university. Looking at what people think about when they want to get a job e.g. will they enjoy it, do they want to help people, will it be a job with lots of people or would they prefer to work on their own, do they want to work for someone or be their own boss, how much money will they get etc.

Role-play exercise

Asking all children to think about what they want to do when they grow up and then we will undertake practice interviews where we will ask what children want to be when they grow up, what that job is and why they think they would be good at it.

Introduction to law

What is the law

Discussion with children on what the law is. Discussing some laws, such as being a certain age to drive, not being allowed to hurt people and attending school. Looking at why we have laws.

Exercise to come up with their own law

Asking children to come up with their own law (something that they would like) and then discussing whether this benefits everyone and what any problems of these laws would be.

What do lawyers do

Asking children what they think a lawyer does and discussing this.

Jobs in Law

Using picture cards to identify different jobs that people can do in the legal profession (e.g. policeman or judge) and discussing what that person actually does.

Please contact us if you would like to organise a session at your school.