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Young children to get career talks from professionals

School children as young as five are to get school visits from professionals such as businessmen, archaeologists and zoologists to help teach them about different types of jobs, it has been announced.

Teachers hope Primary Futures will raise children's aspirations. Credit: PA

Primary schools will get free access to a network of volunteers who are willing to talk to youngsters about their career path, under a new initiative from the The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT).

Primary Futures aims to widen pupil's horizons and give them an idea of how to apply what they have learned in the classroom to the outside world.

NAHT general secretary Russell Hobby said: "For children of primary age, making a connection between what they learn in the classroom and how it relates to the world of work isn't easy. Primary Futures is intended to change that.

"It is not about specific careers advice, or fixing on one path for the future at age 11. It is about widening horizons on what can be achieved."