Our Future-Derby


Evaluation and Impact Assessment

Derby City Council, supporting the Department for Education’s Opportunity Area Programme – https://derbyopportunityarea.co.uk/ – has commissioned a new and exciting ‘Career-related learning in Primary Schools’ initiative led by the charity Education and Employers, in partnership with Learn by Design, East Midlands Chamber, Forum Talent Potential and dmh associates. To find out more about the project click here: http://www.educationandemployers.org/OurFutureDerby

The overall aim is to inspire children and connect primary schools in Abbey, Arboretum, Boulton, Chaddesden, Derwent, Normanton and Sinfin with the world of work. It should also spark conversations at a range of events across the city to help broaden horizons, raise aspirations and open a world of greater possibilities to the children’s, their families and their teachers.

The project objectives are to:

  • Open children’s eyes to their future possibilities
  • Enable teachers to link classroom learning for children with their future opportunities through bespoke CPD sessions
  • Engage local employers to widen children’s horizons
  • Work with parents to raise their children’s aspirations
  • Develop children’s future employability skills

Between May 2019 and July 2020, Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, Director, dmh associates will lead a research team to evaluate and assess the impact of the project. We will be focusing on the first hand experiences of children, parents, teachers, employers, volunteers and local community groups.

The evaluation and impact assessment will investigate the extent to which the project:

  • Increases pupil’s awareness of career/work opportunities
  • Increases pupils’ understanding of the link between education, qualifications and work opportunities
  • Reduces career/role stereotypes
  • Improves future employability skills
  • Engages parents, carers and the wider community in career-related learning.

If you currently live and/or work in Abbey, Arboretum, Boulton, Chaddesden, Derwent, Normanton and Sinfin you may wish to participate in the research. If so, please contact us: e-mail: [email protected] We will then send you a consent form to complete and return to us which confirms your willingness to take part.

We will begin in June 2019 by working with these 7 primary schools:

  1. Firs – Abbey Ward
  2. Derwent – Derwent Ward
  3. Cherry Tree Hill – Chaddesden Ward
  4. Redwood – Sinfin Ward
  5. Allenton – Boulton Ward
  6. Hardwick – Normanton Ward
  7. Arboretum – Arboretum Ward

This will be followed up by work in the following 30 schools:-



1Becket Primary SchoolAbbey
2Bishop Lonsdale CE Primary School & NurseryAbbey
3Akaal PrimaryArboretum
4Pear Tree InfantArboretum
5Pear Tree JuniorArboretum
6Rosehill Infant & NurseryArboretum
7St Chad’s C of E Nursery & InfantArboretum
8St James’ C of E Infant & NurseryArboretum
9St James’ C of E JuniorArboretum
10St Joseph’s Catholic Voluntary AcademyArboretum
11Zaytouna PrimaryArboretum
12LF Moorhead PrimaryBoulton
13Oakwood InfantBoulton
14Oakwood JuniorBoulton
15Wyndham PrimaryBoulton
16Cavendish Close InfantChaddesden
17Cavendish Close JuniorChaddesden
18Chaddesden Park PrimaryChaddesden
19Meadow Farm PrimaryChaddesden
20St Alban’s Catholic PrimaryChaddesden
21Beaufort PrimaryDerwent
22Breadsall Hill Top PrimaryDerwent
23Roe Farm PrimaryDerwent
24St Giles’Derwent
25Dale PrimaryNormanton
26Village PrimaryNormanton
27Ash Croft PrimarySinfin
28Cottons Farm PrimarySinfin
29Grampian PrimarySinfin
30Osmaston PrimarySinfin

“The launch of Our Future-Derby marks a significant milestone in inspiring children to see the relevance of schooling to the world of work from an early age. What makes this initiative special is the planting of seeds of hope. Children, parents, teachers and employers working together in local communities to gain a better understanding of the changing world of work. Research shows children’s aspirations are often shaped, molded and restricted by gender stereotyping, socio-economic background and the people they meet in their local area. We will be examining what works and what more needs to be done to improve children’s life chances for a successful future.” Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE and Dr Elnaz Kashefpakdel, Head of Research


If you would like to read more…

Related research:

What works? Career-related learning in primary schools by Dr Elnaz Kashefpakdel, Jordan Rehill and Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE (December 2018)


Career-related learning in primary:  The role of primary teachers and schools in preparing children for the future by Dr Elnaz Kashefpakdel, Jordan Rehill and Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE (January 2019)


Drawing the Future: Exploring the career aspirations of primary school children from around the world by Nick Chambers, Dr Elnaz Kashefpakdel, Jordan Rehill and Christian Percy (2018)