Research shows early aspirations are a good indicator of characteristics associated with resilience, or the lack of it, such as a self-perception of competence or a feeling of hopelessness.
“This is one reason we think it is important to introduce primary school children to the world of work,” says Professor Flouri, a specialist in developmental psychology at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, London Institute of Education. “If we can help them develop aspirations for a work future, there will be positive benefits for motivation and achievement in school.”
The study suggests that children in families below the poverty line are more likely to aspire to work in the public sector – as doctors, teachers or police officers – than those growing up in more advantaged circumstances.
By introducing children to a range of adult workers, in Primary WorkOut, Worktree stimulates work aspirations.