Secondary: Subject Teachers

Inspiring the Future Australia has provided Subject Teacher Guides to help teachers find local volunteers easily. They have been written by subject teachers in the UK who have used Inspiring the Future and explain how the system works on a practical level. Many classroom teachers already invite volunteers into the classroom but at times it can be difficult and time consuming. We want to make the process much easier for you so that more young people get the chance to meet people doing a wide range of jobs and gain first-hand insights into different careers, sectors and professions, and the routes into them.

We have provided this guide to help teachers use Inspiring the Future Australia volunteers effectively and creatively.


Inspiring the Future Australia: Guide for Subject Teachers

Inspiring the Future Australia: Schemes of Work  

Many of you will be aware of some of the benefits which include:

  •  Meeting people from the world of work who use subject-related knowledge in their jobs brings learning to life and helps young people understand the relevance of what you are teaching them
  • By demonstrating the practical uses of a subject, volunteers can enrich learning and improve motivation and participation in the classroom
  • Enabling young people to meet volunteers with interesting jobs helps broaden their networks and horizons. It can kick-start the process of thinking about future careers and encourage young people to make more informed choices about their future
  • Classroom-based careers insights form part of an integrated approach to careers guidance, which is deemed best practice
  • ‘Drip-feeding’ career insights into lessons is not necessarily difficult to maintain once you have a model in place
  • Teachers who have used Inspiring the Future to organise events and activities in their schools, report a host of positive impacts on young people following these activities

In a UK 2014 teacher survey, teachers who had used Inspiring the Future to organise events/activities were asked to say what they thought happened to young people following these events. Overwhelmingly, teachers reported positive impacts on young people in a range of different areas