Teacher, tailor, YouTuber, spy

A research project into the career aspirations of 13,000 primary students shares its results exclusively with Tes – the findings suggest poverty and gender are still too influential in how children see their future, says Helen Amass

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Kerri Sellens looked at the piece of paper and considered what the appropriate reaction to the picture in front of her should be. She had asked the children to draw the job they wanted to do when they grew up and one child had drawn something…unexpected.

“[He had drawn] a ‘fidget-spinner shop owner’,” she recalls. “He was so sincere. It really was his dream to own a shop full of fidget spinners.”

After a pause, she adds: “Thinking about it, I haven’t seen a shop dedicated to them, so maybe he is onto something…”

The aspiring fidget-spinner entrepreneur was one of thousands of pupils who ...

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