Schoolchildren’s glance at the future

Sunderland Echo's Richard Ord talking to pupils at Careers Day, held at Cleadon Village Primary school.
Sunderland Echo's Richard Ord talking to pupils at Careers Day, held at Cleadon Village Primary school.
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POLICEMEN and firefighters swooped on a village school as journalists interviewed pupils and lawyers gave out advice.

But this was no major incident, instead pupils at Cleadon Village Primary School were getting some welcome career advice.

Parents from professions of all backgrounds gathered at the school to talk to children about their jobs.

It was the school’s fifth annual careers’ fair, with more than 200 pupils from schools across the village taking part.

Restaurateurs, police, solicitors, architects, teachers, journalists and café owners were among just a few of the professions represented at the day.

Karen Paterson, Year Six teacher at the school, said: “We know there are a lot of careers’ days at secondary schools, but we think it’s a good idea to get out 10 and 11-year-olds thinking about this kind of thing at the earliest possible time.”

Neve Oliver, 10, said “I enjoyed the whole morning, but particularly the police talk because we got the opportunity to dress up, do role-play and experience lots of the equipment”

Alex Tate, also 10, added: “The entire morning was fantastic. My favourite career was the nurse as she told me lots of facts about different parts of the body and she made mini-casts on everybody’s fingers.”