Primary school children

Learning area 3: Explore a wide range of jobs and challenge preconceptions


‘There’s no such thing as a boy’s/girl’s job’ tackles stereotypical thinking around the world of work (and higher education), head on. Pupils are encouraged to question their own views of what constitutes a typical candidate for a range of roles, to formulate and express opinions, and to interrogate the opinions of others, as well as considering the reasons why people work. Pupils are also given a number of exciting and positive case studies of individuals overcoming stereotypes in their working lives.

Supporting materials rely on elements of surprise and intrigue to bring real excitement to the mix. The short film we have produced provides the perfect support and consolidation device to the learning outcomes within this section. Download the teacher notes for the full lesson plan and guidance on how to deliver the activities.

Learning outcomes


  • challenge preconceptions about who does certain jobs
  • explore a wide range of different jobs
  • identify stereotypes and challenge stereotypical thinking
  • represent different jobs in pictures and words

Subject links

  • PSHE
  • Citizenship
  • English 
  • Art

Last updated: 20 Apr 2016