Increasing exposure in primary schools research

Type: Research

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This research is from independent research commissioned by Health Careers in 2016.

This research found low awareness and understanding among primary school pupils of the role of the NHS and the jobs people do, other than doctor and nurse. Worryingly, gender stereotyping was also very evident, for example that men are doctors and nurses are women. 

The research found that, while some children are very clear about which career they wish to pursue, not many consider careers in health. The opinions were deep rooted, primarily due to the pupils’ limited frame of reference such as their school, family and local community.

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