The School: St. Ursula’s Convent School

Students from across Years 7 to 10 at St. Ursula’s Convent School, an outstanding secondary school in Greenwich, had been preparing all week in the build up: looking at voting statistics in maths, debating in English and the history of politics in humanities, before finally putting their knowledge and skills to the test in their first Enabling Enterprise challenge day. Following this successful launch, classes will be continuing their enterprise skill development with a serious of curriculum themed lesson-time projects.

The Challenge: A Day in Politics

During the day, teams used persuasion skills in a class debate, discussion and problem solving to analyse current crime and education policies before putting together their own political parties and manifestos, before polishing their presentation skills in a preparing and pitching their hustings speeches. Students were also encouraged to think about the skills they were using during each activity and how these could link to their future career choices, as well as reflecting on areas for personal development.

The Results:

The students were clearly engaged and relished the opportunity to take ownership, articulate their opinions and listen to the views of others. Teams impressed with their passionate and informed class debates, as well as some clever and creative campaigns. The winning party from each team then competed in a fierce final contest in front of governors and the head teacher, before a secret class ballot was held to decide the final winners.

What they said:

  • “The students were really engaged in devising policies that were relevant to them. They really wanted to get the 27% of non-voters who thought their vote wouldn’t make a difference” – Teacher, St. Ursula’s Convent School
  • “It was great to give the girls the opportunity to discuss issues that matter to them and to create and share ideas about how to create positive social change – they got so passionate.” – Teacher, St. Ursula’s Convent School
  • “I really enjoyed seeing everyone’s ideas and how we can think outside of the box.” – Student, St. Ursula’s Convent School
  • “I thought it was going to be boring, but I really enjoyed hearing different views. Now I want to be a politician.” – Student, St. Ursula’s Convent School

Well done to everyone who was involved.

Enabling Enterprise are working in partnership with schools and businesses to support students to build enterprise skills and aspirations. Find out more by contacting us.

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