The School: Our Lady’s R.C. High School

Our Lady’s R.C. High School in Blackley in North Manchester has now worked with Enabling Enterprise for three years, giving their students a chance to develop their enterprise skills each summer term. This year the Year 9 students all took part and built those skills while learning first-hand what it was like to be a politician.

The Challenge: Day in Politics

From the outset, students had a lot to learn and achieve in their sessions. Each class were split into groups to form their own political parties, but first had to learn some basics about politics in the UK today. An introduction to party manifestos was followed by a more detailed exploration of some of the key policies from the 2015 general election. All the students had a chance to debate the pros and cons of some of the key policies, before creating their own and then persuading the voters through a hustings to the class.

The Results:

There was much debate over the importance of prioritising where the parties were prepared to spend their money, and what would really appeal to voters. One party used their own experience to suggest more teachers available to support primary schools with students with special educational needs. Another party chose to promote the environment with their policies, including better education about the environment to be compulsory in all schools.

The teams came up with snappy slogans and eye-catching logos to bring their parties to life, with ladders representing a chance for everyone to improve their lot in life, and shields for parties more focused on defence and security.

The day ended with a traditional hustings and ballot box vote. Those that won the vote, and more importantly who proved their ability to work as a team throughout the day, will get the chance to visit the offices of PwC next week. There they’ll be able to keep building their teamwork skills alongside PwC employees on a new challenge.

What they said:

  • “The day went really well, and I saw a couple of students who worked unexpectedly well with their teams.” – Teacher, Our Lady’s R.C. High School
  • “It’s nice to see the students getting so much out of it, and learning about something that really matters.” – Teacher, Our Lady’s R.C. High 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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