The School: Alderton Junior School

Based in Loughton, Essex, Alderton Junior School are in their second year of working with Enabling Enterprise. They have successfully completed a number of lesson-time projects, and their experience of recent business trips means some of their students were able to lead the way in applying their Enterprise Skills. After their success on last year’s Challenge Day, today was the ideal opportunity for the whole school to put the students’ Leading and Problem Solving skills to the test.

The Challenge: A Day in Politics

Students at Alderton Junior School have been working on persuasive language in debates, so this Challenge Day linked perfectly to what was already going on in school. The students’ mission was to take on the role of politicians for the day, building their own political parties that would solve problems in different areas of our society. The day kicked off with a special assembly followed by a fun quiz to see how much students already knew about the British political system. They worked in teams to devise effective manifestos and political campaigns, and they aimed high to stick to extremely tight deadlines.

The Results:

Working against the clock, students showed fantastic resilience, teamwork and leading skills as they produced the catchiest slogans and logos for their stash, while the rest of their team were writing some very persuasive political speeches. In some classes, competitive hustings were held in a bid to win the most votes from their peers. By that point it was clear the aspiring politicians were now experts at Sharing Ideas.

What they said:

  • “I think it’s a really good day and the resources are brilliant. In terms of the skills, teamwork is a really big thing, and in my conversations with them I could tell they were coping better as the day went on. Also, the challenge is differentiated really nicely as the activities allowed all children to participate and stay engaged through the day.” – Teacher, Alderton Junior School
  • “When we were working in our team we had lots of problems, but we managed to get through it by staying positive.” – Year 6 Student, Alderton Junior School
  • “I want to be an MP one day!” – Year 5 Student, Alderton Junior 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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