The School: St Mary Magdalene CofE

Based in the Southwark borough, St Mary Magdalene CofE Primary School are working with Enabling Enterprise for their second year and the Year 3, 4 and 5 students on the visit today were very excited to experience working life inside a central Government office. After a highly successful Greetings Card Challenge last year, the students were once again ready to develop their enterprise skills, particularly Sharing Ideas and Working in a Team, this time in the ministerial offices of Westminster.

The Business: Department for Work and Pensions, London

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy. As the UK’s biggest public service department, it administers the State Pension and a range of working age, disability and ill health benefits to over 22 million claimants and customers.

The Challenge: Spread the Word

The children enjoyed a fantastic tour of the Department, where they got to visit Ministers’ offices, speak to the departmental staff and find out more about the importance of press officers in the central Government. Working in a Team, they thought hard about what issues the DWP tackle and were great at Using Imagination to create a mascot for the Department. By Sharing Ideas, they looked at each other’s designs before deciding on their team’s mascot and the message that it will give to people. A lot of creative effort went into the mascots’ appearance, name and message (including slogans and theme tunes!) and the teams then ended the day by presenting their ideas to a judging panel in a news report.

The Results:

The five judges from the Department for Work and Pensions were suitably impressed with the students’ creative ideas, teamwork and confidence in presenting their ideas. The teams had thought carefully about how the DWP help to support members of our community in different ways and this came through in their knowledgeable news reports and inventive mascot messages.

What they said:

  • “The children were engaged in the task and worked well in their teams. They thoroughly enjoyed it and each team had an adult who worked well with them.” – Teacher, St Mary Magdalene CofE Primary
  • “I really enjoyed it… I was amazed at how well they did!” – Volunteer, DWP
  • “I want to be Prime Minister when I grow up so that I can help people.” – Student, St Mary Magdalene CofE Primary

Thanks to the Department for Work and Pensions for such a great trip, and to the students from St Mary Magdalene CofE for coming along and making the day so enjoyable.

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