The School: Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School

Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School, located in Kitts Green, Birmingham, are in their third year as an Enabling Enterprise Network School. The staff team are committed to ensuring that all students, from the outset, are given as many opportunities as possible to develop the essential skills and have wide ranging experiences to raise their aspirations. Year 6 were well prepared for their latest enterprise education challenge, having taken part in previous Challenge Days, Lesson-Time Projects and Employer visits with great success.

The Challenge: A Day in Politics

Having seen the positive impact of ‘A Day in Politics’ in the last two years with their Year 6 students, Sarah Cahill, Assistant Headteacher and Enterprise Champion had planned the event to complement curriculum learning about British Values and so the children were more than ready and raring to go in their teams. With a particular focus on their teamwork and communication skills this term, the children were challenged to create their own political party from scratch, devising their own manifestos, generating campaign materials and ultimately presenting at hustings before a final ballot!

The Results:

Teams impressed right from the start of the day with their general knowledge of politics, taking part in a warm-up quiz enthusiastically before putting their debating skills to the test. Then it was time to make group decisions about their own party politics, the formulation of party manifestos and creation of campaign materials. The teams certainly proved that they could demonstrate Aimed High, Sharing Ideas aplenty, Problem Solving effectively and Leading their party to a sure fire success.

What they said:

  • “I can really see these children have a good understanding of the enterprise skills as a result of our work with Enabling Enterprise over the last few years…their teamwork and communication skills in particular have really come on. They ‘get it’. They know why these skills are so important.” – Assistant Headteacher, Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School
  • “I felt a bit unsure when my idea wasn’t chosen by my team – but they have been really encouraging and I feel excited now about the hustings. I think we can persuade everyone to vote for us!” – Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School Year 6 Student
  • “They are totally absorbed in the challenge. They are growing in confidence. This fits so well with our curriculum and our visit to The House of Commons next week. Another super day.” – Head Teacher, Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School

Congratulations to all budding politicians and and to the staff from Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School for a great day! We hope you all have a brilliant visit to The House of Commons.

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