The School: The Bridge Academy

Bridge Academy have been working in partnership with UBS and Enabling Enterprise for a number of years to develop key enterprise skills. This term it was Year 8’s turn to follow in the footsteps of previous year groups, during this challenge as they took on task of working in teams to set up their very own political parties.

The Challenge: A Day in Politics

Today’s challenge saw teams of students working together to become politicians and build their very own political party. In the morning, students learn about what makes for a good debate before arguing for or against the motion ‘People should be fined for not voting’. After analysing existing education and crime polities, teams had to create their own manifesto pledges, before working on developing their brand through choosing party colours, an eye-catching logo and catchy slogan. The parties then prepared for the husting by creating their promotional material, including banners, placards and rosettes, and they also write a speech to persuade voters in the final election ballot.

The Results:

Today was an excellent opportunity for students to work together and demonstrate their potential. It was great to see that different activities during the day really played to different team members’ strengths; designing and making the promotional material provided a chance for the more creative members of the group to put their skills into action, meanwhile, deciding on their chosen policies for the party’s manifesto challenged some students to share their ideas with the group. Teachers noted how much they enjoyed seeing their tutor group students in a very different context and watching them work together to become the best political party in the room.

What they said:

  • “It’s been great to see them developing their teamwork through the day – but I as particularly impressed with their presentation skills in the final hustings.” – Year 8 Form Tutor
  • “I really enjoyed today. I think the skill I used best was ‘Aiming High’ as the day really challenged us.” – Student, Year 8

Well done to everyone who was involved.

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