The School: Brimsdown Primary

Brimsdown Primary School, located in the borough of Enfield, are in their first year of working with Enabling Enterprise. The staff team are committed to ensuring that all students, from the outset, are given as many opportunities as possible to develop essential skills in life and have a thoroughly inclusive approach to raising aspirations. Their enterprise education programme for this year includes a range of Lesson-Time Projects, and also a couple of Employer visits to put their enterprise skills to the test in the world of work, such as Year 6 last term, who visited law firm Allen & Overy. In line with their school value of Determination, today was the chance for the whole of Key Stages 1 and 2 to shine by Aiming High in this political challenge.

The Challenge: A Day in Politics

With a particular focus on Working in a Team, the children at Brimsdown 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! It was clear from the onset that all teams were full of ambition when they tackled some of the big problems in our society, especially in the education sector, or healthcare or environmental issues.

The Results:

The Brimsdown students impressed not only with their general knowledge of politics, but also in their group decision-making skills. The policies they came up with as well as their detailed manifestos alongside the campaign materials they created – all under tight deadlines – were a real testament to their Problem Solving and Using Imagination skills. Throughout the day, it was no surprise then that school adults and EE staff alike were awarding all the teams with points for their enterprise skills on the scoreboards. The suspense was tangible when teachers had to announce the results of the election, but one thing was certain: the country would be in safe hands with enterprising politicians such as these young minds!

What they said:

  • “The tasks got them excited and lots of them have worked together better than I thought they would.” – Teacher, Year 3
  • “I was really pleased to see that those teams who had a wobbly start in the morning managed to turn themselves around by the end of the day. It was brilliant!” – Teacher, Year 6
  • “The Debate section was good for them to see things from a different perspective and I think they were really good at arguing for a side they didn’t necessarily agree with. I also liked how their manifestos clearly showed how they could help different groups of people.” – Teacher, Year 4
  • “At first we weren’t working well together, but because we wanted to win as a team, at one point we set ourselves straight and then we started to work well together.” – Student, Year 4

Congratulations to all budding politicians and to the staff from Brimsdown Primary School for a great day!

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 or visiting

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