The School: Gifford Primary School

Gifford Primary School, based in Northolt, are in their first year of Enabling Enterprise. This year, the school are focusing on developing the enterprise skills of their Year 5 students, through projects, a challenge day and a trip. Today, students were gearing up to understand more about British values through becoming politicians for the day.

The Challenge: A Day in Politics

The students started by coming up with a memorable name for their political party before taking part in the Politics Quiz, which tested their Problem Solving skills. Later on in the day, they had to decide which areas of society their party wanted to help, Sharing Ideas and Working in a Team to write their manifesto.

The Results:

It was fantastic to see how all the pupils got stuck in into the challenge with such maturity and enthusiasm! Each class fiercely debated topics, from the NHS, to school homework and a more varied curriculum, whilst using their Sharing Ideas and Listening Carefully skills. Then, pupils spent time working on their manifesto ideas and pledges, thinking carefully about the needs of others in their community.
The day ended with a whole year group hustings! Each class had their representing parties: The Economic Party, PDA Party, Help 4 All and United Workers. After a fierce hustings, Gifford Primary was left with a hung parliament between Help 4 All and the United Workers! From the beginning to the end of the day, so much learning had taken place, with all the pupils leaving with a deeper understanding of why politics is so important in society; as well as developing those essential enterprise skills.

What they said:

  • “The students have had a fantastic opportunity to work together as a team today, really getting them to grow in confidence together.” – Teacher, Head of Upper KS2
  • “I’ve loved working with my team today. We have really aimed high and tried to do our best.” – Student, Year 5
  • “I loved the debate. It was really good to hear what the opposition wanted and then come up with my own argument back.” – Student, Year 5

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 or visiting

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