The School: Littledown Special School

Littledown Special School in Slough supports children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Staff aim to empower pupils with self-confidence, developing their ability to respect others and themselves. This year, Littledown have partnered with Enabling Enterprise to support students to develop life skills such as Working in a Team, Leading and Listening Carefully. Today was their first Challenge Day, with the whole school taking part in A Day in Politics.

The Challenge: A Day in Politics

With the UK General Election less than one month away, students up and down the country are learning about the British values of democracy and freedom to vote. Littledown went one step further today and put the students in charge as they took on the role of politicians for the day.

They Shared Ideas about how to make the school and the country a better place. Ideas ranged from adding a swimming pool to the school grounds to reduce travel time to swimming lessons, to installing a sensory pod in every classroom. Students Listened Carefully to one another and voted on their favourite ideas. They also came up with names for their new parties, including Littledown Democrats, and chose colours and slogans to become part of their branding. The budding politicians Used Imagination to create their own promotional rosettes.

The Results:

Throughout the day, students demonstrated fantastic Imagination and Problem Solving when developing their ideas for a better country. In Year 5, students thought about different areas of society such as hospitals and the environment, then came up with solutions to help certain areas. Lots of classes got Creative and made presentation slides as a way of sharing their best ideas. In Nurture class, they Aimed High and gave presentations and held a secret ballot to vote for a new student headteacher!

Students experienced first-hand what democracy is all about, whilst developing enterprise skills along the way.

What they said:

  • “The development of his ideas has been brilliant. It’s been all his own work and the idea of creating a new school has been really engaging for him.” – Teacher, Comet Class
  • “Being a leader means being helpful and generous.” – Student, Mars Class

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 enablingenterprise.org

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