The School: Stebon Primary School

Located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Stebon Primary may be in their first year of working with Enabling Enterprise, but their knowledge of the enterprise skills was already impressive. The school is committed to developing employability skills: teachers and pupils have already been focussing a lot on enterprise skills through a series of special assemblies; and next week the whole school will be launching a week of enterprise education, buzzing with an array of Lesson-Time Projects led by the children. In this busy political year, the entire school decided to take on a very fitting challenge, honing in on their Leading skills. Let’s find out how they got on.

The Challenge: A Day in Politics

Students from Reception to Year 6 explored the world of politics over the course of the day, Using Imagination to set up a series of new political parties, along with slogans and logos, and Problem Solving in teams to decide which areas of society they most wanted to support. The classes also had a chance to stretch their Sharing Ideas skills in a series of tense but mature debates on topics the students had chosen themselves, which proved great preparation for their final speeches.

The Results:

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 Working in a Team skills. Throughout the day, school adults and EE staff alike were awarding teams plenty of points for all eight of the enterprise skills. Whilst teams in some classes prepared thoroughly for a series of hustings to be held the following day, the challenge for the other teams culminated in the all-important election at the end of the day, where every would-be politician managed to persuade others to vote for them. One thing was certain: the country would be in safe hands with enterprising politicians such as these young minds!

What they said:

  • “I am absolutely blown away by your confidence and the points you made in your debate!” – Teacher, Year 4
  • “I have been really impressed with how they have grasped the concepts of team building and it’s all about building it up through doing lots of things like this.” – Teacher, Year 1
  • “We should have a vote to make it fair!” – Student, Reception
  • “The part I liked the best about today was when we got to work in a team because we shared all our ideas and then we got to agree.” – Student, Year 3
  • “We had a great leader in our team today because she helped the team stay positive.” – Student, Year 4
  • “Vote for a brighter future: vote for us!” – Student, Year 6

Well done to everyone who was involved.

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