The School: Pelham Primary School

Pelham Primary School in Merton, have been working with Enabling Enterprise for the last 3 years. The school is committed to the development of enterprise skills in their students through whole school Challenge Days. Most recently, all the classes from Year 1 to Year 6 were engrossed in the ‘Future Transport‘ Challenge Day, where they were required to research, design, build, and test a new form of transport for the future!

The Business: Department of Work and Pensions

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy. As the UK’s biggest public service department it administers the State Pension and a range of working age, disability and ill health benefits to over 22 million claimants and customers.

The Challenge: Spread the Word

Today’s challenge asked that the students transformed into teams of news broadcasters. Their challenge was to spread the word about the Department of Work and Pensions to other children by Using their Imaginations and creating an exciting new mascot with a catchy but meaningful message. Later in the day, the students took on the roles of news anchors and top journalists to Share Ideas and report on how DWP help different parts of society.

The Results:

The students started the day by speaking to the departmental staff about their different roles in the DWP. It was a great opportunity to build on their Listening Carefully skills and find out more about what the Department does to help the Government. Then the pupils got to work on their challenge. Working in a Team, they began to think about their mascot and message. When creating their mascots, one group showed great Using Imagination skills, designing a mascot with a D for a head, a W for arms and neck, and a P for the body and legs! All the students impressed the judges with their ability to end the day with energetic and well thought out ‘news broadcasts’. Every team showed great awareness to the type of presentations they were conducting by effortlessly linking back and forth between one another.

What they said:

  • “The tour was great and each of the members of staff that we encountered were friendly and informative.” – Teacher, Pelham Primary
  • “The children were so independent – I was amazed by how little I had to intervene.” – Volunteer, DWP
  • “Our confidence has been boosted by talking to lots of different people.” – Student, Pelham Primary
  • “That was epic! I just sat at the head of a Government Minister’s meeting table.” – Student, Pelham Primary

Thanks to DWP for such a great trip day, and to Year 5 from Pelham Primary for coming along.

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