The School: Vicarage Primary School

Vicarage Primary School are in their first year of working with Enabling Enterprise to develop their students’ enterprise skills such as Problem Solving and Leading. Students have been honing their skills through exciting enterprise school projects such as the ‘Day in Politics‘ Challenge Day, where children developed their own political parties and campaigns before holding an election in their classes! Today a group of 30 Year 5 children were lucky enough to go on a business visit to the DWP where they tested their Using Imagination skills by designing them a brand new mascot.

The Business: Department for Work and Pensions, London

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

The children enjoyed a fantastic tour of the Department, where they got to visit Ministers’ offices, speak to the departmental staff and find out more about the importance of press officers in the central Government. They were also introduced to the ministers’ red briefcases and learnt that the importance of the documents it often contained meant that the cases have been lined with lead, to avoid examination from x-ray machines!

Inspired by the volunteers and speakers from around the DWP, the teams set to their task. Working in a Team, they thought hard about what issues the DWP tackle and were great at Using Imagination to design a mascot for the Department; looking to create something memorable, 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 the DWP helps different parts of society.

The Results:

The five judges from the Department for Work and Pensions were suitably impressed with the students’ creative ideas, teamwork and confidence in presenting their ideas. The teams had thought carefully about how the DWP help to support members of our community in different ways and made excellent mascots to demonstrate this. The news broadcasts were received exceptionally well, with volunteers praising the children’s delivery confidence and use of humour to keep their audience engaged.

What they said:

  • “Some really sharp mascot ideas from the class and great examples of Working in a Team.” – Teacher, Vicarage Primary School
  • “The standards of news broadcasts across the teams has been fantastic! Great confidence levels and professionalism.” – Volunteer, Department for Work and Pensions
  • “I loved meeting loads of people who work for the government and learning loads of cool stuff about working for a minister” – Student, Vicarage Primary School

Thanks to Department for Work and Pensions for such a great trip day, and to Year 5 from Vicarage Primary School for coming along.

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