The School:

Caister Academy is in their 2nd year working with Enabling Enterprise. Last year, students developed their Enterprise Skills by creating their own company with a social mission. Today’s challenge was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 8 to put their Enterprise Skills to the test by delving into the world of politics.


The Challenge: A Day in Politics

The day started with the whole year group coming together to think about some key political terms and the skills they would be using throughout the day’s activities. Over the course of the day, students had the opportunity to practise Working in a Team by setting up their very own political parties.
They dived head first into the world of politics, reviewing what they already knew through the politics quiz. Then, teams worked hard to develop the power of persuasion by carrying out debates on whether or not people should be fined for not voting. After looking at the existing policies on crime and education of current political parties, teams wrote their own manifestos, laying out exactly how they planned to help the UK. Being Creative, teams made decisions about their party name, colours and slogan before preparing for the end of day hustings.
The year group came back together again to listen to presentations from the winning teams of each class before electing the overall winning political party for Year 8.

What they said:

  • “I have been able to see a totally different side to some students today and it has really surprised me – kids who have never spoken up in class stood at the front to present their ideas to the room” – Teacher
  • “It’s interesting to hear the different perspectives they have about world issues and how they are going about sharing them with each other” – Teacher
  • “I really didn’t even know what politics was before today and now I’ve set up my own political party” – Student
  • “I think we have come along way today from this morning to coming up with what we think is important for our future” – Student

Thanks to everyone for such a great Challenge Day!

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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