The School: Morecambe Bay Community Primary School

Morecambe Bay Community Primary School are in their third year working with Enabling Enterprise and today it was the turn of the Year 4 students to exercise their Enterprise Skills. They were building on their skills from last year’s ‘Future Transport‘ Challenge Day and the previous year’s highly successful ‘Operation: Moonbase‘.

The Business: Department for Work and Pensions, Lancaster

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 the students were tasked with the job of learning all about what the Department for Work and Pensions did and helping them to Spread the Word and tell the local community all about it. Listening Carefully was an important skill as they interviewed the volunteers and went for a tour of the job centre, it was their opportunity to find out for themselves exactly what went on. Next, it was all about Using Imagination in order to design a mascot that would help people understand the work of the Department. It was fantastic to see fabulous Problem Solving and Staying Positive as the pupils were Working in a Team to make the most unique and relevant mascots they could.

The Results:

Finally, it was time for Aiming High and Sharing Ideas as the teams wrote, directed and starred in their own news casts spreading the word on the work done by the Department for Work and Pensions. The pupils took on the roles of news anchors, correspondents and Department employees to help explain the many ways in which unemployed people are supported in finding work. By each being prepared to take a Leading role to ensure the presentations included all the key information the teams succeeded in making exciting and interesting broadcasts. The volunteers had a tough job picking a winner!

What they said:

  • “I’m so proud of how respectful the students were today with all the adults and with each other.” – Teacher, Morecambe Bay Community Primary School
  • “The pupils were great today, it was so good to be able to give them a positive experience of the job centre and the work we do.” – Volunteer, Department for Work and Pensions
  • “We really listened to each other today and made sure that we included everybody’s ideas.” – Student, Morecambe Bay Community Primary School
  • “My highlight of today was when we were planning our presentation and we gave each other feedback that we all listened to and then our presentation was perfect.” – Student, Morecambe Bay Community Primary School

Thanks to Department for Work and Pensions for such a great trip day, and to Year 4 from Morecambe Bay Community Primary School for coming along.

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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