The School:

North Birmingham Academy is in their first year working with Enabling Enterprise, as part of the Aiming High programme in partnership with Newman University. Previously, a group of students took part in a workplace visit. Today’s challenge was a fantastic opportunity for students from Year 10 to put their Essential Skills to the test.


The Challenge: A Day in Politics

Over the course of the day, students had the opportunity to practise their Working in a Team skill by setting up their very own political parties. They dived head first into the political arena, sharing their knowledge, speaking up passionately during a debate and finding out more about the policies of parties before Sharing Ideas to create their own manifestos. Hustings were carried out and votes were cast.

What they said:

  • “Clearly a very positive day. These skills are so needed by us all. As our students make decisions for their futures – these skills will be so valuable to them.” – Teacher
  • “I’ve learnt a politician would need to listen. I’m not sure they always do – maybe they need to work on developing their skills further.” – Student
  • “I never speak up – ever – but today I’ve pushed myself. I’ve worked out of my comfort zone and surprised myself. I feel more confident. Thank you!” – Student
  • “I hope to have a future in politics. It really interests me.” – 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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