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Wilberforce Primary pupils learn to be leaders as part of national programme

Last week, pupils from Wilberforce Primary joined children from other United Learning primary and prep schools to learn about becoming leaders in their local communities.

The event, which was held Wilberforce Primary, was one of three held across the country, with over 80 children taking part altogether. The school welcomed children and their teachers from three other schools from across the region.

These events marked the beginning of United Learning’s Primary Student Leadership Programme, which is now in its third year. Delivered in partnership with WE (Free the Children), the programme seeks to build confidence, compassion and citizenship in Year 5 and 6 pupils whilst teaching them about the value of local and global social action.

During the conference, pupils were encouraged to think about how they can each make a difference and become leaders of positive change in their schools and communities. They therefore worked together throughout the day with children from other schools to explore good leadership qualities and methods, public speaking and issues that mattered to them.

The events were an important introduction to the next stage of the programme, in which pupils will be developing a social action project within their own schools. During the afternoon, they began to explore the challenges and issues that most resonated with them and how they might begin to address this. They will then present on their work at a graduation ceremony at Barclays HQ in the summer term.

Head Boy at Wilberforce Primary, Muzahed, said, “I learnt so much! I met children from other schools and we learnt about lots of different social issues affecting the world. I am looking forward to making other children aware of these issues and making a change together. “

Mr Young, Assistant Headteacher at Wilberforce Primary, said, “The Primary Student Leadership Programme is a unique opportunity for our current Year 6 leaders and our aspiring future leaders in Year 5.  Through a range of activities, the children learnt about how to become effective leaders and how they could inspire their community to make a real change to the lives of others facing social issues.

Vikki Russell-Robbins, Enrichment Lead at United Learning:

“We want children to leave our schools equipped to play an active role in their communities and so learning about effective leadership, teamwork and social action shouldn’t just be something that begins in the secondary phase. Our Primary Student Leadership Programme aims to give pupils the tools, encouragement and ideas-base to see where they can make a difference in their schools and lives.

“Previous programme participants have reported leaving the programme with greater confidence in their leadership, presentation and enterprise skills, as well as excited and empowered to make a difference within their own community. We had an excellent start with this year’s groups and we are keen to see how they develop their initial thinking into some really imaginative social action projects.”

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