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Young Leaders at Wilberforce Primary School take action

Last week, pupils from Wilberforce Primary joined school children from across the country for a day of leadership workshops to help them become active citizens in their schools and local community.  

The training day is part of the Primary Student Leadership Programme, led by national schools group United Learning, which Wilberforce Primary School is part of. The initiative, now in its fourth year, is delivered in partnership with WE (formerly Free the Children) and seeks to give pupils the tools they need to enact positive change and become effective young leaders.

Wilberforce Primary hosted the regional event, welcoming pupils and teachers from schools across United Learning.  During the course of the day, the children took part in several interactive activities that were designed to develop their sense of compassion and confidence and highlight the importance of making a positive impact on their local and school communities. The pupils worked together to consider the attributes of a good leader, develop their public-speaking skills and discuss social issues that are important to them.

Following the leadership day, Wilberforce pupils will work on the next stage of the programme – the completion of a social action project. Pupils will choose an issue most important to them and see how they can address this challenge within their own school. They will go on to present their work at a graduation ceremony at the University of Birmingham in March.

The Primary Student Leadership Programme forms part of Wilberforce Primary’s commitment to deliver an Education with Character to all of its pupils. This means that children are encouraged to develop new skills, be resilient in the face of challenges and appreciate the value of local and global social action.

Mohammed Ahmed, a Year 5 pupil at Wilberforce Primary, said:

“It felt so special to be chosen to run a leadership project in the school.  We have been learning all about the effect of plastic on our oceans and I am looking forward to running a project to educate people in our local community, so that we can all work together to reduce the amount of plastic we use.”

Annabelle Clarke, Year 5 teacher at Wilberforce Primary, said:

“The Leadership Programme is very important to allow our pupils to work with children from different schools, which helps build their confidence and empowers them to know that they can change the world.”

Eleanor Martin, Enrichment Lead at United Learning, said:

“It was great to see so many pupils actively engaged in the training day, asking lots of questions and really getting involved in the workshops on offer.  The Student Leadership Programme is a great example of how our schools deliver an Education with Character – primary pupils are encouraged to take on new challenges, succeed through persistence and work as a team to find solutions.

“I am excited to see how the pupils will take the skills and knowledge they have gained from the training day and use them to create some very worthy and impactful social actions projects over the year.”

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