MOD Crisis Workshop
One of the most acclaimed strands is the MOD International Crisis workshop where students across the UK are able to participate in a fast-moving deteriorating situation on the other side of the world where UK nationals are trapped, diplomacy is failing, and the humanitarian situation worsening.
Our A-Level Students in our humanities programme role-played the Prime Minister and other Ministers including Foreign, Defence and Home Secretaries plus the UN, building an action plan and delivering this in a Ministerial Press conference taking questions from other groups role-playing the accredited press.
The programme gave an opportunity for our students to participate in a fictional global crisis scenario taking place in a third world country. Students had to work in teams to decide how the UK government should respond to this crisis. The groups then had to participate in a press conference role-play scenario where students responded to questions from the media playing roles of key government politicians, such as the prime minister and defence secretary. One of the students said “I never thought it would be so difficult to answer questions from the media as a politician! It was really fun and challenging, and I learned a lot about how the government diplomacy works.”
The Programme was delivered by Andy Gillman MBE, has won awards across Government including the HR award in the Civil Service awards, the mentoring award from Race for Opportunity. Andy said “big thank you for the opportunity to work with your students today. I was blown away with their enthusiasm and buy-in to the workshops and also how they worked together and supported each other and made me feel so welcome in your College. They are great ambassadors for your College and 6thform education as well and it was a real pleasure to meet with them.”
Russ Lawrance, Principal said “This was another example of the outstanding opportunities we provide at Haringey Sixth Form College. Our young people do get so much more than a curricula offer at this college. Working with the Ministry of Defence on such an engaging, enthralling exercise proved a real challenge to which the students responded to in a very positive way, developing additional skills and experiences.
Dan Searle, one of our curriculum leaders, added “This nationally acclaimed educational workshop is an excellent programme that challenged our learners to fill the role of UK politicians. Our students developed their communication, team-work and employability skills by gaining an understanding of how government departments work together, and respond to global crisis situations.”