Bright Stars 2021

Carlisle MP John Stevenson chatted to Bright Stars kids from his constituency about the best way to mount a campaign and how make it stand out,  and was quizzed about how to make a difference in a community, and what is his favourite soup?

Cumbria’s six MPs are all backing Bright Stars and took part in online Q&A sessions with primary school pupils.  The schools are taking part in the Bright Stars programme which this year challenges them to lead a campaign on something that want to make better or improve, to ‘make a difference’. Bright Stars is about nurturing the leaders of the future and getting kids excited about the world of business by setting up and running their own companies.   

John explained to the children the importance of preparation and planning in mounting a campaign for change, and how to bring about change.  In a specific question related to Inglewood Infants School’s interest in healthy eating, John also revealed his favourite soup –  home-made lentil soup using his mum’s recipe.

Key takeaway from John’s Bright Stars session:

 ‘Take your time and don’t rush’

In many respects the start of the project is almost more important that the middle, or to some extent the end.  If you get your preparation right, if you get all your organisation right, it means it will be much, much easier – as you go through your project – to achieve what you want to do.”

The MP will be tracking the progress of the various teams as they select their worthy causes and develop campaign ideas.

Throughout the 8-week programme schools are partnered with local businesses and charities that provide advice and guidance.  Setting up and running the campaign dovetails with areas of the curriculum including English, maths and design & technology.

Bright Stars is about empowering kids to show leadership, to have their voices heard, to lead change and make a difference. Understanding the various roles and the breadth of skills needed to succeed is critical, alongside exposure to positive role models.  Encouragement from the county’s MPs who are very much our local leaders gives a terrific boost to their confidence.

The programme is delivered by the Centre for Leadership Performance in partnership with businesses and schools, and financed by those businesses taking part.  For 2021 a record 49 schools are involved with extra support from BAE Systems and Sellafield to encourage supply chain companies to join the programme, and from Cumbria Community Foundation to enable more charities to partner with schools.

CfLP is celebrating ten years working with young people and businesses across Cumbria to develop and encourage leadership.  Executive Director Sarah Glass explains: “We demonstrate through a huge variety of initiatives and programmes that we can all show leadership, and that better leadership leads to better lives.  It can start at primary school and is part of a lifelong journey through further education and university to the workplace and the boardroom.”

This is the full list of schools taking part in Bright Stars within John’s Carlisle constituency and the companies that are partnering with them to develop the digital campaigns.

  • Raughton Head CE Primary School – Mott MacDonald
  • Great Orton Primary School – Soundwave (BEPBT sponsor)
  • Hallbankgate Village School – PPM
  • Kirkbampton CofE Primary – Tullie House (Cumbria Community Foundation Sponsor)
  • Burgh By Sands Primary – MIND  (Cumbria Community Foundation Sponsor)
  • Inglewood Infants, Harraby, Carlisle – Carlisle College (Cumbria Community Foundation Sponsor)