Bright Stars 2021

Copeland MP Trudy Harrison gave Bright Stars kids from her Cumbrian constituency top tips on campaigning and an insight into her job at 10 Downing Street in a live online question and answer session.

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.   

Questions for Trudy included; how to run a successful campaign, how to encourage people to recycle more of their waste and reduce fly tipping, and what’s it like working with the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street as his Parliamentary Private Secretary?

Key quotes from Trudy’s Bright Stars session:

‘Explain the problem’

“You need to explain to people what the problem is.  Why do we need to change whatever we want to change?” 

‘Galvanise support’

“There’s very few things that can be achieved on your own.  So, you need to turn around, and look at all those people behind you, and try and galvanise their support as well.”

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, while 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 Trudy’s Copeland constituency and the companies that are partnering with them to develop the digital campaigns.

  • Moor Row Community Primary School – Doosan
  • Jericho Primary School – NNL
  • Gosforth CofE Primary School – Jacobs
  • Valley Primary School and Nursery – Morgan Sindall
  • St James CofE Infants – Next Generation Sellafield
  • Hensingham Primary School – Knatterjack Marketing & Kaefer
  • Seascale Primary School – NIS
  • St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School – Next Generation Sellafield
  • St Bees Village Primary – Time to Change (Cumbria Community Foundation Sponsor)
  • Bransty Primary, Whitehaven – West Cumbria Rivers Trust (Cumbria Community Foundation Sponsor)
  • Distington Primary – Workington Nature Project (Cumbria Community Foundation Sponsor)
  • St Bridgets CofE Primary, Parton – Harbour Youth Project (Cumbria Community Foundation Sponsor)
  • St Herberts, Keswick – Calvert Trust (Cumbria Community Foundation Sponsor)