Make a Difference Challenge: Case Studies


These inspiring case studies are from primary school children across the country doing amazing things to make a positive difference to a wide range of social and environmental problems.

In all examples, the issues were chosen by the children through a series of class votes and were problems affecting their local community, or those of wider national or global concern.

In this section

The Clean-up Crew 

Year 3 & 4 pupils at Stivichall Primary Coventry set up weekly clean-up crews and a school compost system....

Watch: The Advocates Club tackle climate change 

A group of students at Barrow CEVC Primary School banded together to create ‘The Advocates Club’. Watch how they...

Tackling our polluted waterways 

Children at The Gates Primary School in Bolton campaigned for their school to act to help reduce pollution in...

Supporting Birmingham Children’s Hospital 

The children at Raddlebarn Primary School wanted to improve the lives of the parents and staff at Birmingham Children’s...

Creating a quiet space for reflection in a busy school

Read how the children in Brereton Primary’s School Council converted a disused area of the school grounds into a...

Celebrating diversity

Ponsbourne St Mary’s C of E, Hertfordshire, Year 5/6 began their social action project by conducting research into the...

Watch: Local Homelessness

Year 6 children from Boxgrove Primary School, Guildford, tell us about how they tackled the issue of homelessness in...

Single-Use Plastic in Children’s Toys

The pupils from Glebe School in London tell us about their perspective on addressing the issue of single use...

Watch: After School Citizenship Club

The year 6 pupils from Grayswood Primary School, Surrey tell us about the range of projects they did while...

Watch: Donating to Food Banks During the Pandemic

A Year 4 class teacher from Lane End Primary School tells us how her class responded to the pandemic...

Tackling the Problem of Litter

Year 4 pupils from Jameah Girls Academy tell us how they wanted to help their local environment by raising...

Helping Refugee Families

The pupils in Year 4 at Joy Lane School, Whitstable tell us how they showed their support for the...

Access to Clean Water

Sunnybrow Primary School in County Durham explain why they chose to make a difference to people struggling to access clean water.

Watch: Pupils get a buzz out of saving the bees

Guardian Angels RC Primary School in Birmingham explain why they decided to make a difference to the declining bee population.

Endangered Hedgehogs

Children at Kennet Valley Primary School in West Berkshire explain how they made a difference to endangered hedgehogs.


Year 6 at Churchhill Primary School in Kent explain how they made a difference to homeless people.

Improving Adult Literacy

Year 5 children at North Park Primary School in County Durham made a difference to adult literacy in their local community.

Period Poverty

Year 6 children at South Hetton Primary School explain how they made a difference to the issue of period poverty.

Providing Opportunities for Elderly People to Socialise

Yattendon Primary School in Berkshire explain how they made a difference to elderly people in their community.

Raising Awareness of Deforestation

Year 5 children at Dean Bank Primary School in County Durham explain how they made a difference to the issue of deforestation.

Reducing Beach Litter

Pupils at Hope Wood Academy, a special needs school in County Durham, explain why the issue of beach litter is important to them and how they made a difference to…

Reducing Car Crime

Bramley St Peters C of E Primary School in Leeds explains why they chose to make a difference to the issue of car crime.

Reducing Drink Driving

Shotley Bridge Primary in County Durham explain how they raised awareness of drink driving in their local community.

Stop Meningitis

Valley View Primary School in Leeds explain why they want to make a difference to the number of children dying from meningitis.

Supporting Hill Farmers

Children at Ingleton Primary School in County Durham explain how they made a difference to hill farmers by fundraising and buying British products.

Pupils get grounded with a sustainable allotment project

Year 5 pupils at Mottram C of E Primary, Manchester, developed an allotment on the school grounds. Their teacher...

Watch: Pupils make their mark to stop graffiti in the local area

Pupils at Bursted Wood Primary School found inappropriate graffiti on a wall in the woodlands near their school. To...

Watch: Campaigning to raise awareness of homelessness in Camden

Year 4 Pupils at Torriano Junior School in London wanted to make a difference to the issue of homelessness...

Watch: Changing habits to protect wildlife

Year 1 pupils at Raddlebarn Primary School describe their Make a Difference Challenge journey… We started out by looking...

Watch: pupils find their voice to condemn knife crime in London

Back in 2008, Year 5 students at Brecknock Primary School created a rap and video about why you shouldn’t...

Watch: Rose Wood Academy reduce their plastic waste

Children from Rose Wood Academy’s School Council explain how they campaigned to reduce the use of plastic locally. We...