The Schools: Matchborough First School and Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Matchborough First School in Redditch and Holy Family Catholic Primary in Birmingham are both in their second year of working with Enabling Enterprise. The trip to Aston University provided an exciting opportunity to further develop their enterprise skills, and to see how others use them in their work and study too.

The Business: University of Aston

Aston is a leading UK university specialising in Business, Engineering and the Sciences. The visit allowed children the chance to learn about what goes on at a university and why people go there, before working alongside Aston’s student ambassadors and Schools’ Liaison Officer, on a fun enterprise challenge led by EE. Pupils demonstrated the Challenge Skills they have begun to develop through their EE sessions in school whilst working in new, mixed school teams.

The Challenge: Imaginative Inventors

After some lively warm up activities to stimulate the children’s imaginations, the eager 8 nd 9 year olds interviewed the university’s Schools’ and Liaison Officer and student ambassadors about their roles, the skills they use, how they came to be at the University. They also discovered more about the wide range of degree subjects on offer and the kinds of careers they can lead to. The student ambassadors led a really interesting tour of parts of the University campus including lecture rooms, student union, restaurant – on campus hairdressers and the copy room! All the time, the children were considering their challenge: to design a gadget that would make life easier for the people who work and study at Aston.

The Results:

Teams worked together and with the University volunteers, to generate a range of innovative gadgets including multi-functional watches and robots which were then presented to the panel of University staff and student ambassadors. Teachers commented on how they had seen pupils visibly grow in confidence and in their ability to work with others in their team, share ideas and take turns – all essential life skills.

What they said:

  • “The event is great in the way it mixes children from different schools to work together.” – Student ambassador, Aston University
  • “It was great that pupils could show leadership by involving others in the team.” – Student ambassador, Aston University
  • “I really enjoyed getting my friends to show good teamwork, and I liked drawing our invention together. I am really proud of our work today.” – pupil, Holy Family Primary
  • “I’ve really enjoyed the teamwork. I’d like to do more teamwork because it’s fun.” – Student, Matchborough First School
  • “A great day! It’s been lovely to work with another school. All our children were motivated by the gadget challenge and we were very impressed by the University and the staff.” – Teacher, Matchborough First School
  • “What’s been really nice is to see how quickly children from different backgrounds have gained confidence to work together as a team” – Teacher, Holy Family
  • “EE is a great programme, and exactly what we want at the University in terms of the development of these crucial skills.” – Schools Liaison Officer, Aston University

Thanks to Aston University staff and volunteers for such a great trip day, and to both Matchborough and Holy Family students and teachers for coming along and joining in with such enthusiasm.

Enabling Enterprise are working in partnership with schools and businesses to support students to build enterprise skills and aspirations. Find out more by contacting us.

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