The Schools: The Winns Primary School and Lavender Primary School

The Winns in Waltham Forest kick-started their Enabling Enterprise programme last September with a double Challenge Day which set the bar high in terms of the students stretching their enterprise skills. Lavender Primary are in their second year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Since their ‘Day in Politics’ last July they had been looking forward to further honing their enterprise skills. Today Year 5 students from both schools travelled to the Eversheds offices in Central London to take part in the ‘Listen Up Lawyers’ challenge, where Problem solving and Listening Carefully would be put to the test.

The Business: Eversheds, London

Eversheds is one of the world’s largest corporate law firms, with just under 3,000 employees over 40 offices based in the world’s major economic centres. From their London offices, they provide local and international clients with the quality advice they need to succeed. Today a range of volunteers from different sections of the business were on hand to help our aspiring lawyers from Year 5.

The Challenge: Listen Up Lawyers

For the Listen Up Lawyers challenge, students had to work as a team and use their Problem Solving skills in order to act as either the prosecution or defence for some of their favourite Harry Potter characters. This task called upon the students to analyse multiple pieces of evidence and to listen carefully to each other’s ideas in order to decide what the best arguments were and which pieces of evidence were most relevant to back up their case.

The Results:

Teams aimed high to bring the best case to trial. At the end of the day, our Eversheds volunteers acted as members of the jury in each of the three trials. In each case, both defence and prosecution had built strong arguments, making the task trickier than ever for our jurors to come to a unanimous verdict. In the end, two of the defence teams proved to have convinced the jury and the charges were dropped.

What they said:

  • “Great to have the volunteers from Eversheds involved in the challenge, plus the subject matter of Harry Potter was very engaging.” – Teacher, Lavender Primary
  • “I’ve been blown away with the children’s behaviour, attitude, involvement, engagement and enthusiasm! Even the shy ones were being included. A very rewarding day.” – Volunteer, Eversheds
  • ” We had to listen carefully to the opposite team of lawyers to understand their case and challenge them in court.” – Student, Winns Primary

Thanks to Eversheds for such a great trip day, and to The Winns and Lavender Primary schools for coming along.

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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One Response to “Business Trip: The Winns and Lavender Primary at Eversheds in London”

  • Challenge Day: The Winns Primary School and A Day in Politics « Enabling Enterprise Education January 20, 2017

    [...] The Winns Primary School, located in Waltham Forest, are in their second year of working with Enabling Enterprise. Their enterprise education programme for this year includes a range of Employer visits to put their enterprise skills to the test in the world of work. Last term Year 6 impressed fashion retailers White Stuff in an exciting invention challenge. Last year, the whole school took part in a memorable double Challenge Day, which stretched their Problem Solving as well as their Working in a Team skills. And so today was the chance for the whole of Key Stages 1 and 2 to shine once more, this time in a political challenge. [...]

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