The School: St Mary’s and St John’s

From the Borough of Barnet, St Mary’s and St John’s are in their third year of working with Enabling Enterprise. This means students have had a variety of opportunities to develop their enterprise skills, whether in Lesson-Time projects, where some of them designed their own board games in ‘Number Games’, or through Challenge Days and previous business trips. On this occasion a lucky few from Years 5 and 6 were in the spotlight to hone in on Listening Carefully and Problem Solving.

The Business: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, London

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is a leader among international law firms, providing business law advice of the highest quality throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the US. Today volunteers Charlotte, Eleanor, Lisa and Anna were on hand to help the budding entrepreneurs find out more about law, then run the mock trials at Hogwarts School.

The Challenge: Listen Up Lawyers

Students from St Mary’s & St John’s dived straight into their law challenge by exploring the fantastic premises at Freshfields. Then they were set the challenge to work in teams representing law firms for the day, 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. And they did fantastically so. Presenting their case in court, both defence and prosecution proved they had built strong arguments, making the task trickier than ever for the jury to come to a unanimous verdict. Whilst charges were dropped against Harry and Draco, Hermione was found guilty of theft, and Judge Linda announced her sentence: one year in prison. Our Freshfields volunteers then had the trickier task to decide which team impressed them the most. It is fair to say the adults in the room had nothing but praise for the students’ speaking and listening skills as well as their exceptional problem-solving.

What they said:

  • “The task has been pitched perfectly for the group of children and adults have modelled, shown and supported the children in a wide selection of skills today.” – Teacher, St Mary’s and St John’s
  • “We were really impressed with how the students got stuck in to their cases and were able to use their imagination to present their case in an interesting way.” – Volunteer, Freshfields
  • “Thank you for teaching us how lawyers work and how they persuade people just like what we do in school. And also for teaching us how to stay positive when things don’t go the way you expected.” – Student, St Mary’s and St John’s

Thanks to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for such a great trip day, and to St Mary’s and St John’s CofE School 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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