The School: Southern Road Primary School

Southern Road Primary School in Newham is an Enabling Enterprise partner school. Later this term, they will be spending a day developing their enterprise skills during a challenge to design a new moon colony. Students from Year 5 travelled to Eversheds to further develop skills such as teamwork and listening carefully.

The Business: Eversheds, London

Eversheds is one of the world’s largest corporate law firms, with over 40 offices based in the world’s major economic centres with just under 3,000 employees. Employees from the London office, including lawyers, paralegals and secretaries, joined Southern Road students to support them in their challenge throughout the day.

The Challenge: Listen Up Lawyers

The students were set the challenge of representing storybook characters at trial. Teams took on the role of prosecution or defence and argued their case. To do this the students would need to use all of their enterprise skills, particularly problem solving and listening carefully, as they researched their cases. But they would not be competing alone, joining them throughout the day were a team of expert volunteers from Eversheds, who would help them on each case.

The Results:

At the end of the day the students all had strong cases to bring to trial. In front of a jury of Eversheds volunteers, the students explained the evidence they had and argued their case. Only by sharing their ideas and using their imaginations throughout the day, were the students were able to build the strongest cases possible.

What they said:

  • “It’s great to be involved in the day, these are exactly the right people to be getting involved with the legal profession, it helps to level the playing field.” – Volunteer, Eversheds
  • “It’s really great to be able to give something back, this is such rewarding day” – Volunteer, Eversheds
  • “I helped my team today because I knew lots about law from my British values lessons back in school.” – Student, Southern Road

Thanks to Eversheds for such a great trip day, and to Southern Road 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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