The Schools: Kender Primary and St Mary Magdalene CE

Southwark-based St Mary Magdalene students may be in their first year of working with Enabling Enterprise but these lucky few from Years 3, 4 and 5 already set the bar high for today’s challenge in the world of work. They effortlessly teamed up with fellow Year 4 students from Lewisham-based Kender Primary School, who are in their third year of developing their enterprise skills through a range of Challenge Days, Lesson-Time Projects and business trips. Today’s venue was the perfect location to put their Using Imagination and Problem Solving skills to the test.

The Business: London Business School

London Business School offers academic programmes such as MBA and EMBA to graduates from all over the world; over 1800 students from 130 different countries graduate each year, the school recently celebrated its 50th birthday. The students here bring their academic excellence and ‘aim high’ attitude and volunteer to support Enabling Enterprise students regularly.

The Challenge: Imaginative Inventors

The students introduced themselves to volunteers from LBS. They were set the task to design and pitch a unique, forward-thinking gadget for staff and students at LBS. The pupils had to carry out useful market research in order to understand what gadgets the LBS students and employees needed to make their lives easier, interviewing the volunteers about their experiences at LBS. Thanks to an extremely informative tour of the premises, teams quickly generated a range of exciting ideas for hi-tech gadgets which served multiple functions.

The Results:

Working in their mixed year groups, the student teams behaved fantastically together, displaying leadership and creativity at the highest standard, which impressed the LBS volunteers throughout the day. The challenge culminated in an impressive ‘Dragons’ Den’ style showdown, where the professional presentations by the enterprising inventors left the LBS judges with a tricky task – deciding which team had displayed their enterprise skills the most. The students most certainly aimed high and their effective teamwork and stunning confidence were praised by all adults in the room.

What they said:

  • “I enjoyed seeing the fruit of teaching the skills as the children worked really well with new people today.” – Teacher, Kender
  • “I liked how their imaginations were limitless. It truly showed their potential and how creative they were. Also, I was amazed with their business minds – they had even thought about pricing, so there was clearly some analytics going on.” – Volunteer, London Business School
  • “They had a really good grasp of Problem Solving, too. And the fact that it was children who taught the adults how to work as a team was refreshing!” – Volunteer, London Business School
  • “We think our gadget is the best because we put everyone’s ideas into it and it will solve all your problems!” – Student, St Mary Magdalene

Thanks to London Business School for such a great trip day, and to Year 4 from Kender Primary School and Years 3, 4 and 5 from St Mary Magdalene C of E 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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