The Schools: Malmesbury Primary

Students from Malmesbury Primary in Merton, South West London have been working with Enabling Enterprise to develop enterprise skills such as Leading and Listening Carefully since Spring 2015. This academic year, they have already taken on the role of police detectives during their Crime Scene Challenge Day.

Today, students from Year 6 travelled to North West London to take on a new challenge in a real life workplace. They were keen to show off their enterprise skills in a new setting.

The Business: Experian pH, London

Experian pH was established in 1987 with the objective of helping clients to understand their customer base and identify new business opportunities. The founders’ experience in consulting and IT has allowed Experian pH to develop a series of database tools to support their clients.

Volunteers from Experian pH worked alongside Malmesbury Primary students throughout the challenge, to offer expert advice and share how they use enterprise skills every day in their work.

The Challenge: Imaginative Inventors

Students were set the challenge of researching different problems faced by employees at Experian pH and designing gadgets to solve these problems. They began by exploring Experian pH, interviewing volunteers from the business and looking at existing problem-solving gadgets. Then, they applied Aiming High and Working in a Team skills to choose at least two problems that their team gadgets would aim to solve. After lunch, the budding entrepreneurs applied their Using Imagination skills to sketch initial drafts and combine their ideas together to create posters of their final team designs. At the end of a busy day of innovation, each team came to the front and presented their gadget ideas to a panel of judges from Experian pH.

The Results:

Volunteers were impressed throughout the day by how well students were able to share ideas and think of creative solutions to a range of tricky problems. They appreciated how much thought students put into their designs and how confidently they presented their gadgets to the audience.

Feedback from the volunteers will help students to build upon today when they take part in their summer Enterprise Week, during which Year 6 students will be undertaking yet another challenging project back in school.

What they said:

  • “Working in the boardroom made the children feel really professional. This day has enhanced their understanding of the enterprise skills” – Teacher, Malmesbury Primary
  • “Students were learning lots of skills that I use on a daily basis!” – Volunteer, Experian pH
  • “It was really fun, I’d definitely do it again!” – Volunteer, Experian pH
  • “We aimed high by tackling not one but three problems!” – Student, Malmesbury Primary

Thanks to Experian pH for such a great trip day, and to Year 6 from Malmesbury Primary 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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